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|prev=[[Outer Colony Massacres]]
 
|prev=[[Outer Colony Massacres]]
 
|conc=<span></span>
 
|conc=<span></span>
*[[Battle of Meridian (2548)|Battle of Meridian]]
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*[[Battle of Meridian (2548)|Meridian]]
*[[Battle of Draco III]]
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*[[Battle of Draco III|Draco III]]
*[[Battle of New Jerusalem]]
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*[[Battle of New Jerusalem|New Jerusalem]]
*[[Battle of Installation 04]]
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*[[Battle of Installation 04|Installation 04]]
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|next=[[Battle of Installation 00|Installation 00]]
 
|conflict=[[Human-Covenant war]]
 
|conflict=[[Human-Covenant war]]
 
|date=[[2536#June|June 1st, 2536]]<ref name="HWTimeline"/> - [[2552#November|November, 2552]]
 
|date=[[2536#June|June 1st, 2536]]<ref name="HWTimeline"/> - [[2552#November|November, 2552]]
|place=[[Inner colonies]], [[Orion Arm]]
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|place=[[Inner colonies]], [[Orion Arm]], [[Milky Way galaxy]]
 
|result=Pyrrhic UNSC Victory
 
|result=Pyrrhic UNSC Victory
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*Discovery of [[Halo Array]]
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**Covenant Loyalists driven to [[Installation 00]]
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*Loss of important worlds
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*Likely Billions of casualties
 
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|side1=<span></span>
 
*[[Unified Earth Government]]
 
*[[Unified Earth Government]]
*[[Swords of Sanghelios]]<small>(Battle of Earth Only)</small>
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*[[Covenant Separatists]] <small>(Battle of Earth Only)</small>
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|side2=[[Covenant Empire|Covenant Loyalists]]
 
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|commanders1=<span></span>
 
*[[United Nations Space Command|UNSC]]
 
*[[United Nations Space Command|UNSC]]
 
**[[UNSC Security Council]]
 
**[[UNSC Security Council]]
 
**[[Assembly (group)|The Assembly]]
 
**[[Assembly (group)|The Assembly]]
*[[Swords of Sanghelios]]
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*[[Covenant Empire|Covenant Separatists]]
 
**[[Arbiter]] [[Thel 'Vadam]]
 
**[[Arbiter]] [[Thel 'Vadam]]
 
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|commanders2=<span></span>
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==Background==
 
==Background==
 
{{Main|Outer Colony Massacres}}
 
{{Main|Outer Colony Massacres}}
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Prior to Covenant attacking the Inner colonies, the Covenant had laid siege to the [[Outer Colonies]] for about a decade. Planets like [[Harvest]] and [[Arcadia]] had been attacked, killing millions in the process. The UNSC had stripped away most of the [[Colonial Military Administration]],<ref name="HWTimeline"/> becoming humanity's main military force.
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In [[2530]], following the [[Battle of the Great Bear]], [[Admiral]] [[Preston Cole]] would devise the basis of the [[United Nations Space Command Emergency Priority Order 098831A-1|UNSC Emergency Priority Order 09881A-1]] or the "Cole Protocol".<ref>'''[[Halo Wars: Genesis]]''' - ''pages 8-9''</ref> This order was devised to help make sure the Covenant would not find the inner colonies, and was mostly the reason why it took so long.<ref>'''Halo: The Fall of Reach''' - ''page 135''</ref>
   
 
==Battle==
 
==Battle==
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==Aftermath==
 
==Aftermath==
The loss of many of the inner colonies had a severe impact on the remaining UEG. The loss of Tribute alone would have a severe economic impact on human space.<ref name="tribwayp">[https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/universe/locations/tribute '''Halo Waypoint:''' ''Universe - Locations - Tribute'']</ref> On top of this, the Inner colonies that were hit hard by glassing would take a some time to come back up to full health. Reach wouldn't become habitable until [[2589]].<ref>'''Halo: Reach''' - Level: ''[[Lone Wolf]]''</ref>
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The loss of many of the inner colonies had a severe impact on the remaining UEG. The loss of Tribute alone would have a severe economic impact on human space.<ref name="tribwayp">[https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/universe/locations/tribute '''Halo Waypoint:''' ''Universe - Locations - Tribute'']</ref> On top of this, the Inner colonies that were hit hard by glassing would take some time to come back up to full health. Reach wouldn't become habitable until [[2589]].<ref>'''Halo: Reach''' - Level: ''[[Lone Wolf]]''</ref>
   
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==Engagements==
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===List of Engagements===
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*[[Battle of Actium]]
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*[[Battle of Ballast]]
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*[[Battle of Camber]]
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*[[Battle of Chi Rho]]
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*[[Battle of Earth]]
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**[[:Category:Engagements in the Battle of Earth|Engagements]]
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*[[Battle of Mare Erythraeum]]
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*[[Battle of Miridem]]
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*[[Battle of October 10]]
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*[[Battle of Skopje]]
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*[[Battle of Tribute]]
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*[[Fall of Reach]]
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**[[:Category:Engagements in the Fall of Reach|Engagements]]
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*[[Operation: FIRST STRIKE]]
 
==Timeline==
 
==Timeline==
 
===2536===
 
===2536===
 
 
==== 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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====May====
 
====May====
 
*The [[Battle of Actium]] begins.<ref name="actium" />
 
*The [[Battle of Actium]] begins.<ref name="actium" />
 
 
====June====
 
====June====
 
*The Battle of Actium ends.<ref name="actium" />
 
*The Battle of Actium ends.<ref name="actium" />
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*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====
 
*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>
 
 
====September====
 
====September====
 
*[[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>
 
*[[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====
*The [[Battle of Earth]] begins.<ref name="cairostation" />
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*The [[Battle of October 10]] takes place.<ref>'''[[Halo Legendary Crate]]''' - Bonus Item: ''First Twelve Hours''</ref>
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*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====
 
*The Battle of Earth ends.<ref>'''Halo 3''' - Level: ''[[Floodgate]]''</ref>
 
*The Battle of Earth ends.<ref>'''Halo 3''' - Level: ''[[Floodgate]]''</ref>
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===Unknown===
 
===Unknown===
 
*Camber is attacked at some point in between [[2535]] and [[2552]].<ref name="camberterminal" />
 
*Camber is attacked at some point in between [[2535]] and [[2552]].<ref name="camberterminal" />
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*[[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" />
   

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The Siege of the Inner Colonies was a series of engagements taking place in humanity's Inner colonies.[1][2]

Background

Main article: Outer Colony Massacres

Prior to Covenant attacking the Inner colonies, the Covenant had laid siege to the Outer Colonies for about a decade. Planets like Harvest and Arcadia had been attacked, killing millions in the process. The UNSC had stripped away most of the Colonial Military Administration,[1] becoming humanity's main military force.

In 2530, following the Battle of the Great Bear, Admiral Preston Cole would devise the basis of the UNSC Emergency Priority Order 09881A-1 or the "Cole Protocol".[3] This order was devised to help make sure the Covenant would not find the inner colonies, and was mostly the reason why it took so long.[4]

Battle

On June 1st, 2536, the Covenant Empire finally made their way into the Inner Colonies.[1]

Numerous ships were pulled from their positions in the Outer Colonies to defend the Inner Colonies.[5] Old ships, such as the Halcyon-class light cruiser UNSC Pillar of Autumn, were refitted and brought back into service to supplement the remaining defense forces.[6]

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 planet was glassed.[7] Nearly a decade later, Miridem would come under attack leading to the capture of Dr. Catherine Halsey.[8] Actium would fall[9] with Skopje[10] at about the same time. The Covenant had also started infesting the space between the Luyten 726-8 system and the Sol system.[11] In a rare moment, the colony of Ballast would come under attack and the UNSC would win the battle.[12]

The Fall of Reach

Main article: Fall of Reach
“We knew this day would come. They have found our fortress among the stars.”
— Catherine Halsey[13]
H2A Cinematic Reach-CovenantEngagingAutumn

The destruction of Reach.

The Fall of Reach was one of the greatest defeats in the Human-Covenant war.

In 2552, the Covenant had discovered Reach.[14][15][16] The Covenant initially landed on the planet with a smaller fleet,[17] but it began to escalate as more and more combatants arrived on either side. Dozens of Inner Colony planets were bypassed by the Covenant Fleet attacking Reach.[18] While Reach would end up being destroyed, a cruiser, the UNSC Pillar of Autumn, would escape the destruction and begin the decisive Battle of Installation 04.[19]

It can be presumed that even more inner Colonies survived, considering the next Covenant attack was Earth.

Operation: FIRST STRIKE

Main article: Operation: FIRST STRIKE

The Covenant had discovered Earth, and began preparing their forces in the nearby system of Tau Ceti. The Prophet of Truth had put together forces mostly comprised of Jiralhanae.[20] These forces would be destroyed, sparing Earth of a large invasion.[21]

The Battle of Earth

Main article: Battle of Earth
“Earth...is all we have left.”
H2A Cutscene BattleofEarth

The Battle on Earth rages on.

After almost 27 years of war and the effort of most of humanity, Earth finally came under attack by the Prophet of Regret in late 2552. Earth's orbit would become the first area to be besieged, before the Prophet would move onto New Mombasa.[23] The Prophet would then use slipspace to fast travel out of New Mombasa[24] and to Installation 05.[25] Other Covenant forces would eventually move onto Ross Island, Havana, Cleveland, and Pawa. When the Keyship carrying the Prophet of Truth and John-117 returned to Earth,[26] his forces would use the crater created by Regret to dig up The Artifact.[27] This artifact would eventually lead to Installation 00[28] and the end of the war.

Aftermath

The loss of many of the inner colonies had a severe impact on the remaining UEG. The loss of Tribute alone would have a severe economic impact on human space.[29] On top of this, the Inner colonies that were hit hard by glassing would take some time to come back up to full health. Reach wouldn't become habitable until 2589.[30]

Engagements

List of Engagements

Timeline

2536

June 1

  • The Inner Colonies are entered by the Covenant.[1]

2544

2545

May

June

  • The Battle of Actium ends.[9]

2547

2552

July

August

  • The Fall of Reach ends with Reach's glassing.[31][32]

September

October

November

  • The Battle of Earth ends.[37]

Unknown

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Halo Wars - Collectible: Halo Wars Timeline Events
  2. Xbox.com Halo Storyline (Defunct, Copy on HBO Forums)
  3. Halo Wars: Genesis - pages 8-9
  4. Halo: The Fall of Reach - page 135
  5. Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 190 (Digital)
  6. Halo: The Fall of Reach - Page 272 (Digital), 238 (Physical)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Halo 2: Anniversary - Terminal: ONI File: Honor Bound
  8. 8.0 8.1 Halo: Ghosts of Onyx - Chapter 20: Page 173
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Halo Waypoint: Videos - Hero (Courage) (Defunct, Copy on Youtube)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe - Dirt: Page 313
  11. Halo Waypoint: Universe - Characters - Olympia Vale
  12. 12.0 12.1 Halo Encyclopedia - Page ??
  13. Halo: Reach - ViDoc: A Spartan Will Rise
  14. Halo: The Fall of Reach - Page 251 (2010)
  15. Halo Encyclopedia - Page 208 - The Fall of Reach
  16. 16.0 16.1 Halo: Reach - Level: Winter Contingency
  17. Halo: Reach - Level: Nightfall
  18. Halo: The Fall of Reach, page ??
  19. Halo: Combat Evolved - Level: The Pillar of Autumn
  20. Halo Waypoint - Ten Twenty
  21. Halo: First Strike - Pages 328-333
  22. Halo 3 - Level: Floodgate
  23. 23.0 23.1 Halo 2 - Level: Cairo Station
  24. Halo 2- Level: Metropolis
  25. Halo 2 - Level: Delta Halo
  26. Halo 2 - Level: The Great Journey
  27. Halo 3: ODST - Level: Coastal Highway
  28. Halo 3 - Level: The Ark
  29. 29.0 29.1 Halo Waypoint: Universe - Locations - Tribute
  30. Halo: Reach - Level: Lone Wolf
  31. Halo 2 - Level: The Heretic
  32. Halo: Reach - Level: The Pillar of Autumn
  33. Halo: First Strike - Chapters 33-35
  34. Halo Legendary Crate - Bonus Item: First Twelve Hours
  35. Halo 2 - Level: Outskirts
  36. Halo: Uprising Issue 1
  37. Halo 3 - Level: Floodgate
  38. Halo: Fractures - Into the Fire, page ??



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