Praetoria is a Hive World located in the Segmentum Tempestus and the homeworld of the Praetorian Guard regiments of the Astra Militarum. Located near the Segmentum Tempestus Naval Base at Bakka, the hives of Praetoria are noted for their squalor and degradation where everything, even the air, is rationed and where even the most minor infringement of the law can lead to the most draconian of punishments.
The huge population of this world are little more then slave labour who toil in massive manufactorum complexes. Through the Praetorian masses' endless toil and with the aid of a large merchant fleet which trades across the Segmentum, Praetoria, or at least her rulers, are amongst the richest in the Imperium.
Imperial Guard regiments raised on Praetoria are renowned for their iron discipline and bravery. They detest slovenliness and disorder and even in the midst of the fiercest battle will ensure their ranks are correctly dressed in parade ground fashion and uniforms smartly fastened.
The planetary lords of Praetoria hold it is only through fearsome training and draconian punishments for the most minor infringements that the hive-toughened inhabitants of their planet, where everything -- even the very air they breathe -- is rationed, that they can be made to follow orders and do as they are told in a military unit. Whatever one's views on the training methods used, they seem to work, producing troops that are as ferocious on the attack as they are determined in defence.
- White Dwarf 218 (UK), "Massacre at Big Toof River - UK Games Day '97 Display," pp. 66-71
- UK Games Day '97 Program, "Massacre at Big Toof River"
- Massacre At Big Toof River Mega Display