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Both the WB and TS turned to chaos after the Emperor went mental at them, both for different reasons.

What do you think would have happened if both of these legions hadn't turned to chaos? Would they have still turned? Would the siege of the Terra been avoided? Would the Emperor still be among us?
 

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The word bearers wouldn't have corrupted Horus, therefore meaning that Thousand Sons wouldn't have broken the rules to warn the Emporer, therefore they wouldn't have been attacked, and wouldn't have turned...
 

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The heresy would not have happened if the Word Bearers had not turned, we'd have a human conquered galaxy and everything would be great...bur GW doesn't roll that way.
 

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Would everything be great, though? Certainly something could be life threatening to the Imperium. Maybe a massive Ork unification, and certainly the Tyranids would attack...
 

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With the might of all of the legions, backed up by all of the primarchs and the Emperor the imperium would be fine and dandy against the orks and nids
 

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if the word bearers diddnt turn, someone else would have. otherwise chaos wouldnt have been such a threat is everyone could 'just say no!'

could have been talking about 'the vulkan heresy' lol
 

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the emperors children might have still gone to chaos after fulgrim got corrupted by that sword, and maybe the world eaters too.
 

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the emperors children might have still gone to chaos after fulgrim got corrupted by that sword, and maybe the world eaters too.
That is something that I considered as well - that the nulling of Horus and the Word Bearers might lead to the already corrupted Primarchs to rebel, even though the likelihood of them being crushed by the other Legions is great.
 

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No Chaos = Galactic WAAAGH!!!

I prolly would have stuck with just the Orks if that was the case
Instead of 4 different armies (And counting)

But yes; the Emperors Children would have turned anyway, even if the Word Bearers didnt

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I think fulgrims legion were allways heading that way. Also the finding of the laer sword was independant of the machinations of the word bearers and horus. So it is inevetable that the EC were going to end up on the wrong side of the tracks. Angron and his boys were allways close to the edge. However if Horus had not turned they probably would have remained loyal ,but to horus rather than the emp.
 

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Political tension between the Legions would probably be high. As shaantitus said, the supposed Traitor Legions probably would have allied with Horus. I could certainly envision the Legions politicking amongst themselves, spreading strife covertly against their Brother Marines.
 

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World Eaters were right there on the brink of rebelling too. They didn't need much persuasion to turn against the imperium as they would have done so on their own given a bit more time.
What other Legions were on the brink of rebelling?

Perhaps singular rebellions and massive uprisings of Imperial Governors could be what the Imperium would suffer instead of alien incursion in this alternative no-Heresy timeline.
 

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Perhaps singular rebellions and massive uprisings of Imperial Governors could be what the Imperium would suffer instead of alien incursion in this alternative no-Heresy timeline.
Not if the Inquisition has anything to say about it. They keep a rather tight leash methinks. They really would have to be 'Massive Uprisings' to pose any sort of threat nevermind the one Chaos poses now

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Not if the Inquisition has anything to say about it. They keep a rather tight leash methinks. They really would have to be 'Massive Uprisings' to pose any sort of threat nevermind the one Chaos poses now

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Remember though, with the Emperor still alive, it is unlikely he would have ever let the Inquisition become as powerful and forthcoming as they are now.
 
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