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The Imperium has developed its own method of recording dates, which needs a bit of explanation.Most importantly, the years are always "Anno Domini" (AD) using the numbering system of our own present-day Gregorian Calendar, so the dates themselves are the ones that we are familiar with now.It’s always nice to see what an example looks like.
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A typical date as Imperial scholars write it would look something like 0.123.456. This date can be divided up so that each part is explained separately below: 0 123 456 M41 = Check Number/Year Fraction/Year/Millennium Following the birth of the Great Rift, temporal anomalies spread across the galaxy making the use of a universal dating system extremely difficult as different Imperial worlds began to experience the passage of time at different subjective rates.
A new, more localised dating system came into existence that was different for each world.
M41 as the Lord Commander of the Imperium, he launched the Indomitus Crusade to push back the encroaching Forces of Chaos that had been unleashed across the galaxy after the birth of the Great Rift.
Even as he made war, the Primarch attempted to grasp the events of the ten millennia that had passed since he had fallen during the Battle of Thessala to the Daemon Primarch Fulgrim.