General Order 1: The Prime Directive
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
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 crisis.
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
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
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
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 violation.
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
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.
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
Note: This was used in Star Trek II:
The Warth of Kahn by Lt. Saavik. According to then Admiral Kirk
there was no such regulation. Which could mean that it was just
Saavik trying to find a way to be part of the landing party. In
this sim we are going by the assumption that this eventually
became an actual regulation.
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 space.
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 Federation Assembly.
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
General Order 24
If a commanding officer deems
that an individual or group of individuals pose a threat
to Starfleet personnel or Federation civilians, he may
take any action deemed necessary (including force) to
secure the safety of those threatened.
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 exist ing Starfleet ins
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
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 life forms discovered, whether they
are of natural or artificial origin.