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Old 14 Dec 2006, 06:08   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I dont know if this has already been asked but I was wondering what form of time/years patern the Imperiums follows... Is it that same as ours, same day, months and so on or somethign else...

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The Imperium does seem to operate on Terran-Standard as a rule... and presumably that follows GMT.


Obviously, local planets would each have their own variations, but the Navy and the Imperium as a whole run by a bloody huge clock, six miles high, the chiming of which causes major earthquakes in California, much to the amusement of everyone doing the filing in Siberia.
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Haha, what would be the point seriously haha. Thanks by the way. Now I can write my account of this surgeon opperating on, well lets just say, a new threat. Thanks Wargammer.
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I don't know if they use the same system of months/weeks and so on. What I do know they use for sure is a "year fraction". Each year is divided up into a thousand equal chunks so, for example, 950006.M42 would be close to the end of the year 006.M42. The Terran year is still the same (obviously) and uses the current Gregorian calendar (i.e. 001.M1 is the same as 1AD).
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Actually, no, the year is not split into 1000 parts at all.

The calender is divided thusly: 0 123 456 M41


The first number is the authenticator, which tells you how accurate the date is. 0 means that the event occured on Terra itself, or the location had direct contact with Terra. 8 means it's pretty much a shot in the dark. 9 is a special case, usually only applied when the date is either totally unrecorded, or taken from an alien calender.

The next three numbers are a "reference code" of sorts. In general, only administrative staff use them. Their exact function is never actually stated.

The final three numbers are the years. To use the example above, 456M41 is the 456th year of the 41st Millennium, or 40,456 in our calender.

Thus, today's date is 0-006M3. The reference code has not been used for clarity.
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The next three numbers are a "reference code" of sorts. In general, only administrative staff use them. Their exact function is never actually stated.
I actually heard that these numbers stand for what day of the year the date is, so today would be 0 348 003 M3
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I had heard this as well, but who knows, this is GW we are talking about. I've heard both theories before, so any could be right.
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Actually, no, the year is not split into 1000 parts at all.
Yes it is. "For administrative purposes the standard year is divided into 1000 equal segments" - page 269 BBB. A single earth day covers about 2.7 year segments. It's just that it's only used to officially record things into Imperial databases, as the length of a day or a year differs per planet (ships etc. go by the Terran 24 hour system, though)
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Well, under what Wargammer said, what would be the year of an event thta happened not long before the present day (the present 40k day that is) but is being documented

I guess its 3 questions... First what year is it in the 41M?

Second is if an unkown race was disscovered (sentient that is) would the imperium do an autopsy

and Third, if somehtign went wrong during this autopsy and the imperium was getting a live feed from a far away site (near the edge of the galaxy) how long would it take for this message to get to were ever the sience teams are, and if their was an attack on this site, how long would it take for the imperium to send out a 'search party'?
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Actually, no, the year is not split into 1000 parts at all.
Yes it is. "For administrative purposes the standard year is divided into 1000 equal segments" - page 269 BBB. A single earth day covers about 2.7 year segments. It's just that it's only used to officially record things into Imperial databases, as the length of a day or a year differs per planet (ships etc. go by the Terran 24 hour system, though)
That's the administratum. They do not live in the 40K universe, they live in a universe that exists solely within their own disturbed little minds...

For everyone else in the galaxy, the "sort code" is meaningless.
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