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# 6
12-11-2012, 08:36 AM
I'm of the mindset that the captain only really needed to do the captain level things. As such, the First Officer takes care of most of the day-to-day ship business, including most issues between the lower ranks. The captain would still probably be informed later on of anything worth bringing up.

The main time the XO might not be told about something, is when it involves a Department Head doing something on the ship that would need the captain's permission. Like engineeering taking the warp core offline for a day to do...whatever.

All of this would generally allow the captain to focus on larger, more important issues and orders.