Order of the WASP
|Order of the Williamite Association|
of Sympathetic Patrons
|Type||Order of chivalry|
|Purpose/focus||Oppose the spread of the Levantine Catholic faith|
|Headquarters||Drovan, Flordeterra, Burgundie|
The Order of the Williamite Association of Sympathetic Patrons (WASP) is a Protestant Military Order that is predominately composed of members of the Punthite Merchantile Reform Protestant sect, but not exclusively. It counts about 3,000 active members or knights and is headquartered in Drovan, Flordeterra, Burgundie. While each of its members are considered reservists, due to local laws restricting their citizens from serving in foreign militaries, it is considered that the Order could only effectively field 4-500 combat troops. It is much more common for the Order to send its members as emergency response and recovery workers on aid missions.
Founded in the waning days of the Great Confessional War the Williamite Benevolent Society sought to funded the repatriation of Levantine Protestants. Many Catholic nobles began a trend of expelling the Protestant landlords and nobles from their lands, pushing them further and further north. Those who remained on the continent at the end of war were primarily concentrated in Ultmar and on the Isle of Burgundie. Those Protestants were given only enough time to organize a mass migration before they to were to be expelled. Under these conditions, the Williamite Benevolent Society was formed by William Guethar Ouimet, a wealthy but recently deposed Ultmarrian duke. He was able to get my if the Levantine nobles who still had some means to sign them over to him in order that the commonwealth of deposed Protestants be served. The society became immediately wealthy and coordinated a series of exoduses from Vilauristre to newly founded colonies in southern Punth and from NordHalle to the new colonies in Crona.
In southern Punth the group was a massive cultural force. While the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company controlled the colonies politically and militarily, the Williamite Benevolent Society guided religious and cultural life. In the 1760s the Levantine Catholic Church sought to gain religious control of the Burgundian colonies. They dispatched the Order of the Obsidian Sparrow and a veritable army of proselytizing clergymen to “encourage the natives and the wayward Levantines into the loving and righteous embrace of the Church.” This action called the Second Confessional War, the Punithite Crusade, or the Papist Colonial Folly is generally attributed with disrupting the unity of force in southern Punth of the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company and resulting in the loss of Burgundie’s colonial empire in Punth.
As a reaction the Williamite Benevolent Society in southern Punth militarized, pulling troops from the colonial militias to combat the Order of the Obsidian Sparrow’s knights. These new companies of the Society identified themselves as the Order of William and it’s Sympathetic Patrons. These radicals started a rift in the society. Those who were not willing to commit violence were deemed traitors of the Protestant cause further dividing the command structures across Burgundian southern Punth. The Catholic forces were able to make some in roads but sensing that the colonial network was too big to win decisively decided instead to engage in a war of insurgency. Using familiar terms to the natives who had been taught the Merchantile Reform Protestant doctrine, the concepts of “free will” and predetermination were floated by the priests, encouraging the natives to rise up against the Protestant overlords and take back the continent. The scheme ignited an unstoppable chain of revolts and rebellions. Throughout the 1760s and 1770s the Great Rebellion of Slavery Bay in Kandoora Colony demonstrated that if natives worked together they could throw off the yoke of Imperialism. By 1795, Kandoora Colony was fully independent and the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company was fighting dozens of wars across the subcontinent.