General Order 1--The Prime
As the right of each sentient species to live in accordance with its normal
cultural evolution is considered sacred, no Starfleet personnel may interfere
with the normal and healthy development of alien life and culture. Such
interference includes introducing superior knowledge, strength, or technology to
a world whose society is incapable of handling such advantages wisely. Starfleet
personnel may not violate this Prime Directive, even to save their lives and/or
their ship, unless they are acting to right an earlier violation or an
accidental contamination of said culture. This directive takes precedence over
any and all other considerations, and carries with it the highest moral
Starfleet functions and prior directives cease when contact with the Omega
molecule is made. This directive supercedes every other. This directive also
specifies the immediate destruction of the Omega molecule and any prior
information of the contact.
General Order 2
No Starfleet personnel shall unnecessarily use force, either collectively or
individually, against members of the United Federation of Planets, their duly
authorized representatives, spokespersons, or designated leaders, or members of
any sentient non-member race, for any reason whatsoever.
General Order 3
The sovereignty of each Federation member being respected in all things,
Starfleet personnel shall observe any and all statutes, laws, ordinances, and
rules of governance currently in effect within the jurisdiction of a member
planet. Violators of such ordinances will be subject to such punishments or
corrections as shall be determined by local governmental bodies.
General Order 4
If contact is made with hitherto undiscovered intelligent life-forms, under no
circumstance shall Starfleet personnel, either by word or deed, inform said
life-forms that worlds other than their own or intelligent life-forms other than
their own exist outside the confines of their own space.
General Order 5
In cases of extreme emergency, Federation special representatives are empowered
to assume emergency powers to deal with a condition or circumstance that is
deemed hazardous to the welfare of Federation citizenry. Within the scope of
these emergency powers, duly authorized civilian personnel may assume temporary
command of Starfleet vessels and/or personnel to deal with the emergency.
Starfleet personnel must submit to their authority for the duration of the
General Order 6
The request for emergency assistance from Federation citizenry demands
unconditional priority from Starfleet personnel. Such personnel shall
immediately respond to said request, postponing all other activities.
General Order 7
No Starfleet vessel shall visit the planet Talos IV under any circumstances,
emergency or otherwise. This order supersedes General Order 6. Any transgression
of this general order shall be punishable by death.
General Order 8
Upon sighting a warship within Federation space and identifying it as belonging
to a foreign power, the commander of the Starfleet vessel shall determine the
reason(s) for that craft's presence in the vicinity. If there is conclusive
evidence that the vessel has hostile intentions, the Federation vessel may take
appropriate action to safeguard the lives and property of Federation members. In
such cases, the commander may use his discretion in deciding whether to use
force to disable the hostile vessel. However, care should be taken to avoid
unnecessary loss of sentient life.
General Order 9
No commander of a Starfleet vessel, military or auxiliary, may grant political
asylum to any individual without first being given express permission to do so
by a representative of the Federation government.
General Order 10
If there exists eyewitness testimony by senior officers or similar verifiable
evidence that an individual has violated the Prime Directive, said individual
may be relieved of duty by a duly sworn representative of the Federation
government and placed under immediate arrest. The governmental representative
shall then take such action as he deems necessary to minimize the results of the
General Order 11
Starfleet officers with the rank of captain or higher are granted full authority
to negotiate conditions of agreement and/or treaties with legal representatives
of non-Federation planets. In such circumstances, the acting officer carries de
facto powers of a Federation Special Ambassador. Any and all agreements arranged
in this manner are subject to approval by the Chief of Starfleet Operations and
the Secretary of Starfleet.
General Order 12
Requires adequate precautions to be taken on the
approach of any vessel when communications have not been established.
General Order 13
Except when orders state to the contrary, Starfleet personnel will respect the
territorial integrity of independent planetary systems and governments, and will
not violate territorial space belonging to such worlds.
General Order 14
Starfleet personnel may intervene in local planetary affairs to restore general
order and to secure the lives and property of Federation citizens only upon
receiving a direct order to do so from a civilian official with the title of
governor or higher.
General Order 15
No officer of flag rank shall travel into a potentially hazardous area without
suitable armed escort.
General Order 16
Starfleet personnel may extend technological, medical, or other scientific
assistance to a member of a previously unrecognized sentient species only if
such assistance in no way compromises the Prime Directive or the security of the
Federation or Starfleet.
General Order 17
Starfleet vessel captains are to consider the lives of their crew members as
sacred. In any potentially hostile situation, the captain will place the lives
of his crew above the fate of his ship.
General Order 18
"Upon being accused of treason against the Federation, Starfleet personnel may
demand a trail conducted by the Federation judiciary". If the individual is
acquitted, Starfleet Command shall have no further legal recourse against the
accused in said matter.
General Order 19
Except in times of declared emergency, Starfleet personnel may under no
circumstances convey personnel or material between planets or planetary systems
when there is reason to believe that said personnel or material may be used to
conduct aggression. This order applies to independent worlds within the
Federation as well as to Federation members.
General Order 20
Officers and personnel of Starfleet Command may employ whatever means necessary
to prevent the possession, transportation, sale, or commercial exchange of
sentient beings held against their wishes within the boundaries of Federation
General Order 21
No Starfleet personnel, either officer or enlisted, may offer his services to an
independent foreign government without the express authorization of the
General Order 22
As the rights of individual expression and free discourse are considered sacred,
Starfleet personnel may debate the policies and decisions of their governmental
representatives privately at any time, to the extent that such discussions do
not violate their command oath or specific duties to the Federation per these
General Orders or Starfleet regulations.
General Order 23
When verifiable proof is presented to the senior commanding officer of a
Starfleet vessel or post that a Federation representative may currently be
acting or have acted in the past to violate the Prime Directive, the officer may
relieve said representative of office, then assume the full powers of that
office pending a full investigation by governmental officials.
General Order 24
A command to destroy
the surface of a planet after a specified interval.
General Order 25
Civilian and military personnel taken into custody by Starfleet personnel during
times of extreme emergency shall be accorded proper treatment consistent with
their rank or station, insofar as such treatment does not compromise the
security of the Federation or Starfleet.
General Order 26
No member of a ship's complement or
other ground-based installation can be held directly accountable for the actions
of their superiors. Similarly, no member of a ship's company or other Starfleet
personnel will share in disciplinary measures taken against the commanding
officer(s) if said individuals were not directly involved in the actions leading
to disciplinary measures. This order extends to conditions involving proven
violations of the Prime Directive, where proof of such violations exist.
General Order 27
No member of Starfleet shall be
required by the assignment of standard duties and responsibilities to undergo
extended separation from his family if family members can be reasonably provided
for aboard ship or as a part of an existing Starfleet installation.
General Order 28
No officer of command rank shall be
removed from command status unless such action has the complete and unqualified
agreement of at least three senior officers present. Whenever possible, such
officers shall include the ship's First Officer, Chief Medical Officer,
Counselor, and one junior officer of command station.
General Order 29
The primary responsibility of the
commander of any Starfleet vessel or installation is the welfare and safety of
his crew, including any civilian members. No action may be taken that creates an
unwarranted threat to the safety of those individuals under the officer's
charge, except in the line of duty and when otherwise unavoidable.
General Order 30
Starfleet Command recognizes the
right of each ship commander to interpret the specifications of the Prime
Directive as he sees fit, consistent with the conditions of other existing
general orders in effect, and based upon circumstances that may arise in dealing
with newly discovered sentient races.
General Order 31
The conditions and specifications of
the Prime Directive shall henceforth apply to all sentient lifeforms discovered,
whether they are of natural or artificial origin.
General Order 32
Federation officers may violate Neutral Zone
areas as designated by treaty only if such action is required to save the lives
of Federation citizens under conditions of extreme emergency as required by
General Order 6.
General Order 33
If a commanding officer deems that an individual
or group of individuals pose a direct threat to the safety of Starfleet
personnel, Federation citizens, or those under current Federation protection,
they may take any actions necessary to safeguard the lives of those threatened.
In such cases, the commander may use their discretion in deciding whether to use
force. However, care should be taken to avoid unnecessary loss of sentient life.
General Order 34
All Starfleet personnel and/or Federation
civilian contractors shall follow a superior's order to the best of their
ability, unless said orders should conflict with the regulation laid out in
these orders. Special dispensations are granted in emergency situations as per
specific orders, with the exceptions of General Orders 1, 2, 3, or 7.
General Order 35
Should the entire personnel of a Starfleet vessel
or installation become severely incapacitated or deceased due to an
environmental or medical contaminant, said vessel is to be destroyed within a
24-hour period from initial discovery of cause to prevent spread of the epidemic
General Order 36
No Federation vessel, whether civilian or
Starfleet, is allowed to visit a planet or star system placed under quarantine
by Starfleet or the Federation Council unless the visitation falls under the
jurisdictional actions accredited by General Orders 1, 5, and 6.
General Order 37
Starfleet personnel shall respect binding
contracts, agreements, and bondings made by the Federation government and/or
Starfleet itself and shall operate within the boundaries & governances of said
treaties, especially in matters dealing with the co-signatories of said
General Order 38
In the event of the death, absence, or
incapacitation of the commanding officer of record, command of a ship or
installation falls to the next highest-ranking crewmember, regardless of
position in the command structure. When two officers in the line of succession
are of comparable rank, command first falls upon the officer with command
experience; barring that requirement, command will fall upon the officer with
General Order 39
An officer or crewmember may be removed from
active duty status if they are judged to be incapable of fulfilling their
obligations as a member of Starfleet, whether for medical or psychological
reasons, by either the Chief Medical Officer or by the two ranking command staff