Awards and decorations of the Empire of Agber

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The Empire of Agber has two orders of chivalry common to all realms. The current Font of Honor for these orders is Empress Arlene. There are an additional seventeen orders between the six national territories, with their head of state serving as their respective 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 single order until it was returned to Koliosian control in 2020.

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. This was 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 relatively stable since 2013.

Funding

The Empire is responsible for funding the regalia of both of its orders, while a nation's honors are left to their individual heads of state.

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 an order in Carthage 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 Reino de Cordova, a Knight of the Order of the Mariposa would precede a Dame Grand Cross in the Order of Carthage, even though the Order of Carthage is that nation's highest honor, and Mariposa is comparatively less prestigious. 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 two orders of chivalry common to all realms. The current Font of Honor for these orders is Empress Arlene.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks Awarded For Notes
Order of the Empire of Agber 8 September 1999 Knight/Dame Grand Collar
Knight/Dame Grand Cross
Knight/Dame Commander
Knight/Dame
Service to the Empire
Order of Arlene I 15 March 2013 Knight/Dame Commander
Knight/Dame
Excellence, personal achievement, or noteworthy performance Primarily used as an on-the-spot knighthood at Renaissance Festivals

Orders and Awards of the Principality of Kolios

The Principality of Kolios currently has two orders and one anniversary medal. The current Font of Honor is Empress Arlene, in her role as Princess of Kolios.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks Awarded For Notes
Order of Kolios 20 September 1995 Knight/Dame Grand Cross
Knight/Dame Commander
Knight/Dame
Service to the Principality Originally the second-highest Koliosian order
Sanctified Order of the Crucifix 20 September 1995 Knight/Dame Christian service to the Principality Originally the highest order of the Kingdom of Kolios
Made an Imperial Order on 7 January 1998
Returned to Koliosian control on 18 June 2020
Koliosian Quartercentennial medal 20 September 2020 None (single award) Active service to Principality at 25th anniversary

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 Eric.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks Awarded For Notes
Order of Carthage 7 January 1998 Knight/Dame Grand Cross
Knight/Dame Commander
Knight/Dame
Service to the Grand Duchy
Order of the White Lion 1 January 2001 Knight/Dame Grand Cross
Knight/Dame Commander
Knight/Dame
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 Reino de Cordova

The Reino de Cordova currently has four orders of chivalry. The current font of honor for Cordovese orders is Reina Celestina. On 30 June 2020, Reina Celestina declared that the nation's Order of the Redwood, which had not been awarded since 2011, would be revived and reimagined as the Order of the Redwood Throne. As part of this retooling, the order would be expanded and designated as the highest Cordovese honor. No date for this change has been announced yet, but preparations for it are ongoing.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks Awarded For Notes
Order of Cordova 27 August 2002 Knight/Dame Grand Cross
Knight/Dame Commander
Knight/Dame
Service to Cordova
Order of the Redwood 27 August 2003 Knight/Dame Personal achievement Not currently awarded
Declared intent to reimagine as highest order at future date
Order of the Grizzly 27 August 2016 Knight/Dame Commander
Knight/Dame
Personal achievement
Order of the Mariposa 27 August 2004 Knight/Dame Conservation work Not currently awarded

Orders of the Sawatch Emirate

Sawatch currently has two orders of chivalry. The current font of honor for Sawatchi orders is Emir Victor.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks Awarded For Notes
Order of the Mile High Breeze 1 October 2015 Knight/Dame Grand Collar
Knight/Dame Grand Cordon
Knight/Dame
Member
Personal recognition from the Emir Remaining first set of regalia stolen in 2017
Elevated to nation's highest honor on 22 June 2020
Order of Sawatch 31 January 2014 Knight/Dame Grand Star
Knight/Dame Commander
Knight/Dame
Service to the realm Served as the nation's highest honor from its creation until 22 June 2020

Orders of the Shogunate of Tenshukyō

The Shogunate of Tenshukyō currently has three orders. The font of honor for these awards is Shogun Devon. Members of the Shogunate's orders are not given a specific honorific, such as Knight or Dame. Instead, they are simply known as a recipient of that degree.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks Awarded For Notes
Exalted Order of the Rising Moon 10 November 2018 Grand Cordon
Star and Seal
Service to the Shogunate Honor Cordon can be bestowed to foreign heads of state by the Shogun, but does not officially confer membership.
Order of Kanju and Manju 21 February 2019 Grand Cordon
Star and Seal
Seal
Service to the Shogunate
Order of the Peach Blossom 2 October 2018 Grand Cordon
Star and Seal
Seal
Medal
Service to the Shogunate (for top 3 ranks)
personal achievement or distinction (for Medal)

Honors System Structure

Much like those of the Japanese system it is inspired by, the Shogunate's orders exist as part of single structure of honor.

  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Moon: For impeccable and prolonged service to the Shogunate. The highest honor, reserved only for the Shogun themselves.
  • Grand Cordon of the Order of Kanju and Manju: For impeccable service to the Shogunate. Reserved only for Daimyos of the Council Clans.
  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Peach Blossom: For exceptional and prolonged service to the Shogunate. The highest honor conferred upon citizens of the Shogunate
  • Star and Seal of the Order of the Rising Moon: For exceptional service to the Shogunate. The highest honor that can be awarded for acts of a singular nature.
  • Star and Seal of the Order of Kanju and Manju: For distinguished and prolonged service to the Shogunate. The Highest honor that can be conferred to individuals who are not members of the Shogunate.
  • Star and Seal of the Order of the Peach Blossom: For distinguished service to the Shogunate.
  • Seal of the Order of Kanju and Manju: For prolonged service to the Shogunate.
  • Seal of the Order of the Peach Blossom: For service to the Shogunate.
  • Medal of the Order of the Peach Blossom: For personal achievement or distinction. Awarded much in the same way that the Order of Arlene I is.

Orders of the Kingdom of Maevis

The Kingdom of Maevis currently has four orders. The font of honor for these awards is Queen Barbara. The Queen has stated the first of these awards will be bestowed on New Year's Day of 2021.

Order Name Established Classes/Ranks Awarded For Notes
Order of the Lion and Thistle 18 June 2020 Knight/Dame Service to the Kingdom
Order of the North Sea 18 June 2020 Knight/Dame Military and administrative service to the Kingdom
Order of the Longboat 21 June 2020 Knight/Dame Creative and artistic achievement, including anachronistic arts
Order of the Wulver 12 July 2020 Knight/Dame Charitable, humanitarian, and community service recognition

Gallery of Regalia

Pictured are select regalia from selected awards and decorations of the Empire of Agber.