The Imperium of Man is the galaxy-spanning interstellar empire which rules over the vast majority of the Human race in the late 41st Millennium AD. The founder and immortal ruler of the Imperium is the Emperor of Mankind, the God-Emperor of a million worlds who is the most powerful human psyker ever born. Founding the Imperium over ten thousand standard years ago during the Great Crusade era of the late 30th Millennium AD, the Emperor has been physically imprisoned within the Golden Throne on Terra since He was horribly wounded and disfigured during the great galactic civil war with his wayward son Horus.
The Emperor rules the Imperium in name and His presence in the Warp allows interstellar travel through the maintenance of the psychic beacon known as the Astronomican. His ascended form in the Warp is also believed to keep the worst aspects of Chaos at bay. As the Emperor can no longer communicate directly with His subjects, the day-to-day governance of the realm is carried out by the council of Imperial nobles known as the High Lords of Terra. Today, the Imperium is a realm very different from the golden rule of prosperity, scientific wonder and freedom promised by the Emperor ten millennia ago. The Imperium in His absence has degenerated into a despotic, tyrannical regime defined by ignorance, fear and superstition.
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|Imperial Government||Emperor of Mankind • Primarchs • Lord Commander of the Imperium • Senatorum Imperialis (High Lords of Terra) • Adeptus Terra|
|Adeptus Terra||Adeptus Administratum • Adeptus Astra Telepathica • Adeptus Astronomica • Adeptus Arbites • Adeptus Custodes • Adeptus Mechanicus • Departmento Munitorum • Imperial Fleet • Officio Assassinorum • Officio Sabatorum • Planetary Governors • Navis Nobilite • Templars Psykologis|
|Other Organisations||Adeptus Ministorum • Inquisition|
|Imperial Military||Adeptus Astartes (Space Marines) • Deathwatch • Grey Knights • Astra Militarum (Imperial Guard) • Ordo Tempestus (Tempestus Scions) • Imperial Navy • Collegia Titanica • Imperial Knights • Skitarii • Legio Cybernetica • Adepta Sororitas • Adeptus Custodes • Sisters of Silence|
|Other Articles||Milky Way Galaxy • Segmentum • Sector • Planets of Warhammer 40,000 • Imperial Dating System • High Gothic • Low Gothic • Lingua-technis|
|Space Marines • Adeptus Mechanicus • Chaos • Eldar • Dark Eldar • Orks • Tyranids • Necrons • Tau • Inquisition • Astra Militarum (Imperial Guard)|
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