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In Elysium, Kruger and his other South African buddies are used as off-the-books mercenaries by Delacourt. But considering that they are … South African and do not appear to be cut out of the same cloth as other (French-speaking) Elysians, are they still Elysian citizens? Or, are they simply mercenaries with privileges?

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Given their nature, base of operations and 'sleeper agent' title it's unlikely they were citizens of Elysium.

Judging by the fact that Kruger's face was able to be re-constructed pre-reboot, I think it's safe to assume that the mercenaries were granted special privileges.

There is a precedent for preferential treatment of certain citizens; during the Hi-jack sequence, the surveillance satellites register Kruger as 'Unidentified'. He is also distorted, so the computer knows who he is and has applied this masking program to conceal his presence. enter image description here

Considering the violent, Sociopathic nature of Kruger and the Mercs, they would likely not wish to live on Elysium anyway, as the Utopia is free from violence.

Also, when Kruger is haggling with Delacourt over his fee, he makes no attempt to vie for citizenship. He clearly has no desire for it.

This, coupled with the fact that there are no citizenship markings on any of the mercs, seem enough to indicate they were not citizens; they didn't need to be, they had everything they wanted already and had access to medibays whenever they needed to.

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