By James Hibberd
Updated November 13, 2012 at 09:29 PM EST

Think you’ve seen every type of cops and gangsters on TV?

You haven’t. Because you haven’t met these Amish thugs.

Discovery has just greenlit a new series titled Amish Mafia. The show focuses on a group of men who protect and maintain peace and order within the Amish community in Lancaster County, PA. So are they cops? Mobsters? A bit of both. It’s an unofficial law-and-order group that protects the insular religious community with “eye for an eye” justice, yet operates outside of actual law enforcement and doesn’t, according to Discovery, officially exist.

The series premieres Dec. 12 (with a preview the night before) and will help keep Discovery in the Amish business. It’s sister channel TLC’s hit Breaking Amish just became the best-performing freshman series ever for the network, its first season finale delivering 3.8 million viewers. Here’s a trailer: