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How did it come about that the guards of the Pope must be from Switzerland? Why not from another country?

I know they are called "Swiss Guards" but what made the Vatican entrust the protection of the Pope to Swiss nationals in the first place?

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    The Swiss Guards were a band of mercenaries. They were so good at killing, that it was decided that any side that deployed them on the Battlefield had an unfair advantage. They were like Weapons of Mass Destruction of that time. No single nation could destroy them so they were entrusted to the Vatican for the protection of the pope, and no longer allowed to fight for any one nation.

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