Federal Infantry

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Federal Infantry

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“HQ says another attack’s comin’ in from Hormigueros. Let’s give ‘em a real downhome welcome, boys! Lock an’ load!”

Sergeant E. Gary Williams, 9th Federal Infantry ‘Tallahassee Rangers’, at the Siege of Mayaguez, 1871

The armies of the FSA still employ large numbers of infantry regiments. Many of these are Territorial formations – units raised by state governments and ‘lent’ to the Federal government for large operations.

However, the Federal government also raises its own Federal Infantry regiments to form a core fighting force that can be quickly called together and deployed under central command in the event of war. Needless to say, when facing outside threats, both Federal and Territorial Regiments come under overall Federal command.

Regardless of their origins, the infantry of the FSA are well-trained to a high standard. A surprisingly high number of FSA soldiers are veterans of protracted combat – the nation’s Civil War is a relatively recent event, and skirmishes with bandits and rebels in the FSA’s wilder territories are still ongoing.

Federal Infantry

FSA infantry doctrine is markedly different from that of most other powers. This is a consequence of the Civil War, when the use of large amounts of modern weaponry necessitated a change in tactics in order to avoid excessive casualties.

Instead of adopting traditional line or column formations in battle, FSA infantry enter combat in dispersed formation. These loose lines are perhaps not as intimidating as closer formations, but they allow American units to react very quickly to changes in battlefield conditions, as well as being far more practical for advancing over rough ground or clearing out buildings and other refuges the enemy might employ.

FSA military philosophy emphasises run-and-gun tactics and the firepower and flexibility of the individual soldier over closely co-ordinated volley fire. The weaponry issued to American infantry units reflects this doctrine. These implements have been tried and tested on dozens of battlefields across North and South America. Combat-proven during the great clashes of the Civil War, now their power will be unleashed upon the wider world.

FSA infantry are armed with the sturdy Winchester-Hansard M66 carbine. This hardwearing weapon is famed for its ability to keep on working in even the most adverse conditions – an important point given that large areas of the continental FSA west of the Mississippi is still very much frontier territory. Fed from an underslung tubular magazine, it provides a good balance between accuracy and rate of fire. Experienced troopers can even fire and re-cock the weapon one-handed in emergencies.

Federal Infantry

Infantry sections are backed up by specialists carrying Orlington M69 light machine guns, a lightweight, water-cooled fully automatic weapon fed from a large drum magazine. This has a considerable rate of fire for man-portable firearm.

An FSA infantry section can pump out a frightening amount of firepower, before rapidly repositioning to avoid the worst effects of the enemy’s response. Most FSA commanders prefer to keep the enemy at arm’s length, and use their troops’ mobility to keep up a constant barrage with opposing forces at optimum firing range. They are also pragmatic enough to employ tactical withdrawals when necessary, retiring under the covering fire of their plentiful support weaponry.

Federal Infantry

Tactical Use:
A Federal Infantry Section can output more close range firepower than any other mainstay infantry Section. However, the Effective Range of their Carbines is more limited than their Britannian and Prussian Counterparts and they lack the extra armour of the Blazing Sun’s Ashigaru.

As such, the main challenge presented to an American Commander is getting his troops into their optimum firing range, and then keeping them there whilst the enemy advances toward them.

To this end, Federal Infantry Sections tend to advance to Open Formation, taking advantage of any available Cover and using their Double Time, Jody Call and Frontier Forefathers Game Cards.

Once in range, the F.I.s can maintain punishing firepower, all the while keeping distance from any opposing advances and avoiding any potential enemy Charges that could tie the Section down. The Commander then simply needs to pick the most important targets and let the Infantrys’ Carbine and Light Machine Guns take their toll.