Do a mild rewrite, and a Poland-like world — where it’s perfectly reasonable & respected, patriotic, even wise and far-sighted, to join the local paramilitaries — would be a good place to call home for the better class of mercs.
On the other hand… today, we see the fine results of Polish patriotism. What we don’t see was the pain and the punishment, the crucible needed to burn off the dross for decades… and then leave the gold behind.
Nothing is for free in this world… nothing at all.
Just as an aside, I have positioned Tokitre, “the Last Homely World”, as enjoying more than a bit of Polish heritage.