Byzantine Optimatoi

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An Elite 7th Century AD Byzantine Military Unit, The Optimatoi were Heavy Infantry which was used as Frontline Assault Soldiers. Their recruitment was based on them being of Noble birth. Highly trained (it could take up to 6-years to become an Optimatoi. Using the best Armor (a combination of Plate, Leather and Mail) and weapons )of which The Sapthion was popular), The Optimatoi would eventually be used as Administrators for outlaying Regions of The Empire. However, poor oversight of The Optimatoi led to internal power struggles, corruption and graft. With the movements into The Region by Crusading Forces and later Ottoman Turks, some Optimatoi attempted to reform and fight. By this time 14th Century AD – The Optimatoi ceased to exist.