Mod discretion. Basically, it comes down to a combination of official agreements (Celtic Reformed Bloc alliance, Chagatai-Lahore alliance, East Asian tributary systems, royal marriages, and the like), past relations (such as who was on what side of the German War of Religion), and various diplomatic events.[/QUOTE] North King is quite right. In OTL basically every country in Europe employed the Swiss, but the Swiss refused to fight each other on the battlefield. @Stormbringer: Minimalist in extremis, precisely my cup of tea, particularly for a fresh start.