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A Hive City.

A η-class (eta class) or Hive World is a category of Imperial planet distinguished by vast, continent-spanning cities, often built high into the sky and deep beneath the earth.



Their populations are enormous, and almost all food needs to be imported. A Hive World rendered temporarily inaccessible through Warp space will suffer a devastating famine within a very short space of time. It will become a vast catacomb of lunatics driven to excesses of anarchic, urban savagery by starvation and claustrophobia. Hive Worlds are dangerous, being too large to monitor safely, and their citizens are typically unbalanced, if not utterly crazed. It has been known for the Adeptus Arbites to cull these planets in order to bring their populations down to manageable levels.[1]

Billions of people can live crowded together in a single Hive city. Each of these Hive Worlders is a potential soldier for Imperial forces, including the Imperial Guard and the Space Marines. Hive Worlds contribute the vast bulk of the recruits for the Imperial Guard. The violent gangland lifestyle which most residents are forced to live means they are already hardened and experienced in warfare. Almost every recruit will already know how to handle a gun.[Needs Citation]

Hive Worlds also serve to populate newly discovered planets. Imperial citizens are gathered from various Hive Worlds (willingly or unwillingly) and shipped off to distant colonies. An example of this would be Medusa V.[Needs Citation]

Hive Worlds have huge import/export ratios, exporting a vast range of materials, and relying on imports of food and water.[Needs Citation]

There are approximately 32,380 Hive Worlds in the Imperium.[2a] Most consist of various enclosed Hive cities or Hive clusters surrounded by wasteland, jungle, ice, plains, etc. In the most extreme examples the Hive World has developed beyond the point of separate Hive clusters - the planet's surface instead is completely urbanised with hundreds of stacked layers of arcologies, covering the entirety of the planet. Holy Terra is an example of this "city-planet".[Needs Citation]

In common with most other Imperial worlds, Hive World society has distinct classes, with a ruling class and a working class. Invariably the lower classes inhabit the lower and more decayed and polluted levels of the Hive.[Needs Citation]

The sheer numbers of workers in a Hive makes them hard to control. Gangs grow up and control sections, fighting among themselves and millions subsists on scraps. Further up power reaches the ancient lighting system, while even further up, air circulation systems clean the air for those rich enough to afford it. It is a hierarchical system, and a ruthless one, but given sufficient forces to keep the populace down, it is a very efficient way of housing billions of people. If each person had a house on the ground, the entire planet would be overrun with living quarters and no room for production facilities.[Needs Citation]

Hive Worlds are important due to their output. They don't reach anywhere near the production of a Forge World, but the number of workers give out a huge quantity of materials. Hive Worlders, being just as brutal and savage as those on Feral Worlds also provide the best fighting material to the Imperium.[Needs Citation]

Notable Hive Worlds

Planet name Segmentum Sector Subsector System Population
Amarah Prime Segmentum Tempestus Orpheus Capitoline Subsector Amarah Unknown
Arcadia Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Armageddon Segmentum Solar Armageddon sector Armageddon subsector Armageddon system Unknown
Aryand Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Avellorn Segmentum Solar[3] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Coronis Agathon[2c] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown 120,000,000,000[2c]
Cyclopean Prime Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Derdoni Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Gehenna Prime Unknown Unknown Unknown Gehenna System Unknown
Greyshroud Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Hermetica Segmentum Solar Chonma Sector Unknown Hermetica System Unknown
Ichar IV Ultima Segmentum Unknown Unknown Ichar 500,000,000,000
Jones Crispin World Ultima Segmentum Charadon sector Unknown Eydolim System Unknown
Kado Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Lastrati Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Medusa V Ultima Segmentum Unknown Unknown Medusa system None
Meridian Unknown Korianis Subsector Aurelia Unknown 32,000,000,000
Minea[2a] Ultima Segmentum[2a] Unknown Unknown Unknown 154,000,000,000[2a]
Mordian Segmentum Obscurus Unknown Unknown Mordian system Unknown
Necromunda Segmentum Solar Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Nova Sulis Segmentum Solar Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Persepolis Segmentum Pacificus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Praedis Zeta Ultima Segmentum Vidar Sector Unknown Unknown Unknown
Regallus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Scintilla Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Golgenna Reach Unknown 25,000,000,000
Terra Segmentum Solar Solar sector Sol subsector Sol System Unknown
Temperis[2b] Segmentum Pacificus [2b] Unknown Unknown Cabulis System[2b] Unknown
Vanaheim Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Verghast Segmentum Pacificus Sabbat Worlds Unknown Unknown Unknown



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