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What race is the greatest threat to the Imperium of man? Chaos? Necrons? Tyranids? Orks? Eldar/dark eldar (That one is a bit of a stretch IMO since they dont seem to care about destroying the imperium.) Tau? (again this is a stretch, too few in number) But they are all candidates.
I'm gonna have to say that the biggest threat to the Imperium is Chaos - purely because Chaos can hit from anywhere within the Imperium at any time. After all, it's chaos that has caused the most damage - the Horus Heresy and the Reign of Blood being two of the bigger occasions.
Of course Chaos is the biggest threat to the Imperium out of the races. The truly greatest threat is peace. I've seen it suggested somewhere that 40k follows the Orwellian principle of eternal war equating to eternal unity. Basically, the reason that the Imperium can act as one, without tiny factions breaking out all over the place (as things are on present-day Earth) is that there is always something bigger, uglier, scarier and with more heads to fight than your nieghbor. Without war there is no Imperium. Of course, plenty of people will say it's faith in the Emperor that keeps things together (that or the Inquisition) but when you think about it - without xenos and traitors to fight, what would stop a planet that worships the Emperor as the sun attacking a planet that worships the Emperor as nature?
That's my take, anyway.
All of them combined. The Imperium would be able to quite soundly defend itself, if not defeat any one of those enemies. The problem is that they're all attacking at once. Hence the problem.
I'm inclined to agree with Chaos, although the Necrons are definitely a big problem on the horizon. I always saw the orcs as a more benign force. While aggressive, they aren't actively working to the destruction of humanity. The Tau take things as they find them, so they have the potential to help as much as harm. Eldar lack numbers. Aside from that, they fight Chaos, Necrons, and the nids as well. Nids are a big one. They're relentless, highly efficient, and short of some sort of breathtaking technological development, unstopable.
So Chaos, or Nids. In 2000 years, I'd say Necrons.
Am I allowed to nominate myself as the greatest threat to Mankind?
LO RulesOriginally Posted by AnonymousOriginally Posted by Cyric
Tau,Eldar,Dark Eldar, all could be destroyed, Even the necrons could be defeated once and for all, and while they may replenish their ranks fast, the Tyranids and Orks, COULD feesabily be destroyed, or atleast well containd.
Where there is a single violent thought, there is chaos, a single wish, a single feeling of envy,jelousy,hate or fear of death, as all mortals have, there is chaos.
Chaos is a reflection of mankind, while there is Man, there is Chaos, so really, Chaos IS the biggest threat.
But remeber, without mankind and without mankinds emotions, there would not be chaos, so mankind and chaos must bothe exist, as opposites, as north needs south and black means white, there will always be chaos and man.
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I find myself in agreement with Chaos being the biggest threat. There is a reason that the Cadian Gate was the most heavily fortified region of space in the Galaxy, at least until Abaddon came within a gnats bawhair of forcing a Black Crusade through it, most of the fortifications are...not in good nick anymore.
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I'd say the Imperium is the biggest threat to itself. Their xenophobic views and fanatical zeal to some rotting corpse on a throne (resulting in the death of a million psykers a year or something to keep the toilet-emperor alive), plus their trigger-happy policy of nuking entire worlds for the slightest taint of chaos, makes the Imperium inherently self-destructive.
People say Chaos....psh. Chaos exists in the first place because of the Imperium's evils and hypocritical double-standards.
So.....join Chaos. It's cooler. Much purer. Chaos Daemons just came out too. Oooooh, yes, you know you want to.....
Either Necrons or Chaos.
Both forces will never be fully eradicated, and therefore can harass the imperium up untill it falls, which eventually it will have to, because their system of government is faulty, and no empire remains dominant forever. No other race has the ability to overthrow the emperor. The Ork race won't unite under one leader, the Eldar are to few, The tyranids don't have the drive (correct me if I'm wrong,I'm not a big 'nids fluff buff, but i'm pretty sure they expand for territory and food, and a primitive mindset couldn't dominate, could it?) and tau, although they are rapidly expanding, they are primarily concerned with their small part of the universe, and as long as they can't make massive warp jumps, then all major conquests that travel far from the home planets will be easy to spot in advance.
Basically that leaves the immortal race, and the daemonic race.
Originally Posted by LegendxSval FoundationOriginally Posted by wakopanda
Truly, I'd say the 'nids. Think about it, they have no internal political or moral conflicts to stop them from doing anything, they just eat! Couple that with the fact that their numbers are practically infinite, and they simply can't be stopped.
BUT, once the 'nids have taken over, guess what powerful race they CAN'T eat at all? Necrons.
So in the long run (of 40,000 years ), I'd say 'crons.
So... if I gave some daemons a matte paint-job, would they be "Matte Daemons?"
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If the fluff is to be believed, Tyranids will destroy the galaxy with the accumulated mass of their bodies alone. A Hive Fleet that's cleaned out a galaxy or two will be so massive that planets will be torn out of their orbit at its approach. Better eat fast, space bugs...
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