The Full Wiki

More info on General Order 16

General Order 16: Misc



Up to date as of February 02, 2010

Memory Beta, the wiki for licensed Star Trek content.

Starfleet General Orders and Regulations (or Basic Orders) are a series of guidelines used to instruct members of Starfleet on the proper etiquette and policy in a situation that requires consultation for a resolution.

These guidelines are especially useful in situations where flag officers cannot be consulted to resolve a situation. (VOY episode: "Equinox")

Several of the first one hundred-plus Starfleet Orders used by the Federation Starfleet, were in place during the 22nd century, evidently implemented by Earth Starfleet. (ENT episode: "Hatchery")


Starfleet Charter Articles

  • Article 14, Section 31: The exact language has never been cited, but certain lines in this section permit the use of "extraordinary measures" in times of dire emergency.

Federation Regulations

  • Book 19, Section 433, Paragraph 12: Regulation concerning the ability of ranking Federation officials to give direct orders to Starfleet officers. Referred to but not cited by High Commissioner Mitchell Ferris in 2267 during the search for the missing shuttlecraft Galileo.

Galactic Emergency Procedures

  • Title 15 of these procedures allows ranking Federation officials to assume direct command of Starfleet vessels under certain conditions. (TOS episode: "The Galileo Seven")

General Orders

  • General Order 1: "No starship may interfere with the normal development of any alien life or society."
General Order 1 is also better known as the Prime Directive. It supersedes all other laws and directives, with the exception of the Omega Directive.
  • General Order 4: Said to be the only death penalty left on the books.
This contradicts General Order 7 below, which is also said to be the only death penalty left. If relations with the Talosians have not changed, it could be this new General Order might have been made to include other planets that might be a threat to the Federation like Talos IV. It is also possible that in "Turnabout Intruder," Chekov misspoke.
According to the CD-ROM game Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, the USS Enterprise computer states General Order 4 is sometimes confused with General Order 7.
In "Justice", Picard reveals that the Federation no longer carries out capital punishment, implying that the punishment for General Order #4/#7 has been changed.
  • General Order 6: If all life aboard a Federation starship has perished, the ship will self-destruct within twenty-four hours to protect other ships from potential hazards within.
  • General Order 7: No vessel under any condition, emergency or otherwise, is to visit Talos IV.
This is also said to be the only death penalty left in the United Federation of Planets.
This order must have been rescinded for General Order 4 which is also the only death penalty left on the books. As noted above, Chekov may have also misspoke in "Turnabout Intruder."
According to the CD-ROM game Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, the USS Enterprise computer states General Order 7, and the death penalty associated with it, more generally refers to high treason.
  • General Order 12: On the approach of any vessel, when communications have not been established...
Saavik was interrupted before completing the quotation of the order, but it is implied that the ship is supposed to take a defensive posture when faced with a non-communicative ship.
  • General Order 15: No flag officer shall beam into a hazardous area without armed escort.
Kirk stated there was no such regulation, although this was likely intended simply to discourage Saavik.
This order has been given by Captain Kirk (in "A Taste of Armageddon") and Captain Garth; on neither occasion was the order actually fulfilled. The only recorded instances of this order actually being carried out was the first issue of the non-canon Gold Key Comics Star Trek series: "PLANET OF NO RETURN." and the Vanguard novel Reap the Whirlwind. Evidence suggests this order may also be rescinded; the Eminiar Amendment to the Federation Charter specifically prohibits the destruction of any planet, even in wartime. (TNG novel: A Time to Kill)
  • Self Defense General Order (number unspecified, non-canon) - Starfleet vessels will respond to force with equal force and no more. (DC Comics, "Ashes of Eden", 1995)

Proposed General Orders

  • Following the Borg incursion of 2380, a new General Order was proposed by Starfleet Command. The proposed order stated that in the event that a Borg incursion into Federation space was detected, Captain Jean-Luc Picard was empowered to take what ever steps he saw as necessary to protect the Federation, and that his actions could not be countermanded nor could he be censured afterwards. (TNG novel: Before Dishonor)

Starfleet Directives

  • Directive 010: "Before engaging alien species in battle, any and all attempts to make first contact and achieve nonmilitary resolution must be made." (VOY episode: "In the Flesh", TNG novel: The Buried Age)
  • Directive 012: "When engaged in contact with an unknown alien species, all attempts must be made to resolve said combat using minimum necessary force." In the manual, there is a discussion section stressing the importance of achieving communication with the hostiles so that conflict can be understood and resolved through diplomatic means. Such a battle is often the result of a misunderstanding or an unintentional intrusion into the territory of the attacking ship (TNG novel: The Buried Age).
  • Directive 072: This directive prohibits the release of enemy prisoners during wartime without authorization from Starfleet Command. (TOS - Uchu comic: "Art of War")
  • Directive 101: "Any individual accused of murder does not have to answer any questions."
  • Tactical Directive 36: "The captain will not engage a hostile force without the protection of a security officer."
  • Prime Directive
  • Omega Directive
  • Temporal Prime Directive

Starfleet Orders

  • Starfleet Order 2: Starfleet regulation against the taking of intelligent life.
  • Starfleet Order 104: Paragraph B - In the absence of a starship's assigned captain, a flag officer has the authority to assume command of the starship should he deem it necessary.
  • Starfleet Order 104: Section C - Should it be proven with admissible evidence that the flag officer who has assumed command is medically or psychologically unfit for command, the starship's ranking officer may relieve him on that basis.
  • Starfleet Order 2005: Orders the destruction of a starship by allowing matter and antimatter to mix in an uncontrolled manner. This is a last resort for a captain that allows him/her to prevent their ship or crew from falling into enemy hands.
  • Special Order 66715: Federation order that states: "[Starfleet has] the authority to neutralize security threats to Deep Space 9 by any means necessary". In a Section 31 holoprogram Luther Sloan initiated the order. Starfleet initiated this order following the fall of Betazed. (DS9 episode: "Inquisition", DS9 novel: Hollow Men)

Starfleet Regulations

  • Regulation 3, Paragraph 12: In the event of imminent destruction, a Starfleet Captain is authorized to preserve the lives of his crew by any justifiable means.
Captain Ransom attempted to use this regulation to convince Captain Janeway that the actions he took against the Ankarian nucleogenic creatures were justified, but Captain Janeway doubted that the regulation covered mass murder.
  • Regulation 6.57: At least two staff officers to be present during any treaty or contract negotiations.
This was actually a fictional regulation made up by Jean-Luc Picard to allow Beverly Crusher to beam down to Aldea with him.
  • Regulation 7, Paragraph 4: an officer is to be placed under arrest if accused of violating the Prime Directive, unless that officer can give satisfactory answer to such charge in the presence of the most senior fellow officers available. (TOS novel: Prime Directive)
  • Regulation 12, Chapter 4: Relates to the Captain undertaking command of an away mission.
During the Best Man Speech Picard states the Data will never let him undertake an away mission, Data is told to shut up by Picard before he can complete reciting the regulation.
  • Regulation 21, Section 6, Paragraph 4: "Federation security supercedes the rights and privileges of Federation citizens." (New Worlds, New Civilizations short story: "An Enigma Wrapped in a Puzzle")
  • Regulation 42/15: "Pressure Variances in IRC Tank Storage" Part of the basic operational specifications for impulse engines, cited by Geordi La Forge. Written by Montgomery Scott, who told him to ignore it, saying: "A good engineer is always a wee bit conservative... at least on paper."
  • Regulation 46A: If transmissions are being monitored during battle, no uncoded messages on an open channel.
  • Regulation 73-C, Subsection A: Required all Starfleet personnel to undergo a routine psychological scan at least once a year, or whenever deemed necessary by a physician. (TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky)
  • Regulation 106, Paragraph 1: Bars the chief engineer from resigning while their ship is undergoing a class-two refit. (TOS novel: Prime Directive)
  • Regulation 157, Section 3, Paragraph 18: Starfleet officers shall take all necessary precautions to minimize any participation in historical events.
  • Regulation 191, Article 14: In a combat situation involving more than one ship, command falls to the vessel with tactical superiority.
  • Regulation 256.15: "Officers shall show professional behavior at all times." (TOS novel: Vulcan's Forge)
  • Regulation 476.9: All away teams must report to the bridge at least once every 24 hours.
  • Regulation 2884.3: Substances unstable in an oxygen atmosphere must be handled with care.
  • Regulation 3287.0: Due to its high volatile nature, antimatter must be stored in magnetic confinement pods.
  • Procedure Q: If a state of deep hostility exists, a landing party is to beam down fully armed and ready for any kind of trouble.

Starfleet Away Team Guidelines

  • Medical Emergency on Alien Terrain: "It is recommended to keep an open com-channel at all times." (VOY episode: "Macrocosm")
  • "Specifically forbid the transport of unknown infectious agents onto a starship without establishing containment and eradication protocols." (VOY episode: "Macrocosm")
  • Captain leading Away Teams: Starfleet Code Section 12, Paragraph 4 (TNG movie: Star Trek Nemesis)
  • Starfleet Regulation #476.9: "All Away Teams must report to the Bridge at least once every 24 hours." (VOY episode: "Once Upon a Time")

Starfleet Security Protocols

Starfleet Medical Protocols

Starfleet/Federation Codes

  • Code 1: signals either a total or imminent disaster, a possible invasion, or indicates that the Federation is either currently or about to be engaged in open warfare with a hostile power. The code requires all Starfleet personnel within the affected area to immediately assume a 'war' footing or posture. It is also colloquially known as "Defense Alert", or a "Priority One Alert". (TOS episodes: "Errand of Mercy", "The Trouble with Tribbles", "The Alternative Factor")
  • Code 7-10: a "quarantine code". No Starfleet or Federation-registered starship is to approach a system or vessel which is broadcasting Code 7-10. (TOS episode: "A Taste of Armageddon")
  • Code 47: an ultra-secure communications protocol. So secure that all traces of a Code 47 transmission or communication are automatically wiped from all computer records. (TNG episode: "Conspiracy")

Non-specific regulations


  • "All research personnel on alien planets are required to have their health certified by a starship surgeon at one-year intervals." (TOS episode: "The Man Trap")
  • "The ship's surgeon will require a full examination of any crew member that he has doubts about, including the Captain." (TOS episode: "Turnabout Intruder")
  • "Nothing shall be beamed aboard until danger of contamination has been eliminated. Beaming down to the surface (of a planet) IS permitted, if the Captain decides the mission is vital, and reasonably free of danger". (TOS movie: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; VOY episode: "Macrocosm")
  • "The Chief Medical Officer outranks the captain in health matters." (VOY episode: "Persistence of Vision")
    • A captain cannot order a doctor to violate Doctor-Patient Confidentiality, except in situations of ship security. (VOY episode: "Fury")
  • "All Starfleet personnel must obtain authorization from their CO as well as clearance from their medical officer before initiating an intimate relationship with an alien species." (VOY episode: "The Disease")



  • UFP Regulation 342-188564.3 (Paragraph 3): A class-3 biohazard alert. All personnel not part of a Biohazard Response Team is to stay away from any site broadcasting such an alert. (Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Episode 3: "Love's Labor Jeopardized")
  • An edition of Starfleet General Orders

This article uses material from the "Starfleet General Orders and Regulations" article on the Memory-beta wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address