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Old 13 Jun 2007, 11:25   #5 (permalink)
Xisor
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Even with the resources of the Sabbats World Crusade style forces, I don't think they could tackle the post 3rd Phase Expansion Tau Empire. Even the Damocles Gulf Crusade ground to a halt up against one (albeit quite significant) Sept World.

It wasn't a case of 'ah well, we gotta go guys, sorry about not exterminating you!'...they were held up and on the verge of being turned back by the Tau. The Empire is stronger now, more world-weary, grizzled and experienced. It's seen worlds ripped apart by the warp (Medusa V), it's faced splinter fleets. Given the poor infrastructure in the region of the Tau Empire and supposing that a Sabbat-Scale Crusade Force were established....I wouldn't offer them much hope in the Tau Empire.

As the Imperium notes in its own authoratative reckoning on the Tau: If indeed such a thing is now possible. That was back during the pre 3rd Phase empire. Now the Tau Empire is stronger, and the Imperium is weaker. I don't think the Imperium can seriously try to wipe out the Tau. They have no resources to commit against the Tau, they have more pressing threats and even if they could dredge up the resources...it might not even work. Alaitoc Craftworld has already been implicated in aiding the Tau Empire by defeating Waaagh! Scraghurtz on the request of the Demiurg, if a serious threat did raise its head: I'd be very interested, but the Tau would survive it, I feel.

They're established now, and they're not afraid to just jump on some ships and sail off into the galaxy as some part ragtag fugitive fleet...they'll survive.

As a small note to Dunehunter: The Imperium's fleet routinely uses railguns on almost all its warships! They're just one of many of the magnificent weapons arrays that make up weapons batteries. They also have Nova Cannons, zonkin' 'uge railguns!
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