"Even when your kind appears to triumph ... Still we rise again. And do you know why? It is because the Order is born of a realization. We require no creed. No indoctrination by desperate old men. All we need is that the world be as it is. And this is why the Templars will never be destroyed."
-Haytham Kenway, regarding the nature of the Templar Order, 1174 NE.
The Templar Order, also known as the Order of the Knights Templar, is a monastic military order-turned-corporate giant, which was formed during the prehistoric era. The Templars seek to create a perfect world on Zat'iuuk Earth, although their interpretation thereof - emphasizing purpose, order and control, over the freedom of individuals – directly contrasts the ideals of their sworn enemies, the Assassin Order.
Because of this difference in ideology, the Templars became involved in a covert war against the Assassins, spanning several millennia. As of current events, the Templars are allied with the Axis of Empires (more over the Combines), however, they do not trust them, believing that they are just going to lead to humanity's extinction in the end.