So I’m not suggesting Britains are too strong (though they are on the strong side)
I’m suggesting that Britains having Arbs with 5+6 range has some necessary downsides.
It’s so strong that it has to be compensated for by reducing the DPS, but still Britains are OP against civs which can’t overcome the range. And because of the DPS nerf (from lacking thumb-ring) any civ which can neutralise the range (eg with siege rams or high-PA units) can crush Britains.
The other downside is that longbows are a joke. They have insane range (12 when FU) but they only have 1 more range than Arbs do, and only in Imp. As a result they are rarely seen.
I do have an idea which might help, but I’d like to ask whether people agree or disagree with this analysis first.