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Barfleet Rank Structure

When we first declared our ill-advised independence from Starfleet, the other officers and I were unsure as to the value of a rank structure at all aboard a floating expression of anarchy. After several hours of spirited discussion, followed by a long period of sleeping in wildly distorted positions in conference room chairs, we decided to keep a rank structure. Not because we wanted to give people rewards and responsibility, but because deep down we all wanted people to know who the cool guys were.

The resulting rank structure was little different on the surface from that used by Starfleet. Most of the names remained the same, and we even kept the same insignia so that our guests would not have to think too hard about it. The primary difference is in the meaning of those ranks.

In Starfleet, as in most military organizations, rank is a reward for performance, an automatic dividend of long and faithful service, and an indicator of the amount of responsibility and respect a given member may command. Aboard the Casual, rank is simply a thing passed out on a whim or based on specific monetary or otherwise acceptable bribes given to the on-duty Commanding Officer.

That being said, there is a pecking order within the rank structure that we try to keep in mind when we care. It goes like this:

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