Order of the Swiss Prince

The Order of the Swiss Prince (Portuguese: Ordem do Príncipe Suíço) is a sub-national order of knighthood of the Principality of New Switzerland within the Kingdom of Ebenthal. It was the highest Ebenthali award until the creation of the Order of the Silver Cat and it was demoted from national to sub-national order in 20 August 2021. Its current Grand Master is Antônio I, Prince of New Switzerland.

Order of the Swiss Prince
Ordem do Príncipe Suíço
Order of the Swiss Prince medal2.png
Insigna of the order
Awarded by the Prince of New Switzerland
TypeSub-national order
Established14 December 2014
MottoDeus misereátur gentem hanc
May God have mercy on this nation
Awarded forAt the sovereign's will.
StatusCurrently constituted
Grand MasterAntônio I
GradesKnight/Dame
Statistics
First induction2014
Total inductees25

Ribbon of the Order of the Swiss Prince

The order was established in late 2014 by High King Arthur I as the country's highest honor. Its name is a joke, kidding with the Brazilian President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha's jocose nickname of "Swiss Prince", and the order's motto comes from his famous phrase during the former President Dilma's impeachment "May God have mercy on this nation". Eventually the order's significance shifted to pay homage to Antônio I, Prince of New Switzerland, who played a major role on the micronation's development.

Origin

Established in 14 December 2014, it was the first honor of the Kingdom of Ebenthal, created by High King Arthur I through royal decree as the country's highest honor, and remained this way until Arthur II's ascencion to the throne in late 2019 and the creation of the Order of the Silver Cat. The order's former goal while the country's highest was to honor and recognized people who had done exceptionally meritorious achievents, but since the creation of the Order of the Silver Cat, the Order of the Swiss Prince lost that objective. Currenty the order is the highest that the sovereign can confer for no apparent reason but his own personal will. It is also the Ebenthali honor with the highest number of recipients.

The order's name has a dual origin; it is firstly a joke about Eduardo Cunha, former President of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil who, after being sentenced to prison for corruption on accusations of having hidden money on Swiss bank accounts, was called the "Swiss Prince"; the second origin is that the name derives from one of Ebenthal's federative units, the Principality of New Switzerland, ruled by Prince Antônio I, regarded as national hero for his continuous loyalty and devoltion to the country, and therefore it would be a homage to him. As for the motto it comes as a joke as well, quoted as Eduardo Cunha, when voting for the impeachment of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, said "May God have mercy on this nation, my vote is: yes!".

In 20 August 2021, following a decree issued three days earlier, the order went from national to sub-national and Antônio I, Prince of New Switzerland substituted King Arthur II as Grand Master of the order. The order was also transformed into a single-grade order.

Precedence and privileges

Members of all rankings of this order are assigned positions in the order of precedence, ranking above all others members of equal rankings of whichever orders except for the higher Order of the Silver Cat. Consorts, childs and childs-in-law also feature on the order of precedence; relatives of members, however, are not assigned any special precedence. Generally, individuals can derive precedence from their parents or consorts as long as the recipient lives.

All members ot the order are entitled to the prefixes of "Sir" and "Ma'am". When an individual is entitled to use multiple post-nominal letters, the ones of the order (GCPS for Grand Crosses; COPS for Commanders; OPS for Officials; CPS for knights; and DPS for dames) takes precedence. All recipients may encircle their arms with the circlet of the order.

Grades

The King of Ebenthal is the Sovereign and Grand Master of the order. All deeds granting decorations of the Order must bear the signature of the Sovereign and Grand Master. Members of the order are granted a certificate and are eligible to require a personal coat of arms with the insignia of the Order. The Order has four degrees:

  1. Grand Cross (GCPS) – Wears the badge on a collar (chain) or on a sash on the right shoulder, plus the medal on the left chest;
  2. Commander (COPS) – Wears the badge on a necklet, plus the medal on the left chest;
  3. Officer (OPS) – Wears the badge on a necklet;
  4. Knight (CPS) – Wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest;

Insignia and habit

  • The collar of the Order is in gold, consists of sixteen roccoco golden wrappers topped by a crown and displaying the Swiss cross, joined in a double golden chains.
  • The badge of the Order is a red and white Swiss cross over a diagonal larger golden Swiss cross. The badge hangs from a royal crown.
  • The star of the Order is a red and white Swiss cross surrounded by golden laurels. The badge hangs from a royal crown.
  • The ribbon of the Order is red with a white Swiss cross on its center.

Grand Masters of the Order

Name Grand Master as Period
Arthur I High King of Ebenthal 11 August 2014 - 24 June 2019
Mateus I High King of Ebenthal 24 August 2019 - 27 September 2019
Raphael Sousa Regent of Ebenthal 27 September 2019 - 29 December 2019
Arthur II King of Ebenthal 29 December 2019 - 20 August 2021
Antônio I Prince of New Switzerland 20 August 2021 - present

Recipients

Name Nation Date appointed
Antônio I, Prince of New Switzerland   Ebenthal 14 November 2014
Rubens I, Duke of Axvalley   Axvalley 2 January 2015
Hugo III, Prince of Negromonte   Ebenthal 12 January 2015
Pedro Reis, Count of Iustitia   Ebenthal 12 January 2015
Arthur I of Roschfallen   Roschfallen 28 January 2015
Vinícius Dias, Marquis of Wallia   Ebenthal 18 June 2015
Hassan I of Harran   Harran 24 July 2015
Douglas Dias   Rubrayev 1 October 2015
Clément I, Prince of Surland   Surland 5 February 2016
Omar V of Harran   Harran 13 April 2016
Alen I of Blackland   Blackland 11 November 2016
Nícollas Reis, Duke of Launceston   Ebenthal 23 February 2017
Saulo Viana   Rubrayev 23 February 2017
Thiago Walker, Duke of Guanabara   Ebenthal 15 April 2017
Raphael Sousa, Duke of Sion   Ebenthal 19 February 2018
Eric Lis   Aerican Empire 8 May 2018
Pedro Gabriel Assunção Guimarães   São Guimarães 24 May 2018
Murillo, Duke of Valeur   São Guimarães 15 October 2018
Prince Fernando of Negromonte   Ebenthal 14 January 2019
Daniel Morris   New Westphalia 1 August 2019
Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia   Karnia-Ruthenia 20 January 2020
John I of Baustralia   Baustralia 5 June 2020
Maria of Sildavia   Sildavia 17 August 2020
Dhrubajyoti Roy   Vishwamitra 30 August 2020
Thomas I of Quinta Velha   Quinta Velha 1 September 2020
Christoph II, Archduke of Mimas   Mimas 9 October 2020
Gabriela, Countess of Wittiza   Ebenthal 10 March 2021

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