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11th Jun '16 10:11:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* Turner belongs to one in the second book of Creator/WilliamGibson's SprawlTrilogy.

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* Turner belongs to one in the second book of Creator/WilliamGibson's SprawlTrilogy.Literature/SprawlTrilogy.
9th Jun '16 9:21:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Medieval Italian ''compagnia di ventura'' or companies of adventure, which were basically private mercenary armies ready for any city state to hire. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Italian city-states of Venice, Florence, and Genoa were very rich from their trade with the Levant, yet possessed woefully small national armies. In the event that foreign powers and envious neighbours attacked, the ruling nobles hired domestic and foreign mercenaries to fight for them. The military-service terms and conditions were stipulated in a ''condotta'' (contract) between the city-state and the soldiers (officer and enlisted man), thus, the contracted leader, the mercenary captain commanding, was titled the Condottiere. The mercenaries then formed private companies and armies which sold their services to the states. The condottiere armies got much criticism from NiccoloMachiavelli, but in the RealLife they proved to be more competent than usually imagined. (Of course, Machiavelli's real concern wasn't so much with their effectiveness as fighters as the fact that the state's military force was a heavily armed gang loyal only to their last paycheck, thus creating instability; Machiavelli was also a big believer in the ability of a citizen-army to instill virtue in the population, so that had an effect as well. Basically, Machiavelli wanted a state to rely on its own people to fight its wars because they had skin in the game and because having the people defend the country encouraged patriotism.)

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* The Medieval Italian ''compagnia di ventura'' or companies of adventure, which were basically private mercenary armies ready for any city state to hire. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Italian city-states of Venice, Florence, and Genoa were very rich from their trade with the Levant, yet possessed woefully small national armies. In the event that foreign powers and envious neighbours attacked, the ruling nobles hired domestic and foreign mercenaries to fight for them. The military-service terms and conditions were stipulated in a ''condotta'' (contract) between the city-state and the soldiers (officer and enlisted man), thus, the contracted leader, the mercenary captain commanding, was titled the Condottiere. The mercenaries then formed private companies and armies which sold their services to the states. The condottiere armies got much criticism from NiccoloMachiavelli, Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli, but in the RealLife they proved to be more competent than usually imagined. (Of course, Machiavelli's real concern wasn't so much with their effectiveness as fighters as the fact that the state's military force was a heavily armed gang loyal only to their last paycheck, thus creating instability; Machiavelli was also a big believer in the ability of a citizen-army to instill virtue in the population, so that had an effect as well. Basically, Machiavelli wanted a state to rely on its own people to fight its wars because they had skin in the game and because having the people defend the country encouraged patriotism.)
28th May '16 7:38:32 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', Mana Tatsumiya explained that she was once a part of one of these named Kanbanurae. She traveled to so many battlefields across the far corners of the globe that main lead Negi questioned whether she could [[YoungerThanTheyLook actually be 15 years of age]]. Keep in mind, at the time she was ''7-10''. Also, Nagi Springfield's group the Ala Rubra used this as a front for their work in the {{Muggle|s}} world.

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* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Mana Tatsumiya explained that she was once a part of one of these named Kanbanurae. She traveled to so many battlefields across the far corners of the globe that main lead Negi questioned whether she could [[YoungerThanTheyLook actually be 15 years of age]]. Keep in mind, at the time she was ''7-10''. Also, Nagi Springfield's group the Ala Rubra used this as a front for their work in the {{Muggle|s}} world.
20th May '16 4:04:38 PM Doryna
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}'', from the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness line, has a company called [=NextWorld=], a private contracting firm that deals with security, surveillance, and protection, while having much more questionable dealings under the table. And they have access to the same methods and technology that the other ghost projecting firms do, so they can deal with supernatural issues or exploit spiritual abilities and loopholes to get the job done. They're even hired at one point by a mysterious third party to take out Orpheus Group, which they do with great success, and continue to ruthlessly hound the survivors and remnants afterward because their client didn't technically tell them when to stop.
19th May '16 11:45:42 PM Doryna
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* ''Franchise/{{Fallout}}'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has the Talon Company Mercs, who pop up occasionally in the Capital Wasteland, usually fighting other factions such as super mutants or scavenging in pre-war tech buildings. If you play a good karma aligned character and finish the "Power of the Atom" quest in favor of Megaton, Mr. Burke will send them after you as well.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' features the Gunners, a group of semi-professional mercenaries with good equipment, disciplined ranks, and exactly zero morals; stand in their way, and you ''will'' go down. If you have enough money to pay their price, they'll do anything, from raiding old pharmaceutical companies for experimental drugs to stealing eggs from a Deathclaw nest. One potential companion, [=MacCready=], is a former Gunner who joined for the money, but grew so disgusted with their kill-happy ways he leaves them to strike out on his own. They are not happy with his choice.
15th May '16 12:11:06 PM Pseudoname
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* ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}'' has numerous groups employed by the gigacorps such as Hightower and Orion Secure Solutions. The group seen in game is Ebonstar Tactical Solutions, the hired guns of Nordita. Several of the maps (Armory, Barracks, King's Fort, Wraith Trap) are Ebonstar facilities and you can make use of some of their equipment in the Evacuation campaign.
8th May '16 7:13:01 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* SMS in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. They're portrayed in a positive light, and early on are actually more prepared to fight the Vajra than the regular military.
** ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' has Chaos, which is unique in that they also operate the IdolSinger group Walkure. This is because Walkure is actually a "[[InsistentTerminology Tactical Sound Unit]]" who's singing is designed to stop a HatePlague that is itself spread subliminally by song.

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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
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SMS in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. They're portrayed in a positive light, and early on are actually more prepared to fight the Vajra than the regular military.
** ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' has Chaos, which is who are unique in that they also operate the IdolSinger group Walkure. This is because Walkure is actually a "[[InsistentTerminology Tactical Sound Unit]]" who's whose singing is designed to stop a HatePlague that is itself spread subliminally by song.
6th May '16 7:05:02 AM LondonKdS
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* The main antagonist in the fourth season of ''{{Series/Damages}}'' is the owner of a mercenary firm called High Star, yet another Blackwater BrandX.

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* The main antagonist antagonists in the fourth season of ''{{Series/Damages}}'' is are the owner of a mercenary firm called High Star, yet another Blackwater BrandX.BrandX, and a corrupt CIA agent who he did black-ops work for.
2nd May '16 8:36:17 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* If you play through the original sound novels for ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', both the TIPS and Ange mention that along with the rest of [[HotBlooded Amakusa's]] [[PersonaNonGrata long resume]], he also trained Blackwater troops.

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* If you play through the original sound novels for ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', both the TIPS and Ange mention that along with the rest of [[HotBlooded Amakusa's]] [[PersonaNonGrata long resume]], he also trained Blackwater troops.
22nd Apr '16 1:08:39 AM Unityd3v
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** ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' has Chaos, which is unique in that they also operate the IdolSinger group Walkure. This is because Walkure is actually a "[[InsistentTerminology Tactical Sound Unit]]" who's singing is designed to stop a HatePlague that is itself spread subliminally by song.
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