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Go the Janissaries route that the Ottoman Turkish empire used. Very short version: Kidnap children so they have no familial loyalty to anyone in your empire. (Or augment children; or maybe the process makes this moot.) Maintain strict discipline. Instill a code of honor. (Look at thinks like bushido or chivalry for ideas.) A sense of patriotism - or, ...


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One approach to take from real-world history would be to do as the Japanese Tokugawa shogunate did, hold their families. If we presume that every soldier has a family, then have the guilds control their access to their families. For example, have a soldier go out on a mission or many missions for six months, and then spend three months with the guild ...


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You can't control them by religion. Religions are like memes (if you ignore the esoteric part of summoning spirits/astrology/alchemy/geomancy) and memes evolve with time, selecting the variations most useful, most fulfilling to it's followers. In your case that means that eventually your super soldiers will modify it and soon they will have a prophet ...


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The guild leaders have something that the super-soldiers need but can't produce themselves. This could be... 1) The super-soldiers are all addicted to a very rare drug that only the guild leaders can produce. Taking the drug produces an effect so pleasurable that they can't live without it, and therefore willingly obey the guild leaders. The drug is ...


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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/616458.Ranks_of_Bronze Aliens literally abduct a Roman Legion right before they all die due to losing a battle. The aliens then force them to fight for the next 2000 years in low-tech wars across the galaxy. Great book series. I highly recommend giving it a read. Control mechanism #1: is that you are more powerful and/...


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This is iron age time. Any super soldiers you create will mean that you are viewed either as a wizard/witch or a holy priest offering godly boons. Since the wizard/witch thing is burned most of the time the priesthood is the best option. As priesthood offering godly powers to people you already have a lot of power over the one's you enhance. They have to be ...


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Citizens first, soldiers second. Your supersoldiers are ordinary citizens. In return for military duty they are given good state-owned farmlands and the profits they reap from using them. Their super abilities are useful in nonmilitary contexts too. These soldiers have families and they children will inherit their lands. The citizen supersoldiers have a ...


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In WWII, the doctrine for tanks included different roles -- Anti-infantry tanks, tank-destroyers, the British had cruiser tanks (intended for flanking). Perhaps your soldiers have similar roles, and order is enforced by only allowing the most loyal, proven members to train in the anti-supersoldier schools? Further, in real life martial arts, wrestling was ...


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Don't put all your eggs in one basket The key to any rebellion is to turn enough of an organization's forces against itself. If you can only turn a small fraction to be disloyal, then the rebels will be killed by the loyalists. So, instead of having a single central location where you train and barrick all of your superhumans, you seperate them in small ...


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If your forces see themselves as mercenaries then the corruptibility of human nature will lead them astray, and some may become uncontrollable. From history and fiction, there are several examples you can draw inspiration from for how to create a disciplined and loyal cadre of soldiers. In no particular order of importance, you need to establish the proper ...


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You kind of already have most of your answers within the premise. Though I have some arguments against the amount of power you are talking about. Supply lines/Logistics. So, with enough fuel, your guys can do anything. Well, even if these aren't rare substances, they are things that have to come with. Sabotage the supply lines, burn stuff, taint the supply.....


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Historically, militaristic castes - not even supersoldiers - ended up taking control of societies or organizations that created them. This shouldn't be surprising as they become essentially the same as any other skilled worker, your organization's viability and profitability relies upon them and they can substantially damage your reputation without anything ...


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I'm surprised no one has mentioned this, but to control a powerful human you just need a more powerful one. That, or to have enough power in general, either raw, economical, or political. In terms of raw power, you just have to set up an organizational structure where you have enough powerful and loyal enforcers to keep the workers in control, or the leader ...


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since your super soldier is an augmented soldier and the guild create it, i guess the guild can monopolize on their maintenance, they are the only person know how to fix and have the spare parts, so.... either way they have no choice but to obey. also give them good payment (if they still want/need money) to make sure they dont think themself as slave or ...


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Trying to enforce loyalty and obedience is generally a bit of a non-starter, but there various ways you might get them to toe the line. Firstly, make sure the training is shrouded in secrecy and spread all sorts of ominous, yet plausible (and probably entirely false) rumours about what goes on. Do you training in highly secure, hard-to-get to regions... go ...


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Go the assassin route. Get them hooked on something, then control the supply to make sure they obey


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Adopting them as babies and raising them to be unconditionally loyal should be the norm. It's not mind control, but more like long term brain washing. It's similar to the story of how a baby elephant was tied using a chain that it couldn't break, no matter what, untill it simply stopped trying, and even a simple rope would now suffice despite it having grown ...


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Faith! Or indoctrination or brain-washing whichever you prefer. Make them not just an elite, but "chosen by the gods themselves", or so they are indoctrined from the earliest days of childhood alongside their martial training and never to question this dogma. Thus, fighting faithfully according to this code which should include obedience to their superiors ...


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