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Default Who is the biggest threat to the imperium?

my vote goes to necrons.

any other opinons?
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Tyranids(short term)

Tau (long term)

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Tough choice, there's so many dangers out there

- Necrons, they have the resources, will and patience to see it through to the proverbial end.

- Orks, if someone like Ghazghkul would unite enough Orks the galaxy would be in one serious problem. Orks outnumber nearly everything.

- Tyranids, each new wave is bigger, nastier, tougher and smarter than the last one. Noone knows where did exactly come from or how many there are, so they could potentially be the biggest threat.

- Chaos, can't be destroyed as long a psychicly sensitive creature walk around. So it could potentially outlive any other threat, save perhaps the necrons. And then there are the untold legions of daemonic entities, traitors, mutants and heretics whom are not bound by race.

So Chaos and Nids as most direct, Necrons on long term and Orks for their sheer potential for galactic destruction.

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Tau, because they evolve freakishly fast. Much like real life humans. I mean, 500 years to go from halberds and horsey men to atomic bombs and laser-guided missiles? 1,000 years ago it was all "arrgh! I'm a viking!" and Norman the Conqueror for christ's sake! Heck, even the new, inventive ways of killing each other in this century! Chemical warfare was practially invented, refined to an art form, and then banned outright. (unless you count rotting animals being thrown over castle walls NBC warfare) Cartridge weapons became mainstream, tanks were introduced, we learned to fly and almost immediately adapted that for war. Rapid fire weapons, body armor, spy satellites that can read license plates, even the art of camoflauge, were all devoloped or made practical in the space of 100 years.

When you consider the tau only need 7,000 years to go from blackpowder and castles (basically middle age tech) to being the second most advanced race in the galaxy, second only to the eldar, that's a hell of a tech leap. And seeing as how it took the imperium 10,000 years to go through three marks of SM battle armor, 32,000 years from today to phase out the assault rifle, and they're still arming their basic troops with solid slug weapons and flak armor. (Autocannons, battlecannons, IG flak armor) Plus, they show a relatively primative understanding of technology anyway. They worship computers as "machine spirts" and require guardsmen to pray before battle that their rifles won't jam.

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True, but the Tau are very small in numbers. If they Imperium would ever launch an all out attack (give or take 200 years due to administratum problems) they would be crushed. It says somewhere in the fluff/codex that they only have several tens of thousands of soldiers. An Imperial Guard regiment can easily have more, as long as the Imperium has bigger problems on their hands they should do fine. Especially if they'd finally manage to get warp travel to work, perhaps and allaince wth the X'tol...or whatever those spiderlike aliens are called

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I'm with cccp_one - got to be Necrons.

Tau, Eldar and Dark Eldar an't got the man power and as a added bonus Tau have no warp travel.

Orks will never stop fighting each other ever. Thats about as possible as the CSM being allowed to rejoin the Imperium.

Chaos and Tyranids are probably equal in second place - each have there own ups and downs: Chaos rely on human prey and Tyranids need to come from another Galaxy.

Necrons are all over the place, they want to kill everybody and are able to repair themselves. Whats not to be scared of?
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I'd say Tyranids. They don't lose any biomass as long as they take the planet, each fleet is bigger than the last, and I'm a 'Nid player. The Necrons have the slight drawback that all thier respective C'tan want to kill each other, but that aside I'd say they're second. And Chaos third.
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True, but the Tau are very small in numbers. If they Imperium would ever launch an all out attack (give or take 200 years due to administratum problems) they would be crushed. It says somewhere in the fluff/codex that they only have several tens of thousands of soldiers. An Imperial Guard regiment can easily have more, as long as the Imperium has bigger problems on their hands they should do fine. Especially if they'd finally manage to get warp travel to work, perhaps and allaince wth the X'tol...or whatever those spiderlike aliens are called
True, but that works to their advantage. The imperium will ignore them because any one of their basic regiments can wipe them out, and concentrate on bigger threats to their current reign, like chaos and nids. By the time they get around to stamping on the tau (cause they're bored or something) the tau will have surpassed eldar in terms of tech and beat the shit out of the imperium. Plus, in the tau dex, they have a blurb of an eldar ambassador returning to his craftworld and saying that they should look after the tau "because he feels a certain kinship towards them". So I'm willing to bet that if there was ever a fully blown Tau/Imperium war, the Eldar would fight on the Tau side. Plus, Kroot, Vespid, and all of the gue'vesa the tau have, who would be invaluable as spies and saboutours. Even with SM on the imperial side, that's five separate factions fighting the Imperium at once. Nasty.

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The Tau do beat Imperial science in some respects, but Mankind is waaaaaaay more advanced in others. The Tau don't have anything on Humanity in the arts of Inter-Stellar communication, Teleportation, Warp Travel, basic understanding of the nature of Chaos, Power Armour, Titans, Various Psy-Nullifying technologies, Augmentation, Life-Prolonging drugs (it mentioned in Codex: Tau that 40 stantard is old for a Tau. Some humans are over 1000) et cetera.

In stort, The Tau have some better stuff, but the Imperium has lots of bzarrely advanced crap even it doesn't understand (Though the Imperium doesn't under stand that much about Science, to be honest.)
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true, true. but at least the tau understand their tech. all the imperial techpriests can do is copy and rebuild archaic tech designs from millenia gone by. The tau are constantly innovating and developing, whereas the imperium seems to be actively resisting any technological advancement.

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