|East India Company Infantry|
|Belongs to||Great Britain|
|Soldiers in each unit||120|
|Produced from||Barracks or higher|
|Cost||920 SP; cannot be recruited in MP|
|Turns to Train||1|
East India Company Infantry are a type of line infantry in Empire: Total War.
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!