As the year 2015 came to a close it was clear the world was in a new trend. Instead of fighting wars with their own conventional forces, nations found it easier to pass the burden of conflict along to private contractors. They could be expensive, but a mercenary force was less politically liable than a country and more expendable. The best survived, and went on to glory and profit. The most famous and sought after are the mercenary pilots.
The leader of a Mercenary Air Squadron has many responsibilities. The fortunes of his or her firm depend on taking the right jobs for his pilots, outfitting with the right equipment, and keeping those birds flying. One month a mercenary squadron could be flying combat operations over the Pacific Ocean for Japan, and turn around and join the highest bidder against their former employer. Nothing is personal, except for rivalries amongst mercenary squadrons, which tend to lead to heated exchanges beyond that specified in a contract. Your prestige and fortune are at stake. Pilots, man your planes and your pocketbooks!