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|Pirate Crew and Flag Ranks
|These are the ranks a pirate may have within a crew and a flag. On subscriber oceans, crewmember ranks higher than cabin person require that the pirate be subscribed. On doubloon oceans, the appropriate badge is needed as detailed below.
[excerpted from YPPedia]
Crew Member Ranks
More commonly referred to as a jobber, jobbing pirate is a temporary position in a crew. Jobbing pirates apply for a position on a ship that is exploring Atlantis, attacking a flotilla, participation in a Blockade, pillaging, or trading.
Jobbing pirates can only play the Bilging, Carpentry, Rigging and Sailing puzzles on ships unless an officer gives them an order to play Gunnery or Navigation. (Note: Jobbers can not be given an order to navigate unless they have a pirate badge (Doubloon Oceans) or if they are a subscriber (Subscription Oceans).
A jobbing pirate can hear discussion of the jobbing crew's crew chat and communicate on it using the /jcrew command. However, a jobbing pirate will not be informed of players logging on and off of the crew they are jobbing with.
At the end of a pillage, crew officers or above will often invite jobbing pirates to become permanent members of the crew. Crews do almost all of their recruiting in this way, as only players who are first jobbing pirates can permanently join a crew.
Depending on a crew's booty shares, jobbing pirates may receive a different share than those of other ranks during booty division.
Cabin person is the lowest rank a player can have in a crew as a full member of the crew. Players are assigned the rank of cabin person automatically when they join a crew. Cabin persons can only play the bilging, carpentry, rigging and sailing puzzles on ships unless an officer (or above) gives them an order.
Players are often promoted to pirate once they have subscribed (subscriber ocean) or have purchased a rank badge (on doubloon ocean), but each crew has different requirements for promotion.
Pirate is the second-lowest rank a player can have in a crew. Players are generally given the rank of pirate once they have subscribed or purchased a rank badge, but the requirements for promotion differ with each crew. Pirates have all the rights of cabin persons, but with a badge (Doubloon Oceans), they can also play the gunnery puzzle without an order from an officer or above. In a democratic crew, pirates may create and vote on issues.
There are limits to the kind of clothing a pirate can wear. Pirates may not wear male Feathered Hats or Captain's Hats. Crews generally assign new players the rank of pirate to gain more experience before officer training. Often players who buy their own ship are given an early opportunity to start officer training, but this, again, varies with the crew.
Depending on a crew's booty shares, pirates may receive a different share than those of other ranks during booty division.
Officer is the fourth-highest rank a player can have in a crew. Players are generally given the rank of officer once they have subscribed or purchased a rank (officer or above) badge and played regularly for around a month in the crew, but the requirements for promotion differ with each crew.
Officers have many rights. In addition to being able to play the navigation puzzle without an order, they can now run their own pillages. Even if a player owns a ship, he or she must be an officer (or higher) to sail it. Officers can sail any unlocked ships in the crew, but can only access the hold on ships that they own personally; on other ships they can't sell goods or remove money from the coffers (but they can add money into the coffers on any ship). An additional restriction of this rank include an inability to add or remove charts from a ship that they don't personally own. And when booty is divided, the ship restocking cut goes directly into the officer's hands for restock. Officers are able to purchase rum and cannon balls from dockside, and the money comes straight from their pocket. Nothing else can be purchased in any manner. To have full access on other ships belonging to the crew, an officer must first be promoted to fleet officer (or senior officer).
Officers have the right to access to the /officer and /fofficer chat channels. Officers may propose promotions and demotions which causes an issue to be posted. If the crew is democratic, the officers may also vote on the issue.
Officers generally go through a period of training. Often crews recognize officers-in-training by giving them a standard title.
Officers who prove themselves trustworthy are often promoted to fleet officer. Many crews also have alternate characters (may be referred as "Alts") hold the rank of officer for special tasks like ship or commodity moving.
Depending on a crew's booty shares, officers may receive a different share than those of other ranks during booty division.
Fleet officer is the third-highest rank a player can have in a crew. Players are generally given the rank of fleet officer once they have subscribed or purchased a rank badge (officer or above) and proved themselves trustworthy, but the requirements for promotion differ with each crew. Fleet officers have many rights. Fleet officers can access crew holds and take charts and bid tickets on unlocked ships. Like officers, fleet officers have access to the /officer and /fofficer chat channels. Fleet officers may propose promotions and demotions which causes an issue to be posted. If the crew is democratic, fleet officers may also vote on the issue.
Fleet officers who are loyal to the crew, do well recruiting, and are generally friendly and gracious may find themselves promoted to senior officer.
Depending on a crew's booty shares, fleet officers may receive a different share than those of other ranks during booty division. You need an officer badge to gain fleet officer privileges.
Senior officer is the second-highest rank a player can have in a crew. Senior officers have all the abilities of fleet officers. They can also see shanghai points on the crew information page, assign rank (up to fleet officer) without requiring the captain to approve in autocratic crews, and vote on issues in oligarchic crews. Unlike lower ranking members of the crew, senior officers and the captain can expel or demote anyone of lower rank (a senior officer must first demote the pirate to be expelled). On doubloon oceans a player can not use the abilities of the rank unless they have purchased the appropriate badge (Senior Officer or above). On subscription oceans, a player can not use the abilities of the rank unless their subscription is active.
Depending on a crew's booty shares, senior officers may receive a different share than those of other ranks during booty division.
The requirements for promotion to senior officer differ with each crew. The rank is generally given after a long period of officership, during which they show considerable loyalty to the crew, recruit several new players to the crew, and show good leadership qualities.
Senior officers are recognized as leaders of their crew, often acting as interim captain when the captain is away. They are often considered the first mates of a crew.
Captain is the highest rank a player can have in a crew. Captains generally have either started the crew or were a former officer promoted by the previous captain. On doubloon oceans, captains must also have purchased the appropriate badge. Captains have the power to demote and promote anyone in autocratic crews, change the crew articles, and assign titles to anyone, including themselves. Depending on a crew's booty shares, captains may receive a different share than those of other ranks during booty division, and may receive small amounts of PoE for every pillage whether the captain was in the battle or not.
In autocratic crews, the captain can do just about anything he or she wants. Cabin persons can be promoted to senior officers and vice versa, as well as anything in between.
It is considered difficult to be captain of a crew and takes very hard work and dedication.
Flag Member Ranks
Member is one of the four positions in a flag. If a crew is in a flag, all members of the crew gain member status in the flag by default. Officers and higher have access to the /fofficer chat channel. When you are a member you cannot vote on flag issues.
Titled Member is one of the four positions in a flag. This position carries no additional power above that of a flag member beyond being listed as Titled in the flag information page. To be promoted to a Titled position, a player must be an officer in a crew.
Male titled players are listed as "lords." Female titled players are "ladies."
In some crews, the senior officer with the title of first mate is selected to be the titled representative in the flag. However there is no game play restriction concerning this aspect.
Royalty is one of the four positions in a flag. They have voting power within a flag for issues of war, governors of the flag's islands, and addition/change of titled, monarch, and royalty positions. The royalty are listed in the flag's information and can post flag news. Royalty have access to the /royalty and /fbroadcast chat channels, as well as /fofficer, although access to /fofficer is restricted to officer or higher badge holders on Doubloon Oceans. Finally, flag royals are able to wear crowns and tiaras, and if they are in a flag with renowned fame or higher, they may hold a scepter in a portrait.
In order to be promoted to a royalty position and to use abilities it allows, a pirate must have the rank of officer or higher. On Doubloon Oceans they do not need to have an officer or higher badge; however as noted earlier, they will be unable to use the /fofficer channel although they may use the /royalty and /fbroadcast channels.
Monarch is one of the four positions in a flag. Only one pirate can be the monarch. When a crew creates a flag the captain of the founding crew is installed as the monarch by default. The monarch has the same voting power as royalty within a flag, voting for issues of war, governors for that flag's controlled island(s), and addition/change of titled, monarch, and royalty positions. The monarch will be listed in the flag's information and can change the flag's public statement and private statement. A monarch may also decide which portrait will be displayed (if any) on the flag info page. The monarch can post flag news and has access to the /royalty and /fb (flag broadcast) chat channels. To be promoted to monarch, a pirate must be ranked at least Officer. If the monarch is subsequently demoted to Pirate or Cabin Person rank, they still have access to royal functions, including /royalty chat.
Like royalty, monarchs may wear a crown or tiara. They may also hold a scepter when commissioning a portrait, but only if their flag's fame is at least Renowned.
If male, monarchs carry the title of King, and if female, they carry the title of Queen.
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