Article 1: Foundation
1. The Mole Command shall
consist of a council of members, plus a council leader. The number of
generally elected seats, and the specific ranks eligible for those seats,
shall be determined mathematically according to the following formula:
1) The total number of
seats (not including the CO) should be approximately equal to 10-15%
of the number of members in the squad. This number is a guideline, the
actual number can be adjusted upwards to ensure that part 2 of the formula
2) The number of elected seats should be roughly equal to 1.5 (one and
a half) times the number of seats held by Generals (not including the
CO), never to be less than the number of seats held by Generals.
3) The number of seats in the Grit-Sgt category must be greater than
or equal to the number of seats in the Lt-Col category.
4) The total number of seats (not including the CO) must be an even
number to ensure that a tie vote is possible that will require the CO
to cast the tie breaking vote.
The generally elected seats
shall be broken down into two categories:
Grit through Sergeant
Lieutenant through Colonel
All elected seats become
available for re-election after four months, and the number of seats
available reformulated as per the above forumula. Any member may seek
reelection to Mole Command regardless of number of terms served.
The council leader shall
be the squad leader (referred to as CO hereafter). The CO shall have
no voting rights, other than to act as a tie-breaker in a standard majority
vote, or to vote in non-standard votes (such as a unanimous vote, read
further for an explanation of all vote types). The CO shall also retain
a rank of *****General, regardless of the rank held prior to becoming
the squad leader. No other RA members may hold the rank of *****General.
The squad's second in command
(referred to as XO hereafter) shall hold a rank of at least *General,
and shall hold the second highest rank in the RA. In the event that
the XO is a ****General, and another RA member is promoted to that same
rank, the XO is considered senior in rank, due to their time served
at that rank (along with having the title of XO).
Members of the Mole Command shall be determined as follows:
1. The CO shall be the
council leader, as described above.
2. All RA members holding
the rank of *General or higher shall be appointed to the council. If
the member was not a council member before promotion to General, then
that member shall become a member of the council.
3. The remaining members
of the council will be determined by a squadron vote, consisting of
two phases. The first phase will involve a 48 hour period where members
may nominate candidates, one in each of the allowed rank brackets. For
the purposes of counting the number of nominations a single member has
made, seconding a nomination also counts as a nomination. As long as
one other person seconds the nomination, then that person will be considered
an official candidate. Squad members may not nominate themselves, nor
will members be allowed to second a nomination for themselves. The second
phase will consist of a 48 hour period where members will vote to determine
which of the candidates shall be elected to Mole Command. These votes
will be a simple majority vote. All voting will be conducted via open
ballot in the forums, in which either the CO or XO shall act as the
4. Any member nominated
for (or elected to) the Mole Command may turn down the appointment,
for any reasons they see fit. However, any member who does so may not
change their minds later, and decide to accept the appointment. In order
to become a member of the Mole Command after turning down a nomination/appointment,
that member must wait for a seat on the council to open, and then be
elected through the normal process.
Article 2: Rights
and Responsibilities of Mole Command members:
1. CO - The CO acts as
the Mole Command chairman, and as such, normally does not vote (except
as described later). The CO may call a council meeting for any reasons
he sees fit, giving at least 48 hours notice, under normal circumstances.
For an emergency meeting, any amount of notice the CO deems fit may
The CO may (during an
emergency situation, such as time of war) disband the Mole Command for
a period not to exceed 1 week. During this time, he shall exert full
control of the RA. After 1 week, the CO must make a declaration of his
reasons for disbanding the council, and a squadron vote shall then be
called. This vote will be a "vote of confidence," and will determine
if the CO shall retain full control, or if the council will be reinstated.
As a vote of confidence, a 2/3 majority is required to overturn the
CO's decision, with the vote being a secret ballot and the XO acting
as vote counter. If the vote is in favor of the CO, then he may continue
to lead the squad without a Mole Command for another 2 weeks. After
such time, another vote shall be called. If the vote is instead against
the CO, then the council shall be immediately reinstated. At any time
after disbanding the council, the CO may reinstate the Mole Command.
After reinstatement, the council members shall be the same as at the
time of disbanding.
The CO shall be responsible
for maintaining the normal day to day operations of the squad, and for
ensuring that the decrees of the Mole Command are carried out efficiently
and expediently. As such, the CO retains command authority, except when
those commands conflict with Mole Command decrees. The CO may promote
individuals to one rank higher than the rank they currently possess.
The CO may also issue the Ace award, and the MVP award.
2. XO - The XO votes in
the same manner as any other Mole Command member. The XO works directly
with the CO, to assist with the normal day to day operations of the
squad, and for ensuring that the decrees of the Mole Command are carried
out efficiently and expediently. As such, the XO retains command authority,
except when those commands conflict with the decrees of the Mole Command
or the orders of the CO. The XO may promote individuals to one rank
higher than the rank they currently possess. The XO may also issue the
Ace award, and the MVP award.
3. Mole Command Members
- All members of the Mole Command are expected to be present for as
many council meetings as possible. The privilege of being elected to
the council is one that must be utilized to the maximum benefit of the
squad. Each member may cast 1 (one) vote on each topic that the council
is considering at each meeting. Council members that are not present
for a meeting may cast a vote in absentia, provided that such vote occurs
within 24 hours of the meeting (prior to the meeting, or after the fact).
Votes cast in absentia shall be delivered (via email) to the CO or XO.
Any member who does not attend a meeting, and fails to cast a vote in
absentia upon a topic, is considered to have cast a vote of "abstain."
Each member must cast one of the following votes upon all topics presented
before the council: "Yes" (agreement), "No" (disagreement), or "Abstain"
(does not wish to vote). A member's vote may not be changed at a future
date. Once a vote is cast, it is permanent. Only "Yes" and "No" votes
are counted when determining a majority of votes. A member may also
make a suggestion that a vote be "tabled", so that it can be discussed
at a future meeting. Normally, this is done when more information about
a topic is required.
4. Mole Command members
do not have any exclusive rights other than those that their rank grants
them. A member of the council who is of a lower rank than a non-councilmember
must still follow the orders of said non-councilmember.
Article 3: Rights
and Responsibilities of RA Members:
1. All RA members are expected
to follow the decrees of the Mole Command, and the orders of superiour
officers (unless those orders conflict with Mole Command decrees, or
the orders of officers more senior). Those who do not will be subject
to disciplinary actions
2. For the purposes of
Mole Command nominations and votes, members eligible to nominate, be
nominated or vote are restricted to those members of RA who, at the
beginning of the period when nominations are accepted,
were of the Rank Grit or higher and not currently a member of Mole Command.
A current member of Mole Command is defined as any member of Mole Command
who has not resigned, or been removed from Mole Command at the beginning
of the period when nominations are accepted. Former members of Mole
Command, those who were not current members of Mole Command at the beginning
of the period when nominations are accepted, are considered normal members
and may vote provided they meet all other qualifications. Members eligible
to be nominated and voted for but NOT eligible to nominate or vote are
those who, at the beginning of the period when nominations are accepted,
were of the rank Grit and held an elected seat on Mole Command.
3. All RA members above
the rank of Lint have the right to attend public meetings of the Mole
Command, and are allowed to speak their opinions on the matters the
council is about to vote upon.
4. All RA members above
the rank of Lint have the right to attend public meetings of the Mole
Command, and present issues they would like to have voted upon. Members
presenting a proposal to the council are expected to have all pertinent
information concerning the topic they wish the council to vote upon.
5. If an RA member does
not feel that a certain Mole Command member is acting in the best interests
of the squad, or is lax in their duty as a councilmember, they may make
a motion for a "no confidence" vote. Another squad member must second
the motion for a vote of "no confidence." If the motion is seconded,
then a squad vote will be called, in which members have 48 hours to
cast their vote on the matter. A 2/3 majority is required, and the vote
will be conducted as a secret ballot. The CO or XO will act as vote
counter, and as such, has no voting privilege. If the "no confidence"
vote meets the necessary majority, then the Mole Command member in question
is immediately removed from the council, and a new election will take
place to determine their replacement (see below). No disciplinary actions
may befall the former councilmember, unless the reason for their dismissal
is a punishable offense (ie. treason).
6. Non-councilmembers are
not permitted to attend council sessions if the session is going to
be a closed meeting, which must be determined beforehand. The Mole Command
is under no obligation to inform the rest of the squad of the times
and dates of closed sessions. They must, however, make it public knowledge
as to the times and dates of open sessions.
Article 4: Types
1. There are 3 types of
votes which may be used during Mole Command meetings, and the use of
each is determined by the topic being discussed. The 3 types of votes
are as follows: Simple Majority, 3/4 Majority, and Unanimous Decision.
2. A Simple Majority vote
shall be utilized for the majority of the Mole Command decisions. After
a topic is discussed, and a vote is called for, each member shall vote
"Yes", "No", or "Abstain." In the event of a tie, the CO shall cast
a final vote to break the tie. Examples of topics covered by a Simple
Majority vote include (but are not limited to) determination of upcoming
squad battles (ie. dates and squad to engage), generation of new RA
policy (ie. addition of new ranks or awards), and for the determination
of disciplinary actions (ie. demotions). Only the CO or XO may call
for a vote to be called involving disciplinary action.
3. A 3/4 Majority vote
shall be utilized for topics that are more sensitive to the RA. In a
3/4 Majority vote, a minimum of 1/3 (one third, rounded up) of the members
of Mole Command must cast a vote for a vote to pass. In the event that
a member casts an "Abstain" vote, or insufficient members
are present to vote, then the CO shall cast a vote to determine the
final outcome. Voting in absentia is not permissable for a 3/4 Majority
vote. 3/4 Majority votes must be decided at the time the topic is addressed.
Examples covered by a 3/4 Majority vote include (but are not limited
to) overturning a previous Mole Command decree or an order by the CO
(The CO may overturn an order by the XO without a Mole Command vote.
The XO may, however, make a plea to the Mole Command to overturn the
CO's decision.) and approval for promoting an RA member more than 1
4.Unanimous Decision votes
are used when the RA's security or sanctity are under scrutiny. A Unanimous
Decision is called for when a vote is being held concering the declaration
of war, the expulsion of an RA member, or the desire to readmit someone
who has been expelled from the RA. In a Unanimous Decision, the CO has
the right to cast a vote along with the other Mole Command members.
Councilmembers are not permitted to cast an "Abstain" vote during a
Unanimous Decision. All members must either vote "Yes" or "No." Any
vote that causes there to be a combination of "Yes" and "No" votes will
cause a Unanimous Decision to not pass. A Unanimous Decision vote must
be decided at the time the topic is addressed. Voting in absentia is
not permissable for a Unanimous Decision vote.
Article 5: Mole
1. The Mole Command shall
meet as often as is necessary to maintain smooth operation of the squad.
Meetings may be called as often as is needed, but shall not occur less
than once every 2 weeks.
2. The CO and XO are responsible
for ensuring that the squad is informed of upcoming open sessions of
the Mole Command, and should ensure that the squad is informed at least
48 hours in advance, unless extenuating circumstances prevent such.
At a minimum, the squad must be informed 12 hours in advance, in the
case of an emergency Mole Command session.
3. Mole Command members
are expected to keep the time and date of closed session meetings secret.
No non-councilmembers are permitted to attend a closed session meeting.
4. A brief outline of a
meeting's events shall be posted on the RA site following the end of
all open sessions, so that squad members who could not (or chose not
to) attend the session will still have knowledge of the meeting's events.
This outline will be posted in the Communiques forum, so that only RA
members above the rank of Lint may view them.
5. The purpose of the Mole
Command forum is the discussion of topics pending a vote at upcoming
Mole Command sessions, determination of dates and times of upcoming
meetings, and general conversation of topics that concern the Mole Command.
Non-Mole Command members will not have access to this forum, nor will
they be advised of the contents of messages in that forum.
Article 6: Election
of new Mole Command Members Outside of the Regular Rotation of Elected
1. In the event that a
Mole Command member resigns their position on the council, or a member
of the council is removed through a "no confidence" vote,
then a new member must be elected to fill the empty seat. An announcement
to the effect that a seat on the council has opened must be made within
14 days of the seat opening. This message is the responsibility of the
CO and XO.
2. After the announcement
is made, there will be a 72 hour period in which squad members may nominate
candidates to fill the position. A second RA member must second the
motion, at which point the squad member becomes an official candidate.
Squad members may not nominate themselves, nor may they second a motion
nominating themselves. Mole Command members may not nominate or second
a motion nominating squad members.
3. After the 72 hour period
has expired, squad members have a 48 hour period to cast votes to determine
which of the candidates will become a Mole Command member. The vote
will be a secret ballot, with the CO or XO acting as vote counter. No
members of the Mole Command are permitted to vote in the election. In
the event of a tie, the remaining members of the Mole Command will call
an immediate closed session meeting. At this meeting, they will all
cast a vote in favor of whichever of the two tied candidates they choose.
Whichever candidate recieves the majority of Mole Command votes (Simple
Majority vote) will receive one extra vote from the Mole Command, thereby
breaking the tie. The CO is permitted to vote in this situation.
4. The winner of the election
shall be immediately announced so that all RA members will know who
the new Mole Command member is.
Article 7: Battlefield
Chain of Command
1. The Mole Command is
an internal political entity, which serves the purpose of assisting
the members of RA in helping to make the RA into the type of squad they
want it to be. But the Mole Command is not a military organization.
2. The Mole Command is
not intended to, nor will it, take any part in devising battlefield
strategies and tactics. While the council does have the authority to
appoint a committee in charge of developing tactics, Mole Command itself
is not a body, or a forum, for developing tactics to implement in upcoming
3. Battle strategies will
continue to be devised in the same manner as always. As a squad, we
will brainstorm ideas about various maps and the opposition, and determine
various potential courses of action. The final authority on what tactics
we use on any given day will be in the hands of the CO, or the appointed
battlefield commander. The CO retains full authority to appoint a Battlefield
Commander, or he may delegate this authority to the XO. A Battlefield
Commander's authority while on the battlefield is not subject to question,
regardless of rank.
4. All members of the RA,
whether they are Mole Command members or not, will obey the orders of
higher ranking officers while on the battlefield, unless those orders
conflict with instructions from an officer that is more senior.
Article 8: Amendments
to the Mole Command Chater
1. The Mole Command may
find that a new article needs to be added to the charter, or that a
current article needs to be changed. In order to amend the charter,
a 3/4 majority vote must pass through the Mole Command.
2. After the vote has passed
in the Mole Command, the desired change must be written exactly as it
will read when the charter is amended. The squad must then be informed
of the desired change, and be shown the written copy of the change desired.
A 2/3 majority vote will then be called, in which squad members have
72 hours to cast their votes. The voting will be an open ballot. After
the 72 hours have passed, the votes will be counted. If the vote has
passed, the charter will immediately be considered to have changed.