General Orders

Terran Stellar Navy Canadian Fleet
Release Date: February 12, 2018
Revision 3

General Order 1

As the right of each sentient species to live in accordance with its normal cultural evolution is considered sacred, no TSN personnel, USFP citizen and/or representative 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. TSN personnel may not violate this Prime Directive, even to save their lives and/or their ship/installation, 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 obligation.

General Order 2

No TSN personnel shall unnecessarily use force, either collectively or individually, against members of the USFP, 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 USFP member being respected in all things, TSN 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 lifeforms, under no circumstance shall TSN personnel, either by word or deed, inform said lifeforms that worlds other than their own or intelligent life-forms other than their own exist outside the confines of their own space or answer questions by said lifeforms pertaining to the existence of other species outside said space.

General Order 5

In cases of extreme emergency, USFP special representatives are empowered to assume emergency powers to deal with a condition or circumstance that is deemed hazardous to the welfare of USFP citizenry. Within the scope of these emergency powers, duly authorized civilian personnel may assume temporary command of USFP vessels, installations, and/or personnel to deal with the emergency. USFP personnel must submit to their authority for the duration of the crisis.

General Order 6

The request for emergency assistance from USFP citizenry or non-aligned persons demands unconditional priority from TSN personnel. Such personnel shall immediately respond to said request, postponing all other activities. This responsibility extends to current governments at odds, actively or passively, with the USFP.

General Order 7

No TSN vessel shall visit the planet Tiridian 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 USFP space and identifying it as belonging to a foreign power, the Commanding Officer of the TSN vessel/installation 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 TSN vessel may take appropriate action to safeguard the lives and property of USFP members or other non-aligned persons under current USFP protection. In such cases, the Commanding Officer may use their 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

A Commanding Officer of a USFP vessel or installation, military or auxiliary, may grant political asylum to any individual without first being given express permission to do so by a representative of the USFP government. However, said decision may and can be overturned by a superior officer or representative of the USFP government pending a reviewal of circumstances.

General Order 10

If there exists eyewitness testimony by Senior Officers or similar verifiable evidence that an individual, military or civilian, has violated General Order 1, said individual may be relieved of duty by a duly sworn representative of the USFP 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

TSN Commanding Officers and above are granted full authority to negotiate conditions of agreement and/or treaties with legal representatives of non-USFP planets. In such circumstances, the acting officer carries de facto powers of a USFP Special Ambassador. Any and all agreements arranged in this manner are subject to approval by the TSN Fleet Command and the USFP Council.

General Order 12

When approaching a vessel with which communication has not been established, all TSN vessels are to maintain maximum safety precautions (Yellow Alert), regardless of the origin of said vessel, be it a foreign power, an hitherto unknown ship, or a TSN vessel.

General Order 13

Except when orders state to the contrary or in accordance with General Order 6, TSN  personnel will respect the territorial integrity of independent planetary systems and governments within and without the confines of the USFP’s borders, and will not violate territorial space belonging to such worlds.

General Order 14

TSN personnel may intervene in local planetary affairs to restore general order and to secure the lives and property of USFP citizens only upon receiving a direct order to do so from a civilian official with the effective title of governor or higher.

General Order 15

No Commanding Officer or Flag Officer shall travel into a potentially hazardous area without suitable armed escort.

General Order 16

TSN personnel may extend technological, medical, or other scientific assistance to members of foreign powers or previously unrecognized sentient species only if such assistance in no way compromises the Prime Directive or the security of the USFP or TSN.

General Order 17

The Commanding Officers of TSN vessels and installations are to consider the lives of their crew members and/or civilian population as sacred. In any potentially hostile situation, the captain will place the lives of their crew above the fate of their ship.

General Order 18

Upon being accused of treason against the USFP, TSN personnel may demand a trial conducted by the USFP judiciary or representative Judge Advocate General for that sector. If the individual is acquitted, TSN Fleet Command shall have no further legal recourse against the accused in said matter.

General Order 19

Except in times of declared emergency, TSN 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, whether against USFP members or other non-aligned worlds. This order applies to independent worlds within the USFP as well as to USFP members.

General Order 20

TSN Officers and Personnel 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 USFP space. This includes temporary violations of General Order 13, but not of the Prime Directive.

General Order 21

No TSN Personnel, either Commissioned Officer or Non-Commissioned Member, may offer their services to an independent foreign government without the express authorization of the USFP Council.

General Order 22

As the rights of individual expression and free discourse are considered sacred, TSN personnel may debate the policies, decisions, and actions 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 USFP per these General Orders or TSN regulations.

General Order 23

When verifiable proof is presented to the Commanding Officer of a TSN vessel or post that a USFP representative may currently be acting or have acted in the past to violate the Prime Directive, the Commanding 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

If a Commanding Officer deems that a planet has been culturally contaminated to a point where correction is no longer viable and said culture now poses a direct threat to TSN personnel or USFP civilians, he may order the destruction of a planet’s surface to occur within a time limit set upon invocation.

General Order 25

Civilian and Military personnel either a citizen of the USFP, a non-aligned world, or a foreign power taken into custody by TSN 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 USFP or TSN.

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 TSN 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. However, failure to attempt to halt the actions of said superiors is a violation of the order and as such is punishable by Court Martial.

General Order 27

No member of TSN shall be required by the assignment of standard duties and responsibilities to undergo extended separation from their family if family members can be reasonably provided for aboard ship or as a part of an existing TSN installation.

General Order 28

No Commanding Officer shall be removed from command status unless such action has the complete and unqualified agreement of at least three senior officers present per TSN Procedural Order 104, sections B and C. Whenever possible, such officers shall include the ship’s First Officer, Second Officer, Third Officer, and one junior officer of command station.

General Order 29

The primary responsibility of the Commanding Officer of any TSN vessel or installation is the welfare and safety of their 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. This is a concurrent order with General Order 17.

General Order 30

TSN Fleet Command recognizes the right of each ship's Commanding Officer to interpret the specifications of the Prime Directive as they see 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. However, said decision may and can be overturned by a superior officer or representative of the USFP government pending a reviewal of circumstances.

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

USFP officers may violate Neutral Zone areas as designated by treaty only if such action is required to save the lives of USFP 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 TSN personnel, USFP citizens, or those under current USFP protection, they may take any actions necessary to safeguard the lives of those threatened. In such cases, the Commanding Officer 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 TSN personnel and/or USFP 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 TSN 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 agent.

General Order 36

No USFP vessel, whether civilian or TSN, is allowed to visit a planet or star system placed under quarantine by TSN Fleet Command or the USFP Council unless the visitation falls under the jurisdictional actions accredited by General Orders 1, 5, and 6.

General Order 37

TSN personnel shall respect binding contracts, agreements, and bondings made by the USFP government and/or TSN itself and shall operate within the boundaries & governances of said treaties, especially in matters dealing with the co-signatories of said treatise.

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 Commissioned Officer, 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 seniority.

General Order 39

A Commissioned Officer or Non-Commissioned Member may be removed from active duty status if they are judged to be incapable of fulfilling their obligations as a member of TSN, whether for medical or psychological reasons, by either the Chief Medical Officer or by the two ranking command staff officers.