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The Adeptus Mechanicus, whose individual members are known as [[Techpriest]]s, own dozens, maybe hundreds of heavily polluted planet-factories known as [[Forge World#Planet|forge worlds]], which are covered in massive manufactoria or, as they are known to speakers of Low Gothic, 'work'. The largest forge world of the Adeptus Mechanicus is its homeworld [[Mars]], on which the most badass weapons ever known to man are made, most of which they refuse to share. Despite being part of the Imperium, the AdMech was actually its own nation and a respectable superpower in its own right throughout the Great Crusade and largely is to this day. The 'being-part-of-the-Imperium' shtick was a symbolic gesture of goodwill signed by the Treaty of Mars, but was codified when they became the "Adeptus Mechanicus" after their former leader fell to chaos. They still secured quasi-independence and private property rights though, courtesy of [[Awesome|marching an Imperator titan into the senate chamber and holding them at building-sized gunpoint]].
The Adeptus Mechanicus is basically the definition of a Mega-Corporation, or a [[Monopoly]]. They are simply so rich and powerful, and have totally privatized the production and manufacturing of technology for themselves, that they can basically buy the government and its politicians. The Imperium may hate the AdMech for being Heretics, but they have private claim to all the various Forgeworlds, Manufactoria, Mining worlds and Research Stations needed for the production of Imperium war machines. Where else can you even buy a new cellphone or have repair maintenance for your servitors, if not your local Techpriest? Because of this privatized monopoly, the AdMech has become an Empire within an Empire, and can ''possibly'' survive without the Imperium(for about five seconds given how easily Forge Worlds are wiped out or conquered by other major factions literally on a whim, which is admittedly five seconds longer than anyone else), while the Imperium cannot survive without the AdMech. Well, sort of. Technically the AdMech is not actually needed and is very small (we're talking mere billions of members or a few trillion). The reason it isn't tehcnically (pun!) needed is that anything the AdMech knows is required to be shard with Terra. Like how there is a backup of the Temple of All Knowldge (exactly what it sounds like) on Terra. An exmaple of this technological independence enjoyed by the Imperium at large is Space Marines building new stuff of their own sometimes and, most prominently, the Sororitas's powered armor. The AdMech may be king when it comes to maintenance and making alterations that don't cause your coffee machine to eat your planet, but they're not the only scientific group in the Imperium and the Imperial departments themselves don't actually ''need'' the Mechanicus. They're just incredibly useful. Mostly because of the Treaty of Olympus Mons enabling the Imperium to basically get free stuff from them simply by providing resources to keep their forges running because the AdMech doesn't care about riches, it cares about keeping its forges pumping out technology as a form of worship. Forge Worlds are the end destination of most materials and resources provided in tithes.
They have a monopoly on [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TvN5lCVkRk all the really cool shit for themselves (aside from the overpowered DAOT artifacts in the emperors basement)]—like Titans, [[Ordinatus]], and other wonderful stuff—only letting the Imperials have it when absolutely necessary or if they're threatened personally, with the justification of keeping the good shit away from [[Chaos]] in case an army rebels. They have two armies of their own, which are not anything like the [[Imperial Guard]], as they are mostly composed of badass angry technogrunge cyborgs that are more violent than ED209, [[Servitor|lobotomized minions]] manufactured out of clones and heretics, and [[Titan (Warhammer 40,000)|giant, world-devastating Super Robots]]. They are also technological rivals with the [[Tau|space weeaboos with transforming mecha]] and potentially have made a few advances beyond the [[Eldar]], though the Eldar are much more advanced in psionic technology.
They typically look like a cross between [[Star Wars|Jawas]] and [[/co/|Doctor Octopus]] with a healthy dose of [[Dune|The Bene Tleilax]], as well as wearing the sort of re-breather masks that you'll typically see on riot police.
 
Some fans like to claim the AdMech isn't holding back, that it's struggling to keep things together. While this is partially true, they could just teach people as a sort of mini-adept for specific tasks in tech that is hand-made or build servitors to do it. And when it comes to hoarding tech and not sharing it, that is exactly what they do. Technological decline can happen from war but only if you not only destroy the factories but also the information and kill everyone who has any of it memorized or simply knows enough to piece things together. Seeing as almost all the fighting happens well away from Forge Worlds and Hive Worlds, that isn't an excuse that can apply to the Imperium. And technological development does not stagnate during war. War encourages advancement, not merely applying what you already have in new ways (it does do that, but not just that). If you don't research and develop more advanced science and create new technology, you're enemy will and you will lose. It's that simple. The only thing holding back the Imperium from having already returned to Dark Age levels of technology is the Machine Cult itself due to the Cult deciding who can study or build what using entirely theological decision-making and political maneuvering within the Adeptus Mechanicus. More importantly, the Machine Cult doesn't like non-tech-priests even having technology in the first place. The last thing the Machine Cult would do is share technology even when it can for the same reason real life Christian priests go through so much training and effort to even be allowed to bless and handle the Eucharist. To the Machine Cult, giving out technology to the rest of humanity (even though it was pre-Cult humanity that invented all of it) is just as blasphemous and unacceptable as a Christian priest going out and giving the Eucharist out like it's some sort of party favor and for the same reasons.
==The Commandments of the Mechanicus==
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