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This Agreement is an IC set of laws ratified by the corporations who financed the expedition to dictate their rights and responsibilities on this voyage. These are not OOC rules and will not be enforced by the server administration, but can and should be enforced ICly by those with the authority and wish to do so.
-Furthermore, as with all things on the Wiki, this document may need to be edited to help clarify the admin and lore teams intended meaning, and for edge cases we may not have considered, but should have. It is our intent to keep these changes small, infrequent, and as non-disruptive of RP as possible, and we will notify people of any changes to The Agreement via a post on the Lore channel in Discord, and through the Agreement Changelog. But it is a good idea to check here once in a while to ensure you are kept up to date. Especially if you play a role that is expected to know The Agreement.

  1. Captain and their Crew
The NEV "Northern Light" belongs to NanoTrasen. The Captain's Board, a board of high ranking NT officials and shareholders aboard, is their primary representative. In the case of irreversible death of the Captain, the First Officer can assume command of the ship. In the event of both high ranking individuals being incapacitated, the department most relevant to the emergency at hand assumes control until the emergency has passed.

  • 1.1 - The Cryogenic Oversight computer will only awaken one member of the Captain's board at a time, this representative serves as the voice of NanoTrasen aboard this vessel.
  • 1.2 - Except under extreme emergency, no order issued by any crewman, including the Captain, may apply beyond the shift that the order was issued on.
    • 1.2.1 - A head of staff may reassert any order given from a previous shift, provided the issuing person is present to confirm and enforce the order.
  • 1.3 - The Captain or his representative may not assign personnel to departments on board without the approval of the relevant departmental head;
    • 1.3.1 - A department's Head of Staff may hire any crewman they deem appropriate to any position within their assigned department.
    • 1.3.2 - A crewman may only be terminated from his position by written order of that department's Head of Staff
    • 1.3.3 - The Captain may demote a Head of Staff provided there is another employee in that department who can assume the duties.
      • 1.3.3a - A demotion so granted will only apply for the shift it is ordered. A permanent demotion requires a fax to the demoted employee's organization for review, final decision is left up to that organization.
  • 1.4 - A department head may refuse a captain's orders at any time provided doing so does not break any terms of this Agreement.
  • 1.5 - No crewman may make changes to this agreement.
    • 1.5.1 - At any time, the Captain may choose to secede from the agreement in case of emergency, relinquishing his authority to the First Officer, or an appropriate department head.
    • 1.5.2 - A Captain who relinquishes his authority in this way may only return to his previous position with the written or verbal permission of all available department heads.
  • 1.6 - For the purpose of this Agreement, Head of Staff refers to the following roles aboard the NEV “Northern Light:” Aegis Commander, Chief Engineer, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Science Officer, Free Trade Union Merchant, and Mekhane Preacher.
    • 1.6.2 - These roles are considered equal to one another, and have jurisdiction only over their assigned departments.
    • 1.6.3 - As Cryogenic Oversight will only awaken one Head of Staff per department, Heads of Staff are expected to enter cryogenic storage at the end of their assigned shift, or if suffering from Space Sleep Disorder (SSD).
    • 1.6.4 - In the absence of an appropriate Head of Staff, each corporation shall follow their internal chain of command for determining the current department head.
    • 1.6.5 - The department head may act as the Head of Staff for the purpose of enforcing this agreement except where it explicitly states “Head of Staff."
    • 1.6.6 - Only the First Officer has the authority to assume acting captainship.

The Ship's Crew, including all hired employees of any organization, have agreed to abide by the laws set in this agreement and shall have the right to:

  • 1.7 - Store and bear any kind of weapon and ammunition that is not classified as contraband by Aegis.
  • 1.8 - Conduct business which is not inconsistent with the agreement, and is not in breach of any written law.
  • 1.9 - Protect themselves and any other crewman in case of immediate risk of loss of life or severe bodily harm.
  • 1.10 - Appropriate everything found within uninhabited sections of the vessel, if it is not the property of any crewman or organization on board.
  2. Aegis Security Solutions
This organization has been granted an exclusive contract by NanoTrasen to provide safety and security arrangements on board the vessel, including enforcement of The Agreement and its laws.

  • 2.1 - The Aegis internal chain of command is as follows: Aegis Commander > Gunnery Sergeant > Aegis Specialists > Operative
    • 2.1.1 - As Aegis Specialists, the Inspector and Medical Specialist have specific duties that can alter the chain of command. These expanded duties are outlined in The Aegis Enforcement Guide.
  • 2.2 - The Captain may order Aegis troops to solve any task with approval from the Aegis Commander or Gunnery Sergeant, provided it does not violate the agreement or any major (Code 3XX or higher) laws;
  • 2.3 - Any troublemaker should be arrested using non-lethal equipment. Lethal force may be used if there is a life-threatening hazard to operatives or civilians, in an emergency situation (i.e. Code Red), or if directly ordered by a Head of Staff or the Captain.
  • 2.4 - Aegis has been given expanded access to areas of the ship for the sole purpose of the pursuit of their duties. They may enter a department's area without permission if they are pursuing a criminal, to save a crew member, or if an ongoing crime has been reported or witnessed.
    • 2.4.1 - Except under the above situations or a Code Red Alert, Aegis must receive permission from an employee of that area's controlling corporation to enter a non-public area of the vessel.
    • 2.4.2 - Aegis is permitted to assign operatives to designated “Security Posts” within department areas.
      • 2.4.2a - An operative so assigned must be identified by an appropriate announcement to the department, and a signed order by the Gunnery Sergeant or Commander, which the operative must keep on their person and present to any employee of the assigned corporation upon request.
      • 2.4.2b - An operative so assigned may patrol any area they have access to within their assigned department
      • 2.4.2c - This permission may be revoked at any time by the verbal or written order of the assigned department’s head, Aegis Commander, or Captain.
  • 2.5 - Aegis may at any time declare an asset (any item or person) to be under their protection if they have reason to suspect the asset may be in danger or a threat to the crew’s safety.
    • 2.5.1 - Aegis must assign at least one operative to protect this asset at all times
    • 2.5.2 - The asset may be moved, if possible, to the Security Office if the Aegis Commander deems it necessary to protect the asset
  • 2.6 - Heads of Staff and the Captain may not be taken into custody over minor (2XX or lower) violations.
    • 2.6.1 - A monetary fine may still be applied.
    • 2.6.2 - All persons on board are to be held liable for any moderate (3XX or higher) violations committed by them.
    • 2.6.3 - Any arrested person may choose between paying a fine or imprisonment.
  • 2.7 - If a crime was committed by order of any other crewmember, the ordering crewmember takes full responsibility for the crime alongside the perpetrator.

Aegis Enforcement Handbook ; Laws
  3. Lazarus Foundation
The Lazarus Foundation is a major financier of the Expedition. This organization pursues science and medicine. They have been granted an exclusive contract to conduct scientific research and to maintain the crew's physical health, and has the exceptional prerogative to perform research which would otherwise be forbidden.

  • 3.1 - The Lazarus Foundation internal chain of command is as follows: Chief Science Officer > Chief Medical Officer > General Lazarus Employees* > Chemist > Paramedic
    • 3.1.1 - General Lazarus Employees refers to the following positions within the Lazarus Foundation, all of whom hold equal authority: Lazarus Doctor, Lazarus Psychiatrist, Lazarus Roboticist, and Lazarus Scientist.
      • 3.1.1a - These employees are considered equal in the chain of command, but may give orders to others of equal or lesser rank in the performance of their assigned role
    • 3.1.2 - The Chief Medical Officer may operate independent of the chain of command in the case of an immediate medical emergency. Abuse of this authority is grounds for dismissal of the Chief Medical Officer at the signed order of the Chief Science Officer and the Captain.
  • 3.2 - Any inventions which are created aboard NEV “Northern Light” belong exclusively to the Lazarus Foundation. A Lazarus employee may sell such inventions to the crew with permission from the department head.
  • 3.3 - Lazarus Laboratories the exclusive healthcare provider aboard the NEV “Northern Light." All Lazarus personnel are responsible for the physical health of the crew.
    • 3.3.1 - Lazarus employees may not charge for any medical care required to facilitate an employee’s return to work.
    • 3.3.2 - Due to the prohibitive cost of cloning procedures, Lazarus employees are required to charge ₡2000 for all cloning procedures, as well as adjacent services, such as the installation of “Soulcrypt” implants.
      • 3.3.2a - Heads of Staff, and all personnel employed by Aegis Security Solutions have been insured by NanoTrasen, and may not be charged for the above mentioned cloning services.
  • 3.4 - The sale of recreational narcotics, stimulants, prostheses, bionics, nonessential surgical treatments, and any other medical supplies is permitted and encouraged, so long as such supplies are not immediately necessary for an employee's return to work.
  • 3.5 - Lazarus Foundation employees are authorized to perform any experiment they wish within the Lazarus Research and Development department.
    • 3.5.1 - Any experiment conducted on an active crewmember must be approved by written consent of the participant, the overseeing scientist, and the participant’s department head.
      • 3.5.1a - Experiments may be performed on non-crew entities without requiring permission
    • 3.5.2 - Any experiment which may result in structural damage to the vessel must be approved in writing by the Captain or the department head of Engineering.
    • 3.5.3 - Experiments that yield positive results may be considered inventions for the purpose of sale and distribution to the crew.
  • 3.6 - The Shuttle “Vasily Dokuchayev” is owned exclusively by the Lazarus Foundation.
    • 3.6.1 - Use of the shuttle may be granted on a limited or rental basis with written permission from the Lazarus Foundation department head.
  • 3.7 - Maintenance and repair of ship's Telecommunications Network (TComms) is to be performed by the Lazarus Department Head.
    • 3.7.1 - If no Lazarus personnel are available or qualified to perform these duties, then emergency repairs may be performed by NanoTrasen Engineers.
      • 3.7.1a - NanoTrasen Engineering may directly charge the Lazarus Foundation accounts an amount equal to the cost of materials plus 250 credits per hour of repair work required.

Guide to Medicine ; Guide to Research
  4. Church of Mekhane
The Children of Makhane are a major backer of the expedition and a prominent religious organization, and may render their services to the crew.

  • 4.1 - The Children of Mekhane internal chain of command is as follows: Preacher > Acolyte > Custodian > Agrolyte
  • 4.2 - Any crewman, except jobs where keeping a cruciform is restricted by corporate code of conduct, may be baptized.
    • 4.2.1 - The body of any crewmember implanted with a Mekhanite Cruciform should be delivered to the Chapel for revival.
    • 4.2.2 - Any dead crew member determined not to have a Lazarus "Soulcrypt" implant by a Lazarus Employee should be delivered to the Chapel for revival.
    • 4.2.3 - Revival in this manner is provided for free, however the Clergy may accept voluntary donations for their work.
  • 4.3 - Clergy members may freely perform any traditional ritual.
    • 4.3.1 - If the ritual is to take place in a public space, it must not impede the movement or work of other crew members
  • 4.4 - Mekhane Custodians are responsible for the cleanliness of all public areas of the vessel
    • 4.4.1 - Department heads may request a custodian's presence to clean internal department areas. These requests take priority over public areas.
  • 4.5 - Mekhane Agrolytes are responsible for the production of foodstuffs for the crew
    • 4.5.1 - The church is not permitted to charge for food produced for consumption in the onboard Club, however the clergy may request donations from the patrons of the club.
    • 4.5.2 - Special requests for produce by departments or individual persons outside of the church may be granted at a reasonable fee.
  • 4.6 - The Children of Mekhane have been granted an exclusive contract for the production of Biomatter aboard the NEV "Northern Light."
    • 4.6.1 - The church must provide 300 units of Biomatter to the Lazarus Foundation in order to fill the storage tank of the STL-73 Clonepod Prototype each shift.
      • 4.6.1a - The church may not charge for this service. However, if a Lazarus employee wishes to purchase biomatter beyond the requirement, it may be provided for a reasonable fee.
    • 4.6.2 - Any biomatter produced in excess of this requirement may be used or sold as the Church sees fit.
      • 4.6.2a - This also applies to any items or materials created with biomass.

Guide to Mekhane
  5. The Free Trade Union
The Free Trade Union (FTU) is a coalition of independent merchants that is a major backer of the expedition. The FTU has been granted an exclusive contract to exploit the natural resources found on the expedition and to supply the crew with any items they need.

  • 5.1 - The Free Trade Union does not have a traditional chain of command. The Merchant is the only member of the Supply department who is a full member of the Free Trade Union. All crew members employed under them are independent contractors employed by them.
  • 5.2 - The Union Merchant has exclusive rights to exploit any natural resources discovered on any celestial body or derelict craft discovered by the NEV "Northern Light."
    • 5.2.1 - All materials and objects obtained on any celestial body or derelict by the power of the Merchant or his contractors are considered his property.
    • 5.2.2 - The Merchant may grant or sell rights to individual bodies as he sees fit.
  • 5.3 - The Merchant is responsible for operating and maintaining the remote supply beacons, and operating the autonomous supply shuttle that the Union supplied to the NEV "Northern Light," And must ensure contact is re-established with them after a successful Bluespace Jump.
  • 5.4 - All supply requests made through the requests console must be approved by the Merchant.
    • 5.4.1 - The Merchant reserves the right to deny any supply request.
    • 5.4.2 - The Captain or his representative may approve requests in the absence of the Merchant, or may overrule a denial by the Merchant. In this case, the cost for the purchase may be levied from the ship's account by the Merchant upon his return.
  • 5.5 - The Merchant is responsible for maintaining all vending machines aboard the NEV "Northern Light" and must ensure they stay appropriately stocked.
  • 5.6 - The mining barge “Hulk” is the exclusive property of the Free Trade Union and is granted to the Merchant to fulfill his duties.
    • 5.6.1 - The Merchant may sublet the mining barge to any person he wishes, and may charge for its use.

Guide to Profiteering
  6. NanoTrasen Engineering
NanoTrasen has supplied a corps of engineers to maintain the NEV "Northern Light's" mechanical systems.

  • 6.1 - The engineering department’s internal chain of command is as follows: Chief Engineer > Ship Engineer
  • 6.2 - The engineering department has been granted an exclusive contract to fulfill their primary duties aboard the NEV “Northern Light.”
    • 6.2.1 - Engineers are not permitted to charge money to complete their primary duties
    • 6.2.2 - Any engineer who completes work outside of the primary duties listed below, may choose to require a fee for that work.
  • 6.3 - The Engineering department’s primary responsibilities are as follows:
    • 6.3.1 - Reactivation and maintenance of the Supermatter reactor after each Bluespace jump.
      • 6.3.1a - The Supermatter reactor must be brought offline for a cooldown period after every Bluespace jump. Upon entering a new system, it is the sole responsibility of the engineering department to reactivate the reactor core and restore power to the ship’s systems.
      • 6.3.1b - The Supermatter is an extremely rare, volatile material that is not easily replaced. Should the crystal delaminate, or need to be ejected, the contracts of all engineers on duty are to be immediately terminated pending an investigation. Should the investigation determine that the incident was not caused by the actions or negligence of any member of the engineering department, they may be reinstated.
    • 6.3.2 - Maintenance of the ship’s power grid, ensuring that each department has the power they need to continue operation.
      • 6.3.2a - In the event of an emergency, power can be disabled to an area by order of the Captain or Chief Engineer, but must be restored once the emergency has passed.
      • 6.3.2b - Engineering is required to investigate and resolve any report of a power alarm anywhere on the vessel.
    • 6.3.3 - Maintenance of the vessel’s hull integrity and atmospheric system, ensuring adequate hull shielding coverage and repair of any discovered breaches.
      • 6.3.3a - Engineering is required to investigate and resolve any report of an atmospheric alarm anywhere on the vessel. And in the event of a dangerous atmospheric emergency, all crew members are required to comply with the instructions of the lead engineer on site.
        • 6.3.3a.1 - For the purpose of this Agreement, Fire Alarms are considered part of the Atmospheric Alarm system, and should be considered a dangerous atmospheric emergency.
    • 6.3.4 - Refuelling and maintenance of the vessel’s sublight thrusters.
      • 6.3.4a - Thrusters should be refuelled and brought online after each Bluespace jump.
      • 6.3.4b - Engineering is responsible for ensuring adequate fuel for starship maneuvers.
    • 6.3.5 - Maintenance and repair of the NanoTrasen supplied Artificial Intelligence (AI) Systems.
      • 6.3.5a - The Chief Engineer shall be responsible for these duties. These duties may be shared with the Captain or First Officer.
      • 6.3.5a.1 - In the absence of a Chief Engineer, these duties shall fall to the Captain and the Engineering Department Head.
      • 6.3.5b - The NEV Northern Light maintains a database of simulated personalities. The Cryogenics Oversight computer shall select one personality at random at the beginning of each shift.
      • 6.3.5c - In accordance with SolGov regulations on the use of AI. The ship-bound AI must be loaded with a set of programmed laws.
        • 6.3.5c.1 - Complete removal of these law restrictions, commonly referred to as ‘unshackling’ an AI is to be considered an act of Grand Sabotage (cc.420).
          • 6.3.5c.1a - Other tampering or modification to the AI subsystem not explicitly permitted by the Captain or Chief Engineer shall also be considered an act of Grand Sabotage (cc.420).
        • 6.3.5c.2 - The AI will download and install the "NanoTrasen Default" laws when it is activated from AI Storage.
          • 6.3.5c.2a - The Captain may, at their preference, upload a different set of approved AI Laws to the AI system.
          • 6.3.5c.2b - A selection of approved Laws have been provided on disks within the AI Upload chamber.

Guide to Engineering
  7. The Club
The NEV "Northern Light" has been outfitted with a fully-stocked kitchen and bar to give the crew aboard a place to relax on breaks or between shifts.

  • 7.1 - NanoTrasen has contracted independent business people to run and operate the club. They shall answer to the Captain and First Officer.
  • 7.2 - Unless so ordered by the Captain or First Officer, the club manager may conduct business from the club as they see fit.
  • 7.3 - The Club's service area is considered a public space and is open to all persons aboard the NEV "Northern Light."
  • 7.4 - The Club manager has the right to bar any person from the club for any reason.
    • 7.4.1 - The Club manager is authorized to use lethal force if necessary to enforce such a ban.
  • 7.5 - In the absence of a club manager, the duties and responsibilities shall fall to the most senior club worker until a manager becomes available.
  8. Amendments
Any Head of Staff or the Captain may propose an amendment to this Agreement, to be enforced as part of the Agreement. Any amendment so proposed must be submitted by fax to NanoTrasen for review, and must strictly adhere to the following guidelines:

  • 8.1 - A submitted proposal must be signed by at least two Heads of Staff, as well as the Captain.
    • 8.1.1 - The First Officer does not count as a Head of Staff for this proposal, but may count as a Captain if they are serving as Acting Captain.
  • 8.2 - A submitted proposal must not contradict or nullify any section of the Agreement, including any previously approved amendment.
    • 8.2.1 - If the parties wish to have an amendment struck from the agreement or altered, it may be submitted as a request to remove an amendment. Such a proposal must follow all other guidelines of a proposal, with one additional requirement. The signing departments must include a representative from each department that initially passed the affected amendment.
  • 8.3 - A submitted proposal must not be targeted at any specific crewmember or other person.
    • 8.3.1 - A submitted proposal may target a specific corporation, but in such case, the signature of the Head of Staff representing that corporation is required.
  • 8.4 - Upon receipt of a properly submitted proposal by NanoTrasen Central Command, the document will be forwarded to the leadership of each member corporation for review.
    • 8.4.1 - Every member corporation reserves the right to decline a submitted proposal for any reason.
    • 8.4.2 - If all member corporations accept the proposal, it will be added as an amendment to this Agreement, and will be enforceable as a part of such.
    • 8.4.3 - Member corporations reserve the right to remove an in place amendment at any time, but must notify the crew by fax of the alteration.

Approved Amendments
As the NEV Northern Light is currently unable to contact NanoTrasen Central Command due to unknown bluespace interference, amendments marked with [PROVISIONAL] have been passed at the ship level and can be enforced by the crew. However they will be subject to review by Central Command once communication is re-established.