Deathwatch: Alpha & Omega
The Departmento Munitorum, also called the Adeptus Munitorum, is a department or sub-division of the Adeptus Administratum devoted to the general administration, personnel assignment, supply and logistics of the Imperial Guard. The Munitorum has ultimate responsibility for the raising of new Imperial Guard Regiments, the training of new Imperial Guard troops, the provision of equipment and supplies to all Regiments in the field, and the transportation of troops and equipment to and from theaters of war using the vessels of the Imperial Navy. It is primarily a logistical organization, like the larger Administratum of which it is a part, but while the Administratum deals with the civilian logistics of running the entire Imperium of Man, the Munitorum deals solely with the military logistics necessary to fight and win the Imperium’s wars on behalf of all branches of the Imperial armed forces.
The Munitorum is financed by tithes of men, money and materiel drawn from the Imperium’s myriad worlds, and all Imperial planets able to support the Imperial military forces in a sector are regularly called on to do so. To make sure the tithes are provided as and when required, representatives of the Departmento Munitorum are present on almost every Imperial planet as part of its branch of the local Administratum. Representatives of the organization are also present on all Imperial Navy star ships, and wherever Imperial Guard forces are stationed.
The Munitorum is organised to allow each level of the Adeptus to respond effectively to threats to the people of the Imperium, regardless of their size and location in the galaxy. The local departments of the Adeptus can raise tithes from worlds close to a war zone without needing a response from the higher levels of the Munitorum’s bureaucracy. As the level of a threat increases and more local departments of the Munitorum become involved, the amount tithed, and the amount of planets tithed from, increases. At this point, higher levels of the Adeptus Munitorum will also become involved, and may funnel additional resources from other parts of the Imperium into a given war zone. The local Adepts of the Departmento Munitorum in an Imperial sub-sector have the legal authority to impose instant tithes, without forewarning, as and when required. Because of this, true central command over the Imperial Guard’s logistics from Terra is not needed or even advantageous, due to the functional autonomy of each level of the organization. The Departmento Munitorum does not handle logistics for the Adeptus Astartes or for the Adepta Sororitas’ Orders Militant, as each Space Marine Chapter is a fully self-contained military organization and the Sisters of Battle depend on the Ecclesiarchy to serve their administrative and logistical needs.
The Departmento Munitorum is effectively represented among the Imperium’s rulers by three members of the High Lords of Terra and is ultimately required to answer to the demands of all three, including:
- The Lord Commander Militant of the Imperial Guard
- The Chancellor of the Estate Imperium
- The Master of the Administratum