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9th Jan '18 5:27:27 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Literature/RanksOfBronze'' the Galactic Federation allows trade guilds to start wars to secure predatory trade deals with low-tech planets, but they can't use weapons more advanced than those of the natives. So one guild obtains an enslaved Roman legion and makes them fight for them.

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* In ''Literature/RanksOfBronze'' the Galactic Federation allows trade guilds to start wars to secure predatory trade deals with low-tech planets, but they can't use weapons more advanced than those of the natives. So one guild obtains an enslaved Roman legion and makes them fight for them. They seem like [[HumansAreWarriors proud warrior race guys]], but they attribute their own repeated successes to their discipline as [[SoldierVsWarrior soldiers]].
9th Jan '18 5:24:48 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Literature/RanksOfBronze'' the Galactic Federation allows trade guilds to start wars to secure predatory trade deals with low-tech planets, but they can't use weapons more advanced than those of the natives. So one guild obtains an enslaved Roman legion and makes them fight for them.


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*** The "Utopia" DLC has Battle Thralls as a specific type of slavery that reduces their food and mineral production (the usual benefit of slaves), but they're more content with their lot in life than other types of slave.
26th Dec '17 1:33:27 PM aurora369
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* There was a type of fighting men in Muscovite Russia called ''boevye kholopy'', which literally translates to battle thralls. However, being a battle thrall was significantly more prestigious than being a plain old thrall, since Russian boyars typically equipped their thralls in good armor and used them to relay orders to common soldiers. A battle thrall was basically another instance of the boyar on the battlefield.
25th Nov '17 1:08:27 PM MadAnthony94
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* Christendom had its own equivalent to Mamluks and Janissaries, called Vavasours in France or Ministerialen in Germany. These were serfs who took on the duties of knights, becoming, in essence, unfree noblemen. They didn't have any land to leave their descendants, and their lords still controlled a lot of their private lives (like whom they could marry), but they still held the social esteem that came with knighthood. There were probably more Ministerialien in the Middle Aged Holy Roman Empire than free knights.
31st May '17 8:26:39 PM nombretomado
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* The [[TheEmpire Seanchan]] in ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' capture and [[SuperHumanTrafficking enslave female magic-users]] with [[AuthorAppeal enchanted leashes]] that [[MindControl enforce obedience]] and use them in combat. They [[FantasticRacism consider them]] more like {{Attack Animal}}s than this trope.

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* The [[TheEmpire Seanchan]] in ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' capture and [[SuperHumanTrafficking enslave female magic-users]] with [[AuthorAppeal enchanted leashes]] that [[MindControl enforce obedience]] and use them in combat. They [[FantasticRacism consider them]] more like {{Attack Animal}}s than this trope.
28th May '17 3:17:04 PM nombretomado
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21st Apr '17 9:57:25 PM nombretomado
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* Yuber from ''{{Suikoden}}'' is a mix of Barbarian Marauder (he destroyed a whole village because he was bored while waiting), Enslaved Grunt (he can be summoned and will work for the ones responsible for doing so.. at least until he's in danger) and Sneaky Merc (he actively seeks, craves and creates chaos and participates in most wars. However once he feels that he is in danger he will flee, usually by teleporting, and abandon the squad he was commanding and the battle he was fighting).

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* Yuber from ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' is a mix of Barbarian Marauder (he destroyed a whole village because he was bored while waiting), Enslaved Grunt (he can be summoned and will work for the ones responsible for doing so.. at least until he's in danger) and Sneaky Merc (he actively seeks, craves and creates chaos and participates in most wars. However once he feels that he is in danger he will flee, usually by teleporting, and abandon the squad he was commanding and the battle he was fighting).
15th Mar '17 9:03:26 AM hszmv1
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' this is generally how the Dominion works. The Founders are the head of government and instruct the Vorta (the only solid race they actually trust) to perform diplomatic and administrative tasks. Vorta in turn are given control over the Jem'Hadar, shock troops who are less diplomatic about enforcing the Founder's will. Both are fanatically loyal and see their service to the founders as their greatest duty (they see them as gods). Interesting, most races view the Jem'Hadar as more trustworthy as they have a code of honor, and the Vorta as scheming and superficially respectful. Within the Dominion itself, most clients don't know anything about the leadership of the Dominion beyond that the Vorta are the deal makers and the Jem'Hadar enforce the deal.
23rd Feb '17 4:04:47 PM DarkHunter
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** The new Band of the Hawk pulls a reversal on them: Kushan soldiers defeated but not killed by them are thrown on the front lines in a similar manner. However, those that manage to survive three battles are offered the chance to swear their loyalty to Griffith and, if they do so, become full members of the Band of the Hawk.

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** The new Band of the Hawk pulls a reversal on them: Kushan soldiers defeated but not killed by them are thrown on the front lines in a similar manner. However, those that manage to survive three battles are offered the chance to swear their loyalty to Griffith and, if they do so, become full members of the Band of the Hawk. A lot of the Kushan consider this better treatment than they received [[BadBoss under Ganishka]].
5th Dec '16 11:21:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' the Rajputs and Kushans are ProudWarriorRace guys; both of them defected though the Kushans defected earlier (the Rajputs had to be left so that Belisarius would have someone decent to fight through most of the plot). These two are more {{Worthy Opponent}}s than the rather grim jackboots described above; the Rajputs are aristocratic warriors and the Kushans tough professionals, not totally unlike Romans. Their skill at siegecraft makes them Engineers of Doom as well as a ProudWarriorRace The Ye-tai are barbarian marauders; while brave enough, they tend to be uses as taskmasters, driving the conscripted peasant grunts whose main purpose seems to be to get killed one way or another. The sneaky mooks appear as well in the form of assassins which range from street thugs to ninja-like {{Badass}} [[StealthExpert Stealth Experts]]. Interestingly, the last are what Link seems to trust must.

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* In the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' the Rajputs and Kushans are ProudWarriorRace guys; both of them defected though the Kushans defected earlier (the Rajputs had to be left so that Belisarius would have someone decent to fight through most of the plot). These two are more {{Worthy Opponent}}s than the rather grim jackboots described above; the Rajputs are aristocratic warriors and the Kushans tough professionals, not totally unlike Romans. Their skill at siegecraft makes them Engineers of Doom as well as a ProudWarriorRace The Ye-tai are barbarian marauders; while brave enough, they tend to be uses as taskmasters, driving the conscripted peasant grunts whose main purpose seems to be to get killed one way or another. The sneaky mooks appear as well in the form of assassins which range from street thugs to ninja-like {{Badass}} badass [[StealthExpert Stealth Experts]]. Interestingly, the last are what Link seems to trust must.
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