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Legion Charter

Article I: Name

501st Legion (aka “the Legion”, “the 501st“, and “Vader’s Fist”)

Article II: Mission

A. The 501st Legion is a 'Star Wars' fan club dedicated to celebrating the 'Star Wars' universe through the creation, display, and wearing of quality character costumes that represent its villainous characters.

B. The Legion seeks to promote interest in 'Star Wars' through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.

Article III: Representation

The 501st Legion recognizes that members have no claim to the copyright and intellectual property of 'Lucasfilm Ltd. (LFL)' by the privilege authorized to the organization. Members acknowledge and accept that they by authorization represent the brand that is 'Star Wars', and, when in costume or otherwise act on behalf of the Legion, represent the 'Star Wars' brand and will do so courteously, professionally, and responsibly at all times.

Article IV: Membership

The 501st Legion is an inclusive, equal-opportunity, non-discriminatory club. Membership is open to persons 18 years or older who own a costume that meets with the standards of accuracy, completeness, and construction as required by the Legion, and wear it in accordance with the participation requirements as set forth by the Legion.

Upon admission, a new member will be assigned a unique Operating Number. Two-letter code prefixes corresponding to approved costumes are associated with that number. The operating number is unique to the individual member and is non-transferable. Rights and privileges are granted to members according to their status as either active or otherwise.

The right to grant, deny, revoke, or suspend membership is reserved by and under the sole authority at the Legion level and may not be superseded by rules of any Legion subdivision.

Article V: Organization

A. The 501st Legion is a worldwide club organized into Garrisons, Squads, and Outposts. A Legion Command level consisting of the Legion Commander (LCO), Legion Executive Officer (LXO), and an administrative staff coordinates the club. The Legion recognizes that most activities will be on the local level. For this reason, the Legion is divided into subdivisions based on geographical boundaries. The list and boundaries of Garrisons, Squads, and Outposts is maintained by the Captain of the Guard.

B. Detachments are special resource groups specifically focusing on analyzing, researching, and compiling information about specific costumes. Detachments are not bound by geography. The goal of a detachment is to serve the needs of both 501st members and persons new to 'Star Wars' costuming who hope to join the 501st Legion. A detachment is chartered around a specific costume or family of costumes that share commonality.

C. The Legion Council is a body made up of the Legion Command and representatives from each Garrison and Outpost. This council is moderated by the Legion Commander. Legion members may bring issues of contention or concern before the Council through their Council representatives, or in cases where their issues are with their Council representatives, through any other member of the Council (which includes Legion Command).

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The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.