Book seems genuinely out of place in the beginning of serenity (the pilot) as though he has in fact been in the abbey many many years.
I can't remember if we were ever informed how long he had been at the abbey, but i always presumed it was 20-25 years.
this presumption nulls the alliance supporter in the war theory.
do we know how long he was at the abbey? do we know anything?????
the answer to that last question is pretty much no. lets draw some logical conclusions from cannon or something people.