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Ambassadors, Peacekeepers and Emissaries dedicated to diplomacy.

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”

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History

Sometimes the simplest explanation of origins come from the little stories we share that are passed along. One such story is being told right now in a local bar in your neck of the verse. It starts like this…An Ambassador, an Admiral and a well dressed gentlemen walk into to a bar…

It started with two special assignments that took place on ArcCorp on 2939 in the Stanton system. Assignment One was to broker a trade deal for the UEE Special Projects Division with ArcCorp and Microtech. The UEE sent a well known state appointed Ambassador, known as the Plenipotentiary, with total authority to broker the deal. Assignment Two was to transport and protect the Ambassador, although some say it was a “show of force” to pressure ArcCorp and Microtech into an early agreement. This mission was lead by an Admiral that was on his last tour of duty and was looking forward to his early retirement from the UEE Navy.

Despite the negotiations dragging out on a daily basis, both the Ambassador and the Admiral would make the most of their evenings at a local ArcCorp bar, famous for its 20th century drink recipes. At first the Admiral would discuss the following days security protocols with the Ambassador. The Ambassador, in turn, would review the day’s recordings and bounce ideas off the Admiral. After a few days of meeting, they started to discuss and analyze the inefficiencies in UEE law, the red tape that prevented diplomacy and the passing opportunities or lives that were lost because of regulations.

During a late evening bar visit, they overheard a UEE Navy JAG arguing with a well dressed gentleman, claiming to be a businessman from a group known as the Indubitably Good Samaritans. The argument was over a dispute that was reconciled with the help of an unlawful group and some clever circumventing of local UEE laws. The gentleman, who was well versed in UEE law, ran verbal circles around the JAG. The JAG got so mad that he stood up abruptly, bumping the table and spilling the gentleman’s ale. You could hear a pin drop as the music stopped and everyone stood. The Ambassador and the Admiral looked at the gentleman then looked at each other and an idea came to them.

After a short, but eventful brawl, the Admiral instructed some soldiers to get the JAG home to sleep it off. The Ambassador turned to the gentleman and offered him a drink. Right after they sat down together, the Admiral recognized a barcode on the arm of the gentlemen. He looked at the gentleman and said.

“A businessman?” As he raised his right eyebrow. “Most well dressed businessmen do not carry the criminal brand of piracy, let alone carry the brand of free men again.”

Just then the two armored soldiers that had accompanied the Admiral aggressively stepped toward the gentleman.

“Stand down soldiers.” The Admiral calmly stated. The well dressed ‘pirate’ sat calmly and never flinched while sipping his drink.

“What are these called again?” Said the gentleman. “Medium dry martini, lemon peel. Shaken not stirred?”

“You have some seriously huge asteroids between your legs son”, the Admiral sneered, “what exactly got you that mark?”

The gentleman leaned toward the Admiral and whispered, “An hour of time with an Admiral’s daughter.” He smiled and slightly chuckled.

The Ambassador asked, “So you are not a pirate, but a victim of an unethical father overstepping his authority considering the seriousness of the criminal charge?”

“No” The gentleman stated. “The admiral, her unethical mother, had bigger asteroids between her legs than I and overstepped her authority and yes, I am a pirate…a gentleman pirate.”

“Gentleman pirate?” the Ambassador asked.

“You know, the guy in a nice suit, that likes fine drinks, smokes an occasional cigar and kindly removes supplies from select greedy corporation convoys without killing them. Shares those supplies with the neighboring systems that can’t make a living because those very same corporations bullied the supply trains out of those systems all in the name of profit.” He says then sips his drink.

“I gotta know, how did you escape the work camp?” Said the Ambassador as he leaned in to hear.

“Oh, the Admiral came to visit me right after my sentence. Let’s just say I used my charm. She does not actually have asteroids between her legs and yes I am completely fine that she unethically overstepped her authority on the way out, and not before I got the brand, a little souvenir.” He smiled, content with himself.

That meeting soon developed into regular bar visits to discuss hypothetical ideas and ways to streamline connections between the UEE and the outside world. Soon the three of them came to be good friends and the Ambassador and Admiral finally decided that the civilian world offered a better way to help groups of people avoid the UEE red tape, circumvent laws that were allowing people to suffer unnecessarily and make connections much easier than they could never have done on their own.

With their combined connections and networks, the two of them started a group, with the help of the gentleman, to help connect organizations without all the complexities of UEE law. It came to specialize in diplomacy, negotiation and mediation between certain parties that may or may not operate within the full boundaries of that law. With their UEE connections, they applied and were issued UEE special permit 10109. A permit granting them diplomatic immunity which gave them the edge over other “middle man” organizations. Allowing them the freedom to negotiate with any group, even unlawful parties and those outside of UEE law. They created a council of Ambassadors to bridge relationships and a defense force to protect the council and the parties they represented. The organization came to be well known and respected as Interstellar Diplomacy and the defense force that served them came to be know as the Interstellar Peacekeepers, one of the most advanced and well-trained defensive forces in the known systems.

Manifesto

Interstellar Diplomacy is an organization designed to specialize in mediation, negotiation and diplomacy to find peaceful solutions between organizations. It functions as a neutral party to help other organizations resolve issues, find common ground, build bridges of trust with common goals and interests, network and make sensitive exchanges. Our job is to listen, connect, assist and support organizations. Our allies, affiliations and community networks are represented as Emissaries within the organization. We are also a member of >Cognition Corp<, a large, neutral organization and network that represents and supports small and medium organizations.

If you:

  • find yourself in conflict with another organization that you would like to end peacefully…
  • would like to build an alliance with a group, but don’t know how to approach them…
  • want to share a location with another group because you can’t hold it or utilize it to its potential…
  • or a loved one needs to exchange cargo with your law breaking pirate uncle but your group strictly forbids contact…
  • need to negotiate a ceasefire to pull out your wounded…
  • want someone to be present for a meeting as a neutral party…
  • need to pickup some supplies in town, but are not welcome because of that “little” infraction involving damage to a UEE Navy ship and it’s crew…
  • need anything managed or advised diplomatically, socially, or neutrally…

Interstellar Diplomacy is waiting to serve your organization.

DIPLOMACY has been issued UEE special permit 10109 which gives us diplomatic immunity within the UEE and allows us to conduct “grey area” transactions between UEE, the civilian world and those you may operate outside the law. We are not liable for actions, damage to property or deaths incurred by or in association with our affiliations, clients and transactions related to them.

The Peacekeepers are the premier defensive militarized force of Interstellar Diplomacy. They serve to transport, protect and defend the Ambassadors, support investigations, enforce treaties and patrol neutral areas.

Peacekeepers mandate:

First and foremost, we serve Interstellar Diplomacy as shield and sword and we commit to the follow tenants:
We shall defend the Ambassadors…
We shall defend those associated with diplomatic missions…
We shall defend ourselves…
We shall defend treaties established…
We shall patrol and investigate treaty established zones…
We shall de-escalate hostile intent if possible…
We shall fire only when fired upon…
We shall kill only when necessary to defend and protect…
We shall accept all surrenders from aggressors…
We shall not pursue aggressors if they retreat…
We shall resist, we shall repel, we shall hold the line, and only when the enemy pushes so hard against us that all shall crumble, we shall allow them to snap and break against us.
We are the sheath, we are the shield, we are Peacekeepers

Operations under the Peacekeepers:

Combat – normal crew dedicated to combat roles which include peacekeepers, engineers and pilots.

Logistics – crew dedicated to running supply chain operations. They will transport and supply cargo and fuel to the fleet.

S&R – crew dedicated for search and rescue, medical assistance, emergency evacuations from conflicted areas and extraction operations for agents or allies.

Grey Ops” or classified missions will be performed by hand picked individuals or units given the designation of “Swords” or “Signals”. Swords will perform hauling of sensitive “red tape” cargo, key target missions, reconnaissance or any high risk missions. Signals will perform information running of sensitive data safely encrypted and protected, intelligence and counterintelligence.

Charter

Member Charter:

1. Show respect towards the community, members, affiliates, allies and opponents. We will participate in operations with others and must show respect and professionalism. If an issue arises, we can discuss it in private council and can include appropriate parties if needed.

2. We are an equal opportunity organization and we WILL NOT tolerate discrimination of any kind within our ranks. Anyone that violates this rule will be addressed accordingly which may include, but is not limited to, a demotion, suspension or removal from the organization. In a case where it is unclear, members will meet, review and determine the best course of action. (Refer to rule 1)

3. Communication is one of the single most important considerations of the organization. Please join us in Spectrum or Discord upon applying through the provided links. This is an easy way to keep everyone, including yourself, informed and a way to participate and get to know other members and the community.

4a. Ambassadors (main members only) are encouraged to build relationships with other players and organizations both in game and out (Discord or Spectrum). Members may join other organizations as affiliates or invite other organization representatives to join DIPLOMACY as Emissaries. All organizations represented, either by an Ambassador or Emissary, should be linked in the appropriate channel or thread to be added to our records archive. Recruits pursuing ambassadorship must perform tasks set by the senior ambassadors, to be considered and approved for higher positions. Main member are the only members that can hold the position of Grand Ambassador and those position are limited by org size.

4b. Peacekeepers (main & affiliate members) are encouraged to practice basic dog fighting, multi-crew stations and FPS. These are necessary skills to survive the hostile environments we may have to operate in to help/defend allies, other members and oneself. They follow a chain-of-command structure. Peacekeepers are free to pursue roles within the organization that they find comfortable and enjoyable, but need a recommendation from leadership that follows the chain of command. They must also finish the trial period, the Gauntlet, to be considered and approved for the desired position. Main members are the only members that can hold the position of Admiral. Affiliates can however hold the position of Peacemaker and Shield.

4c. Emissaries (affiliate members only) are under no obligation other than representation and communication for their main organizations, they are independant and follow their organization’s rules. They will have diplomatic immunity within DIPLOMACY, but any grief related issues that cause DIPLOMACY to break rules or endangers another organization within the boundaries of a negotiation/mediation will be reported to their organizations leadership and may include but is not limited to a verbal warning, a suspension, a ban of the emissary or the severing of diplomatic ties with the organization of the emissary.

5. We do have members that will role-play although it is not necessary. The most important rule is to enjoy the gameplay and have fun.

Promotion consideration guidelines for Ambassadors:

In order to be considered for a promotion, Ambassadorship recruit candidates will be given a task by Ambassadors to advance to their ranks. Ambassadors will be mentored and given tasks by Grand Ambassadors to advance. Grand Ambassadors and Admirals are the main leadership which is known as the “Grey Council.” These members are promoted if a position is made available as there is a limited number of positions on the council.

Promotion consideration guidelines for Peacekeepers:

In order to be considered for a peacekeeper, a recruit must first finish a trial period known as the Gauntlet at which time they will graduate to the role of Peacekeeper. If you stand out in performance, you may be considered for a leadership rank, known as a Shield, where you can lead your own unit. Further, if you are effective as a Shield in leading a unit, you may be considered for the rank of Peacemaker. Peacemakers are the most versatile and reliable members on the force. They are the jack-of-all-trades, highly effective in motivation, communication and lead multiple units.

The Gauntlet (trial period)

The chain of command starts at the bottom with the rank of recruit. This is where you are tested and evaluated, through a trial called the Gauntlet, for the promotion of Peacekeeper where you move to training in the standards of a premier defensive force, the Peacekeepers.

The Gauntlet will consist of game sessions (usually 3-5) to help and evaluate your skills in piloting, engineering and FPS. This is an encouraging time where members can help teach you what you need to know or you can show us what you have already learned on your own. You may be observed by an auditor during the Gauntlet to better help us determine if you are a fit, act mature and respectful and follow orders.

If you pass the Gauntlet and we determine that you can perform in combat, follow orders and show mutual respect you will be promoted to the rank of Peacekeeper and training will take place on protocols and how to work as a unit. You will rotate between the posts of soldier, engineer and pilot to learn how to function as a unit at which time a decision will be determined as to a permanent posting, taking your main interest into account. Peacekeepers should always be prepared for post rotation, if needed in an emergency.

Ranks:

The Grey Council:
The highest ranked members of the organization, Grand Ambassadors and Admirals, make up a small leadership council known as the Grey Council. Each member of this council has an equal vote. The seats of the Grey Council are formulated three Ambassadors to one Admiral. This is to allow diplomatic outcomes over military solutions when possible. Although the Grey Council has full authority in final decisions, every member will have a voice and will be heard and considered.

Grand Ambassador is responsible for the management and aid of all other Ambassadors. They are members of the Grey Council. They have authority in all Peacekeeper matters in the absence of the Admirals.

Admiral is responsible for peacekeeper fleet command and management. They are members of the Grey Council. They are able to perform in diplomatic matters in the absence of the Ambassadors. All Peacemakers report directly to the Admiral.

Ambassador is an experienced main member diplomat and can be versatile in all diplomatic disciplines or specializing in a single discipline, such as organization communications, treaty drafting, mediation or negotiation. They work independently when given approval and report directly to the Grey Council.

Emissary is another organization’s diplomatic representative and is always an affiliate member. They have diplomatic immunity and support their own organizations interests. They make up the majority of the network and may reach out to other organizations or may be contacted by other organizations within the network for services, support or help in diplomatic matters.

Peacemaker is a peacekeeper commander of mission-specific units, key positions in the management of the fleet, trained in elite combat tactics and administration. They can be versatile in all disciplines or specializing in a single discipline. They report directly to the Admiral.

Shield (Shield Pilot, Shield Engineer and Shield Peacekeeper, etc.) are the members that have stood out and have been selected for leadership. These members will lead their own unit.

Pilot is in charge of piloting the fleet’s ships efficiently in strategic defensive maneuvers both in combat and logistical situations.

Engineer is a logistics specialist within the crew proficient in support roles. These can include but are not limited to cargo, repairs, restock, medic, information systems and shields/energy system. An engineer may also be versatile in co-piloting in logistical missions.

Defender is a ground trooper and the backbone of our defense force. They are the soldiers and security forces. They are versatile in multi-crew operations and in ship internal defense.

Recruit is a new member. This is the trial period to see if they are a good fit for our defensive force. They will be trained and tested with training drills to get familiarized with our internal protocols, procedures and jobs. This is a review period where we will observe for a willingness to learn, following orders and learning the jobs effectively.
Undocumented Ranks:

Grey Ops” or classified missions will be performed by hand picked individuals or units given the designation of “Swords” or “Signals”. Swords will perform hauling of sensitive “red tape” cargo, key target missions, reconnaissance or any high risk missions. Signals will perform information running of sensitive data safely encrypted and protected, intelligence and counterintelligence.