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Misteret Ezra'him (Poeni Citizen Militia)

Not Available Weapons
Primary Secondary Armour: 5 Morale: 9
Type: spear none Shield: 4 Discipline: normal
Attack: 12 0 Skill: 7 Training: highly_trained
Charge: 6 0 Recruitment Other
Lethality: 0.13 0.1 Soldiers: 40 Hit Points: 1
Range: 0 0 Cost: 809 Mass: 1.18
Ammo: 0 0 Upkeep: 202
Turns: 1
Primary Weapon Attributes: Light spear
Attributes: Can board ships, Can hide in forest
Formation: Square Side/Back spacing: 0.8 / 1
Mount effects: elephant -1
Ownership: Safot Softim biKarthadast

Poeni Citizen Militia is recruited amongst the citizens of Carthage. In very occasional situations they fight as a militia phalanx that can hold it's own in a non crucial position in the battle line.

The Phoenician citizens of Kart-Hadast decided long ago that their numbers were too small to make up a major part of the regular army of their city's imperial holdings. Their wealth made it possible for them to hire vast amounts of foreign soldiers and mercenaries to fight for them. Because of this, most Karthadastim fight only when there is a need for the defense of Carthage itself. When they do fight, they fight as a militia phalanx, with spears and swords. They wear Attic style helmets, copied from the Greeks of Sicily. The Carthaginian citizens use the large bronze aspis of the Greeks as well, but are lightly armored to take advantage of some mobility when not in formation. Still, they are militia, and should not be expected to hold crucial portions of the battle line for any significant amount of time. They are brave, but it is a bravery borne of desperation. They will not hold long if flanked or if hit with a better armed and trained group of infantry.

Historically, a Carthaginian citizen phalanx was of poor quality. They lived pampered lifestyles in comparison to citizens of other nations, and their abilities reflect this. Carthage did not use citizens outside of elite military units unless there was a dire need to do so. They were used during the Roman invasion in the first Punic War and at the battle of Zama to little effect. Citizens who wished a martial career could join the cavalry or the Sacred Bands. There was little incentive for merchants to fight wars…