"One officer does not an Empire make". Although it may at times be taken for
granted, communication can be thought of as the force that binds together
individual officers and entire sections of the Empire into a cohesive whole...
Outside of skill and sheer luck, it is the efficiency of the communication &
information infrastructure behind an operation that most often decides its
ultimate success, or dismal failure.
The GE's documents of Imperial Law define some of the
organisation's most basic communications policies... This chapter shall continue
in the same vein: delivering you information on how to utilise the
chain-of-command, and come into better contact with your fellow Imperials.
The only method of interpersonal communication that all officers are
absolutely required to have functional access to is e–mail. It is the GE's
"primary method" of communication, through which basic activity is measured, and
through which any & all formal items of paperwork are passed.
e–mail is also the only piece of personal contact information that cannot be
"shared", in that all officers must possess their own unique, valid
e–mail address (even when multiple GE characters are registered by the same
Regardless of an officer's membership status, the importance of keeping one's
superiors and roster-maintaining personnel supplied with a current, working
e–mail address cannot be over–emphasised.
Although officers may personally communicate via a variety of mediums,
certain "Secondary Methods" have gained the official endorsement of the Empire.
These are, currently:
- Imperial Relay Chat: The GE operates a dedicated IRC Channel for
meetings & events, as well as open chat.
- GE Message Boards: The GE's public message boards are one of its
most vibrant online bases of operation, typically receiving many visits & posts
- AOL Instant Messenger: AIM is the official "IMing" platform of the
GE, allowing real-time communication with other AIM users, and the many Imperial
officers on AOL.
- Xfire: A chat system with specific gaming add-ins to make finding and joining games
with your fellow Imperials easier.The rules that would apply over AIM are the same over Xfire
and are to be respected. Also, officers are encouraged to join the Empire Reborn "Clan
" on Xfire. To join, speak with either the Captain of the Royal Guard or Scimitar Leader.
Though these do not have the same level of offical support as other methods of communication,
the Empire recognizes their popularity and allows their use for communications.
These are, currently:
- Windows Live (MSN) Messenger: Windows Live Messenger is an extremely popular instant messaging program, made by
Microsoft. Formerly known as MSN messenger. While it is not the official IM program of the Empire, it is still widely used. The rules that would apply over AIM are the same over MSN.
- Skype Phone and Instant Messenger: Skype is a dual use program, used both forinstant messaging and free user-to-user voice calls. As with Windows Live Messenger, the rules and regulations remain the same regardless of IM platform.
- ImperialSquadrons.net Message Boards: The complement to the GE Main Message boards is found on the
ImperialSquadrons.net boards. Likewise a vibrant community, but with a different focus than the main message boards.
In the event of difficulties, general questions or concerns may be directed
to the ISB General, who acts as primary overseer of
all official public communications facilities... Although not a strict
requirement, all officers are highly encouraged to utilise these, as one
of the benefits of GE membership is open communication with like-minded
Chain of Command
Through this manual or other sources, you will learn about a particular
chain-of-command within your Division of the Empire. To prevent a chaotic flow
of messages, utilisation of the command structure is necessary.
There may be multiple occasions on which you contact one of the GE's
High Command members directly, in order to make
a submission to their office or ask a question which falls within their area of
expertise. However, general questions, concerns, and communications
should be sent to your direct superior(s). (This is typically the
commander of your unit. If your unit possesses a first & second in command, it
is good policy to routinely address both, unless otherwise advised.)
As a matter of activity, it is optimal to exchange communications with your
direct superior(s) on at least a weekly basis... Of course, the higher
your levels of contact & activity, the better it reflects upon you as an
On the other hand, if mailing your direct superior(s) with an inquiry does
not generate a response in a reasonable amount of time, do not hesitate to
proceed up the chain of command with your concern -- to your commander's
commanders, their commanders, and so on -- until a response is obtained.
One's Division Commander or the Supreme Commander (Fleet Admiral
Tiberius Fel) may always be contacted by any officer who
requires emergency assistance, or feels the need to discuss a particular concern
directly with the highest levels of command. Their offices should typically be
contacted in that order, as the Supreme Commander
trusts DivComs' discretion in the majority of divisional matters.