Forced Levy is a technology in Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas that is unique to the Malay and can be researched at the Castle once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it , practically turning them into trash units.
In order to keep the late game balance, the Malay crucially lack the final Militia line upgrade, the Champion. They do however have access to all infantry Blacksmith upgrades, making their Two-Handed Swordsmen very useful for their price, giving the Malay an edge in late game trash wars, when gold has become a scarcity.
Like the Persian unique technology Kamandaran, the Magyar unique technology Corvinian Army and the Bohemian unique technology Hussite Reforms, the player should research Forced Levy as soon as they require more infantry in order to have the highest possible use. As the Militia line units cost 20 gold each, this technology pays out gold-wise if more than 25 units are trained after researching it.
Rise of the Rajas
- Forced Levy now costs 850 food and 500 gold, and changes the gold cost of Militia line units to food.
- The English word "levy" originates from the Middle French words lever, to raise, and levée, raised.
- Compulsory recruitment is by no means a Malay invention, being evidenced as early as the reign of Babylonian king Hammurabi (18th century BC).
- Still, the technology can be seen as historically justified, given that virtually almost every Southeast Asian army employed forced levy up until the 19th century AD.