|Cemaat Janissary Grenadiers|
|Belongs to||Ottoman Empire|
|Soldiers in each unit||60|
|Special abilities||Can throw grenades
Resistant to Morale Shocks
|Turns to Train||N/A|
Cemaat Janissary Grenadiers are a type of support infantry in Empire: Total War.
As a force, they are the cream of the Ottoman army but, in comparison to some other nations, they fight in a slightly old fashioned way. This is small comfort to those who stand against them, as the janissaries are personally brave to the point of foolhardiness. They are also given to festooning themselves with weapons and hurling themselves into any fray!
Historically, the corps of janissaries (the term means “new soldiers”) dates back to the 14th Century. They were intended to replace the unreliable ghazi tribal warriors with a force indoctrinated to be completely loyal to the Sultan. This was achieved by taking boys as young as five for training and conversion to Islam if required. The janissaries had their own corps of engineers, supply troops and were even paid regularly, whether they were at war or not! Over time, however, they came to be used as bureaucrats and administrators, and this gave them too much power over the Ottoman Empire. Eventually, the janissaries’ entrenched position in government became arrogance and an entrenched position against change, and so helped the Ottomans to stagnate and decline.
Cemaat Janissary Grenadiers are grenadier troops in the Ottoman Army. Unusually, they may only be used in early-period skirmishes and multiplayer; they cannot be recruited in the Grand Campaign. They are inferior to Beylik Janissary Grenadiers in almost every way, and are only slightly cheaper.