UNSC Emergency Priority Order 098831A-1 (transmission)

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United Nations Space Command Emergency Priority Order 098831A-1 was a United Nations Space Command transmission that contained General Order 098831A-1, more commonly referred to as the Cole Protocol.[1] It was broadcast sometime during or before 2535 by H. T. Ward.[2] Shortly after its issuance, all shipboard Navy commanding officers were required to read it.[2] By 2552, Ensign William Lovell was required to read the transmission every day by the letter.[1]


United Nations Space Command Emergency Priority Order 098831A-1
Encryption Code: Red
Public Key: file /first light/
From: UNSC/NAVCOM Fleet H. T. Ward
Subject: General Order 098831A-1 (“The Cole Protocol”)
Classification: RESTRICTED (BGX Directive)
The Cole Protocol
To safeguard the Inner Colonies and Earth, all UNSC vessels or stations must not be captured with intact navigation databases that may lead Covenant forces to human civilian population centers.
If any Covenant forces are detected:
1. Activate selective purge of databases on all ship-based and planetary data networks.
2. Initiate triple-screen check to ensure all data has been erased and all backups neutralized.
3. Execute viral data scavengers. (Download from UNSCTTP://EPWW:COLEPROTOCOL/Virtualscav/fbr.091)
4. If retreating from Covenant forces, all ships must enter Slipstream space with randomized vectors NOT directed toward Earth, the Inner Colonies, or any other human population center.
5. In case of imminent capture by Covenant forces, all UNSC ships MUST self-destruct.
Violation of this directive will be considered an act of TREASON, and pursuant to USNC Military Law Articles JAG 845-P and JAG 7556-L, such violations are punishable by life imprisonment or execution.
/end file/


In Halo Infinite, UNSC General Order 098831A-1 appears in the out-of-bounds warning that displays in a player's heads-up display if they exit the map they're on.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Halo: The Fall of Reach, chapter 15
  2. ^ a b Halo: The Cole Protocol, chapter 2
  3. ^ ArtStation, Halo Infinite: Out of Bounds Warning: "HUD visual design element for the Halo Infinite Out of Bounds warning. This is accompanied by glitch screen vfx and static/radio sfx. Tech Design by Julien Van Putten. Eagle-eyed fans will recognize the string of gak below the countdown." (Retrieved on Aug 22, 2023) [archive]