From: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
how much influence do the brits start with? colonials get like 60 to start i think, so thats 10 militia units right there, cost 6 influence each. only other way to get influence fast is to occupy a major town and those give ya +10 i think, so they run through then you run through and ya just keep trading without ever defending.
I believe the Americans start with 80 influence, enough for 13 militia units assuming they do nothing else. That gets you ~4,000 troops assuning 300 per militia unit. One of the American generals (Lee?) had 21,000 infantry late July/ early August. And there were at least 3 other armies with over 5,000 infantry each and that was just in the Boston area. There were also milita units all over the South and near Philly.
I did a No Fog of War test and the A I Americans seem to be able to raise far more militia than a human could.
I'm playing at Captain level with the realistic rule set.