History MultinationalTeam / RealLife

20th Feb '18 11:02:36 PM AgentKyles
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* The Imperial Russian army and succeeding RedsWithRockets during the Soviet era were this. Although media tends to only focus on the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn ethnic Russians]] since they were dominant, there were lots of Armenians, Georgians, Turkic, Siberian, other East Slavic, etc. forces within the military. It's probably one of the best examples of this trope, and all the more ironic when the Nazis were defeated by an army of people they considered ethnically inferior.
** UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia is a downplayed example, as Russia is now one country, but still as a very diverse population in its army.
* The UsefulNotes/WarsawPact was made up of various Eastern European nations, which is nothing to say of the Soviet's various Asian, Latino, African and Middle Eastern allies all united by their opposition to NATO.
** And ironically, many ex Warsaw Pact nations have joined NATO, which itself is a good example of this trope. NATO comprises of numerous [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin North Atlantic nations]].
* Socialist Yugoslavia's army tried to be this with an army of various Slavs, only for the multinationals to [[UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars turn on each other violently]]
* Many of the armies of large empires of world history were this, for instance Xerxes' army and navy that invaded Greece during the second Graeco-Persian war included contingents from pretty much every nation from Egypt to the Black Sea, from Asia Minor to the Indian marches.
** The British Empire forces in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, India and East, West and South Africa.
** Bill Slim's Fourteenth Army in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, "a huge foreign legion of what Attlee called 'the scrapings of the barrel' from half the nations under the sun," as Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser put it. At the time, India was not a unified country, but a conglomerate of different princely states and tribes - [[UsefulNotes/KiplingsFinest Sikhs, Baluchis, Jats, Rajputs, Punjabis, Dogras, and many others]], all of which had their own regiments. The Indian Army also included units from all four countries of the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships UK]], [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]] and Afghans. Fourteenth Army drew primarily from the Indian Army, but also included Burmese, more troops from Nepal, Anglo-Indians, two West African divisions with troops from Nigeria, Gambia, the Gold Coast and Sierra Leone, and an East African division with troops from Kenya, Tanganyika, Nyasaland, Uganda, and Rhodesia. Not to mention significant external support from Nationalist China and the United States, which provided most of the air power and a Chindit-trained infantry regiment, Merrill's Marauders.
** The Axis, specifically UsefulNotes/NaziGermany itself, had an EvilCounterpart in -of all things- the Waffen-SS foreign volunteer divisions. At first joining was limited to ethnicities classified as "Aryan" and thus "worthy" in the racist ideology of the Nazis, such as Scandinavians (''Panzerdivision Wiking''), Dutch, Belgians and French (''Panzergrenadierdivision Nordland'' and others), organized in several divisions. Later on, recruitment was gradually opened to volunteers from other Axis countries - Hungarians, Romanians, Italians, as well as "ideological brethren" regarding anti-Semitism such as extremist Muslims from the Balkans (mountain division ''Handschar''). And finally, when the Allies started gaining the upper hand and German casualties were mounting, it was, paradoxically, the Waffen-SS (the very embodiment of the regime's murderous ideology itself) that opened recruitment to just about anyone who could fight and, for some reason, wanted to fight for the Germans, including people classified as "racially inferior" - Western and Eastern Slavs (a lot of Russians and Ukrainians, specifically), Central Asian peoples, Georgians etc, turning the Waffen-SS into quite a multinational force (which was exploited by official propaganda presenting it as a "European defense against Judeobolshevism"). However, EqualOpportunityEvil certainly did not apply, neither in theory nor in practice, as the entire officer corps was predominantly German and the foreign volunteers were nearly exclusively enlisted -seen as cheap cannon fodder-, and as there was certainly no German plan of multinational pan-European unity after the ''Endsieg'', but one of German hegemony.

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* The Imperial Russian army and succeeding RedsWithRockets during the Soviet era were this. Although media tends to only focus on the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn ethnic Russians]] since they were dominant, there were lots of Armenians, Georgians, Turkic, Siberian, other East Slavic, etc. forces within the military. It's probably one of the best examples of this trope, and all the more ironic when the Nazis were defeated by an army of people they considered ethnically inferior.
** UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia is a downplayed example, as Russia is now one country, but still as a very diverse population in its army.
* The UsefulNotes/WarsawPact was made up of various Eastern European nations, which is nothing to say of the Soviet's various Asian, Latino, African and Middle Eastern allies all united by their opposition to NATO.
** And ironically, many ex Warsaw Pact nations have joined NATO, which itself is a good example of this trope. NATO comprises of numerous [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin North Atlantic nations]].
* Socialist Yugoslavia's army tried to be this with an army of various Slavs, only for the multinationals to [[UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars turn on each other violently]]
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!!Historical
!!!Single country armies
Many of the armies of large empires of world history were this, for instance Xerxes' army and navy that invaded Greece during the second Graeco-Persian war included contingents from pretty much every nation from Egypt to the Black Sea, from Asia Minor to the Indian marches.
** * The Thirty Years War was full of this. Basically every army throughout the whole war was mostly mercenaries of pretty much every variety of Christianity and from pretty much any place in Europe. Ironic considering that the war was justified as being about religion and at the end most of Europe had been involved in some way at some point (most of them indirectly) and thus pretty much every soldier in the war had at some point fought against "his country", "his religion" or both. Wallenstein, one of the best known generals of this (or indeed any) war fought for the Catholic side yet was a minor Bohemian Protestant nobleman before it all began. That neither kept him from going where money and power were, nor the emperor from ultimately "arranging" for his violent death, when Wallenstein had outlived his usefulness and was getting too powerful.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic The Austrian/Austro-Hungarian Empire]] was ''very'' much this trope. Although there was a predominant German (and Hungarian) veneer, the Habsburg domains were home to various peoples, cultures and beliefs, all more or less united by their loyalty to the clan. By UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, its military forces spoke multiple languages that part of an officer's job was to learn ''most if not all'' of them. Though at the time, this also gave the impression that, compared to UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany, Austrians [[ValuesDissonance weren't exactly "pure" Germans]].
*
The British Empire forces in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, India and East, West and South Africa.
* The UsefulNotes/WorldWarII lived up to its name in many aspects, this included. Notable examples are listed below:
** Bill Slim's Fourteenth Army in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Burma (the western part of the Asia-Pacific front), "a huge foreign legion of what Attlee called 'the scrapings of the barrel' from half the nations under the sun," as Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser put it. At the time, India was not a unified country, but a conglomerate of different princely states and tribes - [[UsefulNotes/KiplingsFinest Sikhs, Baluchis, Jats, Rajputs, Punjabis, Dogras, and many others]], all of which had their own regiments. The Indian Army also included units from all four countries of the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships UK]], [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkhas]] and Afghans. Fourteenth Army drew primarily from the Indian Army, but also included Burmese, more troops from Nepal, Anglo-Indians, two West African divisions with troops from Nigeria, Gambia, the Gold Coast and Sierra Leone, and an East African division with troops from Kenya, Tanganyika, Nyasaland, Uganda, and Rhodesia. Not to mention significant external support from Nationalist China and the United States, which provided most of the air power and a Chindit-trained infantry regiment, Merrill's Marauders.
** The Axis, specifically UsefulNotes/NaziGermany itself, had an EvilCounterpart in -of all things- the Waffen-SS foreign volunteer divisions. At first joining was limited to ethnicities classified as "Aryan" and thus "worthy" in the racist ideology of the Nazis, such as Scandinavians (''Panzerdivision Wiking''), Dutch, Belgians and French (''Panzergrenadierdivision Nordland'' and others), organized in several divisions. Later on, recruitment was gradually opened to volunteers from other Axis countries - Hungarians, Romanians, Italians, as well as "ideological brethren" regarding anti-Semitism such as extremist Muslims from the Balkans (mountain division ''Handschar''). And finally, when the Allies started gaining the upper hand and German casualties were mounting, it was, paradoxically, the Waffen-SS (the very embodiment of the regime's murderous ideology itself) that opened recruitment to just about anyone who could fight and, for some reason, wanted to fight for the Germans, including people classified as "racially inferior" - Western and Eastern Slavs (a lot of Russians and Ukrainians, specifically), Central Asian peoples, Georgians etc, turning the Waffen-SS into quite a multinational force (which was exploited by official propaganda presenting it as a "European defense against Judeobolshevism"). However, EqualOpportunityEvil certainly did not apply, neither in theory nor in practice, as the entire officer corps was predominantly German and the foreign volunteers were nearly exclusively enlisted -seen as cheap cannon fodder-, and as there was certainly no German plan of multinational pan-European unity after the ''Endsieg'', but one of German hegemony.
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** The modern British armed forces count as well, come to think of it; recruitment is open to citizens of all Commonwealth countries as well as Ireland, and EU citizens or other immigrants can join if they've been resident in the UK for seven years.
** [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic The Austrian/Austro-Hungarian Empire]] was ''very'' much this trope. Although there was a predominant German (and Hungarian) veneer, the Habsburg domains were home to various peoples, cultures and beliefs, all more or less united by their loyalty to the clan. By UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, its military forces spoke multiple languages that part of an officer's job was to learn ''most if not all'' of them. Though at the time, this also gave the impression that, compared to UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany, Austrians [[ValuesDissonance weren't exactly "pure" Germans]].
* Even more pronounced in the case of military alliances composed of several independent nations.

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** The modern British armed forces count Axis, specifically UsefulNotes/NaziGermany itself, had an EvilCounterpart in -- of all things -- [[LesCollaborateurs the Waffen-SS foreign volunteer divisions]]. At first joining was limited to ethnicities classified as well, come to think "Aryan" and thus "worthy" in the racist ideology of it; the Nazis, such as Scandinavians (''Panzerdivision Wiking''), Dutch, Belgians and French (''Panzergrenadierdivision Nordland'' and others), organized in several divisions. Later on, recruitment is open was gradually opened to citizens of all Commonwealth volunteers from other Axis countries -- Hungarians, Romanians, Italians, as well as Ireland, "ideological brethren" regarding anti-Semitism such as extremist Muslims from the Balkans (mountain division ''Handschar''). And finally, when the Allies started gaining the upper hand and EU citizens or other immigrants can join if they've been resident in German casualties were mounting, it was, paradoxically, the UK Waffen-SS (the very embodiment of the regime's murderous ideology itself) that opened recruitment to just about anyone who could fight and, for seven years.
** [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic The Austrian/Austro-Hungarian Empire]]
some reason, wanted to fight for the Germans, including people classified as "racially inferior" -- Western and Eastern Slavs (a lot of Russians and Ukrainians, specifically), Central Asian peoples, Georgians etc, turning the Waffen-SS into quite a multinational force (which was ''very'' much this trope. Although exploited by official propaganda presenting it as a "European defense against Judeobolshevism"). However, EqualOpportunityEvil certainly did not apply, neither in theory nor in practice, as the entire officer corps was predominantly German and the foreign volunteers were nearly exclusively enlisted -- seen as cheap cannon fodder -- and as there was a predominant certainly no German (and Hungarian) veneer, plan of multinational pan-European unity after the Habsburg domains ''Endsieg'', but one of German hegemony.
** The Imperial Russian army and succeeding RedsWithRockets during the Soviet era
were home this. Although media tends to various peoples, cultures and beliefs, all more or less united by their loyalty to the clan. By UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, its military only focus on the[[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn ethnic Russians]] since they were dominant, there were lots of Armenians, Georgians, Turkic, Siberian, other East Slavic, etc. forces spoke multiple languages that part of an officer's job was to learn ''most if not all'' of them. Though at within the time, military. It's probably one of the best examples of this also gave trope, and all the impression that, compared to UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany, Austrians [[ValuesDissonance weren't exactly "pure" Germans]].
* Even
more ironic when the Nazis were defeated by an army of people they considered ethnically inferior.

!!!Military alliances
It's even
more pronounced in the case of military alliances composed of several independent nations.



** The Allied and Associated Powers of World War One - France, Serbia, Russia, the British Empire, Belgium, Portugal, Japan, Italy, Romania, the United States etc. etc.
** The Allied Powers of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, which became the [[CaptainObvious United Nations]]. They even form a FiveManBand of sorts; conversely, the Axis Powers form a FiveBadBand.
** The 1991 Gulf War coalition, besides the US, Saudi Arabia and the UK, included over 20 other countries. Likewise, the 2003-2009 US/British-led Multinational Force in Iraq included around 40 countries during it's existence.

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** * The Allied and Associated Powers Powers, a.k.a. ''L'Entente Cordialle'' of World War One - -- France, Serbia, Russia, the British Empire, Belgium, Portugal, Japan, Italy, Romania, the United States etc. etc.
** * The Allied Powers of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, which became the [[CaptainObvious United Nations]]. They even form a FiveManBand of sorts; conversely, the Axis Powers form a FiveBadBand.
* The UsefulNotes/WarsawPact was made up of various Eastern European nations, which is nothing to say of the Soviet's various Asian, Latino, African and Middle Eastern allies all united by their opposition to NATO.
** And ironically, many ex Warsaw Pact nations have joined NATO, which itself is a good example of this trope. NATO comprises of numerous [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin North Atlantic nations]].
* Socialist Yugoslavia's army tried to be this with an army of various Slavs, only for the multinationals to [[UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars turn on each other violently]].
*
The 1991 Gulf War coalition, besides the US, Saudi Arabia and the UK, included over 20 other countries. Likewise, the 2003-2009 US/British-led Multinational Force in Iraq included around 40 countries during it's existence.existence.

!!Modern
* UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia is a downplayed example, as Russia is now one country, but still as a very diverse population in its army.
* The modern British armed forces count as well, come to think of it; recruitment is open to citizens of all Commonwealth countries as well as Ireland, and EU citizens or other immigrants can join if they've been resident in the UK for seven years.



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* The Thirty Years War was full of this. Basically every army throughout the whole war was mostly mercenaries of pretty much every variety of Christianity and from pretty much any place in Europe. Ironic considering that the war was justified as being about religion and at the end most of Europe had been involved in some way at some point (most of them indirectly) and thus pretty much every soldier in the war had at some point fought against "his country", "his religion" or both. Wallenstein, one of the best known generals of this (or indeed any) war fought for the Catholic side yet was a minor Bohemian Protestant nobleman before it all began. That neither kept him from going where money and power were, nor the emperor from ultimately "arranging" for his violent death, when Wallenstein had outlived his usefulness and was getting too powerful.



* In disasters, search and rescues and other such situations, especially at sea, it isn't uncommon to see the flags of many countries involved. The Chilean Mine Disaster and rescue provides a textbook example where multiple countries provided equipment, personnel, technical expertise and fabrication in order to rescue the trapped miners.

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* In Likewise, in disasters, search and rescues and other such situations, especially at sea, it isn't uncommon to see the flags of many countries involved. The Chilean Mine Disaster and rescue provides a textbook example where multiple countries provided equipment, personnel, technical expertise and fabrication in order to rescue the trapped miners.


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13th Feb '18 2:48:21 AM Cryoclaste
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* The WarsawPact was made up of various Eastern European nations, which is nothing to say of the Soviet's various Asian, Latino, African and Middle Eastern allies all united by their opposition to NATO.

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* The WarsawPact UsefulNotes/WarsawPact was made up of various Eastern European nations, which is nothing to say of the Soviet's various Asian, Latino, African and Middle Eastern allies all united by their opposition to NATO.
9th Dec '17 4:38:26 PM ElSquibbonator
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* Many space missions, especially after the Cold War ended. Personnel from dozens of different countries have crewed Russian and American vessels side by side, not to mention the ISS, which is owned and operated by fifteen nations, and also the European Space Agency (18 nations). Major future missions, such as human travel to Mars, are likely to be international as they would be so expensive, and the need for UsefulNotes/ColdWar one-upmanship has vanished.

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* Many space missions, especially after the Cold War ended. Personnel from dozens of different countries have crewed Russian and American vessels side by side, not to mention the ISS, which is owned and operated by fifteen nations, and also the European Space Agency (18 nations). Major future missions, such as human travel to Mars, are likely to be international as they would be so expensive, and the need for UsefulNotes/ColdWar one-upmanship has vanished. . . at least, [[MakeTheBearAngryAgain hopefully.]]
25th Nov '17 11:35:01 AM StFan
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* Socialist Yugoslavia's army tried to be this with an army of various Slavs, only for the multinationals to [[TheYugoslavWars turn on each other violently]]

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* Socialist Yugoslavia's army tried to be this with an army of various Slavs, only for the multinationals to [[TheYugoslavWars [[UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars turn on each other violently]]
25th Aug '17 6:53:48 PM nombretomado
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* The Imperial Russian army and succeeding RedsWithRockets during the Soviet era were this. Although media tends to only focus on the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn ethnic Russians]] since they were dominant, there were lots of Armenians, Georgians, Turkic, Siberian, other East Slavic, etc. forces within the military. It's probably one of the best examples of this trope, and all the more ironic when the Nazis were defeated by an army of people they considered ethnically inferior.

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* The Imperial Russian army and succeeding RedsWithRockets during the Soviet era were this. Although media tends to only focus on the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn ethnic Russians]] since they were dominant, there were lots of Armenians, Georgians, Turkic, Siberian, other East Slavic, etc. forces within the military. It's probably one of the best examples of this trope, and all the more ironic when the Nazis were defeated by an army of people they considered ethnically inferior.
25th Aug '17 6:36:08 PM nombretomado
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** TheNewRussia is a downplayed example, as Russia is now one country, but still as a very diverse population in its army.

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** TheNewRussia UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia is a downplayed example, as Russia is now one country, but still as a very diverse population in its army.
16th Jul '17 11:49:25 AM nombretomado
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** Another WW2-era British outfit, and one of the iconic commando units, no less: the No 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando, which included Frenchmen, Dutch, Belgians, Norwegians, Poles and even a German troop composed either of German Jews or (to a lesser degree) non-Jewish German political refugees.

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** Another WW2-era [=WW2=]-era British outfit, and one of the iconic commando units, no less: the No 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando, which included Frenchmen, Dutch, Belgians, Norwegians, Poles and even a German troop composed either of German Jews or (to a lesser degree) non-Jewish German political refugees.
9th Jul '17 8:43:34 AM nombretomado
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** The Allied Powers of WorldWarTwo, which became the [[CaptainObvious United Nations]]. They even form a FiveManBand of sorts; conversely, the Axis Powers form a FiveBadBand.

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** The Allied Powers of WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, which became the [[CaptainObvious United Nations]]. They even form a FiveManBand of sorts; conversely, the Axis Powers form a FiveBadBand.
4th Jul '17 10:19:10 PM Sharlee
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* Scientific and archaeological research groups often encompass multiple nationalities of expert. Sometimes it's because researchers in the same field need to pool their funding to undertake a project or expedition; other times, it's because of long-standing partnerships between academic institutions in different countries. In cases when the research takes place in still ''another'' country, the host nation may stipulate that its own scholars must be allowed to participate if the endeavor is to be approved by local authorities. Support personnel such as drivers, guides, and translators are likewise often recruited locally.

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* Scientific and archaeological research groups often encompass multiple nationalities of expert. Sometimes it's because researchers in the same field need to pool their funding to undertake a project or expedition; other times, it's because of long-standing partnerships between academic institutions in different countries. In cases when the research takes place in still ''another'' country, the host nation may stipulate that its own scholars must be allowed to participate if the endeavor is to be approved by local authorities. Support personnel such as drivers, guides, technicians, and translators are likewise often recruited locally.
4th Jul '17 10:18:21 PM Sharlee
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* Scientific and archaeological research groups often encompass multiple nationalities of expert. Sometimes it's because researchers in the same field need to pool their funding to undertake a project or expedition; other times, it's because of long-standing partnerships between academic institutions in different countries. In cases when the research takes place in still ''another'' country, the host nation may stipulate that its own scholars must be allowed to participate if the endeavor is to be approved by local authorities.

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* Scientific and archaeological research groups often encompass multiple nationalities of expert. Sometimes it's because researchers in the same field need to pool their funding to undertake a project or expedition; other times, it's because of long-standing partnerships between academic institutions in different countries. In cases when the research takes place in still ''another'' country, the host nation may stipulate that its own scholars must be allowed to participate if the endeavor is to be approved by local authorities. Support personnel such as drivers, guides, and translators are likewise often recruited locally.
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