Merryweather Security Consulting
|Merryweather Security Consulting|
Merryweather mercenaries guarding a Titan in GTA Online
|Type of business||
Civilian security contractor|
Private military contractor
Devin Weston (majority shareholder/CEO)|
Donald Percival (founder/CEO)
|Gang affiliation||Devin Weston|
Merryweather Security Consulting is a civilian security firm and private military contractor in Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto V. The company serves as a major antagonistic faction due to its ownership by Devin Weston, one of the two main antagonists of GTA V.
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Merryweather provides civilian security to private and public sector entities, such as the Port of Los Santos; however, the more visible division of Merryweather is its private military operations. Prior to the events of GTA V, Merryweather received authorization by the federal government to operate on American soil for both civilian and military operations.
The company suffers several setbacks due to the actions of Trevor Philips, Michael De Santa, and Franklin Clinton. The protagonists manage to steal a nuclear device from them, hijack a cargo plane containing weapons, and derail one of their courier trains containing valuable artwork. When the protagonists rob the Union Depository, several squads of Merryweather mercenaries are killed as they attempt to neutralize the protagonists.
At times, Weston employs the military contractors for his personal use. At the premiere of Michael's film Meltdown, Weston sends a squad of Merryweather soldiers to assassinate Michael's family as revenge for foiling his planned insurance fraud scheme and killing his legal counsel Molly Schultz. Weston also sends several squads to assassinate Michael and FIB Agent Dave Norton at the Kortz Center. If the player decides to assassinate Weston, Lester Crest contacts Weston, telling him that the gold from the UD heist is being smelted at a foundry in Murietta Heights. Weston sends several squads of Merryweather mercenaries, where they are all killed by the protagonists. Anticipating that the protagonists will come and kill him, Weston has several soldiers guard his estate, where they are all killed by Trevor, and Weston is kidnapped and later killed by Trevor, Michael, and Franklin.
By the end of GTA V, Merryweather's license to operate in the United States is revoked after several unrecoverable public relations disasters cause the loss of multiple civilian and government contracts, especially from the United States Department of Defense. If the player kills Weston, company founder Donald Percival buys out his shares at cost, becoming the new majority shareholder. Percival e-mails the protagonists, thanking them for killing Weston and that he will turn a blind eye to the protagonists' actions provide they leave Merryweather and its interests alone.
Merryweather is likely based on Blackwater Security Consulting, the world's largest private military company. Founder Erik Prince sold the company in 2010 to a group lead by his own investment banker Jason DeYonker, similar to Weston's intentions of buying out Percival.