It all started with Lone Star. Sure there had been mercenary groups long before that but Lone Star was the first big deal. Lone Star now covers everything form rent a cops at the mall to high end investigations. With extraterritorialty corporations no longer could count on government police to keep control in their territories. So the first major contracts went out and while lonestar may be the biggest provider of police services, in fact they cover a lot of UCAS territory now, they still are just that police. So while it may be frightening that the police on the payrolls of the megacorps its something you can live with.The scary stuff comes when you start to learn about the groups that don’t want their names known. The Renraku red samurais, Knights Errant, and Saeder-Krupp’s GSG all have the kind of firepower to invade a third world country, and they have. Right below the big boys that every corp keeps on board to make sure that no one challenges their territorial rights are mercenary groups. Most merc groups are smaller time, maybe regiment sized. These soldiers for hire function as semi disposable assets. Why waste your soldiers when you can pay someone off to take care of that border dispute and maybe not have it tracked back to you. If you thought Seattle is dangerous, well lets say running in Mogadishu presents a whole different set of problems.