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Default Robots of the Imperial Army

Historically, the Imperial Army does not tend to use warbots. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the major one is practicality: warbots with the intelligence to function effectively in combat are expensive. A civilian robot lasts long enough for the payments on it to be less than the monthly wage of the worker it replaces; a warbot's lifespan on the battlefield is a great deal shorter. Even allowing for repair - if the robot can be recovered, and if the weapon that hit the robot was not too destructive - it is frankly cheaper to train a human (or other suitable sapient) than to field an effective warbot. There is no shortage of humans willing to join the military, whether to escape their past lives or in pursuit of adventure and a better future for themselves.

That being said, there are roles for which the robot is ideally suited, roles that free soldiers up for combat, roles that bring capabilities to the unit that could otherwise only be delivered by a vehicle, and roles in which for whatever reason the robot is more effective. In this thread, we will present a number of robots possibly used by the Imperial Army and Marines.
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