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 Chiefs, Captains, and Lieutenants may issue promotions. Captains and Lieutenants can only issue promotions up to one rank below their own (ie, a Captain cannot promote a Lieutenant to Captain rank, only Trooper to Lieutenant or Recruit to Trooper. Lieutenants can only promote Recruits to Trooper rank).
GHDF ranks are represented on the Galactic Hub Subreddit's user flairs / badges with a number of stars (⋆). A higher number of stars indicate a higher rank.
- . Chief (⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆) - The Director(s) of Galactic Hub Euclid serves as the Chief(s), head of the GHDF and final say on GHDF matters.
- . Captain (⋆⋆⋆⋆) - Captains conduct most day-to-day operations and serve as the intermediaries between the Chief(s) and lower ranks. A Captain's primary responsibility is to assess the security state of the Galactic Hub and order any changes to current GHDF actions as appropriate. Captains are also tasked with organizing training activities for Recruits, to be lead by any rank above Recruit.
- . Lieutenant (⋆⋆⋆) - Lieutenants primarily serve as dispatchers for Troopers, assigning them to specific duties or general patrols as appropriate. A Lieutenant's primary responsibility is to make sure the orders of the Chief(s) & Captains are executed appropriately by Troopers & Recruits.
- . Trooper (⋆⋆) - Troopers are established members of the GHDF and make up the majority of GHDF ranks. A Trooper's primary responsibility is to follow the orders of their Lieutenant, or if no active orders have been issued, to patrol their assigned route in the Hub / wait for distress calls.
- . Recruit (⋆) - Recruits are new members of the GHDF who have passed the vetting process. Recruits have seen limited combat and may still need training to serve in the field. A Recruit's primary responsibility is getting used to how the GHDF works and training enough to be combat-ready.
- . Volunteer - Volunteers are not technically members of the GHDF, and hold no rank. Members who have filled out the GHDF Volunteer Form but have not yet passed the vetting process and gained the rank of Recruit are considered Volunteers. Volunteers are not given any duties, but may sometimes be allowed to watch or participate in training exercises.
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 Update 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||⋆||2018/06/06||4|
|redassmonkeyman, dillon73 and dillonski (Steam, Kotaku, Youtube)||capn_peaches73||⋆||2018/06/24||65|
|zazariins||matthew71nsw / zazariins / galacticheritage||⋆||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||⋆||2018/06/06||44|
|TREX [PC]#0569 (Discord)||TREX||⋆||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|