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I mean, I know there have been nations/peoples who were pretty big into the whole "be mercenaries" thing, but I don't think any of them depended on that for the accumulation of baseline food. Can one of you history buffs help me out here with your ancient Celtic knowledge?

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I feel like they put too much emphasis on the "little arable land" angle to justify being a nation of mercenaries. Just because there's little arable land doesn't mean the nation can be lacking of other means to support themselves. Looking at this map:

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Forests don't seem to be that rare and perhaps very plentiful, so there could be a timber industry. Fishing too, since they still have a coastline, and plenty of rivers too that aren't always freezed over as shown by that map.

Also, if they have so much snow and ice...

https://talknorway.no/ice-export-a-booming-business-for-more-than-a-century-norway/

They can legit export their ice.

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3 hours ago, AnonymousSpeed said:

I mean, I know there have been nations/peoples who were pretty big into the whole "be mercenaries" thing, but I don't think any of them depended on that for the accumulation of baseline food. Can one of you history buffs help me out here with your ancient Celtic knowledge?

Even cultures with a large amount of mercenaries didn't depend on it in place of agriculture. In pretty much any ancient culture, the majority of people in it would've been farmers, fishers, etc., so depending on it for accumulation of baseline food, unless there's a famine, is a somewhat silly notion. 

For example: some people believe viking raids were due to shortages of food; the opposite is closer to the truth. The Medieval Warm Period brought about an increase in arable farmland, which led to more people, which led to more people seeking to get rich quick via raids.

As for the ancient Celts, again; mercenary work was done to make money, not to provide food.

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Not to that extent but early-renaissance Switzerland has had some financial problems, where farming couldn't provide enough money to the people. That lead to the creation of mercenaries band which became the first economical income of the country. 

It's also when the Pontifical Swiss guard was created.

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