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* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Averted, mostly. Powerguns (a form of energy beam weapon) are by far the most common high tech weapons, even if they do have some substantial shortcomings.[[note]]Limited firing duration due to heat buildup, high risk of vision damage without protection, and the reality that the plasma bolts "liberate their entire energy on the first object they touch," meaning that they're "just as likely to vaporize a leaf as an enemy." (Per description in ''Rolling Hot'')[[/note]] Some armies use railgun rifles instead of powerguns because they have better armor-piercing capabilities. However, railguns don't [[{{BFG}} scale up like powerguns do]], are no cheaper since, while their workings are much simpler, their barrels have to be [[BlingBlingBang made from diamond]], and are energy-intensive. [[FrickinLaserBeams Lasers]] are a no-go because they require a 400-lbs. fusion reactor to reach killing power, and explosive bullets, while effective, must contend with the generally high level of armor used by vehicles and infantry alike. (Slammer armor is shown on more than one occasion to defeat high caliber and explosive projectiles, and even indirect EFP damage.)

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* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Averted, mostly. Powerguns (a form of energy beam weapon) are by far the most common high tech weapons, even if they do have some substantial shortcomings.[[note]]Limited firing duration due to heat buildup, high risk of vision damage without protection, and the reality that the plasma bolts "liberate their entire energy on the first object they touch," meaning that they're "just as likely to vaporize a leaf as an enemy." (Per description in ''Rolling Hot'')[[/note]] Some armies use railgun rifles instead of powerguns because they have better armor-piercing capabilities. However, railguns don't [[{{BFG}} scale up like powerguns do]], are no cheaper since, while their workings are much simpler, their barrels have to be [[BlingBlingBang made from diamond]], and are energy-intensive. [[FrickinLaserBeams Lasers]] Portable lasers]] are a no-go because they require a 400-lbs. fusion reactor to reach killing power, and explosive bullets, while effective, must contend with the generally high level of armor used by vehicles and infantry alike. (Slammer armor is shown on more than one occasion to defeat high caliber and explosive projectiles, and even indirect EFP damage.)


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* VillainProtagonist: The Slammers are themselves strictly amoral rather than evil, but a large number of their clients (going all the way back to Friesland in the Slammers' first operation) are oppressive governments and/or corporate interests who cause the rebellions they face through ethnic/religious bigotry or simple greed. The mercs themselves also commit their share of brutal acts.


* {{BFG}}: The main gun of a tank is said to be powerful enough to flash-fry a mountainside.

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* {{BFG}}: The main gun of a tank is said to be powerful enough to flash-fry a mountainside.mountainside, and has even been used to ''shoot down satellites''.



* CrazyPrepared: The Slammers usually try to be ready for anything, but in ''Paying the Piper'' Col. Hammer is especially crafty. [[note]]The Slammers were originally hired by the United Cities of Plattner's World to fight the nation of Solace. However, most of the funding for that war came from Nonesuch (also located on Plattner's World). Since Hammer knew exactly where his money was coming from, and (correctly) judged Nonesuch as untrustworthy, he put together a consortium of off-planet financiers...just in case. When the Slammers defeated Solace and the Nonesuch representative made his [[TheReveal Reveal]], effectively cancelling the Slammers' contract, Hammer was free to turn around and use his alternate funding source to sign a new contract with the UC and Solace to fight Nonesuch. So, the Slammers get paid twice for two wars in quick succession, Nonesuch gets put in its' place, and Plattner's World mortgages its' future profits for decades to come. And it was all [[ReadTheFinePrint completely legal]].[[/note]]

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* CrazyPrepared: The Slammers usually try to be ready for anything, but in ''Paying the Piper'' Col. Hammer is especially crafty. [[note]]The Slammers were originally hired by the United Cities of Plattner's World to fight the nation of Solace. However, most of the funding for that war came from Nonesuch (also located on Plattner's World). Since Hammer knew exactly where his money was coming from, and (correctly) judged Nonesuch as untrustworthy, he put together a consortium of off-planet financiers...just in case. When the Slammers defeated Solace and the Nonesuch representative made his [[TheReveal Reveal]], effectively cancelling the Slammers' contract, Hammer was free to turn around and use his alternate funding source to sign a new contract with the UC and Solace to fight Nonesuch. So, the Slammers get paid twice for two wars in quick succession, Nonesuch gets put in its' its place, and Plattner's World mortgages its' its future profits for decades to come. And it was all [[ReadTheFinePrint completely legal]].[[/note]]



* FictionalGenevaConventions: In addition to it's escrow duties, the Terran Bonding Authority enforces the Laws of War.

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* FictionalGenevaConventions: In addition to it's its escrow duties, the Terran Bonding Authority enforces the Laws of War.


* CrazyPrepared: The Slammeres usually try to be ready for anything, but in ''Paying the Piper'' Col. Hammer is especially crafty. [[note]]The Slammers were originally hired by the United Cities of Plattner's World to fight the nation of Solace. However, most of the funding for that war came from Nonesuch (also located on Plattner's World). Since Hammer knew exactly where his money was coming from, and (correctly) judged Nonesuch as untrustworthy, he put together a consortium of off-planet financiers...just in case. When the Slammers defeated Solace and the Nonesuch representative made his [[TheReveal Reveal]], effectively cancelling the Slammers' contract, Hammer was free to turn around and use his alternate funding source to sign a new contract with the UC and Solace to fight Nonesuch. So, the Slammers get paid twice for two wars in quick succession, Nonesuch gets put in its' place, and Plattner's World mortgages its' future profits for decades to come. And it was all [[ReadTheFinePrint completely legal]].[[/note]]

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* CrazyPrepared: The Slammeres Slammers usually try to be ready for anything, but in ''Paying the Piper'' Col. Hammer is especially crafty. [[note]]The Slammers were originally hired by the United Cities of Plattner's World to fight the nation of Solace. However, most of the funding for that war came from Nonesuch (also located on Plattner's World). Since Hammer knew exactly where his money was coming from, and (correctly) judged Nonesuch as untrustworthy, he put together a consortium of off-planet financiers...just in case. When the Slammers defeated Solace and the Nonesuch representative made his [[TheReveal Reveal]], effectively cancelling the Slammers' contract, Hammer was free to turn around and use his alternate funding source to sign a new contract with the UC and Solace to fight Nonesuch. So, the Slammers get paid twice for two wars in quick succession, Nonesuch gets put in its' place, and Plattner's World mortgages its' future profits for decades to come. And it was all [[ReadTheFinePrint completely legal]].[[/note]]


* CrazyPrepared: The Slammeres usually try to be ready for anything, but in ''Paying the Piper'' Col. Hammer is especially crafty. [[note]]The Slammers were originally hired by the United Cities of Plattner's World to fight the nation of Solace. However, most of the funding for that war came from Nonesuch (also located on Plattner's World). Since Hammer knew exactly where his money was coming from, and (correctly) judging Nonesuch as not trustworthy, he put together a consortium of off-planet financiers...just in case. When the Slammers defeated Solace and the Nonesuch representative made his [[TheReveal Reveal]], effectively cancelling the Slammers' contract, Hammer was free to turn around and use his alternate funding source to sign a new contract with the UC and Solace to fight Nonesuch. So, the Slammers get paid twice for two wars in quick succession, Nonesuch gets put in its' place, and Plattner's World mortgages its' future profits for decades to come. And it was all [[ReadTheFinePrint completely legal]].[[/note]]

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* CrazyPrepared: The Slammeres usually try to be ready for anything, but in ''Paying the Piper'' Col. Hammer is especially crafty. [[note]]The Slammers were originally hired by the United Cities of Plattner's World to fight the nation of Solace. However, most of the funding for that war came from Nonesuch (also located on Plattner's World). Since Hammer knew exactly where his money was coming from, and (correctly) judging judged Nonesuch as not trustworthy, untrustworthy, he put together a consortium of off-planet financiers...just in case. When the Slammers defeated Solace and the Nonesuch representative made his [[TheReveal Reveal]], effectively cancelling the Slammers' contract, Hammer was free to turn around and use his alternate funding source to sign a new contract with the UC and Solace to fight Nonesuch. So, the Slammers get paid twice for two wars in quick succession, Nonesuch gets put in its' place, and Plattner's World mortgages its' future profits for decades to come. And it was all [[ReadTheFinePrint completely legal]].[[/note]]


* CrazyPrepared: The Slammeres usually try to be ready for anything, but in ''Paying the Piper'' Col. Hammer is especially crafty. [[note: The Slammers were originally hired by the United Cities of Plattner's World to fight the nation of Solace. However, most of the funding for that war came from Nonesuch (also located on Plattner's World). Since Hammer knew exactly where his money was coming from, and (correctly) judging Nonesuch as not trustworthy, he put together a consortium of off-planet financiers...just in case. When the Slammers defeated Solace and the Nonesuch representative made his [[TheReveal Reveal]], effectively cancelling the Slammers' contract, Hammer was free to turn around and use his alternate funding source to sign a new contract with the UC and Solace to fight Nonesuch. So, the Slammers get paid twice for two wars in quick succession, Nonesuch gets put in its' place, and Plattner's World mortgages its' future profits for decades to come. And it was all [[ReadTheFinePrint completely legal]].]]

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* CrazyPrepared: The Slammeres usually try to be ready for anything, but in ''Paying the Piper'' Col. Hammer is especially crafty. [[note: The [[note]]The Slammers were originally hired by the United Cities of Plattner's World to fight the nation of Solace. However, most of the funding for that war came from Nonesuch (also located on Plattner's World). Since Hammer knew exactly where his money was coming from, and (correctly) judging Nonesuch as not trustworthy, he put together a consortium of off-planet financiers...just in case. When the Slammers defeated Solace and the Nonesuch representative made his [[TheReveal Reveal]], effectively cancelling the Slammers' contract, Hammer was free to turn around and use his alternate funding source to sign a new contract with the UC and Solace to fight Nonesuch. So, the Slammers get paid twice for two wars in quick succession, Nonesuch gets put in its' place, and Plattner's World mortgages its' future profits for decades to come. And it was all [[ReadTheFinePrint completely legal]].]][[/note]]


* CrazyPrepared: The Slammeres usually try to be ready for anything, but in ''Paying the Piper'' Col. Hammer is especially crafty. [[spoiler: The Slammers were originally hired by the United Cities of Plattner's World to fight the nation of Solace. However, most of the funding for that war came from Nonesuch (also located on Plattner's World). Since Hammer knew exactly where his money was coming from, and (correctly) judging Nonesuch as not trustworthy, he put together a consortium of off-planet financiers...just in case. When the Slammers defeated Solace and the Nonesuch representative made his [[TheReveal Reveal]], effectively cancelling the Slammers' contract, Hammer was free to turn around and use his alternate funding source to sign a new contract with the UC and Solace to fight Nonesuch. So, the Slammers get paid twice for two wars in quick succession, Nonesuch gets put in its' place, and Plattner's World mortgages its' future profits for decades to come. And it was all [[ReadTheFinePrint completely legal]].]]

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* CrazyPrepared: The Slammeres usually try to be ready for anything, but in ''Paying the Piper'' Col. Hammer is especially crafty. [[spoiler: [[note: The Slammers were originally hired by the United Cities of Plattner's World to fight the nation of Solace. However, most of the funding for that war came from Nonesuch (also located on Plattner's World). Since Hammer knew exactly where his money was coming from, and (correctly) judging Nonesuch as not trustworthy, he put together a consortium of off-planet financiers...just in case. When the Slammers defeated Solace and the Nonesuch representative made his [[TheReveal Reveal]], effectively cancelling the Slammers' contract, Hammer was free to turn around and use his alternate funding source to sign a new contract with the UC and Solace to fight Nonesuch. So, the Slammers get paid twice for two wars in quick succession, Nonesuch gets put in its' place, and Plattner's World mortgages its' future profits for decades to come. And it was all [[ReadTheFinePrint completely legal]].]]

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** After Colonel Hammer's coup of Friesland he has Steuben turn the White Mice from military police to a State Sec.


* MindProbe: Played with, particularly the story called " The Interrogation Team". Here the mind probe is semi-painless and takes the form of a directed hallucination. BOTH the interrogator and the person being interrogated are given the drug, and a second interrogator asks questions while the first, in rapport with the victim, experiences his/her memories as the questions are asked. The drug in question is a combination truth serum and hallucinogen, and is described by the first interrogator as akin to a drug high.\\

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* MindProbe: Played with, particularly the story called " The "The Interrogation Team". Here the mind probe is semi-painless and takes the form of a directed hallucination. BOTH the interrogator and the person being interrogated are given the drug, and a second interrogator asks questions while the first, in rapport with the victim, experiences his/her memories as the questions are asked. The drug in question is a combination truth serum and hallucinogen, and is described by the first interrogator as akin to a drug high.\\

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* CrazyPrepared: The Slammeres usually try to be ready for anything, but in ''Paying the Piper'' Col. Hammer is especially crafty. [[spoiler: The Slammers were originally hired by the United Cities of Plattner's World to fight the nation of Solace. However, most of the funding for that war came from Nonesuch (also located on Plattner's World). Since Hammer knew exactly where his money was coming from, and (correctly) judging Nonesuch as not trustworthy, he put together a consortium of off-planet financiers...just in case. When the Slammers defeated Solace and the Nonesuch representative made his [[TheReveal Reveal]], effectively cancelling the Slammers' contract, Hammer was free to turn around and use his alternate funding source to sign a new contract with the UC and Solace to fight Nonesuch. So, the Slammers get paid twice for two wars in quick succession, Nonesuch gets put in its' place, and Plattner's World mortgages its' future profits for decades to come. And it was all [[ReadTheFinePrint completely legal]].]]

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* StateSec: The Iron Guard is hinted to be this trope. Personally loyal to President-For–Life Van Vorn, the Guard were "political bullies" rather than actual soldiers.


* BeamSpam: One of the staple weapons in the novels is the vehicle-mounted tribarrel, a weapon with three rotating barrels that shoots energy blasts (called "bolts") so fast that the bolts leaving the weapon appear to be a solid line - not individual bolts. The weapons scale up, too - his tanks in the series have both a tribarrel ''and'' a 20cm "main gun" that can literally cook mountainsides with one shot. The tribarrel is based on a cross between the real-life MG42 machine gun and the Gatling gun, both of which have beam-spam-class rates of fire.

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* BeamSpam: One of the staple weapons in the novels is the vehicle-mounted tribarrel, a weapon with three rotating barrels that shoots energy blasts (called "bolts") so fast that the bolts leaving the weapon appear to be a solid line - not individual bolts. The weapons scale up, too - his tanks in the series have both a tribarrel ''and'' a 20cm "main gun" that can literally cook mountainsides with one shot. The tribarrel is based on a cross between the real-life MG42 machine gun and GAU-19, a three-barreled Gatling-type weapon firing .50 BMG rounds, an evolution of the Gatling gun, both of which have beam-spam-class rates of fire.weapons used during Drake's service in Vietnam.



* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Averted, mostly. Powerguns (a form of energy beam weapon) are by far the most common high tech weapons. Some armies use railgun rifles instead of powerguns because they have better armor-piercing capabilities. However, railguns don't [[{{BFG}} scale up like powerguns do]], are no cheaper since, while their workings are much simpler, their barrels have to be [[BlingBlingBang made from diamond]], and are energy-intensive. [[FrickinLaserBeams Lasers]] are a no-go because they require a 400-lbs. fusion reactor to reach killing power, and explosive bullets are "just as likely to vaporize a leaf as an enemy".

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* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Averted, mostly. Powerguns (a form of energy beam weapon) are by far the most common high tech weapons. weapons, even if they do have some substantial shortcomings.[[note]]Limited firing duration due to heat buildup, high risk of vision damage without protection, and the reality that the plasma bolts "liberate their entire energy on the first object they touch," meaning that they're "just as likely to vaporize a leaf as an enemy." (Per description in ''Rolling Hot'')[[/note]] Some armies use railgun rifles instead of powerguns because they have better armor-piercing capabilities. However, railguns don't [[{{BFG}} scale up like powerguns do]], are no cheaper since, while their workings are much simpler, their barrels have to be [[BlingBlingBang made from diamond]], and are energy-intensive. [[FrickinLaserBeams Lasers]] are a no-go because they require a 400-lbs. fusion reactor to reach killing power, and explosive bullets are "just as likely bullets, while effective, must contend with the generally high level of armor used by vehicles and infantry alike. (Slammer armor is shown on more than one occasion to vaporize a leaf as an enemy".defeat high caliber and explosive projectiles, and even indirect EFP damage.)


* ReadTheFinePrint: This point is lampshaded several times. Mercenary contracts are organized and guaranteed by the Terran Bonding Authority, to ensure that both parties live up to their end of the deal. Mercs who go rogue can expect to be hunted down and killed (SEE: the novella ''Hangman''); clients who don't pay will be lucky if they are "only" abandoned (and not targeted) by their former employees (SEE: ''Paying the Piper'').

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* ReadTheFinePrint: This point is lampshaded several times. Mercenary contracts are organized and guaranteed by the Terran Bonding Authority, to ensure that both parties live up to their end of the deal. Mercs who go rogue can expect to be hunted down and killed (SEE: the novella short story ''Hangman''); clients who don't pay will be lucky if they are "only" abandoned (and not targeted) by their former employees (SEE: ''Paying the Piper'').

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* ReadTheFinePrint: This point is lampshaded several times. Mercenary contracts are organized and guaranteed by the Terran Bonding Authority, to ensure that both parties live up to their end of the deal. Mercs who go rogue can expect to be hunted down and killed (SEE: the novella ''Hangman''); clients who don't pay will be lucky if they are "only" abandoned (and not targeted) by their former employees (SEE: ''Paying the Piper'').

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* SuicideByAssassin: It's heavily implied that [[spoiler: Joachim Steuben]] hired the sniper that killed him in "A Death In Peacetime."

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* FantasticRacism: An interesting {{inversion}}: racism in the Slammerverse has actually gone ''backwards'' from skin color (20th century racism) to national origin (19th century racism), making white-on-white racism as likely as the other kinds. The Slammers, for example, are of Dutch descent, and in one of the early stories they get involved in a civil war between Dutch and French colonists.

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