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East India Company Infantry
East India Company Infantry
Belongs to Great Britain
Type Line Infantry
Weapon(s) Musket
Ammunition 15
Soldiers in each unit 120
Melee Attack 6
Charge bonus 9
Defense skill 13
Morale 7
Range 70
Accuracy 40
Reloading 25
Tech requirement None
Produced from Barracks or higher
Special abilities ­
  • Can Guard
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Grappling Hooks
  • Resistant to heat fatigue
  • Can use the fire and advance drill
  • Rank firing drill
  • Can adopt square formation
Cost 920 SP; cannot be recruited in MP
Upkeep 230
Turns to Train 1
Unit Cap None

East India Company Infantry are a type of line infantry in Empire: Total War.

DescriptionEdit

Raised in India, these European mercenaries do not fight "for King and Country" but for the great East India trading companies.

Company infantry are professional soldiers drawn exclusively from Europeans, both officers and other ranks. They are members of private armies for the traders, but one that is available to further national needs when required. They fight using European doctrine and equipment as line infatrymen, carrying smoothbore, muzzle-loading muskets. These soldiers were also enforcers, tax gatherers, and a potent threat against the local princes in India, even away from the battlefield. Native regiments under European officers exist too, but their reliability is doubtful.

Historically, the great East India trading companies were often closer to being nations in their own right than business ventures. India was so wealthy that the companies needed armies, not just guards, to protect and expand their interests and prestige. The British East India Company (the "John Company"), the Dutch "Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie" (VOC) and the French "La Compagnie francaise des Indes orientales" all had their own armed forces: 1 in 5 VOC employees were soldiers!

General InformationEdit

East India Company Infantry are the British equivalent of Company Infantry, possessing the exact same abilities and statistics.

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