PLEASE NOTE: The Guidelines have been simplified for language. These original Guidelines have been left up for comparison purposes. In the spirit of transparency so that it can be seen there have been no changes in content, but in language only, with the addition of a member voted amendment to voting privileges. (Guideline 2)
It may be said (rightfully so) that these, revised, articles are longer than the original set that were voted in by the membership. This is not due to increasing the strength and scope of the original articles, but because of required clarification of those articles. The originals, while brief in places, left a great deal of grey area for misinterpretation. These new guidelines endeavor to clear away all confusion.
It should be noted that the majority of these Guidelines are common sense, and are truly guidelines for those who wish to do more than simply be a member of the Order. Article 1(d) lays out the ONLY responsibilities for all members of the Order. Those who wish to do more within the Order must be held to higher standards.
The concept of the Steering Committee is based on the sailor’s tradition of a “round robin”
This term dates from the 17th-century French ruban rond (round ribbon). This described
the practice of signatories to petitions against authority (usually Government officials
petitioning the Crown) appending their names on a document in a non-hierarchical circle
or ribbon pattern (and so disguising the order in which they have signed) so that none
may be identified as a ringleader.
This practice was adopted by sailors petitioning officers in the Royal Navy (and first
recorded in 1731).
OoL Round Robin Table:
We have adopted the Round Robin concept for our Steering Committee to keep to the code with matters regarding the Order of Leviathan. All have equal say at the table.
The Helmsman has the lead role at the table and will have the call to vote on matters. Each member of the Steering Committee will cast their vote on such matters to be brought before general membership.
An amendment to the Articles of the Order of Leviathan: December 30, 2014.
Guideline 1 – Membership
The public will submit their nominations to Mutiny magazine, and that list will be combined the Order of Leviathan’s list. There will be a cutoff limit, only accepting 100 names in total.
Mutiny magazine will narrow the public’s list to fit the remaining slots. Example: Mutiny magazine will remove false candidates such as SpongeBob and non accepted nominations and the like.
This 100 list will then go to the Steering Committee and the Master Leviathans to further narrow down the choices to 50 possible candidates, of which the members of the Order will vote on. The list of 50 candidates will be posted in Mutiny Magazine for all to see.
There will be no more Facebook voting. Each member of the Order will be voting for 12 pirates out of the possible 50. The list will be tallied by Mutiny Magazine, and the winners will be announced and featured in Mutiny Magazine.
The rules and regulations as well as the email address to send nominations to will be posted in Mutiny Magazine and given to the Order members so that the process is straight forward, public, and fair.
Guideline 2 – Organization
Degrees of Membership: It must be stated, there is no hierarchy within the Order of Leviathan. No single member’s vote carries more weight than that of any other. However, due to real life constraints and interest, there will be members who choose to do more within the Order than others.
Voting: Only ACTUAL votes shall be counted, with a simple majority being the deciding factor. A member not electing to vote on a particular matter shall never be counted as an automatic yes or no vote.
The positions of the Order of Leviathan make up the Steering Committee, responsible for the day to day affairs of the Order. While accountable to the membership, it is understood that they act as the proxies for the Guiding Members and may act on their behalf without further vote. However, the Steering Committee may be overruled by the Master Leviathans, the Guiding Members, or the membership as a whole and are not unaccountable for their actions. Terms of office are approximately two years and begin and end 38 days after an induction ceremony.
Coordination:The Steering Committee is dedicated to working with both the East and West coasts to unite all Order members to further Leviathan spirit wherever members shall be and to help with organizational activities such as event planning.
Guideline 3 – Conduct
This is a subject that has been hotly debated within the membership. In the end, while we have no desire to be our brother’s keeper, there are those members who make their livelihood within the pirate community. It behooves all members to keep in mind that their actions could cause damage to the reputation of others and literally take money from their hands. As brothers, we should always give one another the benefit of the doubt and, when looking into things, must weigh both sides carefully.
The Order does NOT get involved in matters of “he said/she said” and does not police the words of members unless the member is claiming to speak for the Order as a whole. While we ask our members to remember that induction is an honor that they are granted, it is also an honor granted to their fellow members. We ask that personal grievances be set aside and that members attempt to treat one another with decorum.
Guideline 4 - Powers of Enforcement
In the end, the powers afforded to the Order are those essentially granted by the members themselves. In keeping with the primary spirit of the Order of Leviathan, there is little one can do to be removed as this was an honor bestowed upon you by your peers. However, there are occasions when action must be taken. The powers of the Order of Leviathan are as follows.
Guideline 5– Insignias of the Order
While we encourage members to make use of the logo of the Order for their personal use, we do place some limitations on usage of these materials.
Artwork will be made available for members’ use to ensure a consistent quality of product.
(I) Sticker size for members’ use shall not exceed 24 x 24 inches.
(II) Teeshirts, hoodies and hats should remain exclusively as a fund raising tool for the Order.
(III) The logo and artwork must remain unaltered. However it may be used as part of a design to show a member’s pride on member’s only merchandise, personal belongings and on social media.
Guideline 6 – Rights of Membership
Guideline 7 – Hold Harmless
The Order of Leviathan shall be held harmless for any injury or loss of personal property, or property damage. You agree to hold harmless the Order of Leviathan and its members while in the capacity of holding any event using the Order of Leviathan insignia and or representing the Order of Leviathan in any public or private venue.
Guideline 8 – Acknowledgment of Guidelines
In order to protect officers and founders from liability, to be a member of the Order of Leviathan, these guidelines MUST be acknowledged and signed. The Order of Leviathan requires a written declaration that these guidelines have been read and understood.
Guideline 9 – Hall of Leviathan
"Once Leviathan – always Leviathan."
The Hall of Leviathan will be comprised of Ceremonial Title holders. These are members who, for whatever reason, have stepped away from active membership, yet we recognize their service and contributions. These members are not eligible for the normal perks of active membership, such as voting and purchase of swag, but a place of honor is still held for them should they wish to return to active status.