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*[[Battle of New Jerusalem|New Jerusalem]]
 
*[[Battle of New Jerusalem|New Jerusalem]]
 
*[[Battle of Installation 04|Installation 04]]
 
*[[Battle of Installation 04|Installation 04]]
*[[Battle of Installation 05|Installation 05]]
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|next=[[Battle of Installation 00|Installation 00]]
*[[Battle of Installation 00|Installation 00]]
 
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|conflict=[[Human-Covenant war]]
 
|conflict=[[Human-Covenant war]]
|date=[[2536#June|June 1st, 2536]]<ref name="HWTimeline"/> - [[2552#December|December 3, 2552]]<ref name="hlcnavalrecords">'''Halo Legendary Crate''' - Bonus Item: ''Naval Records Archives''</ref>
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|date=[[2536#June|June 1st, 2536]]<ref name="HWTimeline"/> - [[2552#November|November, 2552]]
 
|place=[[Inner colonies]], [[Orion Arm]], [[Milky Way galaxy]]
 
|place=[[Inner colonies]], [[Orion Arm]], [[Milky Way galaxy]]
 
|result=Pyrrhic UNSC Victory
 
|result=Pyrrhic UNSC Victory
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**[[Fleet of Holy Respite|Holy Respite]]
 
**[[Fleet of Holy Respite|Holy Respite]]
 
|casual1=Incredibly devastating losses
 
|casual1=Incredibly devastating losses
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*At least five planets [[Glassing|glassed]]
 
*Several hundred starships
 
*Several hundred starships
 
*Likely billions of casualties
 
*Likely billions of casualties
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The '''Siege of the Inner Colonies''' was a series of engagements taking place in [[human]]ity's [[Inner colonies]].<ref name="HWTimeline" /><ref name="Xbox.com Halo Storyline">[http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/h/halo/storyline.htm '''Xbox.com:''' ''Halo Storyline''] (Defunct, Copy on [http://halo.bungie.org/misc/mstimeline2.html ''HBO Forums''] and [http://web.archive.org/web/20080424150226/www.xbox.com/en-US/games/h/halo/storyline.htm ''Wayback Machine''])</ref>
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The '''Siege of the Inner Colonies''' was a series of engagements taking place in [[human]]ity's [[Inner colonies]].<ref name="HWTimeline" /><ref name="Xbox.com Halo Storyline">[http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/h/halo/storyline.htm Xbox.com '''Halo Storyline'''] (Defunct, [http://halo.bungie.org/misc/mstimeline2.html ''Copy on HBO Forums''])</ref>
   
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
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===Early Battles===
 
===Early Battles===
One of the earliest battles in the Inner colonies was the [[Battle of Camber]]. 5.5 million people were killed in the battle, and the [[Camber|planet]] was glassed.<ref name="camberterminal">'''[[Halo 2: Anniversary]]''' - Terminal: ''[[Terminal/Halo 2: Anniversary|ONI File: Honor Bound]]''</ref> Nearly a decade later, [[Miridem]] would [[Battle of Miridem|come under attack]] leading to the capture of [[Catherine Halsey|Dr. Catherine Halsey]].<ref name="goopg173" /> [[Actium]] would [[Battle of Actium|fall]]<ref name="actium">[http://halo.xbox.com/en-us/intel/featured/video/herocourage/c2ada678-e9ce-4db9-9ce9-1864070bd198 '''Halo Waypoint:''' ''Videos - Hero (Courage)''] (Defunct, [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-kBddV24f0 Copy on Youtube])</ref> with [[Skopje]]<ref name="skopje">'''[[Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe]]''' - [[Dirt]]: ''Page 313''</ref> at about the same time. In a rare moment, the colony of [[Ballast]] would [[Battle of Ballast|come under attack]] and the UNSC would win the battle.<ref name="encyclounknown">'''[[Halo Encyclopedia]]''' - ''Page ??''</ref>
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One of the earliest battles in the Inner colonies was the [[Battle of Camber]]. 5.5 million people were killed in the battle, and the [[Camber|planet]] was glassed.<ref name="camberterminal">'''[[Halo 2: Anniversary]]''' - Terminal: ''[[Terminal/Halo 2: Anniversary|ONI File: Honor Bound]]''</ref> Nearly a decade later, [[Miridem]] would [[Battle of Miridem|come under attack]] leading to the capture of [[Catherine Halsey|Dr. Catherine Halsey]].<ref name="goopg173" /> [[Actium]] would [[Battle of Actium|fall]]<ref name="actium">[http://halo.xbox.com/en-us/intel/featured/video/herocourage/c2ada678-e9ce-4db9-9ce9-1864070bd198 '''Halo Waypoint:''' ''Videos - Hero (Courage)''] (Defunct, [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-kBddV24f0 Copy on Youtube])</ref> with [[Skopje]]<ref name="skopje">'''[[Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe]]''' - [[Dirt]]: ''Page 313''</ref> at about the same time. The Covenant had also started infesting the space between the [[Luyten 726-8 system]] and the [[Sol system]].<ref>[https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/universe/characters/olympia-vale '''Halo Waypoint:''' ''Universe - Characters - Olympia Vale'']</ref> In a rare moment, the colony of [[Ballast]] would [[Battle of Ballast|come under attack]] and the UNSC would win the battle.<ref name="encyclounknown">'''[[Halo Encyclopedia]]''' - ''Page ??''</ref>
   
 
===The Fall of Reach===
 
===The Fall of Reach===
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It can be presumed that even more inner Colonies survived, considering the next [[Covenant Empire|Covenant]] attack was Earth.
 
It can be presumed that even more inner Colonies survived, considering the next [[Covenant Empire|Covenant]] attack was Earth.
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===Operation: FIRST STRIKE===
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{{Main|Operation: FIRST STRIKE}}
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The Covenant had discovered Earth, and began preparing their forces in the nearby system of [[Tau Ceti system|Tau Ceti]]. The [[Prophet of Truth]] had put together forces mostly comprised of [[Jiralhanae]].<ref>'''[[Halo Waypoint]]''' - ''[[Ten Twenty]]''</ref> These forces would be destroyed, sparing Earth of a large invasion.<ref>'''Halo: First Strike''' - ''Pages 328-333''</ref>
   
 
===The Battle of Earth===
 
===The Battle of Earth===
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*[[Fall of Reach]]
 
*[[Fall of Reach]]
 
**[[:Category:Engagements in the Fall of Reach|Engagements]]
 
**[[:Category:Engagements in the Fall of Reach|Engagements]]
*[[Operation: DEVIL FREEDOM]]
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*[[Operation: FIRST STRIKE]]
 
 
==Timeline==
 
==Timeline==
 
===2536===
 
===2536===
====June====
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==== June 1 ====
=====June 1=====
 
 
*The Inner Colonies are entered by the Covenant.<ref name="HWTimeline" />
 
*The Inner Colonies are entered by the Covenant.<ref name="HWTimeline" />
   
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===2552===
 
===2552===
 
====July====
 
====July====
=====July 24=====
 
 
*The [[Covenant Empire]] [[Raid on Visegrád Relay|take down a]] [[Visegrád Relay|communication relay]] on [[Reach]], beginning the [[Fall of Reach]].<ref name="wintercon" />
 
*The [[Covenant Empire]] [[Raid on Visegrád Relay|take down a]] [[Visegrád Relay|communication relay]] on [[Reach]], beginning the [[Fall of Reach]].<ref name="wintercon" />
 
*Tribute is also attacked at the same time.<ref name="tribwayp" />
 
*Tribute is also attacked at the same time.<ref name="tribwayp" />
 
 
====August====
 
====August====
=====August 30=====
 
 
*The Fall of Reach ends with Reach's glassing.<ref>'''[[Halo 2]]''' - Level: ''[[The Heretic]]''</ref><ref>'''Halo: Reach''' - Level: ''[[The Pillar of Autumn (Halo: Reach level)|The Pillar of Autumn]]''</ref>
 
*The Fall of Reach ends with Reach's glassing.<ref>'''[[Halo 2]]''' - Level: ''[[The Heretic]]''</ref><ref>'''Halo: Reach''' - Level: ''[[The Pillar of Autumn (Halo: Reach level)|The Pillar of Autumn]]''</ref>
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====September====
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*[[Operation: FIRST STRIKE]] takes place in the [[Tau Ceti system]]. The ''[[Unyielding Hierophant]]'' is destroyed.<ref name="firststrikechap33">'''[[Halo: First Strike]]''' - Chapters 33-35</ref>
 
====October====
 
====October====
=====October 10=====
 
 
*The [[Battle of October 10]] takes place.<ref>'''[[Halo Legendary Crate]]''' - Bonus Item: ''First Twelve Hours''</ref>
 
*The [[Battle of October 10]] takes place.<ref>'''[[Halo Legendary Crate]]''' - Bonus Item: ''First Twelve Hours''</ref>
=====October 20=====
 
 
*The [[Battle of Earth]] begins.<ref name="cairostation" /> [[Mombasa]] is the first place on Earth attacked.<ref>'''Halo 2''' - Level: ''[[Outskirts]]''</ref>
 
*The [[Battle of Earth]] begins.<ref name="cairostation" /> [[Mombasa]] is the first place on Earth attacked.<ref>'''Halo 2''' - Level: ''[[Outskirts]]''</ref>
 
*The [[Battle of Mare Erythraeum]] begins on [[Mars]].<ref>'''[[Halo: Uprising Issue 1]]'''</ref>
 
*The [[Battle of Mare Erythraeum]] begins on [[Mars]].<ref>'''[[Halo: Uprising Issue 1]]'''</ref>
 
 
====November====
 
====November====
=====November 17=====
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*The Battle of Earth ends.<ref>'''Halo 3''' - Level: ''[[Floodgate]]''</ref>
*The UNSC and Separatist forces travel to the Ark from Earth.<ref>'''Halo 3''' - Level: ''[[Floodgate]]''</ref>
 
 
====December====
 
=====December 5=====
 
*One of the final battles on Earth takes place.<ref name="hlcnavalrecords"/>
 
   
 
===Unknown===
 
===Unknown===
*Camber is [[Battle of Camber|attacked]] at some point in between [[2535]] and [[2552]].<ref name="camberterminal" />
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*Camber is attacked at some point in between [[2535]] and [[2552]].<ref name="camberterminal" />
 
*[[Chi Rho]] was [[Battle of Chi Rho|attacked]] at some point between 2535 and 2552.<ref>'''[[Halo: Fractures]]''' - ''[[Into the Fire]], page ??''</ref>
 
*[[Chi Rho]] was [[Battle of Chi Rho|attacked]] at some point between 2535 and 2552.<ref>'''[[Halo: Fractures]]''' - ''[[Into the Fire]], page ??''</ref>
 
*The [[Battle of Ballast]] takes place at some point between [[2551]] and [[2552]].<ref name="encyclounknown" />
 
*The [[Battle of Ballast]] takes place at some point between [[2551]] and [[2552]].<ref name="encyclounknown" />
*[[Imber]] was [[Operation: DEVIL FREEDOM|attacked]].<ref>'''[[Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition]]''' - Bonus Item: ''[[Kelly-087]] Dossier Card''</ref>
 
   
 
==Sources==
 
==Sources==
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