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Mercenary Corps
Mercenary Corps.png
Faction FactionIconSmall.png All except Roving Clans
Obtained ResearchIcon.png Era IV
Category MilitaryIcon.png Military
Type MilitaryIcon.png Army Action
Focus PrivateersSmall.png Privateers
Unlocks Privateers
Armies composed exclusively of mercenaries can carry a neutral flag, preventing other empires (even allies) from knowing which empire owns them
Armies of privateers have an increased upkeep

An Era IV Empire Improvement which grants the ability to convert an army made up of Mercenaries to Privateers, which appear to all other factions as a roaming army. However, Privateers will have an increased upkeep cost, and cannot perform the Bribe, Parley, or Search army actions.

The Roving Clans are not able to research this technology, and instead have the Freelance Guards technology, which provides the same function, but is available in Era II.


Commanders occasionally prefer hardened professionals to local recruits, believing that they gain in experience what they lose in patriotism.