Exterminatus is the name of a terrible order given by the authorities of the Imperium of Man to destroy an entire planetary biosphere and all life upon a world. This action is only taken in those extreme circumstances where a potential or actual threat to the entire empire exists on the planet and might spread to other worlds. Exterminatus is typically only used as a last resort, when the price of holding or retaking the world for the Empires is deemed too very extremely high, or the threat of mutation and disease to the rest of the empire is too great to contain by conventional means. Thus Exterminatus has very rarely been used on vital or valuable planets to the multiverse. Typically, the order may only be given by a high-ranking Commanders. Exterminatus can be carried out in many different ways, as outlined below.
While the term is largely associated with the Imperium of Man, it's generally used as a catch all across the Known Multiverse for any number of weapons used to destroy a planet in whatever fashion that maybe, and not limited to the Imperium alone, as any number of planet destroying superweapons, like the Death Star of the Galactic Empire of Viau Universe, the Nova Bombs of the United Alliances of Orion Species, or the numerous nuclear weapons of the various Earths.
List of Types of Exterminatuses
- Virus bomb
- Cyclonic torpedoes
- Nuclear bombardment
- Nova bomb