The General Order is a regulation that is often referred to in Star Trek television series and movies. Also known as the Prime Directive, the Order is one of the founding principles of the Federation. It states that Starfleet personnel must not interfere in the development of a less technologically advanced civilization.
The actual wording of the directive has never actually been revealed in the series. The version presented above by jandradt was published by the RPG company FASA in Star Trek: The Next Generation First Year Sourcebook. A nother, longer form of the Order is included in the rulebook of Prime Directive published by Task Force Games.