Medals, decorations, orders and awards of USI
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.
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 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.
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
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
|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
There are no "knights" and "commanders" in the orders, only "members" and sometimes "officers".