For other uses of the term, see Nizam-I Cedit.line infantry in Empire: Total War.
These troops of the "new model" army are armed, equipped and trained in the latest Western European military fashion.
Fighting in formal order with tight control and disciplined fire is a new idea for Turkish forces; the traditional method has usually involved heavily armed and very brave men hurling themselves pell-mell at the enemy. The nizam-I cedit fight just as bravely, but with much more organisation. This “new model” army is such a break with the past that it has even adopted Western-style military dress for the most part.
Historically, the Nizam-I Cedit reforms were made vital by the repeatedly poor performance of the Ottoman armies against the Russians. The Empire’s inability to defend itself against a growing Slavic threat, and European predatory moves, was the reason why Turkey became the “sick man of Europe”. The French Revolutionary Republic (anxious for any allies at the time) provided much of the starting expertise that the Ottomans required for retraining their army in modern tactics and methods. The process was not without problems, though. The janissaries resented their loss of privileges and position and eventually the corps had to be disbanded.
Nizam-I Cedit Infantry are available to the Ottoman Empire, and gives the Ottoman Army what it sorely needs: competent line infantry. In this regard, they excel, possessing better statistics than even most European Line Infantry, and are some of the only Ottoman units capable of using Fire by Rank and Fire and Advance. In addition, they benefit from being resistant to heat fatigue, giving them a stamina edge over most opponents on arid maps. However, they may only be recruited after the research of European Doctrine, and the construction of an Army Vizirate—a mid to late game technology and building, respectively. This subsequently makes Nizam-I Cedit Infantry available only in the mid to late game, forcing the Ottomans to make do with the vastly inferior Isarelys and Beylik Janissary Musketeers for a majority of their Grand Campaign.