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System is a catch-all term used by the Imperium to classify the various forms of star system that make up the galaxy. Each System is formed of at least one star and the stellar material that orbits it.

Planetary systems are a minority of the systems that make up a Sub-Sector. Even within planetary systems with several planets, worlds inhabitable by humans are low in number. Of the ones that are inhabitable, or worth exploiting, the majority are mining world, agri world and civilised worlds. Relatively few systems possess Forge World or Hive worlds, making those that do strategically important. Uninhabited systems can also have strategic importance, depending on their galactic location.

Traveling between systems requires use of the Warp. Many systems are linked by Warp channels, which significantly speed up travel time.

Systems currently at war