During the reign of Charles the Great, Austria was excluded from the Bavarian duchy. In the 13th century it fell under Habsburg rule. During the 16th to 18th centuries, a number of populated regions were united. The process was accompanied by a series of wars. Later several countries like Bohemia, Hungary, Styria and Kraina joined the state. A new multilingual and multicultural state emerged, inhabited by Slavonic, Eurasian and Germanic peoples. Austria took an active part in the Thirty Years' War. 1741 was the year War of the Austrian Succession. Austria's frontiers were with Spain, France and Sweden. Its allies were England and the Netherlands; later Russia also joined the alliance. Countries argued about parts of Austrian territory. Following the death of the emperor Charles and due to the absence of an heir apparent, the throne was gained by the emperor's daughter Theresia. As a result of the events that followed, Austria lost a major part of Silesia and part of its Italian territory.
Austria is a standard European country which offers to train 4 unique units:
- Roundsheer (defensive infantry unit with strong armor)
- Musketeer 17th century (armored)
- Croat (17th century hussar unit)
- Pandur (18th century skirmisher unit)
All three infantry units of the 17th century are armored, which gives them a certain protection against gun and cannon fire. Although having less hitpoints, Austrian musketeers are superior against an equal number of standard musketeers due to their armor. They can be protected by pikemen against melee attacks.
Croats give the possibility to exert early surprise attacks on unprotected peasants and buildings. Their upgrades are expensive like those of other hussars, but they can still be effectively used in the later game.
In the 18th century, the Pandur poses a valuable addition to Austria's infantry forces. A possible strategy is to send in Roundsheers as front troops. backed up by Pandurs and cannons. Depending on the situation, Croats, Cuirassiers or Dragoons can add further support.
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