Order of Saint Joseph

Order of Saint Joseph
Supreme Order of the Holy Sepulchre and Brotherhood of Saint Joseph
Ordo summi fraternitatis sancti Iosephique sancti Sepulcri
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Badge of the Order
Activec. 1239–present
AllegianceEcclesiastical State Fabrian Catholic Church (1239–present)
TypeCatholic military order
RoleCharity
Humanitarian aid
Protection of Christian Pilgrims
Support the Christian presence in the Holy Land
Size
  • 6,250 (military)
  • 22,000 (total)
HeadquartersCathedral of the Holy Sepulchre, Sydalon, Sydalon
Nickname(s)Brotherhood
Brotherhood Knights
PatronSaint Joseph
John the Baptist
Motto(s)Pro Deus
(Anglic: For God)
AttireBlue mantle with a white cross
EngagementsThe Crusades
Commanders
Grand MasterJean de Scaliger
Chancellornon-Syd guy
CatapanMichael Appuleius

The Supreme Order of the Holy Sepulchre and Brotherhood of Saint Joseph, also known as Order of Saint Joseph, Brotherhood, or Supreme Order, is a Catholic military order that is a sovereign subject of international law. The Knights arose in the 13th century on the even of the First Crusade and the invasion of the Holy Land. The order was founded by Saint Avienus to provide care to the sick, general charity, and protection for Christian pilgrims; it was recognized by Papal Bull in 1239 to oversee the care and defense of the Holy Land.

Since its inception, the Brotherhood has remained independent of Sydalon, unlike the Order of the Holy Lance, which remains under official vassalage of the Monarchy of Sydalon.

History

Governance

The Order is governed by Papal Bull, and a subsequent constitutional charter. The supreme chief of the Order is the Grand Master, who is elected for life by the Executive Council, and holds the precedence equal to that of a cardinal, even if a lay member of the Order is elected. Jean de Scaligar was elected the 63rd Grand Master in 2003.

Electors on Council include members of the Sovereign Council, holders of high office within the Order, and other representatives or members of the Order. The Grand Master is aided in his governance of the Order by the Sovereign Council, which serves as the government of the Order, consisting of members chosen among the Order as a whole. Members of the Sovereign Council includes seven members, five of which are Great Officers including the Chancellor, Catapan, Captain-General, Prelate, and Receiver of the Treasury. The Chancellor serves as the head of government, overseeing diplomatic missions, and the national associations. The Catapan is the chief military officer of the Order and holds duties similar to a chief of military staff. The Captain-General duties including serving as the Minister of International Cooperation and the Order's humanitarian work. The Prelate is the chief religious officer of the Order, and is a cardinal, chiefly responsible for relations with the Papacy and promoting the Order's religious interests. The Receiver of the Treasury directs the budget of the Order, and is responsible for the administration of its finances and assets.

Membership and ranks

There are three classes of membership within the Order, which all contain several subdivisions:

  • Clerical, are members that are ordained as members of the clergy or monastic life, taking vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. This class of membership is the smallest.
  • Lay Patrician, are lay members that have verifiable noble lineage, which often amounts to being armigerous for at least one hundred to one hundred and fifty years.
  • Lay Plebeian, are lay members that do not have noble lineage, and accounts for the largest class of the Order's membership.

Within each class, are four ranks: Member (lowest), Knight and Dame or Sergeants, Knights and Dames of Magistral Grace, Knights and Dames Grand Cross of Magistral Grace, and Knights Grand Cross of Honor and Devotion with Sash (highest). These ranks differ from the Order's traditional military rankings.

Military organization

The military wing of the Order is trained and equipped to assist in the defense of Sydalon against external and internal threats. Although politically independent, in times of war it may come under the operational command of the Sydalene military.

The Order is organized into two brigades, one with three battalions, the other with two. They are configured as motorized infantry formations, transported in light wheeled-armored personnel carriers. They are mostly equipped with armaments purchased from former Latin Army inventory.

Order of Battle

St Michael Brigade

  • Brigade HQ
  • 1st Battalion
  • 2nd Battalion
  • 3rd Battalion
  • Heavy Mortar Battalion (18x 120mm rifled mortars in three batteries)
  • Armoured Car Company (14x armoured cars)
  • Air Defence Company (6x 20mm AAA)
  • Engineer Company
  • Maintenance Company
  • Logistics Company

St George Brigade

  • Brigade HQ
  • 4th Battalion
  • 5th Battalion
  • Heavy Mortar Battalion (18x 120mm rifled mortars in three batteries)
  • Armoured Car Company (14x armoured cars)
  • Air Defence Company (6x 20mm AAA)
  • Engineer Company
  • Maintenance Company
  • Logistics Company

Small unit organization

Each infantry battalion consists of a headquarters formation, a scout/sniper team, three rifle companies, as well as a heavy weapons company with a mortar platoon with eight 81mm mortar teams, an anti-tank platoon with eight tripod-mounted TOW-launchers, an automatic grenade launcher team with four 40mm weapons and a heavy machine gun team with four 12.7mm machine guns.

Each rifle company consists of three rifle platoons, as well as a twelve-men machine gun squad divided into four teams, each manning one 7.62mm general purpose machine gun.

Each platoon consists of thirty men. There is a three-men command element (lieutenant, platoon sergeant, signaller), and three nine-men squads. Each squad consists of two four-men fireteams, commanded by a squad leader. Each squad would be armed with three assault rifles, one under-barrel 40mm grenade launcher, one 5.56mm light machine gun, and a number of disposable AT rockets. At least one soldier per squad would be armed with a 7.62mm scoped rifle in the designated marksman role.

Military ranks

Traditionally to become a knight of the Order, a member must have been of noble birth. Today, however, the rank of Knight or Dame as a member of the Order's men-at-arms is reserved for commissioned officers or warrant officers.

Equipment

Name Image Origin Type Cartridge Details
VI-9P Beretta 92 FS.gif  Ecclesiastical State Pistol 9×19mm
VI-11 Beretta mod12s scheda.jpg  Ecclesiastical State Sub-machinegun 9×19mm
VI70 125px  Latium/ Fabria-Poveglia Assault rifle 5.56x45 Main service weapon
FR-12 SPAS-12 stock folded.jpg  Latium Shotgun 12 Gauge Shotgun
BM59 Bm59.jpg  Latium Marksman rifle 7.62×51mm Fitted with 3-9x scopes and used as Designated marksman rifles
SRS SRS 338 - Side view.jpg  Latium Sniper rile 7.62×51mm, .338 Lapua Magnum
M82 M82A1 barrett.jpeg  Latium Anti-materiel rifle 12.7x99mm
Ameli Ameli Ejército español.jpg  Latium Light machine gun 5.56×45mm
MG3 MG3.jpg  Latium Medium Machine gun 7.62×51mm
M2 HB M2 Browning, Musée de l'Armée.jpg  Belfras Heavy machine gun 12.7×99mm

Grenade-based weapons

Name Image Origin Type Details
VI.30 SRCM scheda.jpg  Fabria-Poveglia Grenade
VI.89 OD 82SE.JPG  Fabria-Poveglia Grenade
M203 grenade launcher M203 1.jpg  Belfras Under-barrel grenade launcher 40mm
SB LAG 40 LAG-40 I.M.-1.JPG  Latium Automatic grenade launcher 40mm

Anti-tank weapons

Name Image Origin Type Details
C90 C-90.jpg  Latium Shoulder-launched anti-tank weapon
C-100 Alcotán 100.JPG  Latium Shoulder-launched anti-tank weapon
BGM-71 TOW Hires 090509-A-4842R-001a.jpg  Sydalon Anti-tank guided missile 40x tripod-mounted launchers

Armoured vehicles

Name Image Origin Type Numbers
Marauder (vehicle) Military parade in Baku on an Army Day7.jpg  Sydalon MRAP Main transport vehicle of the infantry battalions
AML Panhard AML-90 img 2308.jpg  Vannois Armoured reconnaissance vehicle/wheeled fire support vehicle 30+
LMV Fête nationale belge à Bruxelles le 21 juillet 2016 - Armée belge (Défense) 08.jpg  Latium General utility vehicle

Artillery

Name Image Origin Type Numbers
LLR 81mm Mortier 81 LLR 03.jpg  Vannois Medium mortar One platoon of six per rifle battalion
RT F1 Mor120.jpg  Vannois 120mm rifled heavy mortar One battalion of 18 per brigade, split into three batteries of six

Air Defence Weapons

Name Image Origin Type Numbers
RH 20 20 mm anti-aircraft gun of the Bundeswehr.JPEG  Latium 20mm AA Gun Fifteen - six per brigade plus three spare

See also