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Introducing the SOS Brigade!

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Calling all Aliens, Time-Travellers, ESPers, Sliders and other interesting people!

August 18th, 2009

Location: Planet Earth

Our story begins two weeks ago, on the 18th of August, a day that began just like any other. The SOS Brigade members, recently returned from their summer outing to a lonely island out to sea had settled in for some well-deserved relaxation, hopefully away from Haruhi and her seemingly boundless enthusiasm for what she referred to as "activities" but were in fact, more a case of "doing what Haruhi wants to do and dragging everyone else around".

That day however, things began to move that would forever change the world...

It began with a phone call.

*ring* *ring*

Kyon's Sister: Kyon-kun, your phone.

Kyon: Don't need you to tell me that.

*click*

Haruhi: You're free today, right? We're all meeting up in front of the station at two. You better come!

*click* *beep* *beep*

...

*ring* *ring*

Kyon: What is it?

Haruhi: I forgot to tell you what to bring. Bring a swimsuit and plenty of money. Make sure to come on your bicycle! Over!

*click* *beep* *beep*

So it began...

Over the next week and a half, the SOS Brigade members Itsuki Koizumi, Mikuru Asahina, Yuki Nagato and Kyon would tag along with Haruhi Suzumiya on her marathon of 'summer activities', including events such as swimming, bowling, attending a Bon festival, goldfish scooping, cicada hunting, watching (and firing) fireworks and even participating in a fishing competition.

However, just a few days ago, one of the SOS Brigade members had a startling revelation to reveal...

That revelation was that this was not the first time the SOS Brigade had engaged in such a summer. In fact, it was not the second, the third or even the fourth time such a summer had occured. The very same summer, with only minor variation in activities, had recurred 15,531 times, almost 600 years without fail! Such was the revelation provided by Yuki Nagato who, as a Humanoid Interface of the Data Overmind, would be fully aware of the endless recursion of time that the world had entered.

The next day, the SOS Brigade returned to their regime of summer activities, albeit with a sense of trepidation at what they knew was most likely to happen; once the time reached midnight of August the 31st, time, as well as their memories, would reset to the beginning of August 18th. Due to this, they would be doomed to repeat the same activities over and over in an endless summer.

That is when the plan arose...

A plan to restore the flow of time...

A plan to start an organisation that would keep Haruhi's powers occupied...

There was however, one flaw in this plan. The organisation would most certainly not be ready before time reset, thus making any work towards the goal in vain. In order to overcome this, it was decided that time would be allowed to loop one last time, in order to give a full two weeks to devote to this plan.

As such, Yuki Nagato was instructed to deliver a message after time had reset once more...

The remaining days of August flew by for the SOS Brigade, and finally August 30th arrived. Haruhi had called a meeting at a local restaurant and all of the SOS Brigade had arrived there. Having completed her list of summer activities, Haruhi declared that the Brigade was done for the day and that they would all meet up the day after next, September 1st, in the Literature Club Room at North High School. No-one attempted to stop her from leaving the restaurant.

August 31st passed without event. Kyon never finished his summer homework. And when the clock struck midnight, time halted and reversed course...

August 18th, 2009

Location: Planet Steve

Arrnea: Hmm, what's this? Ah it's Soviet Haruhi, our very own Humanoid Interface of the Data Overmind.

Soviet Haruhi: Communication recieved from Class One Humanoid Interface, personal name 'Yuki Nagato'. Message reads "Endless recursion of time is in effect in all worlds. Drastic measures required to exit cycle. Recommend conversion of inhabitants of all worlds to Haruhiism."

Arrnea: Interesting. We're already fairly-well established here on Planet Steve, but I've got a contact in a little place called Planet Bob who I can possibly convince to set up an organisation to recruit and convert people to Haruhiism on that world.

Soviet Haruhi: Record of "Planet Bob" found in Data Overmind memory. Accessing record...

Found one Class Two Humanoid Interface, personal name 'Elrich von Richt'. Permission to contact?

Arrnea: Initiate contact. Relay the message recieved from Miss Nagato.

Soviet Haruhi: Affirmative. Relaying message.

Moments Later...

Location: Planet Bob

Elrich von Richt: Recieving message. Please stand by...

Message recieved from Level One Humanoid Interface, personal name Yuki Nagato, relayed by Level Two Humanoid Interface, personal name 'Soviet Haruhi'. Message reads "Endless recursion of time is in effect in all worlds. Drastic measures required to exit cycle. Recommend conversion of inhabitants of all worlds to Haruhiism."

Arrnea: Did you say that time is... looping?

Elrich von Richt: Yes.

Arrnea: So that explains the overwhelming sense of déjà vu I've been having.

Elrich von Richt: It is likely, although the human notion of déjà vu is most commonly caused by a time-delay between sensory perception in the two hemispheres of the brain, causing the human in question to feel as if they had already experienced what they are currently sensing.

As an individual aware of the special powers posessed by Haruhi Suzumiya, it is however possible that you posess memories of previous iterations of the recursive time. Furthermore-

Arrnea: That's enough, I get it. So we need to form an organisation to convert people to Haruhiism? That should be fairly straightforward. We just need some people to join us to get us started. Oh, and for simplicity's sake, let's just call it the SOS Brigade.

Elrich von Richt: Very well.

About ten days later...

Arrnea: So, how many people do we have for the SOS Brigade now?

Elrich von Richt: Approximately fifteen. More should arrive after our existence is made public.

Arrnea: Is that enough?

Elrich von Richt: It is most likely that this will be a sufficient number of members to give the SOS Brigade a satisfactory starting point.

Arrnea: Good. Now, spread the word to the other Interfaces that Planet Bob will have an organisation dedicated to converting people to Haruhiism.

Elrich von Richt: Transmitting...

And so our tale ends. Or rather, so it begins with this, our Declaration of Existence.

Charter of the SOS Brigade

Article One: Foundation

On this day the First of September in the two-thousand and ninth year of the Standard Calendar of Planet Bob we, the followers of Haruhi, do declare that the SOS Brigade has been founded, to exist on the Blue and Green spheres.

Article Two: Government

Part A: The Brigade Chief

The SOS Brigade shall be governed by the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director, acting as the representative on Planet Bob of the Great One, Haruhi Suzumiya. This person shall exercise final authority over all decisions made for the SOS Brigade and shall remain in this position until they choose to retire and appoint a successor to their position.

Part B: The Senior Brigade Staff

The Brigade Chief and Ultra Director shall appoint members of the SOS Brigade to serve in the second tier of the SOS Brigade's government, henceforth known as the Senior Brigade Staff.

The Senior Brigade Staff shall contain four members:

  • The first member of the Senior Brigade Staff shall be the ESPer and Mysterious Transfer Student, whose main duty is to co-ordinate the Foreign Affairs of the SOS Brigade including, but not limited to managment of the diplomatic staff, negotiation of treaties and other agreements and rapid-response to other needs of a diplomatic nature.
  • The second member of the Senior Brigade Staff shall be the Time Traveller and Brigade Mascot, whose main duties are to create propaganda for the SOS Brigade and to oversee recruitment efforts.
  • The third member of the Senior Brigade Staff shall be the Alien Supercomputer and Meganekko, whose main duty is to co-ordinate the military of the SOS Brigade and attend to needs involving the military defense of the SOS Brigade.
  • The fourth member of the Senior Brigade Staff shall be the Ordinary Human and Errand Boy, whose duties include, but are not limited to the management of North High School, the management of the SOS Brigade's economic programmes and other general forum administration duties.

Part C: The Junior Brigade Staff

Each of these members of the Senior Brigade Staff shall also appoint, if neccessary, up to two members of the SOS Brigade to serve as the third tier of the SOS Brigade's government, henceforth known as the Junior Brigade Staff. The Junior Brigade Staff shall contain no more than eight members at any one time, with no more than two members subordinate to any one Senior Brigade Staff member. Appointment of these Junior Brigade Staff members must be approved by the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director.

Part D: Removal of Brigade Staff

Any member of the SOS Brigade in good standing may call a motion to dismiss a member of the Senior Brigade Staff or a member of the Junior Brigade Staff. In order for this motion to succeed, greater than two-thirds of the SOS Brigade membership (excluding the Brigade Staff member in question) must vote in favor of the motion to dismiss for it to succeed. If this majority is not achieved within 72 hours of the opening of the motion, the motion fails by default. In addition, this motion may be quashed by the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director at any time.

If a member of the Senior Brigade Staff is removed by such a motion to dismiss, a new member will be appointed to fill the newly-vacated role by the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director and must not be the member that was dismissed previously.

Part E: Removal of the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director

Any member of the SOS Brigade in good standing may call a motion to dismiss the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director. In order for this motion to suceed, there must be unanimous agreement amongst the Brigade Staff that the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director is no longer able to perform their duties to the betterment of the SOS Brigade. In addition, a vote of the general membership must be called and greater than three-quarters of the membership must vote in favor of this motion in order for it to succeed. As with the motion to dismiss a member of the Brigade Staff, if this majority of the membership is not achieved within 72 hours of the opening of the motion, the motion will fail.

If the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director is removed by such a motion to dismiss, a new Brigade Chief and Ultra Director will be nominated by consultation amongst the Senior Brigade Staff and the Junior Brigade Staff and must then achieve the approval of at least three-quarters of the SOS Brigade membership to be appointed to the office of Brigade Chief and Ultra Director.

Article Three: Membership

Part A: Enrollment in North High School

Nations wishing to join the SOS Brigade must register at the SOS Brigade's boards and submit an application by filling out the form provided. Once their application is accepted, they will become a Student of North High School, at which point they are required to change their Alliance Affiliation to "SOS Brigade Hopeful". In the course of their enrollment at North High School, the SOS Brigade hopeful will study the core areas required to effectively manage their nation for the betterment of the SOS Brigade and for the betterment of their own people.

Part B: Graduation from North High School

At the conclusion of their studies, the SOS Brigade hopeful will sit the Graduation Examination for North High School, designed to make sure they have learned what is neccessary in their time at North High School. In order to achieve a pass in the Graduation Examination, a student of North High School must achieve the prescribed pass mark or higher in all sections of the paper. Failing the Graduation Examination will result in a three-day cooling-down period before the SOS Brigade hopeful may attempt to sit the Examination again.

Once the Examination has been completed successfully, the SOS Brigade hopeful graduates from North High School and becomes a full member of the SOS Brigade, allowing them to change their Alliance Affiliation ingame to "SOS Brigade".

Part C: Termination of Membership by the Member

If at any time a member of the SOS Brigade feels that they no longer wish to be a member of the SOS Brigade, that member must post a resignation thread on the SOS Brigade forums and must be cleared of all debts and duties to the alliance before leaving.

Part D: Termination of Membership by the Brigade Staff

Any action by a member of the SOS Brigade deemed to be inappropriate and/or of a dangerous or illegal nature may result in the immediate expulsion of the member in question, at the discretion of the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director. Further punishment may be dealt, also at the discretion of the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director.

Article Four: War

Part A: Individual War

No member of the SOS Brigade shall declare any offensive war, or engage in any offensive espionage action unless it has been so authorised by a member of the Senior Brigade Staff or the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director.

Part B: Alliance War

A unanimous vote of the Senior Brigade Staff and the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director is required to approve an aggressive Declaration of War on behalf of the SOS Brigade, except in the case where such a declaration is mandated by a treaty held by the SOS Brigade, in which case only a majority vote of the afformentioned body is required to issue a Declaration of War.

Signed,

Arrnea of The Barony of Arrnea, Brigade Chief and Ultra Director

Freshmaker of Order of Chaos, ESPer and Mysterious Transfer Student

Xanatos of Nihilium, Time Traveller and Brigade Mascot

Elrich von Richt of Chimairan Republic, Alien Supercomputer and Meganekko

Alekhine of Respublica Populus, Ordinary Human and Errand Boy

The SOS Brigade is also pleased to announce that we have become a protectorate of the Viridian Entente, in accordance with the following treaty:

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Protection Agreement between the Viridian Entente and the SOS Brigade

Preamble

The Viridian Entente and the SOS Brigade:

* Aiming at the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

* Aspiring to develop friendly relations and co-operation between them;

* Seeking a pathway that will lead to full and frank communication between them;

* Desiring to ensure lasting security for both alliances and in particular to avoid espionage and the threat or use of force between them;

* Deciding to establish peace between them in accordance with these Protocols for Espionage and Armed Conflict Eradication;

Have agreed as follows:

Article I – ESTABLISHMENT OF PEACE

Peace is hereby established between the Viridian Entente and the SOS Brigade (the "signatory alliances") effective from the exchange of the instruments of ratification of these protocols.

Article II – SOVEREIGNITY

Both of the signatory alliances and their respective member nations recognize and will respect each other's sovereignty and political independence. They recognize and will respect each other's right to live in peace within their respective alliances. They will develop good neighborly relations of co-operation between them to ensure lasting security. They will refrain from espionage and the threat or use of force against each other and will settle all disputes between them by peaceful means.

Article III – COMMUNICATION

In signing these protocols, both signatory alliances recognize that full and frank communication is the foundation for a strong and enduring relationship and that there is mutual benefit for both alliances when open communication between them is maintained. To that end, both signatory alliances agree to productive two-way inter-alliance communication:

IIIa. The signatory alliances agree that whenever a situation arises which involves provisions within these protocols or other issues of mutual concern; there shall be full and frank communication between the signatory alliances.

IIIb. The signatory alliances shall encourage and promote effective methods of dispute resolution between the signatory alliances and their respective member nations.

IIIc. The signatory alliances commit to frequent and recurring dialog on each others forums and IRC channels. This commitment is based on the view that open access to each others communication channels is essential to the rapid and efficient inter-alliance communication. This shall include communication at the alliance leadership level where on an as needed basis, representatives of the highest decision making bodies of the signatory alliances will jointly meet to discuss issues of mutual concern. This shall be in addition to routine diplomatic communications and the regular communication between normal member nations.

Article IV – OVERT HOSTILE ACTIVITIES

Neither signatory alliance will knowingly engage in the use of sanctions against member nations of the other signatory alliance without formal, written permission from the other signatory alliance. Neither signatory alliance shall endorse, fund, approve or engage in military action against the other signatory alliance. If an individual member nation of either signatory alliance is found in violation of this article, it shall be directed to offer peace and reparations equivalent to a minimum of 1.5 times the total damages inflicted. Though not required, defending nations shall be encouraged to defer reprisal actions until a diplomatic solution can be reached.

IVa. Should the offending member nation of a signatory alliance refuse to offer peace and agree on reparations terms, said member nation will be declared a rogue and will no longer be offered the protection of either signatory alliance.

IVb. If a signatory alliance violates this article, such activity shall be considered an act of war.

Article V – COVERT HOSTILE ACTIVITIES

Neither signatory alliance shall knowingly endorse, fund, approve or engage in espionage or other covert action against the other signatory alliance. Both signatory alliances agree not to actively or passively recruit member nations of the other alliance for the purpose of committing espionage. If either signatory alliance collects intelligence regarding a security breach or a credible threat concerning the other signatory alliance, the acquiring signatory alliance will convey all pertinent information in their possession to the other signatory alliance.

Va. Should a member nation of a signatory alliance violate this article, said member nation will be declared a rogue and will no longer be offered the protection of either signatory alliance.

Vb. If a signatory Alliance violates this article, such activity shall be considered an act of war.

Article VI – RECIPROCAL DEFENSE

Protectorate: Should the SOS Brigade come under attack by a foreign power, the Viridian Entente, at the request of the SOS Brigade, shall immediately provide military assistance as well as, but not limited to, financial, political and such other assets it has at its disposal. Should the Viridian Entente come under attack, the SOS Brigade is encouraged but is not obligated to provide the Viridian Entente with such assistance as it is able to muster, be it military, political or financial or other assets.

Article VII – RECOVERY AID

In the event of conflict involving only one of the signatory alliances, upon cessation of hostilities and barring other conflicting treaty obligations, the non-combatant signatory alliance shall encourage its individual member nations to voluntarily provide recovery aid to individual member nations of the war-torn signatory alliance.

In the event of conflict involving both of the signatory alliances, upon cessation of hostilities and barring other conflicting treaty obligations, both signatory alliances shall encourage its individual member nations to voluntarily provide recovery aid to individual member nations of the war-torn signatory alliances regardless of alliance membership.

Article VIII – CIVILITY

Both signatory alliances shall be resolute in their insistence that their respective members remain polite and civil to each other at all times, especially in public forums and other public venues.

Article IX - EVALUATION & EXPIRATION

Thirty (30) days following the announcement of these accords, these terms shall automatically expire, standing null and void from that day forward. The signatory alliances may decide to upgrade, downgrade, retain, or cancel the treaty entirely before or after said expiration is reached.

Article X – AMENDMENTS

When this treaty requires revision, the signatory alliances will mutually discuss and agree on new terms. The amended terms to this treaty are effective following a 48-hour amendment activation timeframe. Either signatory alliance may unilaterally revoke the amendment so long as the 48-hour amendment activation timeframe has not concluded.

Article XI – RATIFICATION

These protocols shall be ratified by both signatory alliances in conformity with their respective procedures.

Article XI – TERMINATION

Either signatory alliance may terminate this compact at any time by providing the other signatory alliance with a 48 hour notice of intent to terminate. This compact is automatically terminated when either signatory alliance violates Article IV, V or VI of this compact. This compact has an expiration date, as stated in Article IX, and upon that date it shall stand null and void unless renewed as specified.

/s/

On behalf of the Viridian Entente,

Cornelius, Lord

Solaris, Duke

God of Salt, Secretary of the Interior

Impero, Secretary of Defense

CharlesinCharge, Secretary of State

On behalf of the SOS Brigade,

Arrnea, Brigade Chief and Ultra Director

Freshmaker, ESPer and Mysterious Transfer Student

Xanatos, Time Traveller and Brigade Mascot

Elrich von Richt, Alien Supercomputer and Meganekko

Alekhine, Ordinary Human and Errand Boy

A final note...

Elrich von Richt: If this message is being read successfully by the inhabitants of Planet Bob, then it should be taken as self-evident that the endless recursion of time has been broken and that all worlds have proceeded to September the First.

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Introducing the Senior Brigade Staff, the SOS Brigade Boards and the SOS Brigade IRC Channel

First, let me introduce to you our Brigade Chief and Ultra Director:

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Arrnea

Brigade Chief and Ultra Director

Arrnea's job in the SOS Brigade as Brigade Chief and Ultra Director is to oversee the activities of the Brigade and make sure everything runs smoothly. Also, it is his duty to appoint the Senior Brigade Staff and to approve appointments to the Junior Brigade Staff. This position is the highest position in the SOS Brigade.

The first Senior Brigade Staff of the SOS Brigade was chosen from the membership of the SOS Brigade by the Brigade Chief and Ultra Director, Arrnea, after much deliberation.

The first member of the Senior Brigade Staff, our ESPer and Mysterious Transfer Student is:

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Freshmaker

ESPer and Mysterious Transfer Student

Freshmaker's job in the SOS Brigade as ESPer and Mysterious Transfer Student is to oversee the Foreign Affairs of the SOS Brigade and to make sure that our relations with other alliances remain cordial, when at all possible.

The second member of the Senior Brigade Staff, our Time Traveller and Brigade Mascot is:

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Xanatos

Time Traveller and Brigade Mascot

Xanatos' job in the SOS Brigade as Time Traveller and Brigade Mascot is to oversee the Propaganda and Recruitment efforts of the SOS Brigade, promoting and growing our alliance so that we may propser in the future.

The third member of the Senior Brigade Staff, our Alien Supercomputer and Meganekko is:

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Elrich von Richt

Alien Supercomputer and Meganekko

Elrich von Richt's job in the SOS Brigade as Alien Supercomputer and Meganekko is to coordinate our military, allowing the SOS Brigade to defend itself from forces that would do us harm on the battlefield.

The fourth and final member of the Senior Brigade Staff, our Ordinary Human and Errand Boy is:

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Alekhine

Ordinary Human and Errand Boy

Alekhine's job in the SOS Brigade as Ordinary Human and Errand Boy is to do random menial chores administrate North High School, the place of learning for those wishing to become members of the SOS Brigade and to co-ordinate internal economic policies of the SOS Brigade in order to build up our alliance from within.

Finally, the SOS Brigade Boards are located at the following URL:

http://sosdancnse.ipbfree.com

And our IRC channel is #sos-dan on irc.coldfront.net

Signed,

Arrnea, Brigade Chief and Ultra Director

Freshmaker, ESPer and Mysterious Transfer Student

Xanatos, Time Traveller and Brigade Mascot

Elrich von Richt, Alien Supercomputer and Meganekko

Alekhine, Ordinary Human and Errand Boy

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I've waited a long time for this to come and at long last, it has come to fruition.

Long live the SOS Brigade! May Haruhi shine upon us so we can grow and prosper. o/

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good luck fellas, and xana you single handedly killed 3 days of ve growth i hope youre happy :P

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After a looong month of waiting, and even longer months of planning, we are finally ready to unleash ourselves on Planet Bob! Those with weak constitutions should run away screaming.

Also, many thanks to VE for being our protectorate in these tender formative days! :)

o/ SOS

o/ VE

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good luck fellas, and xana you single handedly killed 3 days of ve growth i hope youre happy :P

I'm a boss.

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And another TE alliance hits the world stage. Best of luck to the SOS-dan.

Kyon-kun, denwa? :v:

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Kyon-kun, denwa? :v:

Iwaren demo wakatteru. (Don't need you to tell me that) ^_^

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This is an excellent day for Haruhiists everywhere. Long may the SOS Brigade unite totally interesting people! Totally!

o/ SOS団

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I was wondering when you'd let your true self shine, Arrnea. 'bout time. Good luck, as always. Though we parted ways since the Party, I still love ya, dude.

o7 SOS Brigade

Libertad o Muerte!

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I was wondering when you'd let your true self shine, Arrnea. 'bout time. Good luck, as always. Though we parted ways since the Party, I still love ya, dude.

o7 SOS Brigade

Libertad o Muerte!

Hah. Perhaps one day we will be together once more, Mongol-Swedes.

Libertad o Muerte!

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