William Cotes was appointed as a Canadian envoy, working at the Canadian embassy in Chernarus. Stationed as one of the diplomats in Chernarus following the civil war, it was Cotes' responsibility to establish amicable relationships between the Prizak and Harper administrations. Tasked with Chernarussian-NATO intercommunication and negotiating Canadian trade deals, Cotes' office would be focused primarily on securing a permanent trade relationship with Chernarus, in the interest of the natural gas in the region. After the declaration of martial law, the ambassador was ushered back to Canada, while William remained in Chernarus as the chief diplomat at the embassy during the heightened tensions. Soon after, he lost contact with his wife and three children. As the situation in South Zagoria deteriorated, Cotes and his staff remained idle in their embassy during the country's descent into societal collapse.