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    The Imperium and non-breathable planets

    What does the IG do when there is a planet that the Imperium wants but the planet doesn't support breathing?

    From what I understand of the 40k fluff the SM come and break the enemy at critial locations then the IG come and smash the enemy. But what about planets that is not suitable to breath? Maybe there isn't oxygen, or their is toxic fumes or there is literally no atmosphere because the planet is so small? Most races have a form of breather, the only races that don't are Orks, bugs and most of the IG. So what does the IG do? The SM can't hold an entire planet, that's the job for the IG to do.

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    They send in Space Marines and they kill everything hostile on the planet. Then they begin the process of terraforming.

    I mean...inhabitable environments is what the Space Marines are for. They don't have to hold the planet, just kill everything on it so the AdMech can set up biospheres and habitations and eventually make it habitable. Otherwise it's just a dead world, and therefore is of no tactical importance - it doesn't make food, it doesn't make tanks, it doesn't have any monuments or sacred sites, it can't be used by the enemy if it can't be used by you, so there's no reason to hold it.

    Even heretics need to breathe, you know.
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    The other alternative is to have the Imperial Fleet bomb the hell out of it, send down Titans to finish off whats left, and then begin terraforming.
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    I don't actually think sci-fi staples like terraforming exist in 40k. Otherwise, certain planets would have undergone it centuries ago.

    And guard can fight in unbreathable atmospheres. Armaggedon technically has an unbreathable atmosphere (hence the gasmasks) due to centuries of pollution. They're just supplied with rebreathers. There are models available from forgeworld I think which show Cadians in their rebreather helmets.

    If a planet has no atmosphere, however, then I'd guess you need marines, or possibly special space-fighting guard regiments with pressure suits.

    Why colonize uninhabitable planets? Resources, of course.. Savlar is only barely inhabitable and yet it was colonized because of lucrative mining opportunities.

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    Terraforming is a sience from before the dark age of technology. (reffering to 'tales from a dark millinum' the first shortstory in the book.)
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    Mars and Luna have both been terraformed, if I recall correctly.

    It really depends on the planet in question. Several planets only have inhabitants that live in biospheres or under the ground in caves, and so on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atma View Post
    Mars and Luna have both been terraformed, if I recall correctly.
    Yup, Mars was the first to undergo it, in the late... 22nd or 23rd century if my memory of Codex Imperialis serves. Mars since went back to being inhospitable after it became the first hive world and polluted itself. At least, I think that's it. Much of my information on that is speculative.

    It's also something the Eldar did to worlds, their process being better but taking longer, which resulted in the Maiden Worlds.

    As for what the Imperium do, I'd guess that the guard are equipped with breathing apparatus if need be (look at the uniforms for Krieg and the Steel Legion). But generally marines are the ticket for dealing with hard to reach problems (like the Steel Cobras).

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    I always thought that the IG with the breathing gear was under the chemical high thingy. Like the "Chem dogs" I think they're called? And that it wasn't designed for no-atmosphere conditions.

    Just because a planet is a dead planet doesn't mean it can't be used. It may have mineral/ ore deposits.

    And terra-forming a planet? Now why didn't I think of that???!! *smacks head*
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    Im sure the Guard could set up a outpost on a planet as a kind of staging area for the rest of the troopers so that the range that they could operate would be far larger then if they had to fight it out and then have to pull out. Even so im sure the navy could just send bombers down to nuke anything down their so that the guard would only need to mop up anything left.
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    IIRC the Imperium don't terraform anymore... Either the tech has been lost or they don't bother (since they can just set up a small outpost with a working enviroment in it) anymore because it takes to long to do (and the Imperium want the resources NOW!).

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