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Old 10-14-2011, 02:45 PM   #11
Join Date: Oct 2006
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Default Re: 'Imperial Culture' (non-canonista)

The Draft-

The Imperium may require member worlds to pay a tribute in human beings. The frequency and scale of such tribute demands varies by the needs of the Imperium, and by the conditions under which the given member world came into the Imperium. A certain percentage of recruits must be 18 Standard Years of age. The implementation of such conscription is usually left up to the locals. It's not uncommon for worlds to dump dissidents, criminals, disliked minorities, and the homeless into the recruitment pool. On some worlds, conscription is run as a lottery. Other worlds have standing arrangments by which a unit is raised every year and sent into Imperial service. On some poor or primitive worlds, there is stiff competition to be drafted, because Imperial service represents a better standard of living and greater opportunities than can be found at home.

Of course, it's also possible to volunteer for Imperial service. Sometimes criminals do this to escape planetary justice.

Many, but by no means all, member worlds use conscription to stock their own forces.
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