Fleet 31 has created a revised code of conduct that is sufficient for a group of this size and purpose as well as representative of the conduct expected of Starfleet officers. These rules apply to personal conduct during appearances at events and conventions, and doubly so for those in uniform, because as a Star Trek fan group we represent both Star Trek fandom and Star Trek itself. We endeavor to make an impression that reflects the principles for which Starfleet stands. Where possible, this writing will support these standards with quotes from Star Trek to give us a better explanation of their value.
In general, these are just good rules to live by, but if you want to be more than that – if you want to be a Starfleet Officer – you need to know what these rules mean, not just what they say. Following this code amounts to more than just making us look good; it brings us one step closer to Gene Roddenberry’s vision for the ideal future of humanity.
- Seek the truth in yourself and your surroundings, test your beliefs, and be honest with others.
“The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth, whether it’s scientific truth, or historical truth, or personal truth. It is the guiding principle on which Starfleet is based.”
– Captain Picard, TNG “The First Duty”
- Seek to understand others, and be slow to judge.
“The question of justice has concerned me greatly of late, and I say to any creature who may be listening, there can be no justice as long as laws are absolute. Even life itself is an exercise in exceptions.”
“When has justice ever been as simple as a rule book?”
– Picard and Riker, TNG “Justice”
- Strive to set aside or resolve past grievances.
“I think when one has been angry for a very long time, one gets used to it, and it becomes comfortable like old leather. And finally, it becomes so familiar that one can’t ever remember feeling any other way.”
– Capt. Picard, TNG “The Wounded”
- Never stop learning. Exploration and the quest for knowledge and discovery are daily life for the Starfleet officer.
“For that one fraction of a second, you were open to options you had never considered. That is the exploration that awaits you – not mapping stars and studying nebulae, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.”
– Q to Picard, TNG “All Good Things”
- Treat others with respect. No personal goal is worth destroying others to reach it.
“Seek out life, do not destroy it. It’s never easy, but if we turn our backs on our principles, we stop being human.”
– Capt. Janeway, Voyager “Equinox”
- If the peaceful resolution of a problem is possible, do all you can to achieve it.
“Riva negotiated several treaties between the Klingons and the Federation.”
“Before him, there was no Klingon word for peacemaker.”
– Picard and Worf, TNG “Loud as a Whisper”
- Explore all sides of a given argument, and seek fairness and impartiality in judgment.
“Overt sentimentality is not one of Captain Picard’s failings. Trust me, I know.”
– Capt. Louvois, TNG “Measure of a Man”
- Offer praise in public, and critique in private.
GUIDELINES TO REMEMBER
- What you say and how you say it are equally important.
“Words are here, on top. What’s under them – their meaning – is what’s important.”
– Riva via sign language, TNG “Loud as a Whisper”
GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL
Taking any of the following actions will result in dismissal from Fleet 31, pending appropriate discussion and approval by the fleet command council. In all but the most extreme cases, there will be one warning offense allotted prior to dismissal. If you are dismissed, the appropriate termination clause from the Membership Contract will be exercised.
- Disobeying a direct order from a ship’s commanding officer.
Direct orders are rarely given, and then only in cases where the needs of the many truly outweigh the needs of the few. This will *never* be a question of resource contributions such as money, materials, or time.
- Spreading hatred or inflammatory media.
The peaceful image of the fleet is important. Posting a little political commentary every now and then is fine. In extreme cases that do not appear temporary in nature, you will be asked to scale it back. Failure to comply will result in dismissal. This rule includes paper as well as digital format media. Fleet 31 does not make a point of checking your history; this rule will only be in effect if the problem is immediately obvious or otherwise brought to the attention of the appropriate Commanding Officer.
- Stolen Valor infraction.
We have great respect for the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces, regardless of what country they serve, and will not condone the wear of officially recognized medals and commendations except by those who have earned them. Falsely representing one’s military service history belittles the efforts of those who have actually earned those respects. For more information, see Stolen Valor. If you are seen in violation of this regulation, you will be ordered to remove the offending article. Unless it is otherwise impossible, refusal to comply will be seen as disobeying a direct order, and dismissal will occur immediately.