|Appears in||Empire: Total War|
|Belongs to||Portugal, Spain|
|Soldiers in each unit||40/80/120/160|
|Tech requirement||None; can be improved with bayonet drills, Fire by Rank, and Square Formation|
|Produced from||Army Encampment, Military Governor's Encampment in Europe|
|Cost||1040 SP/ 720 MP|
|Turns to Train||1|
Europe is awash with exiles, the dispossessed that have taken up arms thanks to war, religious persecution and politics. Some fight to free their homelands and some because home is gone. A few fight for the romance of it all, and for glory and riches. All serve because it is a better choice than starving. Whatever their motives, expatriates are a useful source of men. If someone can carry a musket, there is a place in the ranks. There is always the suspicion that individuals who have turned their coats once may do so again, even though this is unfair to many. As a result, it is unusual for expatriates to serve under their own officers.
Despite the fact that many in the ranks are intelligent enough to act as skirmishers, expatriate infantry carry smoothbore, muzzle-loading muskets and usually fight as line infantry. It is easier to maintain discipline in such units.
Historically, expatriate infantry varied in quality. The Irish Catholic “Wild Geese” in French service fought well, especially against the English. The French Royalist “Chasseurs Britaniques” in the British army, did not relish battle and often deserted at the first opportunity.
The Irish Brigade are a cheaper, poorer quality alternative to regular Spanish and Portuguese Line Infantry, possessing similar (but inferior) statistics and abilities. They are useful for those whose economies are in bad shape, but otherwise there's little reason to use them over standard line infantry.