From 1997 to early 2007, the Simming League was headed by a President. The President was responsible for making key decisions and serving as the public face of the League. As head of the Sim Senate, and as the individual who appointed or approved all major League officials and managers, the President shaped the policy and direction of the League.
In addition, the President performed a series of administrative and ceremonial duties, but some Presidents chose to delegate these duties, included publishing a monthly update of League actions, announcing the winners of the Simming Prizes, moderating the League message boards, and reviewing clubs that applied for membership to the League.
The League had 19 President's from its founding in 1997 to the ending of the office in 2007, or about two a year - which makes sense given that the term of office was six months. Most Presidents served one term or less. Zappy, for example, resigned early because his primary goal was to see a new constitution passed, and when it was, he left office. Derek Graham had to give up his Senate seat, and thus the Presidency, under old rules in effect at the time. However, several presidents, such as Chas Hammer, were reelected or held office on multiple occasions.
Tom Ryder-Morgan-Farr of Utopia Prime was the last President of the Simming League. He took office in September 2006 after being elected by the Sim Senate and resigned when the office was abolished in February 2007.
Elections and SuccessionEdit
The President was elected by the Sim Senate every March 19 and September 19. Senators were allowed to run for the Presidency, as were the Magistrates of the Court and the Simming League Administrator if they had been in the League for at least 6 months. Representatives to the Senate and managers of League events were able to run for the Presidency if they had been in the League for at least 9 months, and League members who did not hold any specific office were able to run if they have been in the League for at least 1 year.
There was no limit on the number of terms a person could serve as the President.
If the President resigned or was removed from office, the Vice President would become the President. If there was no Vice President, the senior most Senator would become the President. If the President went on an extended leave of absence, the Vice President or senior most Senator would serve as the acting President until the President returned.
The Vice PresidentEdit
The Vice President had to meet the same eligibility requirements as the President in order to run and hold office. Presidential candidates were allowed to select a person to serve as their running mate, but a candidates was not mandated to chose a running mate and could instead nominated an individual to be approved by the Sim Senate after the election. Alternatively, a President could choose not to have a Vice President at all.
The Vice President served at the pleasure of the President. His/her only official duty was to become the President should the Presidency be vacated. However, Vice Presidents often served as a key presidential advisers and were given important duties by the President.
List of PresidentsEdit
1) Annie of AE. Spring 1997
2) Chas Hammer of Trek Online. Summer 1997 to September 1999
3) Shetz of the Ashes of the Rebellion. September to November 1999
4) Chas Hammer of Trek Online. November 1999 to March 2000
5) Jon Shuni of the Federation Sim Fleet. March to September 2000
6) Robin Knight Mace of Trek Online. September 2000 to March 2001
7) Erik Nighthawk of the United Simulations Network. March to September 2001
8) Zappy of Nova Fleet. September 2001 to February 2002
9) Seth Cotis of the Starfleet Legacy Alliance. February to September 2002
10) Chas Hammer of Trek Online. September 2002
11) Kenny Gillis of Pi Fleet. September to November 2002
12) Chas Hammer of Trek Online. November 2002 to March 2003
13) Jay Truce of the Federation Sim Fleet. March 2003 to February 2004
14) Goran Agar of the Galactic Space Forces. February to September 2004
15) Lex Kempo of the Starfleet Legacy Alliance. September 2004 to February 2005
16) Derek Graham of Starfleet On-Line. February to March 2005
17) AJ Chegwidden of New Worlds. March 2005
18) Azanialix Ja'arda of the Starfleet Legacy Alliance. March 2005 to September 2006
19) Tom Ryder-Morgan-Farr of Utopia Prime. September 2006 to February 2007.
Ending of the PresidencyEdit
As part of the decision in late 2006 and early 2007 to abolish the political structure of the League, the Presidency was abolished.