I looked for the right forum for this, and this seemed like the closest. This is an idea I've been tossing around in my head that I'd love to see in game.
I know you're working on XO's and such, so this is just a natural progression on that.
In Starfleet, Admirals do not Captain ships, they command battlegroups, which are usually 3 ships. What I'd like to see is, when I hit Admiral, I have the option of building a battle group for myself. A battlegroup is 3 of my ships, any 3 of my ships, staffed by my bridge officers. I promote 3 of my bridge officers to Captain, they get command of my ships, and my flag is on one of them. The one with my flag I have "direct" control, the other 3 I have rudimentary fleet commands, on par with the rudimentary ground commands.
Missions are scaled as if I was 3 people, not 1, which is already in the game.
If I partner with a fellow admiral, the 2 of us can't have more than 5 ships, so one of us gets to leave a ship at home (just like ground missions). If I fleet with 4 admirals, none of us bring our fleets, and it's a command fleet.
Why do I want this? I want to get a "fleet" feel in the game, more so than we already have. We have photonic fleet, which is almost what I'm asking for. But I'd like to build my fleet, put my people on it, and give them "roles". Bring in my Intrepid, put my captain bridge officer in there and give him an escort role, or have him protoect the science ship.
Just something I've been wanting. My 2 credits, so to speak.