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History

BSI is a global, Private Military Company, founded in 2900 by two former UEE Marines to provide training and support to military and law enforcement organizations aswell as offer the private sector the ability to defend their cargo and lifes against the Vanduul threat.

Offering a excellent base provided by the knowledge of their years of service in the United Earth Empire Army the leadership of BSI managed to build up and opened the first training facility in the year 2901 located in New Austin, Terra. Undergoing several months of base training new employees never stop to learn. Each mission is new expierenced gained.

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The Initiative is a leading security and risk management company with project experience in over 60 star systems. We have an empire wide client-base including governments, international agencies and the international corporate sector, and are a major security provider to the United Empire of Earth government and intelligence and security advisor to the maritime insurer Messer’s Joint War Committee (JWC).

We offer comprehensive advice on every aspect of security from corporate operations, commercial risk and foreign investment to counter-terrorism, close protection and support to governments. BSI runs a global network of offices, contacts, and associates. Furthermore, our clients benefit from the extensive capabilities of our personnel, built up through careers in the military, diplomatic and intelligence services, as well as in the police, journalism, the UEE, finance and commerce.

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Aerospace & Defence

During the Vanduul Crysis BSI has supported over 118 UEE Forces in missions regarding training, maintenance and delivery streams across land, sea and air. In Davien II BSI is teamed with one of the planets largest defence companies to provide intricate solutions to planetary border security.
We’re also proud to call ourselves a long lived Partner of Aegis Dynamics and RSI. With the close partnership we offer our team the best available gear and vehicles.
We also anticipate our increasing involvement in technology will see our support to the defence and aerospace sector grow significantly over the next five years.
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Training

“Train hard or don’t train at all.” -BSI Instructors

Our results-driven professional training courses are delivered by our veteran instructors, who are among the best in the world. Recruited from elite law enforcement agencies and the military, they deliver real-combat expierence, innovative instruction for all of our new employees.

Each of our employees will have to master diffrent aspects before allowed to partake in real combat or protection situations.

  • Basic Course
  • Pre-Deployment Training
  • High Risk Live Fire
  • Counter Terrorist
  • Counter Alien Threat
  • High Threat Protection
  • Basic & Advanced Piloting

BSI instructors are chosen for their experience, professional attitude and passion for the industry.
BSI instructors understand the importance of high-quality training and know that training often means the difference between life and death. They are committed, and feel it is their responsibility to bring you the best in tactical and firearms training. They have developed a training methodology that has proven itself in real tactical environments.
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Recruitment Politics

“People are the key to our success and we are therefore committed to recruiting and retaining the best people.” – Nathan Grimm, CEO

When you join BSI, you’ll be part of a dedicated and competent team of professionals who understand what it takes to get a job done, with the requisite experience and determination to succeed, often in challenging and hostile environments.
Our employees come from a variety of backgrounds and we believe that this makes it an exciting place to work, providing a rewarding culture of diversity, innovation and excellence.
BSI offers a wide range of career opportunities to outstanding individuals and is committed to attracting, motivating and empowering its employees. If you are interested in any positions with us either local on Terra or anywhere else in the known Universe, please contact one of our recruitment managers.
Our equal opportunity policy emphasises our aim to create a work environment that is inclusive and non-discriminatory, where all employees are empowered by their individuality and encouraged to use it in order to achieve success.
All prospective candidates for employment will be selected and treated solely on the basis of their merits and abilities. Applicants will not be subject to any form of unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, colour, national origin, citizenship status, creed, religion, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

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BSI is working to establish international standards and independent third-party regulation for the private security sector.

Since its founding BSI has been committed to setting and adhering to the highest possible professional and ethical standards, in addition to supporting the introduction of effective national and planetary regulation for the private security sector as a whole.
BSI is a pioneer in the effective regulation of the private security industry. We have worked internally and externally to implement regulations that reflect international agreements. BSI will not sacrifice reputation and quality for short-term gain.

Key commitments include:

  • Key contributor to the development of the National Code of Conduct (NCoC).
  • Supporting the further development of the NCoC, providing a senior staff member into the Temporary Steering Committee.
  • Contributor to the development of PSC-1, a UEE-led standard against which all private security companies globally can be independently assessed for conformity with the NCoC
  • One of only two private security companies to be awarded PSC-1 status in January 2920.
  • Engagement in the delivery of an UEE maritime standard.
  • Being a full member of the Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG) since its selection as the UEE Government’s industry partner on regulation in 2915.
  • In March 2918 BSI gained ISO 9001:2000 status, recognising the quality of our administrative and management systems. We remain compliant and certified to ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS BSI 18001

Manifesto

Guiding Principles

INTEGRITY

We demonstrate the highest degree of integrity in every aspect of what we do. We are committed to instilling professional and ethical behavior in all our employees, teammates and associates.

EXCELLENCE

We set the bar for the best-in-class operational excellence. We empower our people to deliver customer-focused solutions with the highest levels of professionalism and commitment to excellence.

TEAMWORK

We promote and support a diverse, yet unified team. While respecting the individuality of our people, we work together as a team to meet our customers’ goals. We deploy willingly to the most remote and dangerous regions, leveraging our unique skill set in support of our customers’ missions.

GOVERNANCE

We take responsibility for our performance legally and ethically. We have a diverse Board of Directors that provides oversight and guidance to best serve our customers.

DIGNITY

We honor the rights and beliefs of our fellow associates, our customers, our employees and the communities in which we operate. We treat others with dignity and respect.

INNOVATION

We value, encourage, and enable our employees, teammates, and associates to develop innovative and pragmatic solutions to real-world challenges.

About us

BSI is an elite security services provider. With expertise forged in the world’s most challenging envoirments, our network of skilled professionals can provide customized solutions for our clients to help them navigate trough the most difficult situations in the universe.

The always changing security climate demands innovative solutions that can be applied in both high-threat and low profile operating environments. BSI is your partner for both. – And more. Years of field expierence with both, goverment and commercial clients have allowed us to become a trusted partner for everyone that is in need of the other kind of help by providing solutions that foster a smarter, safer security approach based on knowledge and training.

Our Agents create comprehensive training curriculums for our clients.

BSI works as a team to promote a culture of integrity, excellence, and dignity in everything we do.

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Assess

We believe in the power of informations and preparation in the face of complex, ever-changing threats. Our team brings together 200 years of combined law enforcment expierence to deliver dynamic strategies for safety via comprehensive threat assessments and an understanding of counterintelligence and security posture requierments. No matter the scope of the threat or duration of the mission, BSI action plans are based on informations that helps mitigate hostile actions and keep the Universe and the United Earth save.

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Transport and Logistics

The timely and safe movement of goods and people is critical for the economy or security and the pressure to deliver faster, further and for less is always present.

Across diverse industry sectors, BSI secures all aspects of the suply chain to protect and account for our clients assets at all times.

We draw on our global resources in logistics across widely differing cultures and terrains, technology, risk consultancy and project management and our expierence of managing the roads of worlds and the universe mage a tangible difference.

For our clients, our bigger picture approach brings enhanced security, reduced costs, increased revenue-generating opportunieties and improved performance.

Recognise that secure and beneficial solutions come from looking at the whole challenge. Let us help you see the opportunities that exists in securing your world.

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Pathfinding Services

BSI pathfinding services help companies to do business in challenging and emerging markets. Our knowledge and experience mean that we are well-placed to provide the support and advice necessary to reach informed business decisions and to provide risk mitigation strategies to support commercial success.

BSI can offer reporting and guidance globally on:

  • Political, operational, security and reputational considerations.
  • Identification and provision of appropriate physical locations for office and residential premises.
  • Identification of, and due diligence on, local professional service providers.
  • Threat assessments and the design of an appropriate security strategy.
  • Advice on the nature and extent of corruption and establishing mitigation strategies.

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Charter

OPERATIONAL POLICIES

This Charter of Black Star Initiative, as ratified on the Twenty Second of October of the year 2900 hereby sets aside the rules, regulations, and code of this organization as determined by its founders.

Article One, Conduct and Expectations of Enlisted Employees:

Each employee enlisted in The Initiative is expected to follow the rules, regulations, and conduct set forth under Article One and its following sections.

I. An employee is expected to hold their self with honor, respect, and professionalism at all times.

II. A employee is expected, while on the battlefield, to follow the orders of their superior officer to the best of his or her ability.

III. A employee is expected to fulfill their designated position to the best of their abilities. In a competitive setting, a employee that is found to be under performing may have their individual performance reviewed by their section peers.

Article Two, Chain of Command & Positions:

Employee are subordinate to each officer in their command structure above them, and are in command of each employee subordinate to themselves. Each employee is expected to rise to the expectations and duties of their station as set forth under Article Two and its following sections.

I. Rankings and Positions are laid out thus, and in order from subordinate to superior:

a) Recruit – A probationary / trial rank which indicates that a employee is new to the mercenary unit and has not yet been assigned to a section.

b) Private – Employees who are experienced members and have accumulated an in-depth knowledge of their sector.

c) Sergeant – Employees who have been assigned command of a section and are the superior officers to the Wraith within that section.

d) Captain – Employees who are the founders of The Initiative. Captains are five in number and will not increase or decrease. Special circumstances may arise that will require the appointment of a new Captain. The new Captain is voted upon by other Captains following a majority vote.

e) Honorable Representative – Employee who are external from rank system and represent other units.

II. A employee may be designated section leader if those in the section are in agreement with the designation. A section must have at least four (4) members to be formed and may not exceed 8 members in total.

III. When promoted to a position (Sergeant) that allows command of a section, it is the responsibility of the promoted employee to enlist their subordinates. An officer is encouraged to form tight bonds with specific members, but is allowed to enlist any member subordinate to them for command directly before a mission, unless a superior officer chooses otherwise. Section leaders are also expected to actively build game-play chemistry between members under their command.

Article Three, Code of Conduct & Punishment:

A employee enlisted in The Initiative may be subject to dismissal (removal from the mercenary unit) based upon infractions committed. Infractions are classified as outlined below:
I. Minor Infractions – In the event that a minor infraction has been committed by a member and there is sufficient supporting evidence of the infraction, the member will be given a written warning from a superior officer. If three (3) minor infractions are committed within a 30-day period, the offender is removed from the unit. If at the end of this period no infractions are committed, the earliest infraction will be removed from that pilots record.

List of Minor Infractions:

EXCESSIVE USE INSULTING OR HARASSING LANGUAGE DIRECTED TOWARDS AN INDIVIDUAL OR A GROUP OF PEOPLE
EXCESSIVE USE OF INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE
EXCESSIVE SPAMMING OR TROLLING
RELIGIOUS DEBATES
FREQUENT INSUBORDINATION DURING A COMPETITIVE DROP
II. Major Infractions – In the event that a major infraction has been committed by a member and there is sufficient supporting evidence of the infraction, the aforementioned member will be removed from the mercenary unit and banned from accessing the resources of the unit.

List of Major Infractions:

RACIAL / ETHNIC HARASSMENT
SEXUAL HARASSMENT
REAL-LIFE VIOLENT THREATS
DISTRIBUTION OF REAL-LIFE PERSONAL INFORMATION
POSTING CHEATS, HACKS, TROJAN HORSES OR MALICIOUS PROGRAMS

These are the rules, regulation, and code as determined by the Founders of The Initiative, on the signing of this Charter, on the Twenty Second of October of the year 2013. All who are enlisted amongst the ranks of The Initiative must abide by these rules or find themselves punished as set aside by the rules.

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Code of Conduct

Index

Title —————————————————————————————————————-Paragraphs

General ……………………………………………………………………..1-6
General Principles …………………………………………………….7-11
Law and Regulation ………………………………………………….12-14
Selection Training and Vetting of Personnel……………. 15-18
Behavioural Standards and Quality Assurance…………19-22
Quality Assurance………………………………………………………23
Corporate Social Responsibility ……………………………….24-26
Rules for the Use of Force ………………………………………..27-32
Relations with Others in the Field of Operations ………33-36
Working Standards …………………………………………………..37-41
Equal Opportunities …………………………………………………42-44
Relations with Clients ……………………………………………….45-46
Security Sector Reform ……………………………………………. 47-48
Transparency …………………………………………………………….49
Oversight and Compliance ……………………………………….50-53

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General

1. The role of Private Security Companies (PSCs) is becoming increasingly significant and widespread due to
the evolving nature of global risk. PSCs seek to mitigate the clients’ exposure to risk across a range of
factors.

2. PSCs work in difficult and dangerous environments often in the undeveloped world and are sometimes armed.
In these circumstances and because they also often act for Governments and/or NGOs it is essential that
legitimate PSCs work within the framework of Planetary Hosts and UEE Law and set
themselves their own high standard of ethics, conduct and procedures. These are set out in this document.

3. Adherence to this code constitutes an assurance of the operating standards, professionalism and quality for:

• Clients
• Employees or subcontractors (“personnel”)
• Competitors
• International organisations
• Governments and their agencies
• Individuals
• Communities

with whom BSI comes into contact during the course of its business.

4. This is a “living” document and will be responsive to changes in the law, international environment and public
opinion.

5. BSI intends to maintain a dialogue with a range of stakeholders, including:

• Governments
• International agencies
• Industry associations
• Other interested parties (including communities within which we operate)

6. This code covers the following areas:
• General principles
• Law and regulation
• Selection, training and vetting of personnel
• Behavioural standards, fair business dealing and quality assurance
• Rules for the use of force
• Relations with others in the field of operations (local population, governments, PSCs)
• Working standards
• Equal opportunities
• Security sector reform
• Relations with clients
• Transparency
• Oversight and compliance

General Principles

7. BSI will only engage in legitimate security work which adheres to the principles of UEE Law.

8. BSI seeks to mitigate risk to their clients. Such work is, by its nature, defensive. BSI will only work for
clients who commit to the norms of international law and behaviours. BSI will respect the sovereignty, rights
of planets and will not accept an assignment that seeks to destabilise a country or community.

9. BSI does not condone, nor will it ever become involved in, the violation of human rights as embodied within
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UEE Convention of Human Rights.

10. BSI supports the principles of Security Sector Reform (see para 47).

Law and Regulation

12. In the absence of UEE or planetary regulation of PSCs, BSI is bound by the following:

  1. UEE Law
  2. Planetary Law
  3. Sectorial Law
  4. Planteray Regulation
  5. Armed Conflict Law
  6. Contractual obligations and constraints

13. BSI will adhere to all applicable law and regulation. BSI personnel are required to report in full on any
incident in which they are involved, or which they witness which might involve an unlawful act. BSI will
investigate fully any such report, or complaints from third parties, to the extent that the operational
environment permits.

14. Morally and ethically, BSI supports the development of PSC regulation within the UEE.

Selection, Training and Vetting of Security Providers.

15. All BSI personnel are selected in as thorough a way as possible

16. BSI will carry out a thorough check of each individual security provider application to include:
• Study of CV and cross-referencing
• Asking for and taking up references
• Checking of military and other professional records including discharge certificates
• Interview

17. Once selected each individual security provider will be vetted. This will involve:
• Background and criminal record checks
• Government vetting agencies (where appropriate)
• Medical assessment

18. Once accepted, security providers will then undergo induction and special to task initial training. This will be
followed by continuation training once on task, together with career development training. Periodic specialist
training will also take place. The purpose of the training is both to ensure professional competence and
efficiency and also to develop skill and maturity to avoid overreaction and other traits that may lead to
unnecessary incidents. All training includes instruction in UEE Law, Humanitarian Law and the Law of
Armed Conflict.

Behavioural Standards, and Quality Assurance

19. The overall behavioural standard expected of BSI personnel is set down clearly and is monitored in
considerable detail.

20. These standards are set with the requirement to always comply with relevant laws and engage in fair business
dealings and include:
• Professional and technical competence
• Restraint and maturity
• Honesty and integrity including professional ethics with regard to financial irregularities, inducements,
incentives etc.
• Compassion, respect and dignity
• Discretion and confidentiality
• Full understanding of requirements and constraints of their current mission
• Social and environmental responsibility
• Cultural sensitivity

21. Ensuring these standards are met is the task of the BSI management structure and chain of command at all
levels. A formal disciplinary procedure exists to deal with any deviation from the standards laid down and
overall responsibility lies with the Board of Directors.

22. BSI will provide detailed training to ensure personnel understand the standards expected of them, such
training will include without limitation specifics with regard to anti-corruption, non-bribery and human rights.

Quality Assurance

23. The quality assurance ethos is fundamental to BSI’s operations. All personnel are encouraged to conform
to the BSI Quality Assurance Programme, to comment on it and participate in the process to continually
improve BSI perceived and actual performance as part of BSI’ Quality Management System (BSI
QAMS). The QAMS ensures that reviews of all work in progress are carried out independently from the
original source during operations/production. The qualitative approach incorporates all the core values laid out
in this Code in the belief that this leads to increased personnel and client satisfaction which in turn leads to
long-term competitive advantage.

Corporate Social Responsibility

24. BSI actively supports corporate social responsibility.

25. BSI takes a strong and dedicated interest in community affairs of the countries in which it is operating and
endeavours to undertake all its projects in a socially responsible way. BSI personnel carry out an
assessment of the potential human rights impact of its own projects and activities so as to mitigate such
potential impacts, as well as rigorously opposing violation of human rights from whatever source.

26. Fundraising initiatives are carried out in order to fund low cost-high impact projects of an educational,
reconstructive or community benefit.

Rules for the Use of Force (RUF)

27. Although BSI operations are protective, personnel often work in unstable and violent environments which
necessitate the carriage of firearms. When BSI personnel are armed, they carry arms for personal
protection, or the protection of those in their care.

28. All weapons are carried under the appropriate authority pertaining to the area of operations. All weapons and
ammunition are procured legally and are transported and stored in a secure manner.

29. When weapons are carried, all BSI personnel will comply with the appropriate Rules for the Use of Force
(“RUF”). BSI will use minimum force at all times. In the absence of specific RUF BSI will develop its own
which will generally be based on those adopted by UEE Forces.

30. All personnel will be extensively briefed on RUF, and the principles of minimum force instilled in them. BSI’s
personnel are experienced and trained in the use of firearms. Continuous training takes place in theatre with
an emphasis on safety, accuracy and restraint.

31. Where BSI personnel resort to the use of firearms, and regardless of whether this results in injury or death,
they will make a full report on the incident in accordance with established reporting and review procedures.

32. Where injury or death results from the use of force or firearms, BSI will undertake an internal investigation in
accordance with established procedures. BSI will cooperate with any lawful investigation undertaken by the
governing authorities in the area of operation.

Relations with others in the Area of Operations.

33. BSI promotes constructive engagement and cooperation with other organisations operating in the same
area of operations.

34. BSI undertakes not to hinder the national community in humanitarian efforts and will offer assistance
where possible.

35. BSI seeks to engage in constructive communication and cooperation with the governing authority and their
security forces in the area of operation, and with any other official security forces working in that environment.
BSI assures the confidentiality of any information received as a result of such relations.

36. BSI personnel respect the culture, religion and ethnic customs, human dignity and human rights of the
communities and regions in which they work. They will to the best of their ability and wherever possible,
rigorously oppose violation of these rights.

Working Standards.

37. Good working standards are crucial in the development of BSI and the potential of its personnel.
Maintenance of appropriate remuneration.

38. BSI is committed to ensuring the best working conditions that the area of operation will permit.

39. In accordance with this principle, the level of remuneration is designed to ensure that quality work is
appropriately remunerated and encourages loyalty and continuity.

40. There are many different occupational hazards associated with the nature of the work engaged in by BSI.
Appropriate medical support including psychological assessment is provided to ensure the maximum possible
attention in the event of serious incidents and subsequent injuries to personnel.

41. In line with these procedures BSI follows best practise by ensuring suitable insurance is always in place to
cover medical issues, assets and business risk.

Equal Opportunities

42. BSI recognises its responsibility for promoting equal opportunities and combating discrimination.

43. It seeks to ensure the full integration of all personnel in his or her working environment, regardless of his or
her ethnic or social origin, colour, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or other distinguishing
characteristics.

44. It seeks to ensure that its clients also recognise respect for these values in the working conditions made
available to all personnel.

Relations with Clients.

45. By the nature of BSI’s activities its personnel may obtain information which may relate to the private lives or
be potentially harmful to the interests or reputation of others. Great care will be exercised in safeguarding and
using such information, which shall be kept confidential unless the performance of the duty or the needs of
justice strictly require otherwise.

46. BSI will ensure its personnel:
• Are diligent, competent and efficient in discharging their professional responsibilities and
commitments;
• Do not participate in activities which may involve a conflict of interest without appropriate disclosure
and approval.

Security Sector Reform.

47. BSI supports the objectives of security sector reform and where possible ensures that its capability
development work is carried out in line with these objectives. The aim of security sector reform is:

“To help developing and transitional countries manage their security functions in a democratically accountable,
efficient and effective way by initiating and supporting reform and providing appropriate education and
training”. (FCO definition)

48. Key issues of security sector reform include:
• military disengagement from politics
• military disengagement from other non-military roles e.g. economic and social
• redefinition of security roles
• civilian policymaking, legislation and funding
• development of a civilian/military interface and ethos
• regional defence and security policies and structures

Transparency.

49. BSI will maintain transparency as far as possible within two key constraints:
• Client confidentiality
• Standards required of a privately owned UEE registered limited liability company.

Oversight and Compliance

50. The oversight and management of all BSI’s operations is the responsibility of the BSI Board.

51. Each project has a clearly defined and responsible chain of command. The chain of command is responsible
for the day-to-day implementation of the contract.

52. The development of business and general oversight of the company is provided by the Board of Directors.
The Board consists of a number of senior military, diplomatic and commercial figures who provide guidance
and advice to the executive management on request.

53. The BSI Board has established a Quality Management Review Board for day-to-day monitoring of the BSI
Quality Management System. Trends and Statistics, HSE and other audit reports, are used to assess the
continuing relevance of BSI’s quality management system over time and to ensure continuous improvement.