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This has been in the back of my head for some time while reading Black Library novels; of what importance is money to servants of the Imperium? By that I mean people like Inquisitors, Astartes, Guardsmen... I'm reading Eisenhorn right now, and he seems to do a lot of renting private mansions and things. Do Inquisitors and the like just have unlimited resources in return for their work for the Imperium, or do they have a salary or something? Similarly, in other books I've read, all manner of soldiers are always gambling. Where'd they get that money, and is it even of any importance during their service?
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Having read Eisenhon myself I think his status as inquisitor basicly grants him basicly unlimited funds. Furthermore, he can simply request anything he desires without actually paying for it, is status allows him that priviledge as well should he want something.
I assume guardsmen have an annual pay or something however. This would make sense, as even the most loyal soldiers can get a little discontent when, upon their retirement (not all that common among the guard but still), they have absolutely nothing and have to find work. While I doubt it's important on the battleline, soldiers aren't always fighting. So pay can be spent in their off time. Really depends on the planet their on however. Not going to be a whole lot of gambling and boozing if the planet is being overrun.
Most of these are somewhat informed opinions, however, do not take these as fluff dogma, as I can't say beyond the shadow of a doubt that this is true.
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Inquisitors can in theory requisition the whole of humanity and their resources if necessary, so money really isn't a concern. They just ask for or extort what they need, and pull the =][= card when asked for payment.
I'm not sure about guardsmen, I know that part of their pay always seems to be gone on booze and smokes, but I'm not sure whether this constitutes actual pay or just what they spend it on. There are accounts of regiments settling down after the fighting's over (a big part of the Gaunt's Ghosts series), and to do that I guess they must get paid. Although the account I read may have just been from a moneyed soldier.
I think money plays the same role in the Imperium as it does here, and that itâ€™s distributed in much the same manner, at least among ordinary people. Presumably, Inquisitors have unlimited funding and arenâ€™t really hindered by anything as trivial as financial concerns; similarly, Space Marines donâ€™t strike me as the type of people to spend a lot of time balancing checking accounts. Iâ€™m guessing that the Administratum is usually involved in keeping both Inquisitors and Marine Chapters properly supplied, although if the Marines want something really nice for themselves they can also trade their services in exchange for what they need, such as the protection of a Forgeworld in exchange for an extra Strike Cruiser. It wouldnâ€™t make sense to pay either Inquisitors or Marines a regular salary; the former require far more money to equip expeditions and hire henchmen than any salary could reasonably cover, and the latter have nothing to spend money on in any case, since Marines have next to no worldly possessions apart from their armour and weapons, and desire none.
Ordinary people, though, would require money in exchange for work in order to form a stable society; communism would likely be utopia even in the far future, and so youâ€™d need money to have a proper economy. As for the Guard, real soldiers are paid even when theyâ€™re at war, and thereâ€™s nothing indicating that this isnâ€™t also the case in the Imperium. Of course money wonâ€™t do them much good in the trenches of some war-torn world, except for gambling as you mention, but the Imperial Guard do get time off between campaigns to go on drinking binges, not to mention the thriving military black market that exists on most Navy ships and Guard bases. Also, it would make sense if the soldiers were sending some of their pay home to their families; most do actually have a family on their homeworld, be it parents, siblings, or even spouses and children, which they would of course support. As Morkai says, it would also make sense if they were putting something aside for their retirements (the optimistic ones, anyway.)
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In the Eieshorn books there is mention of him having 'numerious accounts' under different names so that no one can trace him through his spending or when he is traveling incogneito. I also read some where that inquisitors do recive a 'base' pay on what is basically a 'gold visa' I think it was called a cred-stick that is good through-out all the imperium. and also crezdia in the heriticus book had a cred-stick... she was the only one who remembered to bring it along...leave it to a woman to remember about money when your life is on the line -weg-.....
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As a member of the military myself, I can shed some light on the Guardsmens' need for cash. The Airforce covers all my expenses, but cash is always nice. I like being able to eat somewhere other than the chow hall, buy comfortable underwear (military issue isn't always good), pay for my expensive hobbies, and, as it has been so elogently stated by other Airmen, the military doesn't cover expenses for booze, smokes, and hookers.
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It;s funny, I'm reading Eisenhorn and I came up with the exact same thought on money when he went to his rented "home" or when after he contracted Maxilla for the run to Cadia in the 2nd novel.
Personally I just think that they term money it just tossed around with very little meaning in the 40k Universe. Guardsmen get a "theoretical pay" while most anyone above the simple Imperial Guard soldier probably doesn't have any concern about money because they know the truth.....just flash your scars and war wounds and most people will give you what you want.