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In the more than 10,000 years since the Vilani first encountered another human race, considerable inter-breeding has occurred, and many humans can no longer be said to belong to any particular subspecies of Homo sapiens. Some Imperial citizens have taken to identifying with their mixed-ancestry status, considering themselves to be of the "Imperial" race.

Some laymen even use the subspecies name Homo sapiens imperialis. This is, of course a fallacy, since the Imperium incorporates every conceivable mix of human races, from purebreds of every known human race to crossbreeds that are impossible to classify. Indeed if any "race" can be said to be typically Imperial, it is the vast population of humans with indeterminate (but thoroughly mixed) ancestry.

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