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| - What are the general rules for Court Martial?|
- What can you CM someone for, and to what level?
- What evidence do you need to court martial someone?
What are the general rules for Court Martial?
- Only HC can CM another player if they have a valid reason (for valid reasons see below).
- It is advised to send warnings to players before CMing them. Though this may not always be possible, any warnings will increase the chance the CM will be upheld in an appeal (see below).
- Players who have been CMed and think the CM was abuse can appeal their case to a Game Moderator. The Game Moderator will then review the CM. You can do this by the contact form on the site (Contact/Staff).
- Abuse of the CM system can lead to a warning and/or a penalty for the initiator and the effect of the CM will be undone. As with all rules, repeated violations can lead to a (temporary) ban.
- It is NOT allowed to CM players for violating game rules! Game rules are enforced by the king-and-country.com staff and any violations should be reported to them.
What can you CM someone for, and to what level?
The basic rule is this:
What does this mean exactly? This means that you can CM someone for taking actions which hurt the cooperation in your country or for making inflammatory posts. This also means that you can not CM someone for not cooperating without actively hurting the cooperation (i.e. players who are playing for themselves).
- You can CM someone for actively hurting the country.
In all cases, the punishment (privilege level) should fit the charge. Also make sure the charges of a CM are clear; there's plenty of room to write a few sentences on why someone is being CMed exactly. Put your evidence in the CM.
Here are some guidelines for punishments for common actions:
- level 1 (all privileges)
Anyone who is currently not level 1 (either someone who joined from another country or has been CMed before) and should be granted access to the HQ or have privileges restored.
- level 2 (no court voting)
Anyone who uses HQ privileges irresponsibly.
Anyone who requests to have his/her level lowered from 1 to 2.
- level 3 (no posting/sending to all. No creating of armies)
Anyone who repeatedly created useless armies (armies which don't help the country in any way)
Anyone who has taxi which doesn't move (after several warnings)
Anyone who frequently sends mass messages without good reason (and without breaking game rules; if they do, it should be reported to game staff)
- level 4 (no personal border attacking)
Anyone who repeatedly attacked allies (and ignored warnings not to do it)
Anyone who openly expresses the wish the country dies and might hurt the country by making rogue armies or PvPing allies.
- level 5 (no access to country talk)
Anyone who is suspected of being a spy (be sure to have good reasons)
Here are some things you can not CM people for:
- Not voting on a leader / voting on 'wrong' person for leader / not voting on CM charges (everyone is free to decide whether to vote or not and how to vote)
- Being "inactive" (inactives are handled by the game - if someone isn't handled by the game, he's not inactive)
- Not joining armies
- Not liking someone
- For training their own army
What evidence do you need to court martial someone?
Every CM must contain evidence in the charges, otherwise it will be overturned by the game administrators.
There are no specific requirements for what the evidence must be, but for most CMs the evidence is common sense. Examples:
- If someone knows he is going to be inactive for a while and asks to be CMed to level 2, place a copy of the message in the charges.
- If someone has a useless army, copy and paste the army information into the charges and explain why it is useless in the charges.
- If someone has been giving information to a rival country, and you receive copies of these messages, copy and paste an example of the message in the charges.
However, if your source would like to remain confidential, there is an alternative way to provide evidence that someone is spying. Instead of making a copy of the message public, revealing to the spy who turned him in, send a copy to the game administrators using the contact form. Once they verify that the message was sent from the spies account, they will give you permission to start the CM. Then, in the CM place the following phrase: "Verified by *Admin's name*." Example:
- Caught Draco giving army locations to France ingame. Verified by bram.
- You must have a copy of the message or some other proof for the admin to look for. The game administrators will not go on a fishing expedition and find the proof for you.
- If you lie about an administrator verifying the evidence, you will be (temporarily) banned and the CM will be overturned or deleted.
- You must wait for it to be verified by some administrator before starting the CM and use his or her username as the evidence.