1.1 NIF Official Rules
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Document 1.0. The following is a basic breakdown of rules put into effect on the NIF. They are broken into two sections: 1.0.1, rules that are in effect out-of-character (the logistics of roleplaying), with repercussions listed in 1.0.2. Rules that are in effect in-character (the behaviour of your character) are listed in 1.0.3.

"Staff" and "staff members" in this document refer to all administrators, supermods, and moderators of the affected forum. "Administrators" refer to all members with administrator level responsibilities. In IRC chat, "staff" refers to operators and half-ops. Half-ops have the option to kick a user out of chat. Ban of users, temporary or permanent, is reserved for administrators and operators. Moderators can be appointed to carry out specific administrator tasks.


1.0.1: Out Of Character Rules

1.0.1.1: Character Actions:

1.0.1.1.1: Do not make you character unrealistically powerful. (Do not "power play" or "godmod".)

1.0.1.1.2: Do not kill, maim or in any other way permanently disable another character without the character's player's complete consent.

1.0.1.1.3: Always stick to the role of the character you are roleplaying.

1.0.1.1.4: Any thread with "RESTRICTED" or "CLOSED" in the header shall be considered off limits to anyone but the creator and those invited by the creator. Staff members may still interfere if any rules are broken.

1.0.1.1.5: No offensive material (i.e. that can be considered inaproriate for a PG-13 rating) allowed in any form.

1.0.1.1.6: Custom signatures limitations: 500x500 pixels, 50 kilobytes, 4 lines of ASCII text. No Out-Of-Character signature allowed in any roleplaying scenario.

1.0.1.2: Scenario Direction Rights:

1.0.1.2.1: Do not introduce or use any official Star Wars characters in a roleplaying scenario without permission from the staff.

1.0.1.2.2: Do not introduce any force users into a roleplaying scenario without permission from the staff.

1.0.1.2.3: Do not introduce any new capital ships into a roleplaying scenario without permission from the staff.

1.0.1.3: Obediance:

1.0.1.3.1: Carry out the guidelines set out in the Member Manual and other Database documents.

1.0.1.3.2: Follow briefing instructions and do not roleplay actions unapplicable to the scenario created.

1.0.1.3.3: Always respect the decisions of the administrators. Any of these rules may be amended with their consent.

1.0.1.3.4: Any discrepancy between members or between staff members must be kept outside the website. This does not apply to issues over rule violations between members and staff members.

1.0.1.4: HoloNet Chat Rules:

1.0.1.4.1: The HoloNet Chat Channel is a part of the NIF website and should be treated as such.

1.0.1.4.2: No abusive, vulgar or explicit content is to be permitted (PG-13 rating).

1.0.1.4.3: No spam. Spam is defined as meaningless or unnecessarily repeated messages.

1.0.1.4.4: Personal issues can be discussed, but not at the exclusion of anyone. If you speak about it in open chat, expect reactions.

1.0.1.4.5: Offensive treatment of any mod during arbitration may result in expulsion. Abitration is the process during which an issue is being settled.

1.0.2: Repercussions

There are greatly varying degrees of seriousness in breaking any of the defined rules of the NIF. Therefore, the administrators reserve the right to adjust any reprimand to suit an offense. The following are common reprimands ordered by severity.

1.0.2.1: Warning given by the administrators directly to the perpetrator with instructions on rectification, if possible or applicable.

1.0.2.2: A more direct warning from the administrators, who may also personally modify your participation. A period of "parole" may be administered in which slight offenses will be given greater reprimand.

1.0.2.3: Immediate modification of participation by the administrators if possible. Suspension from participation for a period of time, depending on the severity of the offense.

1.0.2.4: Permanent expulsion from the New Imperial Federation.


1.0.3: Imperial Rules and Regulations (IRR)

These are In-Character rules, defining what your character is expected, allowed, and not allowed to do. Note that even non-Imperial characters in service of the NIF are subject to these rules.

Section 1 - Imperial Peace and Order

Article 1 - Civil Rights

Imperial citizens are subject to protection and safety by and from its armed forces. As such, citizens of an Imperial controlled territory will be subject to Imperial Military rulings when the rulings of its own boundaries and those of the Military come into direct conflict. Citizens are to be treated with the highest dignity and all rights that its Military is given, when the two governing bodies conflict. Citizens who are in violation of Imperial policy or laws, will be given a dedicated trial, with provisions for a council of their choosing within reason. Active Imperial military members are subject to a Military Tribunal when personal actions outside of the scope of the military interact with that of an Imperial governed territory. Victims and witness of any Imperial transgression will be given ample voice at any Tribunal hearing, and be witness to verdict when rendered.

Article 2 - Military Protocol

Active Imperial Military members are subject to all rules and regulations of Imperial Military Command, and its code of conduct, no matter where they apply. These policies are in place upon joining the Imperial Federation and will stay in effect until resigning from active service. Resignation is limited to signed documentation, death, or expulsion by IMEXCO. Missing in action, stasis, or other acts of the Universe will not fall under this heading, and anyone falling under anything but the aforementioned descriptions will be subject to its interpolations.

The following are the Rules and regulations to be followed by every Imperial Military member. All rulings are subject to IMEXCO intervention and its decisions.

Section 2 - Code of Conduct

Article 1 - Ranks

Members of the Imperial Military are subject to following the commands of the rank of any member above their pay grade. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.

When rank and department interaction become necessary the highest Ranking officer will preside over all decisions unless that decision creates a conflict of interest. The highest Ranking officer will be subject to penalties for actions committed by rulings he enacts if said ruling is carried out as prescribed.

When inter-department actions come into conflict and rank is equal, the situation will be deemed subject first by sphere of influence followed by Department chain of Command.

Sphere of influence will be determined by actions being engaged. The following are guidelines to follow, but are again subject to IMEXCO delegation and decision.
Naval Operations, high orbit actions, planetary orbital assault: Navy
Armed insurrection, planetary ground assault, ground defense: Army
Espionage, counter terrorism, intelligence gathering: Intel
Medical Operations, Research, Decontamination: Medical
Top secret actions: Classified

The Department chain of Command will cover any non discernible topic or when multiple situations overlap The Department chain of Command is as follows:

IMEXCO
Classified (Department 0451) (Direct involvement only, otherwise differs down)
Navy
Intelligence
Army
Fighter Corps
Medical Corps

Note: The Judicial Corps has precedence over all other groups except for IMEXCO and DC9465 in matters of the law. Intelligence also has precedence over Navy, Army, FC, and MC in law matters.

These guidelines are to be used for critical decisions only, in time of engagement or other actions. Personal Interaction by crewmembers is subject to department heads discretion.

Article 2 - Personal Actions

As a member of the Imperial Military you are expected to behave in a manner befitting the Empire and your personal actions both on and off duty are subject to regulation and scrutiny. The following are guidelines that are to be followed by every Imperial. Failure to do so will leave you subject to Imperial review and possible incarceration. Please note not every possible scenario is included here and actions listed are a guideline.

The following will result in incarceration, for a period of no less than 24 hours, and no more than 168 hours, unless an investigation deems it continued, and then only by command of IMEXCO. Violators will be subject to fines, restitution and or incarceration as deemed appropriate by the commanding officer presiding over the hearing.


I. Insubordination to an officer or member of the Imperial High Command or any of its elected, appointed, or entrusted officials.
II. Possession of contraband, illegal intoxicants, illegal weapons, or any other item deemed contraband by command. Intent to distribute, acquires, and solicits or any other actions involving aforementioned items will also be subject to this ruling.
III. Coercion, Intimidation, or threats against any officer, security member, or members of Imperial High Command any of its elected, appointed, or entrusted officials.
IV. Theft or misappropriation of Imperial property, property of its citizens, allies or subjects. This includes property in transit, currency of a private Imperial citizen, or confiscated goods currently in the possession of Imperial command, its subjects or its allies.
V. Failure to perform duties as issued.
VI. Breaking and entering.
VII. Use of Stun weapons or other non lethal forms of defense against any member of the Empire without justification.
VIII. Failure to respond to an officialfs declaration, or that of any Security officer if the request is reasonable and understood.
IX. Striking a security team member.
X. Drunk or disorderly conduct
XI. Petty vandalism
XII. Absence without authorized leave.
XIII. Possession of stolen goods with or without the intent to distribute.
XIV. Looting of private property.

Crimes (During non-hostile situations)

The following are considered Crimes against the Empire, and as such will result in a mandatory incarceration until a hearing can take place to determine the exact penalty to be sentenced to the person or persons involved. Penalties will be delivered by a Military Board of Review, which must include at least one presiding officer or officers who are Fleet commanders or the equivalent. (Subject to IMEXCO intervention). Crimes of this nature are subject to disciplinary action up to and including execution.


I. Sabotage, spying, engaging in treasonous activities, or involving oneself by association of any of the aforementioned.
II. Murder, of an Imperial its citizens or her allies.
III. Torture, or any of its forms without proper authorization or reason (Dismemberment, crippling, or other actions of this sort fall under this heading.)
IV. Theft or destruction of any Imperial Starship.
V. Espionage of a personal nature
VI. Perjury to a board of Inquiry
VII. Failure to obey a direct order from a superior officer.
VIII. Assaulting a superior officer.
IX. Escaping from incarceration, or aiding and abetting in any escape from incarceration.
X. Destruction of an Imperial (Military grade) droid.
XI. Any action resulting in the death, dismemberment or injury of an Imperial subject without justification.
XII. Grand Larceny
XIII. Failure to obey safety regulations or notices.
XIV. Forgery, counterfeiting, deletion of records, alteration of logs, videos, reports or Imperial notifications.
XV. Interfering with an Imperial investigation

Crimes (Acts of War)

Actions taken during hostile engagements with the enemy are subject to Commanding officers scrutiny. As aforementioned, while the actions may be similar, the punishment can be more or less severe depending on the involved state of mind, actions involved in, etc. Some situations are considered Extreme measures and dealt with on a case by case basis.


I. Cowardice in the face of the enemy.
II. Sabotage, spying, engaging in treasonous activities, or involving oneself by association of any of the aforementioned.
III. Murder, of an Imperial its citizens or her allies, in time of war.
IV. Torture, or any of its forms without proper authorization or reason (Dismemberment, crippling, or other actions of this sort fall under this heading.)
V. Theft or destruction of any Imperial Starship, due to incompetence.
VI. Espionage of a personal nature, during time of war
VII. Failure to obey a direct order from a superior officer.
VIII. Assaulting a superior officer.
IX. Escaping from Imperial incarceration, or aiding and abetting in any escape from Imperial incarceration.
X. Destruction of an Imperial (Military grade) droid.
XI. Any action resulting in the death, dismemberment or injury of an Imperial subject
XII. Deletion of records, alteration of logs, videos, reports or Imperial notifications.
XIII. Interfering with an Imperial investigation
XIV. Failure to save or attempt to save fellow Imperials if possible.
XV. Destruction of life pods.
XVI. Divulging Imperial secrets or articles for personal safety or profit.
XVII. Failure to engage hostiles, when ordered to do so.
XVIII. Declaring an emergency to exit battle when no Emergency exists.
XIX. Aiding or abetting the enemy.
XX. Destruction or desecration of Imperial Relics or those of the Sith.

Article 3 - Officer Conduct

Officers of the Empire are expected to abide by all the aforementioned rules and regulations, with the stipulation that extraordinary circumstances may play a role in defining the nature of the actions they are to commit /order to. Extraordinary circumstances are not limited to time of war/ battle, but when occurring outside the theater of engagements are to be investigated before drawing conclusions or rendering verdicts. Officers may face suspension or dismissal from command, while under investigation, but are expected to resume command if need be during hostilities or by command of a direct superior. Should the need arise that command be required while under investigation, suspension may resume after completion of actions/hostilities. Actions taken while in unique situations will still be subject to command scrutiny and may result in further disciplinary actions.


Officers are subject to the following additional regulations as outlined below:
I. Reckless endangerment of Imperial crew and subjects
II. Reckless use or endangerment of Imperial equipment technology.
III. Reckless use of Imperial Intelligence or information
IV. Failure to defend Imperial property, territory or its subjects.
V. Failure to uphold the Constitution of the Empire
VI. Desertion
VII. Failure to uphold authorized Imperial treaties or laws.
VIII. Disregard for the life or lives of Imperial personal due to needless / reckless actions.
IX. Betrayal of the Empire, its citizens, officers, IMEXCO, or anyone else held in good standing.
X. Submitting false or misleading documentation regarding any individual under the officerfs direct command.
XI. Revelation of Top Secret or Eyes only documentation to anyone or anything below the pay grade or authorization level prescribed.

Section 3 - Criminal Proceedings

Article 1 - Investigations

All members of the Empire are required to assist in any investigation, as long as said investigation does not disrupt or interfere with operations, the safety or revelation of any Top Secret or eyes only documentation to someone unauthorized to view. If the investigation needs to be inclusive of Top Secret or Eyes Only documentation, or if Top Secret or Eyes Only Intel, devices, locations etc. are proprietary to said investigation, ISIS will send a higher ranking investigator or receive permission from IMEXCO.

At no time will evidence that can destroy, damage, defame or lay blame at the Empire be presented at a trial proceeding. If said evidence is required it will be subject to private inspection by those presiding over the trial, and only after properly authorized by IMEXCO.

The order of investigation is determined by the incident. However, unless noted otherwise, all personnel will follow the chain of command in any investigation:

Any actions committed in a non combat situation will be controlled by the chain of Security, as listed but not superseded by:


Initial arrest: STARS team, ISIS, active officer of highest rank
Incarceration: Detention control
Investigation: Initial arresting officer's discretion until ISIS intervenes
Prosecution: ISIS initiated, presided by Fleet commanders or appointed official
Sentencing: Fleet command, appointed official or IMEXCO
Long term incarceration: P.I.N.G.

These guidelines are offered to prevent unwarranted actions by any arresting body or individual. They are subject to the same Code of Conduct, and Chain of Command listed prior, and will be held to the letter. Deviation of any rules or regulations will result in possible action taken against the individual.

Investigations: Regulations

The following are listings of Regulations to be adhered by the arresting officer of any individual or individuals. Failure to comply with the regulations listed may result in personal discipline and pay infringement by the arresting officer:


I. All arrests are to be Non Lethal in nature. Stun weapons, stun settings, sedatives, and use of non lethal violence are permitted when the situation warrants such actions.
II. Any individual arrested has the right to know the charges and accuser within due time.
III. All individuals placed under incarceration are to be cuffed and taken directly to the detention center, or other holding area.
IV. Physical violence or threats will not be tolerated.
V. Destruction of personal property or data will not be tolerated
VI. Individuals are subject to full body scans to determine if concealed weapons or other items are on their person. All items confiscated are to be logged in the presence of the individual if possible. Otherwise a recording will suffice.
VII. Injuries sustained during actions prior to or during the arrest will be attended by the Detcon medical droid, or if a dire or grave nature, by the Medcom team prior to placement in a holding cell.

Investigations: Exemptions

The following are a list of Exemptions to the incarceration process that are to be followed by all arresting officers. Deviation from these exemptions may result in disciplinary action being taken against the arresting individual.


I.Department 0451(Classified): All members of Department 0451 that are incarcerated and submits to the arresting officer the daily password, are to be released. Department 0451 is responsible for all higher functions of Imperial program and technology systems and are vital to all higher operations . Unless otherwise noted no record is to be made of arrest, and they are to be listed as gindividual involvedh in any report made. This command may only be overridden by IMEXCO or the Senior staff. Passwords for Department 0451 are to admited to security channel ****, for verification, and upon verification, team members are released without question.
II. Dark Jedi: Dark Jedi are to be treated as guests of the Empire. Any altercation with a Dark Jedi involved must be reported directly to the Emperor. Do not attempt to arrest any individual of this order.
III. Officers engaged in combat, military action, or otherwise involved in gmilitary actionsh are to be permitted ample time to pass along current duties to the next senior officer. If no other senior officer is present, the detail will wait in its investigation until is viable to do so.
IV. IMEXCO is immune to prosecution by anyone less than an IMEXCO member. IMEXCO entails functions of the utmost secrecy and as such is subject to internal scrutiny only.
V. ISIS agents involved in undercover situations that allow for a full identity check and reveal the situation is of importance to intelligence may be differed from investigation.

Investigations: Collection of Evidence

During an investigation, any items deemed as evidence by either side is subject to collection and recording by ISIS. Items in question are subject to seizure, freezing of assets; impoundment etc. from its use has been assimilated into the trial proceedings and until the conclusion of a trial. Appeals will cause extended collection/confiscation until the appeal process is completed. Any items lost or damaged by ISIS will result in disciplinary action against the receiving officer.

Investigations: Collection of Evidence: Exemptions

Articles not subject to collection as evidence are as follows:


I. Droids in the service of the Empire who's involvement for extended duration will be exempt if their collection will cause undue hardship to the Empire.
II. Property of IMEXCO.
III. Items of an EYES ONLY or TOP SECRET nature.
IV. Items or property of a religious nature
V. Items that will cause a hardship to the Empire
VI. Property of Department 0451.
VII. Items being used by ISIS officers in ways exempt from investiagtion.

Article 2 - Trial Proceedings

All Imperials incarcerated are subject to fair treatment and a timely trial. Representation can be selected by the accused for the accused, or the accused may represent themselves or ask for outside intervention. Intervention must be by an Imperial in good legal standing and subject to the participation by IMEXCO. Sentencing will be subject to one appeal and only upon IMEXCO approval. Outcome of the second trial is mandatory and as such, is subject to IMEXCO participation in sentencing, or if not available IMEXCO may send representation for rendering of the final verdict.

Punishments are to be determined on a case by case basis. However, there are some mandated sentences, which must be used as a basis for the prosecution. The basics are listed below:

Misdemeanors: Minimum of 24 hours incarceration, loss of pay, minimum of 2 days, Public service, work detail, Minimum of 24 hours

Crimes during non engagements will be subject to a minimum of 72 hours incarceration, loss of pay minimum 2 months + court costs and damages, Work detail 1 month.

Crimes during times of engagement will be subject to a minimum of 24- 144 hours incarceration, loss of pay minimum 2 weeks - 2 months + court costs and damages, Work detail 3 months.

Crimes against the Empire: Crimes that incur damages or loss due to acts of treason, murder, or wanton destruction will incur a minimum of 200 hours incarceration, loss of pay minimum 6-12 months + court costs and damages, Work detail 12 months. Re-education may be administered if necessary.

Termination: Termination may only be invoked by IMEXCO. If IMEXCO is the victim of foul play or extended loss, then termination may be issued by a unanimous vote of all Fleet Commanders and the Head of ISIS. Short of this, long-term incarceration may be enacted until either IMEXCO or Fleet Commanders/ISIS head can convene.

Administration of Sentencing:

Sentencing once imposed is to be carried out immediately. Appeal may be applied but until a hearing convenes, sentence is to be initiated unless Termination is enacted. Termination appeals will be heard in ten days time, and after which, unless reversed carried out upon completion of failed appeal.

Prisoners are to be cuffed, and delivered to P.I.N.G. who will administer punishment as seen fit.

Misdemeanors may be incarcerated upon the individuals home ship/base/outpost if the court deems it. Those lacking a home ship/base/ outpost or those without proper holding facilities may be sent to another detention center if the court deems fit.

Section 4 - Martial Law

In circumstances when the Empire or its military must declare martial law, all rights of the individual Imperial citizen are now secondary to the needs of the Imperial Military. Suffice it to say, Imperial military troops and its officers will do what is necessary to ensure the rights of its citizens and their property is respected, the Military may employ the following in order to ensure civil law and control:


I. Occupation of private structures or property
II. Questioning without representation of individuals suspected of criminal involvement, civil unrest, or other situations deemed unlawful
III. Disruption of communication systems
IV. Disruption of travel.
V. Confiscation of goods or materials
VI. Incarceration of citizens or others as needed.
VII. Curfew enactment
VIII. Execution of individuals found committing crimes against the Empire, its citizens, its property or otherwise. (Officers only may issue this order)
IX. Destruction of personal property if necessary
X. Collection of relics, artifacts, currency or other property for purposes of preservation or relocation.

Section 5 - Personal Possessions

The Imperial Military does its best to supply its personel the best materials available. However, we understand the need for and desire to posses objects, items, materials, of a personal nature. Storage space however on military vessels is limited, and as such personal belongings will be limited as space provides. Rank will incur more possesion availability, but is subject to high command authorization.

Members of rank less than commissioned officer are normally housed in a barracks type location. As such, possesions must be capable of residining in the confines of the members rack.

Rack is defined as the 2 meter X by .5 meter x .5 meter space found beneath the members sleeping area.

Officers below the rank of Commander, are quartered in a four member accomodation each with a personal locker as well as the aformentioned rack.

Locker is code key locked one meter X one meter X 2 meters.

Officers above the rank of Commander but below Admiral are housed in Officers quarters. Depending upon vessel type and class, they can be housed either in private quarters or dual occupancy.

Personal Possesions: Vehicles

Imperials in the service of the military that are qualified to pilot vessels may possess personal craft. Personal craft can be stored on military vessels only with permission from the ships commander, or that of the Fleet Commander. There will be a nominal fee for storage, and the vehicle must meet several guidelines before entering any Imperial hanger.

Guidelines include:

Vehicle must be in working condition, prior to every point of entry.


Vehicles may be armed, but with the following restrictions:
No missiles
No bombs
No anti personel-concussion type weapons stored inside.
No chemical, biological or radiological weapons.
No active defense systems that would prevent inspection, entry, or vehicle removal.
No Contraband of any sort.

Vehicle is not to be used as a habitat.

Vehicle can not exceed the space dedicated to it. Personal vehicles will not exceed the size dictated by the Commanding officer, the Fleet Commander or IMEXCO.

Vehicle must be ready for removal when ordered. If the owner is unavailable for removal, the vehicle may be removed and disposed of as necessary.

Vehicles stored are subject to inspection, and removal without the owners permission at any time.

Repairs can be made on the vehicle by the owner on his downtime as long as said repairs will not interfere with normal naval operations.

Imperial tech services can repair vehicles for a nominal fee, provided it does not interfere with daily operations and after the fee is paid in advance. The Empire will not be responsible for injuries or situations incurred because of its repairs. The Empire will not make modifications to any vessel that goes against the predesigned manufacturers specifications.

Vehicle modifications that bring said vehicle into conflict with any vehicle restrictions will result in removal of the vehicle from Imperial storage.

Personal Possesions: Vehicles: Exemptions:

Vehicles exempt from the above stated guidelines are as follows:
IMEXCO is exempt from all guidelines.
The commanding officer of any vessel may have a personal vehicle stored inside his own command.
Department 0451.
Freelancers in the employment of the Empire, who have been invited aboard and for a period not to exceed 96 hours.

Personal Possesions: Contraband

The following items are considered contraband aboard any Imperial vessel, unless special permission from the vessels commanding officer, Military Department heads, ISIS high command, or IMEXCO.


Non issue Imperial weapons, with fatal or lethal settings.
Lightsabers (Of a non religous nature)
Weapons of Mass destruction
Non Issue Imperial armor
Explosives
Narcotics or other controlled substances.
Live stock or other biologicals.
Non issued Imperial fuel in storage containers
Non issue Imperial scanning or tracking devices.
Non Issue Imperial communication devices

Section 6 - Personal Dealings

Imperial troops and officers, while in the service of the Empire, may only hold a Secondary position outside the service under the following guidelines:


I. The Imperial keeps his loyalty to the Empire.
II. The secondary occupation does not interfere with the primary
III. The Secondary occupation does not involve the usage of Imperial supplies equipment, tools, systems, locations etc.
IV. The Secondary occupation never comes in conflict with the primary position.
V. The Imperial does not use his influence, contacts etc. to further his Secondary position.
VI. Items developed for the Empire, using Imperial supplies, and equipment etc. will incur a 10% profit collection by the Empire.
VII. Damages incurred by creation or use of items developed for the Empire will be the sole liability of its creator and not the Empire.
VIII. The Imperial will be forced to resign from any position the Empire declares.
IX. The Imperial will be forced to turn over all profits delivered to him by any item that defames, incurs damage, or otherwise harms the Empire or its name.

Section 7 -- Uniforms

Due to the various departments present in the New Imperial Federation, the exact specifications of personal uniforms will be subject to your role. All Imperials however will follow the following guidelines:

When on an Imperial starship, you will either be in your uniform of the day when on duty, or if off duty, the acceptable off duty wear associated with your department.

THERE WILL BE NO CIVILLIAN CLOTHES PERMITTED WHILE ON AN IMPERIAL STARSHIP. THIS IS A MATTER OF SECURITY AND WILL BE SUBJECT TO DETENTION AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

Dress Uniforms: During formal engagements, disciplanary actions or meetings with your direct superior, formal dress uniforms are required. Faliure to do so could result in disciplanary action, including incarceration, demerit or loss of pay.