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Annexation is the process by which an inhabited planet is colonised by the Radch Empire. Annexations often involve the death or conversion into ancillary bodies of a significant proportion of the planet's population. Mistreatment of the annexed population is rife, although areas which surrender peacefully are usually rewarded for this.

Typically, it takes around fifty years for an annexation to play out from the first attack to the granting of citizenship, but the final annexation at Shis'urna took place much more quickly, necessitating the military to assist with civilian security during the adjustment phase, including the role of Lieutenant Awn in Ors.

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