Order of the Golden Sun of Melite

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Order of the Golden Sun
L-Ordni tax-Xemx tad-Deheb
Awarded by the
Coat of Arms of Melite.svg
President of Melite, YeLand and its Districts
TypeChivalric order
Established29 December 2021
EligibilityState and Foreign Dignitaries,
Melitian Citizens
and Military of Melite
CriteriaNone established, most awards are accompanied by a reason.
StatusCurrently Constituted and Awarded
FounderMatthew P. P. Tonna
2nd President of Melite
Grand MastersMatthew P. P. Tonna
Julian David Cassar
GradesGrand Cross Special Class
Grand Cross First Class
Grand Officer
Commander
Officer
Member
Post-nominalsGSGS
GCGS
GOGS
CGS
OGS
MGS
Statistics
First induction30 December 2021 (New Year Honours)
Total inductees16

Ribbon Bar of the Order of the Golden Sun
(Special Class)

The Order of the Golden Sun (Maltese: L-Ordni tax-Xemx tad-Deheb) is the only National Chivalric Decoration of the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite. It is awarded for special achievements in political, economic, cultural, intellectual or honorary fields and the recognition of services to the Republic and its citizens as a whole. This award can also be given to foreign dignitaries that help widen Melite's diplomacy as a way of gratitude. There is no limit whatsoever as to how many people can join a grade of the Order. The title 'Friend of the Nation' may also incorporated as part of the Order, though it is rarely awarded.

Origins

The idea of the Order originated on 29 December 2021, by Dhrubajyoti Roy of Vishwamitra, who suggested to President Matthew Tonna to overhaul the awards system of Melite. Tonna agreed and as a result, the Order was established and is a replacement of the Order of the Holy Cross, the Friendship Ribbon of Melite, and the High Order of Melite, which are dormant as per Presidential Decree No. 5/2021,[1] which instituted this Order and put the old decorations to their current dormant state. The ribbons were designed by the Rashtradhyaksh of the State of Vishwamitra, Dhrubajyoti Roy himself. The award was given for the first time in the New Year of 2022[2] for the New Year Honours. No known privileges come with the Order of the Golden Sun, except for the post-nominals. The Order is similar to the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, as they both serve as the only national award of their nations, but divided in classes.

Ribbons of the Order

Ribbons given for the Order of the Golden Sun, from the highest grade to the lowest:

  • Order of the Golden Sun - Grand Cross Special Class.svg Grand Cross Special Class
  • Order of the Golden Sun - Grand Cross First Class.svg Grand Cross First Class
  • Order of the Brilliant Sun - Grand Officer.svg Grand Officer
  • Order of the Golden Sun - Commander.svg Commander
  • Order of the Brilliant Sun - Officer.svg Officer
  • Order of the Brilliant Sun - Member.svg Member

Eligibility

Grand Cross Special Class[a]

Full Title: Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of the Golden Sun of Melite

Only Grand Masters of the Order can receive the Order in this grade. The Grand Masters of the Order are the current or former Presidents of Melite, and the current or former Mayors of the YeLand Special Administrative Region of the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite. The President of Melite can induct members of the Order without consulting the YeLand Mayor, but Mayors of YeLand have to consult with the President of Melite before inducting new members in the Order's ranks.

Grand Cross First Class

Full Title: Grand Cross First Class of the Order of the Golden Sun of Melite

Foreign Heads of State and Special Allies of Melite can receive this grade of the Order. This grade is given for exceptionally notable contributions to the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite, whether in its politics, or even its national symbols. Two notable examples are Dhrubajyoti Roy, Rashtradhyaksh (King) of the State of Vishwamitra who designed the ribbons of this Order and Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu, who designed the new and current National Flag of Melite, which replaced the old one on the 30th of December, 2021.

Grand Officer

Premiers of Melite and Supreme Judges of Melite (outgoing or current), can receive the Order in this grade for distinction in their tenures of office. The first awardees were Premier Arama Vella and Supreme Judge Matthew Vella who both were still serving their offices at the time of their awarding. Foreign Royalties may also receive the Order in this grade, with one example being Alexander I Constantine of Monmark, as reciprocation for the Order of the Crowned Lion which President Tonna received on Boxing Day of 2021.

Commander

Diplomats to Melite and Non-Royalty Heads of State may be awarded this grade of the Order for their distinction in their services to the Republic's foreign policy, and to allies of Melite. A notable Commander of the Order of the Golden Sun is the President of the Parliamentary Monarchy of Duckionary Arthur C. Woldan in his capacity as Ambassador of Duckionary for Melite and Malta.

Officer

This grade is exclusive only for citizens of the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite. This grade does not make discrimination of the awardee's District. Therefore this grade does not make distinction of whether the awardees' region is any of Melite's eight Districts, or the YeLand Special Administrative Region of the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite. The only inductee of this award is Raphael Cassar.

One notable awardee is Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu, President of the Snagovian Federation, who was given the Grand Cross First Class of the Order for designing the second National Flag of Melite.

Member

This grade can be awarded to anyone regardless of status, with no special criteria. None have been awarded as of yet.

Recipients

Grand Cross Special Class

Serie
number
Country Recipient Date of
reception
1  Melite Matthew P. P. Tonna, President of Melite 30 December 2021
2  YeLand Julian David Cassar, Mayor of YeLand 30 December 2021

Grand Cross First Class

Serie
number
Country Name Date Comments (If Applicable)[b]
1  Vishwamitra Dhrubajyoti Roy[c] 30 December 2021 For continuous help to Melite, for which Melite will be forever grateful.
2  Snagov Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu For designing the New National Flag of Melite.
3  Norton Rafe Burfield For designing a Flag for the Comino District.
4  Rhodesia Vidak Jovic For being of good help and support to the President of Melite.
Another notable awardee is Dhrubajyoti Roy, Rashtradhyaksh (King) of the State of Vishwamitra, who was also given the Grand Cross First Class of the Order, for designing the ribbons of this National Award.

Grand Officer

Serie
number
Country Name Date Comments (If Applicable)
1 MeliteMelite Arama Vella 30 December 2021 In her Capacity as Premier of Melite.
2  Monmark Alexander I Constantine As reciprocation for the Order of the Crowned Lion, for which the President is immensely grateful.
3  Obscurium Zar Antonov
4 AssembliaAssemblia Emperor Connor I
5 Melite Melite Matthew Vella Distinction in his performing of his duties as Supreme Judge of Melite.
6  Pontunia Andrew I

Commander

Serie
number
Country Name Date Comments (If Applicable)
1 DuckionaryDuckionary Arthur C. Woldan 30 December 2021 As Ambassador of Duckionary to Melite.
2 Zepranaflag.png Zeprana Terry McKeen III
3 Nexan Sigil.pngNexan Republic Desslock V. Nafage
4  Richensland Aniq Sufyan
5  Istria Iordan Luca-Nicolae Reciprocation for the Diplomatic Prize and the Order of St. Michael & Gavril for which the President is immensely grateful.

Officer

Serie
number
Name District of Melite: Date Comments (If Applicable)
1 Raphael Cassar  YeLand 30 December 2021 Member of the YeLand Regional Council.

Member

Serie
number
Title Name Micronation Date Comments (If Applicable)
0 None awarded as yet.[d] N/A N/A N/A N/A

Friend of the Nation

'Friend of the Nation' is a title that can be given with the order to an individual, regardless of status in Melite or micronationalism ingeneral. It is given in gratitude to someone that has given immensely large help to the forming of Melite, helping it become what it is today, and also friendship with the President. The only current recipient of this title is currently Dhrubajyoti Roy of the State of Vishwamitra. The title holds no post-nominals and will only serve as an honorary prefix.

References

Endnote

  1. Recipients of this grade of the Order are automatically Grand Masters of the Order.
  2. Denotes the Reason for award as stated in Decrees.
  3. Roy was also given the title of "Friend of the Nation" in addition to this Order.
  4. The Member grade was not given in the New Years Honours List of 2021.

Citations

  1. Melitian Presidential Office, (30 December 2021). "5/2021 On the Order of the Golden Sun"
  2. Melitian Presidential Office, (31 December 2021). "New Year's Day Honours List of Melite"