"Baron, we are seriously less than pleased by the lack of results from 'Operation Lobster Claw'."
"It did look so promising, Your Majesty."
"Perhaps we need to take a more decisive role. Contact the Electorate of Zichenau; see if they would be willing to hire some of our troops."
"I'm sure that they would, Your Majesty . . . but could they afford them?"
"Baron, isn't it your job to make sure that they can? See to it. Oh, get what you can for them, but be sure that they hire our 'frei corps'."
"Of course, Your Majesty."
(conversation overheard from outside a door in the palace of that vilest of nations.)