According to Machiavelli, “Mercenaries do nothing except damage.”

If it is argued that any soldiers will act in the same way whether mercenary or not, I reply that when arms must be used, they are under the control of a prince or a republic… Experience has shown princes and republics, single-handed, make the greatest progress and mercenaries do nothing except damage.
The Prince
by Niccolo Machiavell
https://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/about/staff/publications/paul-nation/Prince-Adapted2.pdf

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