Independence Fleet regularly recognizes its members for outstanding contributions to the fleet, our games, and the greater role playing community. There are four tiers of awards for differing types of action.

TierSeriesForNominated ByApproval Authority
1Hall of FameFormer MembersAnyoneHall of Fame Charter
2Major AwardsCurrent MembersAnyoneCommander-in-Chief
3Monthly AwardsCurrent MembersSim COsDirector of Personnel
4Sim AwardsCurrent MembersVaries by SimSim COs

Hall of Fame

July 4, 2001
Induction into the Hall of Fame, which has been in existence since 2011, is the highest honor in Independence Fleet. Eligibility requirements and the nomination & approval process can be found in the Hall of Fame Charter (pdf).

See all blog posts about the Hall of Fame

See the Hall of Fame tab of the IDF Record Book (Google spreadsheet)

Major Awards

Major awards are the highest honors presented to active members of Independence Fleet.

Distinguished Service Medal

For for achievement above and beyond the call of duty at the Admiralty level

Since 2012
Command Excellence Medal

For achievement above and beyond the call of duty at the sim Commanding Officer level

Since 2013*
Special Commendation Medal

For achievement above and beyond the call of duty at the sim Crewmember level

Since 2022
Anniversary Medal

Awarded to all active fleet members as of July 4, 2001/06/11/16/21

Since 2021

*The Excellence in Service Medal was renamed and reconfigured as the Command Excellence Medal in 2020

See all blog posts about Major Awards

See the Major Awards tab of the IDF Record Book (Google spreadsheet)

Monthly Awards

Each month Independence Fleet presents eight awards to crewmembers throughout the fleet for role playing excellence. Commanding Officers make nominations, and then the Director of Personnel selects the winners. The winners are typically announced by the 15th.

Best Post

For writing the most outstanding post

Since July 2001
Funniest Post

For writing the most humorous post

Since July 2001

For writing the best mission-starting post

Since September 2002

For the best combined overall performance

Since July 2001
Most Posts

For writing the highest total number of posts

Since July 2001
Most Improved

For the best performance over the prior month

Since October 2001
Rookie of the Month

For the best performance of those new to role playing

Since October 2001

For total efforts to bring new players into the fleet

Since July 2001

For any one-time or discontinued monthly award


Independence Fleet is currently awarding two Best Post awards each month: one for a single author post and one for a joint post.

Sim Commanding Officers are only eligible for Best Post (Joint Post) and the Genesis award.

Joint post winners of Best Post, Funniest Post, and the Genesis award receive the award equivalent of one divided by the number of authors (1 / # of authors). For ceremonial purposes, all award fraction totals round up to the next highest whole number.

See all blog posts about Monthly Awards

See the Monthly Awards tab of the IDF Record Book (Google spreadsheet)

Sometimes we even give real prizes for these!

Sim Awards

Commanding Officers of Independence Fleet role plays are free to create their own internal awards systems to recognize the achievements of their crews. These awards are not archived at the fleet level.