How does the Alliance system work?
An Alliance is an organisation with one or more corporations as a member; it is a collection of corporations, just as a corporation is a collection of players. While a player may act on behalf of an Alliance, this action is always only within the boundaries of what he is entitled to do in his own corporation.
The Alliance Agreement
Every CEO who possesses the Empire Control skill at level 5 can form an Alliance. This is carried out through the Corporations interface. Once the Alliance has been formed, the founding corporation and its CEO will be listed as the 'executor'. The executor of an alliance has control over the alliance's administrative functions and also receives the fees and pays the bills upon them being issued. Other corporations not currently affiliated with an alliance can apply for membership. Forming an Alliance costs 1,000,000,000 ISK. Maintenance costs are 2,000,000 ISK per month for every corporation in the alliance. So for example an alliance with 10 member corporations would cost 20,000,000 ISK per month in maintenance fees.
An Alliance currently consists of the following:
In EVE corporate law as adminstered by Concord, the Executor is the individual responsible to both administer and represent the interests of the shareholders. According to basic corporate structure, the executor has ultimate authority and the ability to make unilateral decisions analogous to a formal dictatorship.
Every Alliance executor has predefined roles. The executor corporation is not necessarily the leading corporation within the alliance, but it remains the only part of the Alliance that can execute changes to the Alliance structure.
In more complex corporate structures, the duties and rights of the executor are often shared amongst a body of corporate directors. Should the interests of the shareholder and corporate directorship diverge to an untenable point, the shareholders may elect a new executor from the membership by representative vote.
The most important changes are:
The executor of an Alliance is given the authority to act on behalf of the Alliance in all matters. This authority is subject to review by the Alliance council. The limitation to a single executor simplifies the operation of the Alliance system, however it also places a great deal of responsibility on the member corporations to oversee the actions of the executor. At present there is no formal alliance-wide voting system on Alliance actions and policies in place, and while this is in development the use of a single executor corporation offers a suitable workaround when combined with the Declaration of Executor support.
It is up to individual members of the alliance to make informed decisions regarding actions and empower the executor to carry out the consensus. The amount of responsibility vested in the executor should also mean that executor corporations or individuals who act against the wishes of the alliance should be replaced as quickly as possible to ensure continued operation of the Alliance (see Declaration of support below).
The most important role of the executor corporation is to review and approve applications for membership as well as to handle expulsions and wartime administration.
Alliance Membership Administration
Corporations not currently engaged in a war initiated on their own accord can apply to join an Alliance. Corporations which are involved in wars which were declared on them by other parties can apply to join an alliance. Acceptance or refusal of these applications is at the executor's discretion.
An application can be in four different states:
The 48-hour waiting period is in place to minimise the potential for internal conflict within an alliance. All alliance applications of a corporation are recorded permanently in that corporation's employment records and are able to be retrieved at any time by any EVE player. The executor is able to remove a corporation from the alliance at any time.
Alliances and Wars
The corporations which make up an Alliance can not declare a war on their own initiative. Only the executor corporation can declare war on behalf of the entire Alliance. When an Alliance is at war it means that all member corporations are at war.
Declaration of Executor support
All corporations in an Alliance can declare their support for another corporation to fill the executor role. If the present executor does not have the support of more than 50% of the member corporations, he cannot act on behalf of the Alliance. The corporation and its CEO will still be listed as the executor, but all administrative functions will be disabled (this is indicated by an error message that is displayed whenever usage of such a function is attempted by the executor). This means that the Alliance is effectively powerless until such time as the support of the executor is restored or a new executor is declared through gaining more than 50% of the support of the member corporations. The system will attempt to activate an executor once every 24 hours. Only when the established executor regains support or a new one is put in place will access to the administrative functions be restored.
As the executor of an Alliance is in a position of power, he must be replaced in cases where he does not possess more than 50% of the support of the member alliances, has stopped playing the game or is otherwise unreachable. Note that changing the CEO of the executor corporation automatically entails that the new CEO is listed as executor. The procedure through which executors are changed is based on the Declaration of Executor support, which is a simplified form of voting. Every corporation in an Alliance can modify their support for the executor at any time. The default setting is to support the current executor. A declaration of support is only valid if a corporation has been a member of the Alliance for seven consecutive days. The declaration of support is confidential and is only available to the CEO and Directors of the corporation.
The Alliance system constantly checks whether an executor has 50% or more of the support of the member corporations. If support drops below 50%, the executor will be informed of this through the display of an error message when attempting to use administrative functions.
Submitting an Alliance logo
In order for your alliance to have a custom logo, you must follow the directions here.
Creating an Alliance
As long as your corporation is not already in an alliance and you have enough funds (1,000,000,000 ISK), you can start an alliance. You need to be the CEO of your corporation. From the corporation window, select Alliances and then Create Alliance at the bottom (highlighted in picture). There is then a simple form to fill out.
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