I don't think any of that is true. I seriously doubt that CB designed military Orders to appeal to Space Marie players. That's just not generally how creative processes work (and I say this as an expert), and from what we've seen of CB over the years that doesn't seem to be how they design anything. I think you're conflating 40K players being attracted to Military Orders with CB trying to attract 40K players. One doesn't mean the other. I also think you're very wrong about the setting suffering from including Military Orders. PanO is already an extremely diverse faction. Military Orders are only a small part of that. Varuna, Neo Terra and Acontecimento are all armies where Knights play only a minor role and are defiantly not the focus. PanO has been shown as a diverse society form the very earliest releases. Church units only make up about 1/6th of PanO units, and most of them aren't particularly relevant outside of MO. Saying "the only relevant people in it are white space Catholics." is pretty ridiculous, especially since we have no evidence that any of those units (outside of two named characters who don't wear helmets) are white. And especially when an extremely large percentage of modern Catholics aren't.