Galactic Hub Defense Force
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The Galactic Hub Defense Force is the combined domestic police and military force for the Galactic Hub.
Summary[edit | edit source]
The Galactic Hub Defense Force (GHDF) is the combined domestic police and military force for the Galactic Hub civilization. The GHDF was formally established on May 24, 2018, in anticipation of the PVP multiplayer features announced as accompanying the NEXT update.
In the Atlas Rises update era, the GHDF served no in-game role. Instead, the GHDF strictly focused on vetting volunteers, accepting recruits, and preparation for NEXT (such as obtaining and outfitting the Riokazat S45, the official GHDF starship in the pre-NEXT era).
In the NEXT update era, the GHDF act as public servants and protectors of the Galactic Hub population. The GHDF may occasionally act in matters outside the Hub, such as defending another civilization from an organized attack or responding to distress calls within United Federation of Travelers space. The full scope of the GHDF's NEXT-era role, and the "final form" of the GHDF itself, won't be known until all update features are known. If economic exchange is implemented, it's possible that GHDF operatives will be paid for their service.
GHDF operatives may retire at any time and return to "civilian Hub life," although higher ranks may be requested to remain in their position until a replacement can be found.
Distress Calls & Patrols[edit | edit source]
The GHDF's primary domestic responsibility is patrolling busy systems and responding to any distress calls. In the context of the GHDF, distress calls are, essentially, messages from human players saying, "Help, I'm being attacked at (coordinates)!"
The exact method for regular players to issue distress calls, and for GHDF operatives to receive the calls, is still being worked out. It will likely be conducted primarily through the Galactic Hub Discord Server.
GHDF Patrol Ship: Riokazat S45[edit | edit source]
The Riokazat S45, discovered by u/Private-Miller, is the official patrol ship of the GHDF. All Recruits are required to obtain this ship in S-Class before qualifying for promotion to Trooper (in addition to other requirements, primarily battle-readiness). For security purposes, the location of the Riokazat S45 will not be provided publicly, and will only be shared with volunteers who have passed the vetting process.
The patrol ship may be flown while off-duty and used for all regular starship purposes. It must be used while on-duty, as it serves as a uniformed vehicle.
Joining the GHDF[edit | edit source]
To join the GHDF, you must fill out the GHDF Volunteer Form.
After filling out the GHDF Volunteer Form, the Galactic Hub Council (particularly GH Founder u/7101334 & GH Security Officer u/MrJordanMurphy) will examine your volunteer application and, if possible, confirm your intentions, identity, and any other relevant information. This is referred to as "the vetting process."
The goal of the application process is to select potential GHDF operatives who are looking to join the force for the right reasons. It also assesses your current skill and experience in NMS. However, your skill level won't weigh heavily on whether you're accepted or not, just on how much mandatory training you receive.
Hierarchy / Rank System[edit | edit source]
The GHDF is divided into a strict hierarchy. GHDF operatives are always expected to follow the orders of a higher-ranking operative.
Only the CIC, VCC, HSO or Admirals may issue promotions. All ranks can recommend promotions for any officer at least two ranks below their own. All Ranks are abbreviated and numbered, to make identification simple and quicker.
- Commander-in-Chief (CIC): This rank is reserved for the leader of the Galactic Hub. The Commander-in-chief has supreme authority over the GHDF, and has final say over any military action taken by the Galactic Hub.
- Vice Command Chief (VCC): This rank is occupied by the Galactic Hub's second-in-command. The Vice Command Chief has the authority to use the GHDF, in any way seen fit to protect and serve the Galactic Hub. If the Commander-in-Chief is unable to fulfil his duties the Vice Command Chief has full authorisation to sanction all military actions.
- Head Security Officer (HSO): This role is occupied by the Galactic Hub’s head of security. The Head Security Officer is responsible for all security matters relating to the Galactic Hub, and oversees all GHDF operations. This rank will run the day-to-day operations of the GHDF, and all active ranks will be required to report and answer to, this officer. This rank serves as the intermediary between the GHDF and the VCC and CIC.
- Admiral (ADM-7): The rank of admiral can only be appointed by the CIC, VCC or the HSO. This rank can only be achieved if someone occupying the rank retires or is removed. This rank is the highest achievable rank, without holding office as the CIC , VCC or HSO. Admirals will be required to maintain GHDF standards, by assessing gathered intelligence and assigning tasks to be carried out by the appropriate ranks. Admirals will report directly to the HSO.
- Captain (CPT-6): The rank of Captain is the highest rank achievable without holding a position in the Galactic Hub Council. This rank will be achieved when CDR-5's demonstrate resourceful, and independent thinking when working on covert operations. CPT-6's will be expected to use their time undercover to scout potential threats and feed this information back to the admirals or Head Security Officer. Whilst Captain's will be unable to authorise covert ops, they will be expected to suggest potential operations to higher ranks. Captains may also be used to specialise in an area of expertise, such as technology or scouting etc.
- Commander (CDR-5): This rank will be achieved after LT-4's show an ability to quickly assess situations, and make informed decisions. CDR-5 is the first rank to be able to perform covert operations. CDR-5's will be charged with infiltrating potential hostile groups, and gathering intelligence that could prevent attacks on any federation civilisation. All missions will only be sanctioned by the rank of Admiral or higher.
- Lieutenant (LT-4): This rank will be achieved when MC-3's demonstrate a high proficiency at finding and identifying hostile groups. LT-4's will be tasked with engaging enemy combatants, and retaliation attacks on hostile groups (in-game). Lt-4's can call on all lower ranks (excluding recruits) to assist on in-game operations. All operations LT-4's participate in, will only be authorised by admiral rank, and higher.
- Master Chief (MC-3): This rank will be attained once SC-2's have demonstrated leadership qualities. MC-3'S will be tasked with monitoring activities of foreign hostile groups through sites such as reddit (without actively joining), and reporting back to higher ranks. Master Chief's will coordinate with SC-2's to search for hostile members within the GH discord. MC-3's will respond to domestic and allies' (other federation civilisations) calls for help.
- Senior Chief (SC-2): This rank will be achieved after Petty Officers have proven their dedication to assisting the Galactic Hub's members. Senior Chief's will be tasked with training new recruits, and creating exercises to develop the skills needed to perform their roles. They will also be charged with helping to answer calls for help on the discord channel, and dispatching PO-1's to assist as well.
- Petty Officer (PO-1): This is the first attainable rank in the GHDF, and is achieved once recruits have proven themselves as capable and worthy, of being Officers of the Galactic Hub. Petty Officers will be tasked with monitoring hostile group activity on the discord page, as well as answering domestic calls for assistance, by Galactic Hub residents.
- Recruit: Recruits do not hold a rank, and will be tested and trained. Recruits will only receive a rank if they prove themselves, during their training period, which will last approximately two weeks. They will be required to answer to all GHDF officers, however their training regiment will be overseen by SC-2 ranked officers.
Training[edit | edit source]
Terms of Engagement[edit | edit source]
The GHDF have 5 possible Terms of Engagement (ToE) tiers, which are applied depending on the current security climate in the Galactic Hub. Unless you have reason to believe otherwise, such as direct communication from a higher ranking operative, always assume that the GHDF is operating on the Atlas ToE.
- Vy'keen ToE: If a threat to the Hub or its citizens is perceived/detected, destroy it immediately.
- Sentinel ToE: If a threat to the Hub or its citizens is perceived/detected, disable it (such as getting a starship to the "leaking plasma and smoking" stage). Destroy only if necessary.
- Atlas ToE: If a threat is perceived, attempt to communicate with it. Determine intentions / de-escalate the situation. Disable and destroy only if necessary.
- Gek ToE: If a threat is perceived, do not engage unless actual hostilities are witnessed (ie firing on another player). Attempt communication first; determine intentions / de-escalate. Disable and destroy only if necessary.
- Korvax ToE: Engage hostile targets only in self-defense or when specifically called by a citizen.
Officer Registry[edit | edit source]
If a player is not on this list, they can be assumed not to be a member of the GHDF.
Note: "Image" will be filled after NEXT drops and character models are visible. Officers will likely be asked to take similar photos of their characters in front of GHDF ships at a specific base location. Please do not add any images yet.
PS4[edit | edit source]
|Image||Username (Reddit, etc)||Playstation Network ID||Rank||Date of GHDF Acceptance (Year/Month/Day)||Officer Number|
|StollarS86||stolle25 / StollarS86||(SC-2)||2018/06/06||4|
|zazariins||matthew71nsw / zazariins / galacticheritage||(CDR-5)||2018/06/24||70|
PC[edit | edit source]
|Image||Username (Reddit, etc)||Steam ID||Rank||Date of GHDF Acceptance (Year/Month/Day)||Officer Number|
|SwusInABox||Swus / Azyde||(CPT-6)||2018/06/06||44|
|TREX [PC]#0569 (Discord)||TREX||RECRUIT||2018/06/24||73|
XBox[edit | edit source]
|Image||Username (Reddit, etc)||XBox Live ID||Rank||Date of GHDF Acceptance (Year/Month/Day)||Officer Number|