Wait, so virus bombs and lance cannons did nothing, but a big ball of ice worked? I don't even.
Virus Bombs, Macro Cannons, Lances, etc - they're actually pretty small, comparatively speaking, and they pack a concentrated punch. Blocking an enormous, relatively slow-moving ball of dense gas, ice and rocks aren't really as easy.
It must've been a pretty big comet, otherwise they'd probably just blasted it out of the sky.
Yea, I can imagine that. I guess my question then becomes at what point does non-standard technological progress become a problem that needs to be addressed? And how exactly does it get addressed when the technology is heavily ingrained in the planet's overall function?
There's no straight answer to that question. It depends on what level we're talking.
When you say cyberpunk, I don't think that would be a problem. Lots of Imperial worlds make use of cyberpunk-like features, such as the internet, virtual reality, hacking, Mind-Impulse Units, direct interface with computers, advanced programming, etc, etc, etc. Not to mention all kinds of bionics and implants. Having a "cyberpunk planet" just means that they are just ripe for being included into the Mechanicus. Hell, there being cyber-cults is already pretty much a staple in Cyberpunk. That said, once you go into AI territory, prepare for war.
When you say Eclipse Phase... I'm not very familiar with the system or setting, but apparently it allows you to do such wonderful things as "The ability to switch your body at will, from genetically-modified transhumans to synthetic robotic shells, optimizing your character for specific missions." Hahahaha, oh wow. I can't even start to imagine how many layers of heresy or heretek was in that one sentence. That's just.. wow.
Cyberpunk is yes with a side of maybe.
Eclipse Phase is a strong no with a side of possibly.
The first goal would be to bring the planets into the fold, either way. If either resists, it'd mean war, no matter what. After that, it's just a question of what social or technological aspects gets wiped out. Worst-case scenario, the planet is judged irredeemably corrupted and the population terminated and the planet repopulated. If in-depth genetic engineering and transhumanism is widespread, expect the latter.
Edited by Fgdsfg, 13 June 2014 - 03:05 AM.