|Nizam-I Cedit Rifles|
|Belongs to||Ottoman Empire, Mamelukes|
|Soldiers in each unit||60|
|Tech requirement||Machined Rifling|
|Produced from||Army Vizirate|
|Cost||530 SP/ 720 MP|
|Turns to Train||2|
Fighting in formal order with tight control and disciplined fire is a new idea for Turkish forces; the traditional method has usually involved heavily armed and very brave men hurling themselves pell-mell at the enemy. The nizam-I cedit fight just as bravely, but with much more organisation. This “new model” army is such a break with the past that it has even adopted Western-style military dress for the most part.
Historically, the Nizam-I Cedit reforms were made vital by the repeatedly poor performance of the Ottoman armies against the Russians. The Empire’s inability to defend itself against a growing Slavic threat, and European predatory moves, was the reason why Turkey became the “sick man of Europe”. The French Revolutionary Republic (anxious for any allies at the time) provided much of the starting expertise that the Ottomans required for retraining their army in modern tactics and methods. The process was not without problems, though. The janissaries resented their loss of privileges and position and eventually the corps had to be disbanded.
Nizam-I Cedit Rifles are functionally similar to Riflemen, but they have superior melee statistics, making them somewhat less helpless if caught in a close-ranged fight (although they are still no match for anything other than rabble or wavering opponents).