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Located near the Segmentum Tempestus Naval Base at Bakka, the Hives of Praetoria are noted for their squalor and degradation where everything, even the air, is rationed and where even the most minor infringement of the law can lead to the most draconian of punishments.
The huge population of this world are little more than slave labour in massive factory complexes, and through endless toil and with the aid of a large merchant fleet which trades across the Segmentum, Praetoria - or at least her rulers - are amongst the richest in the Imperium.
Imperial Guard Regiments raised on Praetoria are renowned for their iron discipline and bravery. They detest slovenliness and disorder and even in the midst of the fiercest battle will ensure their ranks are correctly dressed in parade ground fashion and uniforms smartly fastened. The planetary lords of Praetoria hold it is only through fearsome training and draconian punishments for the most minor infringements that the hive-toughened inhabitants of their planet can be made to follow orders. Whatever one's views on the training methods used, they seem to work, producing troops that are as ferocious on the attack as they are determined in defence.
Pretoria is one of the three capital cities of South Africa, which for several decades was governed by the apartheid doctrine, under which the African majority were barred from several important political, legal, and economic rights, and the majority of power and wealth was held by the British/Dutch/German ruling elite. Apartheid South Africa bears some parallels with the planet Praetoria.
- 1: "Massacre at Big Toof River" - UK Gamesday '97 Programme