Gorodskiye Streltsy (ETW Unit)
The viborniye (“electives” who have chosen to serve in the ranks) and gorodskiye (municipal) streltsy are both hereditary militia. Originally raised from the ranks of tradesmen by Ivan the Terrible, they are an old-fashioned and traditionally-minded group. Over the centuries, membership of the streltsy has been passed down from father to son, and a lack of new volunteers – new blood – has ossified the old ways of battle. The streltsy are reliable, however, in defence of their homeland.
Historically, the streltsy posed a significant challenge to the young Peter the Great (ruled 1682-1725). Angered by changes to the army which removed their traditional privileges (of having an extremely easy life), the streltsy attempted to overthrow Peter. In 1698 they marched on Moscow, intent on replacing him with his sister, Sophia Alekseyevna. Previous attempts to change the system had usually provoked riots by the streltsy – the very people supposed to suppress such trouble – or worse. This time, Peter’s new-model “Western”-fashion forces crushed them. This was not the end to the streltsy, however, as Russia’s precarious position during the Great Northern War (1700-21) meant that Peter had to recall them to the colours.
A unit best not used on the frontlines Streltsy are excellent garrison troops that can crush rebels if the need arises. Compared to Militia they lack guns and have inferior non-melee stats, for their intended job though Stelstsy are better due to having a policing bonus. Like many Russian units they are resistant to cold and have poor morale, however they are quite cheap so they won't drain your treasury dry. Luckily they have can be recruited anywhere in Europe so keeping order after you invade won't involve shipping them all the way from Russia.