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View Diary: Choose: Mercenaries or our soldiers (130 comments)

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    "Anyone searching for the first cause of the ruin of the Roman Empire will find that it began with the hiring of mercenaries. From that point the strength of the Roman Empire started to decline, and all the valor it lost was transferred to the Goths."
    -Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince"

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