Far Isle was a human colony planet of the Unified Earth Government. In 2492, a massive uprising occurred on the planet. The United Nations Space Command was unable to contain the rebellion, prompting the UNSC to declare code Bandersnatch: the UNSC used nuclear weapons to raze the colony. The colony's total destruction is often cited by insurrectionists as the cause for their fighting. Although the destruction of Far Isle was arguably the cause of the Insurrection, the conflict is generally acknowledged to have begun following the Callisto Incident in spring 2494.
Behind the scenes
The nuclear bombardment of Far Isle likely appears in the Halo Legends episode Origins when Cortana discusses the Insurrection. A flight of GA-TL1 Longswords is shown dropping bombs on a coastal city; in the next shot, a burning, slagged crater is shown in the middle of the city.
List of appearances
- Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 183 (""Bandersnatch" was the code used for radiological- or energy-based disaster. Dr. Halsey had heard this used before from planetary bombardment by Covenant plasma and during the UNSC nuking of the Far Isle Colony to put down the rebellion of 2492.")
- Halo Encyclopedia, page 288 (2009); page 300 (2011)
- Halo: Evolutions, "The Impossible Life and the Possible Death of Preston J. Cole", pages 436-446