Awards and decorations of the Empire of Agber

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The Empire of Agber has three orders of chivalry common to all realms. The current Font of Honor for these orders is Empress Arlene. There are an additional nine orders between the four national territories. Each nation's highest order is considered a "national order." The font of honor for these four orders is Empress Arlene, on the recommendation of each nation's respective leader, as they are funded by the Empire. The remaining orders all have their ruler as the font of honor.

Overview of the Empire's Orders

History

Orders of Chivalry have always been utilized by the Empire. Even its predecessor, the Kingdom of Kolios, established two orders on the same day it was founded. The higher of these two orders, the Sanctified Order of the Crucifix, was elevated to an order of the Empire in 1998, leaving the now Principality with only a National Order.

Membership in the Empire's orders was initially intangible. Knights and Dames were simply afforded the honorific of "Sir" or "Dame," without any kind of award letter or regalia. In 2000, new honorees were also given a printed certificate declaring their membership and their rank within each respective order. It was not until 23 March 2003 that the first physical regalia for an order was bestowed, for the Order of the Empire of Agber, to Erika Miller, as a Dame of the order. by the end of 2003, physical regalia existed for each of the orders, with each rank having their own unique regalia by January of 2005. As none of the regalia for any order is custom-made, there has been turnover in suppliers, with regalia changing in appearance over the years. The appearance of regalia has remained stable since 2013.

Funding

The Empire is responsible for funding the regalia of each of its three orders, in addition to each of the four National Orders. As such, Empress Arlene serves as the font of honor for each of these seven orders, although national leaders make recommendations to the Empress on their country's National Order. Any additional orders a territorial nation may have are completely funded and controlled by their respective leader.

Order of Precedence

All orders bestowed by the Empire carry a higher precedent in the Empire and its subsidiary nations. This has created an interesting landscape where significantly more prestigious honors are considered technically lower than others. For example, being named a Dame Grand Cross of a National Order is generally regarded as a much higher honor than that of a Knight in the Order of Arlene I, even though the latter is announced, seated, or listed first.

Within the court of an individual territorial nation, their knighthoods take precedence over those of other nations. For example, in the Enclave of Cordova, a Knight of the Order of Mariposa would precede a Dame Grand Cross in the Order of Carthage, even though the Order of Carthage is bestowed by the Empress, and Mariposa was bestowed by the Baron or Baronesa. While this approach to precedence may seem counter-intuitive to some, it has been deemed as the simplest way to proceed by Empress Arlene.

Orders of the Empire of Agber

The Empire of Agber has three orders of chivalry common to all realms the current Font of Honor for these orders is Empress Arlene.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks
(number of recipients)
Awarded For Notes
Order of the Empire of Agber 8 September 1999 Knight/Dame Grand Collar (2)
Knight/Dame Grand Cross (6)
Knight/Dame Commander (14)
Knight/Dame (21)
Service to the Empire
Sanctified Order of the Crucifix 20 September 1995 Knight/Dame (26) Service to the Sovereign of the Empire Originally the highest order of the Kingdom of Kolios
Made an Imperial Order on 7 January 1998
Order of Arlene I 15 March 2013 Knight/Dame Commander (41)
Knight/Dame (278)
Excellence, personal achievement, or noteworthy performance Primarily used as an on-the-spot knighthood at Renaissance Festivals

Orders of the Principality of Kolios

The Principality of Kolios currently has only one order of chivalry, the current Font of Honor is Empress Arlene, in her role as Princess of Kolios.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks
(number of recipients)
Awarded For Notes
Order of Kolios 20 September 1995 Knight/Dame Grand Cross (3)
Knight/Dame Commander (5)
Knight/Dame (8)
Service to the Principality Originally the second-highest Koliosian order

Orders of the Grand Duchy of Carthage

The Grand Duchy of Carthage currently has two orders of chivalry. The current font of honor for Carthagean orders is Grand Duke Louis, except for the Order of Carthage, which is awarded by Empress Arlene on his recommendation.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks
(number of recipients)
Awarded For Notes
Order of Carthage 7 January 1998 Knight/Dame Grand Cross (5)
Knight/Dame Commander (13)
Knight/Dame (20)
Service to the Grand Duchy
Order of the White Lion 1 January 2001 Knight/Dame Grand Cross (5)
Knight/Dame Commander (2)
Knight/Dame (20)
Service to the Grand Duke Majority of first set of regalia unrecovered from first Grand Duke, who disappeared
Only Grand Cross and Knight/Dame rank currently awarded

The Order of the Rosy Cross

In August of 2003 the Order of the Rosy Cross was created by Grand Duke Andrew, Carthage's first Grand Duke. Six Knights and Dames were initially named to the order before Empress Arlene learned of the name's ties to the Rosicrucian movement, and Grand Duke Andrew's attempts to make Carthage a bastion of Rosicrucian thinking and culture. Due to these facts, and given that physical regalia had not yet been purchased and distributed, Empress Arlene ordered that the order be disbanded and all memberships revoked in November of that same year. In protest, Andrew immediately severed ties with the Empress and Agber, without even so much as an official resignation.

All remaining stock from the first iteration of the Order of the White Lion was lost, as well as a number of pieces for the Order of Carthage. As she had helped fund the Order of Carthage pieces, this sequence of events prompted Empress Arlene to declare the National Order of each territory to be directly under her control, with her assuming the entire funding of them moving forward.

Orders of the Enclave de Cordova

The Enclave de Cordova currently has four orders of chivalry. The current font of honor for Cordovese orders is Baronesa Celestina, except for the Order of Cordova, which is awarded by Empress Arlene on her recommendation.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks
(number of recipients)
Awarded For Notes
Order of Cordova 27 August 2002 Knight/Dame Grand Cross (3)
Knight/Dame Commander (7)
Knight/Dame (20)
Service to the Enclave
Order of the Redwood 27 August 2003 Knight/Dame (20) Personal achievement Not currently awarded
Order of the Grizzly 27 August 2016 Knight/Dame Commander (7)
Knight/Dame (17)
Personal achievement
Order of the Mariposa 27 August 2004 Knight/Dame (10) Conservation work Not currently awarded

Orders of Sawatch

Sawatch currently has two orders of chivalry. The current font of honor for Sawatchi orders is Emir Victor, except for the Order of Sawatch, which is awarded by Empress Arlene on his recommendation.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks
(number of recipients)
Awarded For Notes
Order of Sawatch 31 January 2014 Knight/Dame Grand Cross (3)
Knight/Dame Commander (4)
Knight/Dame (7)
Service to the realm
Order of the Mile High Breeze 1 October 2015 Knight/Dame (8) Personal recognition from the Emir Remaining first set of regalia stolen in 2017, second set yet to be produced