|Appears in||Napoleon: Total War|
|Belongs to||United Netherlands|
|Soldiers in each unit||40/80/120/160|
|Produced from||Any building at a region capital|
|Cost||330 SP/380 MP|
|Turns to Train||1|
Militia are often poorly equipped and trained, but are ideal for maintaining public order.
Men in the militia rarely expect to be sent into battle. It is their lot to act as reserves, or local law enforcers. As a result, if they do find themselves on a battlefield, they should be expected to run away, and not handle their weaponry with any great proficiency. Militia may appear useless, then, but they are cheap to maintain and as plentiful as any bureaucrat could want.
In 1806, despite previous unfortunate experiences with disgruntled peasants, the Russian state recruited 600,000 serfs into the “opelchenie”, a militia. Training was basic, and weaponry similarly simple: the opelchenie were given pikes. After the French invasion of 1812 the opelchenie was no longer limited to serfs, and another 200,000 recruits joined in a national wave of patriotism. Some of this new cohort of serfs brought their own pitchforks and shovels as weapons.
Militiamen are unique to the United Netherlands. Despite their unique name and appearance, their capabilities as militia are identical to that of other militia. Their killing potential is poor and their low morale means they rout easily. They are, like other militia, useful for absorbing enemy fire and serving as a weak line infantry substitute. In the campaign, the combination of their low cost and upkeep as well as their garrison bonus make them the best units for keeping repression high in unhappy regions.
One undersized regiment of Militiamen are available to the British side of the 3v3 and 4v4 versions of the Battle of Waterloo. They are little better than cannon fodder as they are heavily outclassed in terms of quantity and quality compared to any individual French regiment.