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Starfleet General Orders (1)

General Order 1 (Prime Directive of Non-Interference): When contacting a pre-warp civilization making normal progress, a Starfleet officer shall make no identification of self or mission; no interference with social development of said planet; no references to space, to other worlds or more advanced civilizations, even if the consequences result in the sacrifice of one's life, or the lives of others.

General Order 2: Under no circumstances, shall an officer of Starfleet willfully inflict harm or injury on any lifeform without the authorization to use force from a commanding officer, unless it is the final recourse to justly save one's own life or the lives of others when General Order 1 is not warranted.

General Order 3: It is the duty of an officer to employ all resources at one's command to protect the lives of intelligent beings, even if doing so one could place oneself or one's vessel in danger. Inaction, or action that indirectly brings harm to intelligent life, incurs equal culpability as a violation of General Order 2.

General Order 4: An officer shall obey or execute to the best of one's abilities the orders lawfully given one by one's superiors, providing such orders do not conflict with General Orders 1, 2 or 3.

General Order 5: An officer shall do all in one's power to protect the security of the United Federation of Planets, its member planets, and its agents including Starfleet, providing such action does not conflict with General Orders 1 through 4.

General Order 6: If all personnel aboard has perished or been rendered incapable of action at the end of twenty-four hours, a starship shall self-destruct in order to protect other beings from contamination.

General Order 7: No Federation vessel, under any conditions, emergency or otherwise, is permitted to visit Talos IV. To do so carries a mandatory death penalty.

General Order 8: No Federation vessel is to be permitted to enter the Klingon Empire, Romulan Star Empire, Tholian Assembly, Kzinti Patriarchy, Cardassian Union, or Dominion space, unless such contact is warranted by General Orders 1 through 5.

General Order 9: No Federation vessel is to be permitted to visit any other planet or star group that shall be named by the United Federation or Starfleet as under quarantine or cultural embargo, unless such contact is warranted by General Orders 1 through 5.

General Order 10: A Starfleet officer is responsible under the laws and regulations of the United Federation, its member planets, and its agents including Starfleet; and is subject to internal discipline and/or prosecution by external authorities for any violation of said laws and regulations.

General Order 11: A Starfleet officer shall honor the treaties and agreements of the United Federation and its member planets, and shall provide any aid or succor that is lawfully required by the signatures of said treaties and agreements.

General Order 12: On the approach of any vessel when communications have not been established, adequate precautions with regard for the safety of one's crew must be taken.

General Order 13: It is the duty of an officer to provide any aid and assistance that is required by a planetary civilization in a time of crisis, providing said planet is not protected under General Order 1, and that such aid does not conflict with General Orders 2 through 5.

General Order 14: As long as one wears the uniform of Starfleet, an officer shall not provide aid or information to, nor otherwise assist, the enemies of the United Federation; or any beings or group of beings potentially dangerous to the security of the United Federation, its member planets, or its agents.

General Order 15: No flag officer shall beam down into a hazardous area without armed escort.

General Order 16: Adequate precautions will be taken in regards to personnel safety prior to any away-team embarkation.

General Order 17: An officer of Starfleet shall not act or conduct oneself in an unseemly disorderly fashion; nor in any manner offensive or annoying to other beings.

General Order 18: It is forbidden for an officer to instigate, or otherwise participate in mutiny against superior officers aboard a Federation vessel, regardless the actions of said superiors. Mutiny incurs equal culpability as a violation of General Order 4.

General Order 19: An officer is prohibited from using any mood-altering substance while on or during alert status, or in a quantity deemed excessive, including but not limited to: hallucinogenics, tranquilizers, stimulants, ethyl alcohol, nicotine, and cannabis products. Judicious quantities of such substances may be used during off-duty periods, or as prescribed by a physician.

General Order 20: Starfleet vessels shall provide any aid and assistance that is required to private and commercial vessels of United Federation registry; and are empowered to take disciplinary or offensive action against any vessel operating in violation of Federation regulations, or against hostile vessels operating within the territorial boundaries of the United Federation.

General Order 21: No Federation vessel is permitted to transport any cargo or substance that shall be named by the United Federation as illegal, or in any quantity; nor any weapon or destructive device not registered with the Federation Bureau of Commerce; nor any life form known to be harmful or destructive to other life forms or ecologies. Starfleet vessels are empowered to board and search any vessel suspected of transporting contraband, and seize such contraband as evidence.

General Order 22: When contacting a planet not making normal progress or development, or a planetary culture governed, or otherwise controlled, by non-indigenous beings, an officer may make such changes in the social structure of said planet as are warranted to guide it on a normal course toward a technological civilization. Any misuse of General Order 22 incurs equal culpability and violation of General Order 1.

General Order 23: The destruction of an intelligent being or beings is permissible only as the finial recourse to prevent a violation of General Order 1, or to justly protect the lives of an intelligent being or beings when General Order 1 is not warranted. Any misuse of General Order 23 incurs equal culpability as a violation of General Order 2.

General Order 24: The destruction of all intelligent life on a planet's surface is permissible only in cases of gross violation of General Order 1 by the inhabitants of said planet, and such action may be ordered only by a command officer of Captain grade or higher. Said officer assumes sole responsibility for the order, and any misuse of General Order 24 incurs equal culpability as a violation of General Order 1.

General Order 25: An officer may be tried and sentenced by a court-martial board, composed of not less than three officers of command grade, for crimes committed in violation of these Starfleet General Orders or Federation laws and mandates.

Order 104: Command Exigencies

Order 104, Section A: In the absence of the commanding officer, or if the commanding officer is killed, incapacitated, or deemed unfit to command, the highest ranking officer, even if not of the ship's regular complement, shall assume command.

Order 104, Section B: An officer of flag rank my relieve a lower ranking officer of command as determined necessary.

Order 104, Section C: An officer may be relieved of duty at any time if found to be medically or psychologically unfit by the ship's Chief Medical Officer; or by a competency review board, composed of not less than two officers of command grade.