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    He describes these factors, but attributes most leaders' achievements to their taking advantage of local circumstances. Machiavelli attributes military victory to having a strong army composed of native soldiers and strongly discourages using a mercenary army. The availability of soldiers is a local circumstance that can result in victory or defeat for a king. Another important local factor that can determine a thriving leader involves the land that is conquered. Machiavelli sheds light on the

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    was exiled because of his assistance for the enemies of Athenians. He claimed that he was yearning for a thrilling adventure; as a result, he decided to join Cyrus’s expedition against his brother Artaxerxes, the Persian King along with the Greek mercenaries. Though Anabasis is more about the record of the Greeks’’ struggle and hardship during their retreat in the hostile territory, Xenophon writes Anabasis as his interest of ethnography. Ethnography is a study of human cultures. It aims to describe

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    The Black Vipers

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    encountered multiple Black Vipers mercenaries, along with Autoads, robotic machines that jump up and down like toads in a pond. Samus recognizes them from her past mission to SR388. Almost immediately, the Autoads begin beeping erratically, alerting the Black Vipers mercenaries standing guard. With the element of stealth lost, Samus shoots and destroys the lone Autoad, exploding in a fiery heap into the river, polluted with debris and fuel from the city. The Black Vipers mercenaries begin firing at Samus, but

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    Collateral Damage

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    several groups of privatized military men that engage in military tactics and security around the world. Where collateral fallout and world conflict arise, the privatized military group known as Frontier Resource Group conducts military missions. Mercenary, Erik Prince, founder of the privatized military organization known as Frontier Resource Group, used his navy seal background and information obtained from the CIA to carry out his own reconnaissance missions. War-torn countries like Somalia, South

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    taken to trial in American court, and on January 1st of 2010 all charges were dismissed, both against those contractors involved in this terrible incident but also to company itself. In this paper we will be looking at first a brief history of mercenaries so we can see where Private Military Contractors originate from and what the world has done to try to end such use of these warriors for hire. Next we will look at these groups themselves, what sort of work they do. Finally we will look at why their

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    In the sixteenth century, there were three sets of socioeconomic statuses that one could acquire or be a part of, the clergy, the nobility, and the peasantry. The divide between these three generalized classes was far more complicated in reality that it seems, as socioeconomic classes consist of multiple branches. Nonetheless, it all essentially came down to two undeniable factions, the oppressors and the oppressed. Niccolo Machiavelli, being a mixture of the two due to his living situation while

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    The Prince

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    Over 500 years ago Machiavelli wrote one of his most influential books The Prince, which to this day continues to be discussed and interpreted. Machiavelli’s The Prince identifies key characteristics required for leaders of certain countries to sustain their power, with each mode of ascension requiring different strategies in maintaining it. Thus, we need to be aware that some of the examples he uses may be well written and can be supported with modern evidence but, it is evident that a majority

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    A mercenary is a person, usually a former soldier, who gives up his services to foreign nations for money. Over centuries of fighting, mercenaries have been used by nations to fight their wars. The Ancient Greeks, Romans, Medieval kingdoms, Papal States, and all the way up to the modern United States. Mercenaries are the key to war for many nations, around the world. That is why United States and other nations who are fighting against terrorism are better off using mercenaries. Many nations in the

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    choice in troops over "mercenary" (men who fight for money,) "auxiliary" (foreign borrowed troops,) and troops combining all three types. Mercenary troops are described by Machiavelli as "disorganized, undisciplined, ambitious and faithless" (47). Auxiliary troops are "useless" (50) because they do not have the strong loyalties to the nation as native troops, and fight only due to alliances which usually prove temporary. Finally, because mixed troops include useless mercenary and auxiliary troops,

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    Private Military and Security Companies

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    Private Military and Security Companies The modern Private Military and Security Company (PMSC) came to be after the end of the Cold War. An increase in government interest in privatization and outsourcing combined with an age of warfare where civilians and combatants were increasing difficult to differentiate created the perfect environment for PMSCs to expand (Singer). Although PMSCs play an integral role in providing basic services for the United States military, the extent of their role must

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