[LMB] caps, again

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Thu Sep 24 12:28:41 BST 2015


On Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:59:00 -0500, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com>
wrote:

>As for "Free Mercenary Fleet," I think that "Free" in this case would mean
>that they aren't part of any polity's armed forces.  I can't speak for the
>Nexus, but in olden times on Earth, it was far from unheard of for rulers
>to hire out parts of their armed forces (like the Hessians in the
>Revolution) when they needed extra money or had armies too big to support
>that they didn't want to just disband.  In Colleen McCullough's _Masters of
>Rome,_ it's mentioned that even though Rome and Mithradates of Pontus are,
>shall we say, not on very good terms, Mithradates would be willing to hire
>part of his fleet out to the Romans to deal with some other enemies of
>Rome.

I'd always read it thus: "Free" as in "Free Company", as some
mercenaries styled themselves.


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