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GANG
Merryweather Security
Merryweather logo GTA 5
Merryweather Company Logo.
Games: Grand Theft Auto V

Locations: United States of America
Leader: Don Percival
Type: Paramilitary Organization
Private Security
Enemies: Trevor Philips Enterprises
Online Player (Determinant)
Affiliations: Devin Weston
U.S. Government
Colors: Black
Green
Vehicles: Mesa
Dilettante
Buzzard
Cargo Plane
P-996 Lazer
Weapons: Pistol
SMG
Assault Rifle
Carbine Rifle
Rocket Launcher
Businesses: Private Security
Couriership
Assassination
Escorts
Fronts: Elysian Island
Members: Don Percival
Devin Weston
BUSINESS
Merryweather Security
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Tagline(s): "A truly American company - with a truly American concept - outsource everything."
Type: Private Military and Security Company
"Merryweather Security Consulting? Private army of the New World Order? The folks waging outsourced shadow wars in twenty countries around the globe, and recently cleared to operate on US soil?"
Trevor Philips asking Floyd Hebert about Merryweather.
"Merryweather is a private military and security company with over $10 billion of taxpayer's money in US government contracts to its name."
― Description at LCN.com.

Merryweather Security Consulting is a private military company and security contractor featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. They are one of the main groups of antagonists in GTA V.

Events of GTA Online

Sometime before the game's start, Merryweather is cleared by the American government to begin operating on US soil, both in service of the government and of other organizations in the private sector.

It begins experiencing setbacks and problems almost immediately after their clearance. During GTA Online, many of its aircraft and supplies are stolen by the GTA Online Protagonist, who was contacted by Lester Crest. Lester also sends the player to steal documentation and cargo guarded by Merryweather on numerous occasions. Underground crime lord Martin Madrazo has also hired the player to destroy Merryweather equipment.

Events of GTA V

Trevor: "Do some research on Merryweather Security Consulting, friend. They'd be on trial for humans rights offences if the US government didn't protect all its contractors from any kind of suit - military or civilian. They're immune from prosecution, and they behave like they are. Murdering, stealing, high on power, guns, and anabolic steroids. Lucky bastards."
Floyd: "Look, I don't know about that stuff."
Trevor: "You're right. You don't. Merryweather are employed by the richest, greediest scum on the planet to shit on the poorest and the neediest. So we're going to enjoy shitting on them."
—Trevor to Floyd

Later, during GTA V, Merryweather suffers many problematic setbacks at the hands of the game's main protagonists, particularly those of Trevor Philips. During the game, Merryweather has one of the experimental weapons they were guarding for the US government stolen; one of their planes, which was carrying millions of dollars in weaponry, hijacked and taken down; one of their courier trains, carrying millions of dollars worth of priceless artifacts, derailed; dozens of their men killed at a massive shootout in the Kortz Center; several men killed after an unsuccessful house invasion, dozens of their men killed while unsuccessfully attempting to stop a heist at the Union Depository Building and (depending on the player's choice) dozens of their men killed in a foundry while attempting to kill Franklin Clinton, Michael De Santa and Trevor Phillips, one of their chief board members kidnapped, stuffed into a car, and rolled off a cliff.

By the end of the main storyline, Merryweather's reputation is in shambles after so many catastrophic failures, causing several of their regular clients to drop them from their payroll, including the US government. After losing the government contract, Merryweather loses clearance to operate on American soil and is forced to shut down several operations they'd started in the country, costing them millions of dollars.

In GTA V, the player can visit their official website, Merryweathersecutity.com and also buy their stocks in the Lcn-exchange.com website.

Divisions

There appears to be three divisions of Merryweather Security. Like Gruppe Sechs, the first division provides onsite and property protection with uniformed guards; these guards can be seen patrolling properties in marked cars or walking the premises with a guard dog. Other guards can be seen guarding the Humane Labs and Research during Monkey Business, and have a different outfit than regular guards.

The second division is a paramilitary force equipped and trained for high-risk operations; this division is comprised primarily of former military servicemen, possibly Special Forces. The US Government employs this division as a courier service and it is implied the FIB and IAA use them as hired back up.

The third division is a courier service that was announced[1] by Merryweather around the events of the mission, Friend Request. The service transports art, artifacts, and perishables for museums and collectors.

Known Members

Members
Associates

Mission Appearances

GTA V
GTA Online

Services (GTA Online)

Service GTA Online Description In-Game Effect Cost Level Requirement
Ammo Drop Request an ammo crate to be dropped at your GPS location. Be sure you are in a secluded location to stop other players stealing it. Merryweather will drop an ammo crate, which will add some ammo to the gun that you're holding when you pick the crate up. $1000 13
Backup Helicopter Request a helicopter to provide covering fire. Calls for a Buzzard helicopter to fly in and eliminate hostile players and other enemies. It will circle around the character for a while until it leaves. $5000 20
Boat Pickup Request a boat to bring you to land. Calls for a private Dinghy to come at the player's location. Works like a taxi. The player can choose to kill the driver and steal the Dinghy instead. Only works when the player is in water. $250 25
Helicopter Pickup Request a helicopter to pick you up. Calls for a private Maverick to land at the player's location. Works like a taxi. The player can choose to kill the helicopter pilot and steal the Maverick instead. $1000 30
Call Mercenaries Choose a player to be attacked by mercenaries. Calls for mercenaries to track and eliminate a player. They will appear as 4 armed operatives driving a Mesa and will continue coming until the player is dead. Should they not succeed, a full refund is then given to the contractor. If the target enters his apartment, mercenaries will stop attacking him. $7500 35
Airstrike Request an airstrike at a selected position. After the payment is received, the player will be requested to drop a flare before a P-996 LAZER arrives. If the player goes underground or doesn't drop the flare before the jet flies overhead, the LAZER will fly away, with no refund given. $12500 50

Merryweather Security will temporarily suspend services if the player has recently been hostile towards them, i.e. kill them in gang attacks. However, they will not suspend services if they are killed during missions (i.e. A Titan of a Job, Dry Docking, etc.)

Vehicles

Merryweather's fleet of vehicles include:

Trivia

  • Merryweather is a parody of Academi, formerly known as Blackwater and Xe Services, a private military company infamous for alleged human rights violations during the Iraq War. Like Academi, Merryweather had changed its name following an incident that resulted in negative public relations.
  • The styling of the name is also derived from Academi's former Blackwater logo.
  • Every GTA V protagonist so far have been made enemies of Merryweather. The only protagonist that can actually use Merryweather's services is the GTA Online Protagonist
  • Devin Weston apparently owns 11% of Merryweather. If the player chooses the "Deathwish" ending and kills Weston, Don Percival buys out the majority of Weston's stock in the company.
  • In the Something Sensible ending, despite the fact that Devin Weston does not die and Merryweather does not fail one more time in this mission, after the mission is done, a phone call from Steve Haines reveals that Merryweather also loses its license to operate in the U.S. in this ending.
  • Throughout the story, Trevor makes references to Merryweather as the "New World Order's" private army and part of the Illuminati. Their emblem, the owl, is also a reference to the Illuminati and the Bohemian Grove conspiracy. In fact, when listening to private conversations with LSPD officers, they discuss the possibility of Merryweather eventually replacing them as law enforcement in the city. 
  • On their official website, a map of the World shows Merryweather has several operations and bases across the continents in locations such as Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America as well as the Middle East.
  • In GTA Online, Merryweather soldiers called by the player will, oddly enough, attack other Merryweather soldiers during missions.
  • There is a submarine that Merryweather is working on in the docks. However, it will stay the same in Story Mode and Online despite it being a few month separation.
  • Despite being armed in the port, when the player gains a wanted level, they start to run as if they were civilians. If standing outside, however, they will engage the player if provoked.
  • Merryweather provides security for the Humane Labs & Research during Monkey Business, implying that they've been working at least once for the IAA. It is also possible to see mercenaries in the Labs area during Chemical Extraction.

Gallery

References

  1. Weazel News

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