Just from a quick search (looking for the name of that little cannon, which I now assume is the ‘leather cannon’) I came across a military system known as the ‘allotment system’.
Just a simple copy and paste explanation:
It was at this point that the allotment system was introduced, which was a very new idea for the time. Each city or region of the country had to provide a certain amount of troops, based on their size and economy, and help feed those soldiers. These soldiers would drill regularly and practice with the army, and go to war when needed, but if there was no war going on, they would spend their downtime working on the farms of those who were feeding them.
This ensured that everyone in the country was a part of the war effort, that the burden was fairly shared, and that the army was incredibly strictly trained and fully prepared at any time for whatever the king desired them for. This new army was to be known as the Caroleans, and would be the elite fighting force for Sweden during the Great Northern War.
So it looks like we could be seeing the new Carolean unit (which probably replaces skirmishers AND musketeers) gathering resources while not fighting.
Also to note, Caroleans could be trained at these small looking farms, possibly named ‘rotar’:
That’s not necessarily true, some aoe3 campaign were historically accurate enough (the war chief and the Indians and Japanese campaigns told a story, but with a historic background and weren’t fantasy).
So there is hope, even in the forum of a DLC, or mods.
Well, I liked those in aoe2, if they follow the same theme in aoe3 I don’t see the problem.
I really hope for a new Europe 30 years war theme, because aoe3 would fit perfectly in my opinion.
For example, the native tribes sistem could work perfectly as the various smallest pieces of the holy roman empire, or of the other smallest partecipants of the war.
I do respect your idea and I like it a lot. I was thinking about the swiss pikeman who defend the vatican now. They may have strong pike army, maybe better than halbers. I am not sure it will be effective but It could be good to see some strong pikeman units. To be honest your idea seems more OP to me