Order of the Aurea Apis
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|Order of the Aurea Apis|
|Awarded by the |
Monarch of Norton
|Established||30 May 2022|
|Country||Kingdom of Norton|
|Eligibility||at His Majesty's pleasure|
|Grand Master||Duke of Valtelline|
|First induction||2 January 2023|
|Last induction||2 April 2022|
|Next (higher)||Order of Saint George and Saint Mary|
|Next (lower)||Order of the Cherubim|
The Most Distinguished Order of the Golden Eagle is the highest and most senior order of chivalry of the State of Norton which was constituted on 6 July 2021 by a decree issued by President Rafe Burfield.
Being the highest national order, it is restricted to senior Nortonian and foreign statesmen and woman. With a membership limit of 14, the order can be conferred upon not more than five individuals per year and can only be conferred on special days of national importance, specifically, State Flag Day, National Day, President's Day, and Constitution Day.
Originally, the order was reserved only for senior Nortonian Government officials, such as the President and Prime Minister. However, through constitutional amendment, President Burfield re-structured the order allowing for Nortonian and Foreign statesmen and women to be inducted as members.
Composition, grades, and insignia
On 19 October 2021, the existing membership criteria was amended through a constitutional amendment under which, the order became conferrable on national states people and foreign officials with a membership limit of 14 recipients at a time.
The President of Norton shall serve as the Supreme Prelate of the order, while there shall be no more than 4 Prelates (who shall serve as unofficial deputies). No more than five inductions per year can be made into the order.
The following is the membership criteria:
- Supreme Prelate (restricted only to the President of Norton)
- Prelate (conferred only upon 4 fellow heads of state)
All members use the post-nominals OGE.
|Collar of the Order||Riband||Commander||Officer||Member||Badge/Star|
Officers of the order
|Sir Rafe Burfield, 1st Baron Norton||Supreme Prelate||6 July 2021|
|David Brooke, Lord Mayor of Ameristralia||Prelate||23 October 2021|
|Norton||Sir Rafe Burfield, 1st Baron Norton||President of Norton||6 July 2021|
|Ameristralia||David Brooke||Lord Mayor of the Sovereign Municipality of Ameristralia||23 October 2021|
|Melite||Matthew P.P. Tonna||President of Melite||2 April 2022|
|Gradonia||William I of Gradonia||King of Gradonia||2 April 2022|
|Roscamistan||Thomas Jacobs||President of Roscamistan||2 April 2022|