2013 State of the Federation Address
Stardate: 239003.10 (10th March 2013)
Valued friends and fleet-mates,
Later this year, our community will turn 19 years old. For nearly two decades we have been a creative outlet for writers everywhere, and a place where people can come together under the umbrella of peace and exploration that Gene Roddenberry dreamed of. With each year our organization becomes stronger and more sustainable. It is great to look back at where we were when each of us joined, and where we are now. We never stop paving the way for others to follow. May we all continue to blaze the trail for decades to come.
- Fleet Captain Andrus Jaxx
A Look Back at 2012
Each year the members of our fleet look for ways to improve. Each Captain and Team Facilitator set goals for the upcoming year, and reflect on the goals set in the previous year. This had always served to keep those goals updated and in the forefront of our minds. Over the past couple of years there has been a push for higher expectations. Each year, the members of our fleet work to meet and sometimes exceed those expectations.
When looking at our vessels, this year was rock solid. We began with eight ships in our fleet. In the SOTFA last year, we commented on how each ship was new, as well as the new CO’s in command of some of them. This year, there have only been a few changes.
We were able to launch the USS Vigilant, meeting our goal of nine total ships/installations. Simming was again, much stronger in 2012 than it was the previous year, despite a slight dip at the end of the year. As a whole, participation is quite good across the board:
A continuing goal is to get 60% of our First Officers to the rank of Commander. Unfortunately we were unable to sustain this goal due to various circumstances. Currently two of nine First Officers are at the rank of Commander or above. This will be a continuing goal as we look forward to 2013.
Last year we talked about how we have worked to increase our exposure and search engine rankings. This was a goal to move our community to the “A-list.” We accomplished amazing things in 2011, and we are happy to report that 2012 was even better. We were able to accomplish the following:
This has been a combined effort by many teams in our fleet. The Publicity Team has done a great job of promoting our community. The News Team has done a great job at keeping the content on our site fresh and continuously flowing. The Podcast Team has re-launched and done a great job at getting our name out to a broader group of people. And once they are in the door, the Training Team has continued to excel in ushering new members into our community. As a result of all the hard work of these Teams, he have done the following:
Blazing the Trail in 2013
As we look forward to 2013, we are happy to announce that the Executive Council has been staffed to its full capacity once more with the addition of Fleet Captain Andrus Jaxx. He joined at the end of 2012 and is the fifth member of the EC, vacating the position of Captain’s Council Magistrate.
Captain Della Vetri (female character, male writer) remains the Captain At Large into 2013.
With the year end addition of the USS Vigilant, we look forward to 2013 and set a goal of launching two ships. This would bring our total to 11 vessels. This is a bold goal, but with increased application flow and a focus on retention, it is a very realistic one.
Retention will continue to be a key focus of the fleet. As applications and visitors to our site grow, we can only do the same if we are able to retain our current members. Each command staff of our vessels will keep an eye out on this goal throughout the course of the year.
The sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, will be hitting theaters this spring. When the first reboot came out we saw a huge jump in applications and members. We expect the same for this May. With us looking at 2013 we hope to hit the following recruiting goals:
Each team in our community has submitted a set of goals for 2013. Their top goals are listed below:
The command staff of each ship around the fleet also submit their goals for the year. While there are some ships with many goals, the main areas of focus in 2013 will be:
In 2012 we set a goal to regularly check in with both Commanding Officers and facilitators of each group, to see how they are progressing with their goals. We were unable to consistently do this last year. For 2013 we will again look at checking in at various points throughout the year with each team and ship to see how they are progressing in the pursuit of their goals and offer any guidance or assistance we can.
With the continued popularity of Star Trek Online, and the new movie only a couple months away, we expect another stellar year in 2013. We have already built up a great momentum as we approach the release date. We hope to be able to ride the successes of the movie to strengthen our fleet. Whenever we face a movie release it will inevitably increase traffic and membership. We will continue to work toward hitting our goals and adding quality members to our community, and keeping them.
As we close this year’s State of the Federation Address, the Executive Council would like to thank everyone for their continued participation and contributions to our community. We have always been lucky enough to share something really special. As we overcome many challenges, new ones pop up on our radar. Never stop aspiring to improve. Together we will continue to be the best Star Trek community on the internet.
Thank you, everyone, for all you do for us, as well as yourselves. We would not be who we are without great members like you. As always, we look forward to another great year of simming and friendship!
- The UFOP: StarBase 118 Executive Council
At present, the fleet consists of the following vessels:
The Executive Council:
The Captain’s Council:
Captain’s Council Non-Voting Observers:
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