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Medals, decorations, orders and awards of USI

Correct arrangement of Usian ribbon bars on a chest patch

The Republic of USI has a complex system of awarding medals, decorations and awards and of orders, which was officially established on 28 June 2014. Some basic medals are shown in the table below; however, new medals, decorations and awards are established on a regular basis, thus requiring a system for the importance of a medal to be instantly recognized without former knowledge.


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Awarding the medals, decorations and awards

The process of awarding a medal, decoration and award is relatively straightforward; either a representative of the executive branch presents the recipient with the insignia, or the insignia are unceremoniously sent to the recipient along with instructions on usage.

Universal medals, decorations and awards

A universal medal, decoration or award is defined as a medal, decoration or award that can be awarded to civilians, politicians and and members of Military Services alike where applicable.

Name of medal Insignia Eligibility Criteria Ribbon bar
Gold Octagon Medal Ribbon bar;
gold, octagonal medal
Recipient must be a citizen;
Recipient must be alive
For a highly significant service to the nation  
Silver Octagon Medal Ribbon bar;
silver, octagonal medal
Recipient must be a citizen;
Recipient must be alive
For a very significant service to the nation  
Bronze Octagon Medal Ribbon bar; bronze, octagonal medal Recipient must be a citizen;
Recipient must be alive
For a significant service to the nation  
Pentagon Medal, first class Ribbon bar; gold, pentagonal medal Recipient must be a citizen; posthumous For dying to preserve many lives  
Pentagon Medal, second class Ribbon bar; silver, pentagonal medal Recipient must be a citizen; posthumous For dying to preserve the government or uphold the public order during a crisis  
Pentagon Medal, honorary Ribbon bar Recipient must be a foreign
politician representing his/her nation
For collaborating with the Republic of USI's government  
USI Platinum Star Ribbon bar ExampleR3C3 For being gravely injured while upholding the government or the public order or protecting lives  
USI Gold Star Ribbon bar ExampleR3C3 For being injured while upholding the government or the public order or protecting lives  
USI Silver Star Ribbon bar ExampleR3C3 For doing civilian work overtime to help a war effort  
USI Bronze Star Ribbon bar ExampleR3C3 For helping a war effort by doing civilian work  
White USI Honor Medal ExampleR3C2 ExampleR3C3 For demonstrating valor in the service of the government three or more times  
Blue USI Bronze Star ExampleR3C2 ExampleR3C3 For demonstrating valor in the service of the government twice  
Yellow USI Bronze Star ExampleR3C2 ExampleR3C3 For demonstrating valor in the service of the government twice, or in general  
Green USI Bronze Star ExampleR3C2 ExampleR3C3 For demonstrating great devotion in the service of the government  
USI Medal, first class ExampleR3C2 ExampleR3C3 ExampleR2C3  
USI Medal, second class ExampleR3C2 ExampleR3C3 ExampleR2C3  
USI Medal, third class ExampleR3C2 ExampleR3C3 ExampleR2C3  
USI Medal, fourth class ExampleR3C2 ExampleR3C3 ExampleR2C3  
Long Service Award ExampleR3C2 ExampleR3C3 ExampleR2C3  
Major Recognition Medal ExampleR3C2 ExampleR3C3 ExampleR2C3  
Minor Recognition Medal ExampleR3C2 ExampleR3C3 ExampleR2C3  
Name of award Awarded for Ribbon bar
Thanksgiving Festivity Award Assisting the government Thanksgiving festivities  
National Symbol Award Designing one or more national symbol if it is then adopted  
Diplomacy Award Maintaining positive diplomatic relations with a foreign nation in the name of the government of USI  
Cuisine Award Being the inventor of a cuisine popular in the Republic of USI  
Female Equality Award Promoting equality of women in the government or in society  
Secularism Award Promoting secularism in the Usian government or in a foreign nation  
Political Correctness Award Promoting or infallibly using politically correct phrasing in the Usian government or society  
Crisis Management Award Managing a crisis of any type competently as a member of the Usian government  
Athleticism Award Representing the Republic of USI in an international sports event  
Data Collection Award For gathering first-hand information reliably and providing it to the government  
Citizenship Award For persuading three or more people to become Usian citizens  
Christmas Festivity Award For assisting the Christmas festivities of the Usian government  
Minority Award For aiding the successful integration and representation of a minority into the Usian government or society  
Legislation Award For successfully introducing a piece of legislation to the Usian government  
Anti-Tobacco Award For successfully discouraging the use or selling of tobacco  
Gardening Award For maintaining the National Gardens of USI  

Coding system for universal medals and decorations

Color, size, insignia and other factors indicate the importance of the medal or decoration (but not necessarily for awards). Ribbon bars are the most important of the insignia, indicating importance of the medal or decorations at a glance. While pure red (RGB 255; 0; 0  ) is, in ribbon bars, the most prestigious color, in combination with flag blue (RGB 49, 15, 253  ), the medal or decoration in question is ranked yet higher. The color of polygons on the ribbons, if there are any, for instance stars, can be an indicator of rank: Platinum (if applicable) = 1st class, Gold = 2nd class, etc.. Their number plays a role too. The Octagon Medal is a wonderful example of these concepts.

 
Diagram of an Usian ribbon bar
 
Diagram of an Usian ribbon bar
 
Diagram of an Usian ribbon bar

The placing and width of the colors is also of importance. The Honorary Pentagon Medal is instantly recognizable as lower than the Pentagon Medal, 2nd class, because red is a side patch instead of the backround. Ribbon bars have evolved their own terminology.

Military medals, decorations and awards

Coding system for military medals, decorations and awards

Orders

While Usian orders are similar to decorations, medals and awards, they imply that the bearer belongs to a certain group. Also, only a limited number of people can be part of an order. Being part of an order can be shown in the bearer's title; Instead of just 'J. William Smith', 'J. William Smith, MFM'. Also, the insignia are substantially different. USI being a republic, the honorary duty of appointing people to the orders falls to the Head of Executive.

List of Usian orders

Order Established Members
Most Supreme Order of the Feline Merit 2013 1
Grand and High Order of the Honor Merit 2013 0
Highest, Grandest, Most Noble, Excellent,
Venerable, Important, Sublime,
Splendiferous and Exaltedley Supreme Order
of Genuine Greatest Honor and Merit
2014 2

There are no "knights" and "commanders" in the orders, only "members" and sometimes "officers".

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