Pepsi Was Once The Sixth-Largest Military Force In The World
When you think of the largest militaries in the world, you envision countries like the United States, China, Russia, and India. Although that’s largely correct, some private contractors and mercenaries are quite up there on the list, too. Some of them, like G4S, have more personnel than the militaries of countries like Britain and France.
However, one private force in recent times trumps them all—Pepsi. In 1989, Pepsi found itself in possession of 17 Russian submarines, a cruiser, a frigate, and a destroyer. Due to the Russians’ newfound love for the beverage, the company exchanged $3 billion worth of Pepsi for a big chunk of one of the largest fleets in the world.
It made Pepsi the sixth-largest force in the world. Thankfully for us all, that didn’t tempt them to join the burgeoning and profitable private military industry. Pepsi eventually sold it all for scrap to a Swedish company.