I've been doing some spying on a neighbor (day 5) and I've been very surprised by what I have seen. He has greater than 20 units in every visible province, and an artillery brigade. Since factories are still 7 days away, how did he get this? I thought at first it was a beginner bonus since this is a tutorial server, but then I realized that I'm also a beginner and have no such bonus.
Artillery before day 12?
The bonus ONLY applies to the first game you play AND you have to follow the tutorial to get the Arty piece.