Afghan Hillmen (ETW Unit)
Mountains breed men who are unforgiving to their enemies, suspicious of strangers and wary around their friends. Life is hard in the mountains, and it is easier to take something than build, grow or make it. Banditry, feuds, revenge and murder are a way of life for many, and the survivors of this harsh school of life must be tough and uncompromising in their hating. All this means that they superb in war: deadly shots and dirty fighters. Any governor who tries to impose order rapidly finds that hill folk may fight each other, but they will always unite against the outsider.
Historically, many outside powers have tried to tame the wilder elements in Kurdish and Afghan society but with mixed results. Alexander the Great gave up, even after marrying a Bactrian woman, Roxana. In 1842, for example, a 15,000-strong British column decided to withdraw from Afghanistan back to India. Only one man actually made it back to “civilization” alive.
These are the Ottoman early-game substitutes for Light Infantry. Afghan Hillmen have slightly superior range than Line Infantry or Isarelys, and can all fire at once without having to research any technologies. However, they cannot utilize Light Infantry Behavior, making them both more difficult to use and less deadly than Light Infantry. They should be used to harass the enemy and screen your lines. However due to their low melee statistics they should not be relied upon in melee.