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Mercenaries are a bunch of people who fight in wars.
edit So they are soldiers then?
No they are not. Soldiers fight for a government and are paid for their service to their state, whereas a Mercenary fights for a government and are paid for their service to their state.
edit But you just said that they are soldiers...
Well, they are soldiers, just that they are worth lots more. See the army contains the ok and bad soldiers, while mercenaries are the people who were good soldiers and have decided to get more money fighting for whoever will pay them the most money. So it is more of a business choice then anything else.
edit History of Mercenaries
Mercenaries have existed as long as war has been around. It is believed that the first mercenary was hired by a caveman called Og. He was a pitifully weak caveman and hired a Neanderthal to fight for him in return for something, we don't actually know.
Mercenary societies grew around renting themselves out for war. When Germans and also the Swiss were not causing wars, or killing themselves, they decided to make money giving people to fight in other peoples wars.
The first change in the 'good soldiers are mercenaries' idea changed during the American Revolution, where the Germans, sympathetic to the patriots of the USA leased their crappiest mercenaries, the Hessians to the British, because they had enough land and it wasn't like they would miss it. Wouldn't they?
edit How to find a mercenary
Because Uncyclopedia is such a good resource of information they have decided to help you out. Just look for this tag:
In a profile and send a message. However you should be careful, some countries believe that hiring "mercs" as they are also known as, is wrong and therefore illegal.
edit Types of Mercenary: A Guide for Tyrants
So the basic and most reliable merc is this one:
BUT there are other types.
- The above is your basic merc unit, versatile and strong he is a good investment.
If you find:
Along with the above then it is a good choice because:
- He is hireable
- He is a Viking
- He likes killing
- He is controllable
If you ever decide to be a tyrant, this choice is a good one for say an elite force, because he is good, killing can replace some of the cost of hiring, and you can control him.
- This is your elite/siege unit; more expensive, but worth the cost.
Are not a good choice because they pillage indiscriminately. Meaning he is harder to control, and bad for PR.
- If you are strapped for cash hire these guys, or if indiscriminate terror without the expenditure of the merc is required. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES KEEP THESE GUYS ON THE PAYROLL.
Finally avoid anyone with this tag:
These can be considered if they do not pillage indiscriminately, but you need to tread very, VERY, VERY carefully, as one wrong move, say insulting Allah, will result in a fiery death for you. However as a merc they are cheaper and more willing to lay down their lives for you.
- These are the counter unit for the US Soldier. Can also be used for terror operations.
edit What they need
Mercenaries need a Saloon with plenty of Wine, Women and Song. They have some weapons but if you need to you can supply your merc with better weapons depending on your situation. Housing and food will also be required, but it can't be the crap you would give normal troops. Remember these guys have given THEIR time and skills for your money. They are very touchy.
edit An Example
The Tyrant of the Jungle (not his real name) has tons of cash. He hires some mercenaries because he needs them to fight against the local rebels. He hires five basic guys and three elite units. Because he needs them he hires two men with the indiscriminate pillage ability. He gives them crappy lodging and bad food. The land is jungley obviously but the Tyrant replaces the mercs reliable and proven AK-47's with Vietnam Era M-5's shown to be the crappest weapon in the jungle.
Long story short they revolt and join the rebels. He falls three days later.
edit See Also
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