Into that Vast Expanse
Macutio is an agricultural world in the Scarus Sector. Its main combine-sprawls are all on the western continent, which is better suited for human habitation. Chemical agents in the Macutian ecosystem have the effect of making its inhabitants abnormally fertile—twins and triplets are not uncommon—leading to the sprawls’ rapid growth following the planet’s colonization.
For the past thousand years, Macutio has supplemented its agricultural tithes and relieved its population stresses by exporting colonists to the Calixis Sector and, recently, the Koronus Expanse. Groups of colonists are organized annually to found new settlements or bolster existing ones. Frequently they take a shotgun approach, identifying a planet others deem too inhospitable to support human life, then sending waves of colonists until one is able to establish a foothold.
The Ministorium on Macutio includes a Colonicus branch which teaches its adherents that the God-Emperor’s celestial body is literally made of the million worlds that comprise the Imperium. To subjugate a virgin world and bring it within the domain of the God-Emperor is to strengthen his body. Ministorium initiation rites include a solo excursion on the inhospitable northern continent to test a neophyte’s survival skills.