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Mitchell WerBell III, should he unify Russia.

In-game

WerBell will show up in Magadan after the player takes the focus that has Anastasy Vonsiatsky hire WerBell to help Mikhail Matkovsky establish a military. After Vonsiatsky dies, WerBell and his mercenaries will be left without payment, and the CIA will approach WerBell with a plan to take control of Magadan, clearly intending to replace Matkovsky with someone who they can work more closely with. Although this is not the only attempt they will make (if the player is controlling the US and Magadan reaches the Regional Stage, they can provide aid to Nikolay Petlin in his struggle with Matkovsky), WerBell will make his move far earlier. After completing the three focuses that determines what type of military Magadan will have, WerBell will attempt a coup. The player can either have Matkovsky be secured (which will allow them to continue to play as his Magadan), or have WerBell's coup succeed, in which case WerBell will send Matkovsky to San Francisco with the other white Russian émigrés. Magadan will change its name to the Republic of West Alaska, with WerBell choosing the name because the country is "West of Alaska."

At the regional stage onwards, WerBell will have the unique ability to provide mercenary forces to various nations in conflicts; this translates as sending volunteer forces to various regions after offering them contracts, provided they accept his offers of contracts. This allows WerBell to participate in the various Middle Eastern civil wars that will break out during the Oil Crisis, something most other warlords cannot do.

Despite his reputation as a mercenary, WerBell can opt to lay the groundwork for Russia to become a genuine democracy in his "Cincinnatus" focus branch at the regional stage, as well as making the country self-sufficient in one of his other focus branches at the stage. He is shown to not discriminate in hiring, only caring about how well they can shoot a gun. Additionally, WerBell is also capable of peacefully unifying with Tomsk, Novosibirsk, and Krasnoyarsk (once they receive content) at the regional stage, and at the super-regional stage, can unify peacefully with Sverdlovsk, a non-fascist Samara, a democratic or despotic Komi, and Vyatka.

WerBell peacefully unifying Russia is an event that utterly baffles international observers - Germany in particular accuses WerBell's unification of being an "Anti-Reich plot", while the United States officially claims to be shocked by this turn of events. Appropriately, whereas most other Russian warlords will have either classical music or a notable Russian song play to accompany the super event that plays when they unify Russia, WerBell's event will instead be accompanied by "Jungle Work" by Warren Zevon.

Trivia

WerBell's storyline for unifying Russia as a whole is a reference to the plot of Metal Gear Solid - Russia under his rule is very similar to Outer Heaven, his 1970s portrait shows him smoking a cigar (similar to how Big Boss is shown to enjoy smoking them), the name of his party (Soldaty Bez Granits) is Russian for "Soldiers without Borders" - the English translation of "Militaires Sans Frontières" - and the flag of West Alaska is very similar to that of MSF. Several of his focuses are also references to the Metal Gear franchise (i.e., the focus that declares war on Irkutsk is named "Rules of Nature"; the focus for a successful WerBell Coup is named "The Man who Sold the Vozhd," a play on "The Man who Sold The World," a song by David Bowie, and the cover by Midge Ure is prominently featured in the 5th Metal Gear Solid game, The Phantom Pain.

Although "Jungle Work" does not have any connections to Metal Gear, it was likely chosen for his unification song due to being about mercenaries and name-dropping the MAC-10 submachine gun, which WerBell designed the suppressor for.

Quote upon unification

"If one holds his state based on mercenaries, he will not be secure or peaceful; for they are, divided, ambitious and without discipline... they fear neither God nor are loyal to fellow men..."

—Niccolò Machiavelli

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