Sixty Second Base: Underneath East Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts; large (mansion/cave complex), Tough: 18, communications, computer, concealed, defense system, feature: has small office representation in Mercury Industries office building*, fire prevention, garage, gym, living space, holding cells, isolated, laboratory, library, secret, security system, workshop. *Loft Space (fine size) in Mercury Industries building downtown has communications with both the Sixty (ocean) and the SS Base (underground), concealed, and defense system.
The Sixty: 4000 ft east of Pleasure Bay (Boston, MA), southeast of Logan International Airport, at the ocean floor; Huge, Tough: 20, communications, computer, concealed, defense system, dock, feature: tunnel/elevator connecting this base to the SS Base, fire prevention, gym, holding cells, isolated, library, living space, power system, security system.
Minutemen Organization Purpose
Article I – Mission
The Minutemen are gathered as a nonprofit organization to observe the laws of the United Nations, and while acting within each country to preserve, with respect to, the host nation’s Laws, with the primary concern being the protection human life, growth of humanity, and the safeguard of Earth; its resources both living and otherwise. Individually or as a group each member takes this oath and holds dear the manifest of the group’s mission, simplified: To protect and serve.
Article II – Jurisdiction
In accordance with the tenets of national and international laws, the Minutemen, acting individually or as a group, are herein authorized to function in all lands. This is done in as much respect is allowed due to circumstance to the host lands and laws.
Article III – Funding
As a nonprofit organization, the Minutemen will receive and operate with donations and grants. Funding does not guarantee membership access, or group direction, to private donors, or federal agents. Funding the organization serves only to ensure that the Minutemen will be able to continue protecting the citizens of Boston and the Earth. Funds are subject to member approval, and must be voted on to direct their use, with the overall goal of organization benefits coming first and foremost. No member may use organization funds for their personal use, and must seek a group consensus for projects. These funds will go towards membership stipends, headquarters, equipment, and travel needs. The bulk of funds will be broken between SHIELD, the Maria Stark Foundation, MI (pronounced ‘Me’), the city of Boston, and various private donors.
Article IV – Member Direction
The day to day operations of the Minutemen will be governed by the founding members set forth in a series of by-laws which include, but are not limited to: membership, funding, and organization missions and plans.
- Section One: Policy and Operations:
A.) All Minutemen shall, at all times, endeavor to adhere to the organization purpose, principles, and by-laws:
1a.) The by-laws may be amended. When necessary an amendment may be proposed by any active, non-probationary, member of the Minutemen. The amendment will become a binding by-law depending on approval by 2/3 vote of active members.
2a.) Active membership is determined by the founding members, or acting heads of the organization. This is confined by probationary status, and reserved status. If a founding member is available for consultation they must be approached, to give council, but only as a formality.
B.) No member of the Minutemen will be required to surrender knowledge of civilian identity or personal affairs to the membership at large, or any governing body including the United Nations.
C.) The Minutemen will be lead by a duly elected chairbeing who will assume leadership duties and coordinate all matters whether business or tactical in nature.
1c. The position of Chairbeing shall be open to any active member who has passed his/her probationary period (see Section Two – Membership).
2c. The Chairbeing shall serve for a term of one year, with no limit to the number of successive terms a leader may serve.
3c. It shall be a privilege of the Chairbeing to determine the format of meetings and to call special meetings as he/she sees fit.
4c. In the event of the absence, incapacity of resignation of the Chairbeing, an interim leader shall be chosen by a two-thirds vote of the active membership.
5c. In the event of incapacity or death during action, chairbeingship shall pass in orderly succession among the primary team in a predetermined chain of command arrived at by majority vote among the primary team.
- Section Two: Policy and Operations
A. Recognizing that the membership of the Minutemen may be subject to, and, indeed, might profit from change, procedures for the addition of members shall be set forth.
B. Candidates for membership in the Minutemen must be legal adults, possessing at least one skill, power, ability, or talent which is deemed valuable by a majority of the active membership.
1. Membership shall not be denied on account of race, species, color, religion, sex, gender, or condition of birth or origin.
2. Candidates for membership must be nominated by one active member in good standing at a regular or special meeting. Election for membership must be held within one week of nomination and be attended by a simple majority of active members. A two-thirds vote is necessary for election to membership.
3. Newly-elected Minutemen shall serve a probationary period of not less than ninety days.
3a. During the probationary period, a special committee consisting of one primary team member, one reserve substitute, and two members of the Minutemen support crews shall investigate the candidate’s public record for any violations, breaches of trust, or depredations, legal or moral, which may preclude said candidate from assumption of full active status.
3b. While on probation, the new Minutemen shall have limited access to Minutemen facilities and records.
3c. At the end of probation, the new Minutemen shall assume full active status, unless objections are raised by any active member, or by the United Nations Security Council.
4c. Probationary period can extend to members who have broken the code of trust and objectives of the group as a whole, or damaging the organization’s mission to uphold the trust of the public. Detailed in Disciplinary action Section 2 Part G.
C. The Minutemen shall select new members whenever the Chairbeing or two-thirds of the active membership determines that the ranks are not at optimal strength, or when there is a vacancy in the ranks.
1. It shall be the prerogative of the Chairbeing to limit the number of active members.
D. Active Minutemen shall be the designation given to those Minutemen who are full-time members.
1. Active Minutemen shall be required to log all individual cases into the main computer file, that the entire membership may benefit from the individual’s experience.
2. Active Minutemen shall be required to attend all regular business meetings. Members who miss more than one meeting per month without submitting an acceptable excuse may face suspension for a period to be determined by a consensus of the other active members. (See Paragraph 3)
3. Active Minutemen shall be issued a Minutemen identification card and an emergency signal device.
3a. Active Minutemen shall be required to meet any emergency call and overall call of the organization. If unable to respond, the active Minutemen must notify that specific member’s reserve substitute. Failure to respond coupled with failure to notify the reserve substitute is ground for immediate suspension of privileges and must be dealt with by a tribunal of all active members.
3b. Active members who miss an emergency call without sufficient justification may be subject to disciplinary action.
4. Active Minutemen shall be expected to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies. Although granted certain legal immunities by the Minutemen priority clearance, no Minutemen shall be considered above the law.
5. Active Minutemen shall be paid a stipend of three hundred dollars ($300) per week. Members may choose not to accept their stipends, in which case the money shall be placed into their retirement fund.
5a. Active members shall be entitled to free medical and life insurance benefits.
5b. Active members shall be provided with private quarters where they, if so choosing, may reside. Unlimited meal privileges shall be provided for live-in members.
6. Active Minutemen shall be granted unlimited access to the Minutemen headquarters, currently known as The Sixty Second Base, vehicles, computer records files, and any other facilities of the organization.
7. The Minutemen hotline shall also be available to contact any member (as per their membership/emergency contact.
8. Active Minutemen shall, at all times, act in a manner befitting that of a guardian of the public trust.
E. Reserve Minutemen shall be the designation given to those Minutemen who are part-time members, on call for special missions or emergency assignments only.
1. Reserve membership shall be limited to those members who have fulfilled an active term of duty of not less than one year.
2. Reserve Minutemen shall not be required to log their individual cases, though they shall be encouraged to do so.
3. Reserve Minutemen may attend any regular meeting, but shall be required to attend no more than one per year.
4. Reserve Minutemen shall retain their Minutemen identification card and emergency signal device.
4a. Reserve members may be demoted to inactive status if they fail to answer three consecutive emergency calls.
5. Reserve Minutemen shall be paid a stipend of one hundred dollars ($100) per month.
6. Reserve Minutemen shall have limited access to the Sixty Second Base, files, equipment, etc.
7. The Minutemen hotline will only send out an emergency alert to Reserve members.
8. Reserve Minutemen may return to active status at the discretion of the Chairbeing, if they so petition and are accepted by the majority vote of the active members.
9. Reserve Minutemen shall be given priority over new candidates in the filling of vacancies in the active membership.
9. Reserve Minutemen may retire to inactive status by notifying the Chairbeing and surrendering the Minutemen identification card and emergency signal device.
10. Reserve Minutemen shall not have a vote in Minutemen proceedings.
11. Reserve Minutemen shall have the authority to call emergency meetings.
F. Inactive Minutemen shall be the designation given to any member who has retired or resigned from active and reserve duty.
1. Any Minutemen may resign by simply notifying the Chairbeing of his/her intent and surrendering his/her Minutemen identification card, emergency signal device, and any other Minutemen-owned equipment.
2. Any active or reserve member who is incapacitated or who moves from the organization’s normal jurisdiction shall be granted an honorable discharge and placed on the inactive roster.
3. Inactive members may be granted limited access to Minutemen equipment and facilities only at the discretion of the active members.
4. Inactive status shall be considered the same as an indefinite leave of absence.
5. Inactive Minutemen may be reinstated only if there is a vacancy in the active ranks, and then only if elected by a two-thirds vote of the active membership.
G. Motions for disciplinary action against any active or reserve Minutemen may be brought by any other active Minutemen.
1. In the event of such an accusation, the Chairbeing shall convene a board of inquiry, comprising a simple majority of the active membership (minus the accuser, if he/she is an active member).
2. Disciplinary action shall be limited to suspension, with the option of further trying the accused before a tribunal of all active members.
2a. Tribunal processing shall be conducted in the manner of a military court-martial.
2b. Maximum punishment to be brought on the accused by such a tribunal shall be expulsion from the Minutemen.
2c. A two-thirds vote shall be necessary to expel a member from the Minutemen.
3. Active and reserve Minutemen may be expelled, with no possibility of reinstatement, on the following grounds:
3a. Conviction for any crime above a misdemeanor.
3b. Deliberate betrayal of the Minutemen and their classified information.
3c. Criminal acts of negligence not convicted for, but witnessed by at least one active member.
- Section Three: Meetings
A. The Minutemen shall meet regularly, at least once a week, at a time and place to be agreed upon by a simple majority of the active membership.
B. Emergency meetings may be called at any time, but emergency meetings shall not be considered a replacement for a regular meeting.
C. In the event that an Minutemen mission is in progress at the time of a regularly-scheduled meeting, the meeting will be rescheduled.
D. A simple majority of the active membership shall be required to make a meeting official.
- Section Four: Punishment of Criminals
A. The Minutemen shall leave the punishment of perpetrators of criminal activity to the appropriate agencies of the law.
B. The Minutemen shall not abridge an accused’s right to a fair and speedy trial.
C. The Minutemen shall abide by the decisions of the law, and will not take upon themselves any aspect of the punishment process.
D. In the event that conventional imprisonment proves inadequate for a given criminal, the Minutemen shall be allowed to hold said criminal in a manner they see fit, pending the approval of the appropriate law enforcement authorities. A full report of the details and specifications of this detainment shall be given to these authorities.
- Section Five: Affiliations
The Minutemen will keep and maintain open and reciprocal relations with the city of Boston, the United Nations, SHIELD and the United States government, and the Justice League. This includes partnerships and the sharing of limited computer data (as per member regulations). In any event where a member’s personal information is at risk or a member is placed in undue danger, the partnership and/or relationship may be terminated.
- Section Six: Security
All Minutemen files shall be open to the scrutiny of a watchdog committee consisting of the Justice League and SHIELD. No members of the Minutemen may refuse to answer any question posed by a member of that committee, excepting those that would compromise that member’s secret identity or the security of that member’s native country.
- Section Seven: Discorporation
The Minutemen organization can only be disbanded by a unanimous vote of all active members. All properties and facilities shall revert to the ownership of Mercury Industries, save for any and all properties, devices, or data pertaining to U.N. security matters. Such properties will be turned over immediately to the United Nations Security Council.