History MultinationalTeam / RealLife

3rd Sep '16 11:09:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar the Prussian army and its allies (Great Britain and a few small German states) faced the armies of Austria, France, Russia, Sweden, Saxony, several smaller German states and of the HolyRomanEmpire. That last one was in itself a microcosm of contingents supplied by the middling-to-minute principalities etc. of the Empire, each of which was a sovereign nation at the time.

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* In the UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar the Prussian army and its allies (Great Britain and a few small German states) faced the armies of Austria, France, Russia, Sweden, Saxony, several smaller German states and of the HolyRomanEmpire.UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire. That last one was in itself a microcosm of contingents supplied by the middling-to-minute principalities etc. of the Empire, each of which was a sovereign nation at the time.
2nd Sep '16 2:03:03 PM Morgenthaler
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** [[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 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 ImperialGermany, Austrians [[ValuesDissonance weren't exactly "pure" Germans]].

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** [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic [[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 WorldWarI, 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 ImperialGermany, UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany, Austrians [[ValuesDissonance weren't exactly "pure" Germans]].
6th Aug '16 11:25:41 AM Sharlee
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* The 2016 summer Olympics will feature the debut of Team Refugee, for athletes displaced or expelled from their countries of origin. They will be selected by the IOC Executive Board, and compete under the Olympic flag.

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* The 2016 summer Olympics will feature features the debut of Team Refugee, Refugees, for athletes displaced or expelled from their countries of origin. They will be selected Selected by the IOC Executive Board, they received a standing ovation from the crowd at Rio's Opening Ceremony, and will compete under the Olympic flag.
21st May '16 12:40:03 PM Terran117
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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.
** TheNewRussia is a downplayed example, as Russia is now one country, but still as a very diverse population in its army.
* 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.
** 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 [[TheYugoslavWars turn on each other violently]]
5th Apr '16 12:14:01 PM Sharlee
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* Interpol was established in 1923 as the International Criminal Police Commission. Its membership spans 190 countries as of 2015, and works to coordinate member nations' law enforcement operations against terrorism, crimes against humanity, trafficking of drugs, weapons & humans, piracy, money laundering, computer crime, and other illegal activity spanning multiple nations.
5th Apr '16 12:07:35 PM Sharlee
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* The 2016 summer Olympics will feature the debut of Team Refugee, for athletes displaced or expelled from their countries of origin. They will be selected by the IOC Executive Board, and compete under the Olympic flag.
22nd Mar '16 2:09:27 PM Jhonny
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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.
21st Feb '16 1:30:52 PM GrammarNavi
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* Professional sports teams can end up this way, especially in high-profile leagues whose sports have wide international following (notable examples include the EnglishPremierLeague, the UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation, and the UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague). Such teams are often the most well-known and richest in their leagues, as they can find and attract both overseas talent and fans.

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* Professional sports teams can end up this way, especially in high-profile leagues whose sports have wide international following (notable examples include the EnglishPremierLeague, UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague, the UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation, and the UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague). Such teams are often the most well-known and richest in their leagues, as they can find and attract both overseas talent and fans.
19th Dec '15 12:24:12 PM MarkLungo
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** The British Empire forces in World War One. 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 World War Two, "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 - [[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 [[BritsWithBattleships UK]], [[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.

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** The British Empire forces in World War One.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 World War Two, 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 - [[KiplingsFinest [[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 [[BritsWithBattleships [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships UK]], [[NepaliWithNastyKnives [[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.
5th Sep '15 8:24:57 PM nombretomado
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** The Axis, specifically 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 Axis, specifically NaziGermany 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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