Danegeld

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Danegeld was the money paid by successive English kings and lords to ship-bourne raiders (generally of the Viking persuasion, and collectively described as "the Danes") in order to persuade the Danes not to harrow all or a part of England, and instead to go elsewhere or to go home.

Effectively the earliest form of foreign aid, albeit paid to part of a nation, rather than the whole polis.