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State Troops are the standing armies of the provinces of The Empire. They are professional soldiers equipped at the expense of the province or city-state to which they answer. State troops are divided by the weaponry they carry, of which there are six common varieties: Halberdiers, Swordsmen, Empire Spearmen, Handgunners, Empire Archers and Empire Crossbowmen.
The provincial State Troop armies are commanded by the Elector Count, while in the case of city-states the responsibility goes to the Burgomeisters.
By Imperial law, each Elector Count is required to keep a standing force of Halberdiers. The other groupings vary from state to state according to the tactics employed and the financial possibilities.
- Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition) (2006), pgs. 4, 36