Order of the Rose (Stormhold)

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Order of the Rose (Stormhold)
Order of the Rose Military Ribbon.png
Military Ribbon of the Order
Awarded by the Imperial Principality of Stormhold
TypeSovereign chivalric order with three ranks
Religious affiliationnone
MottoStrength and Honor
EligibilityAt least 18-21 years of age
In good standing with one's home community
StatusCurrently awarded
SovereignMephistopheles of Stormhold
MasterMephistopheles of Stormhold
Statistics
First induction17 December 2014
Last induction29 March 2020
Total inducteesEight
Precedence
Next (higher)none higher
Next (lower)Order of the Hydra (dormant)


Founded c. 2003, the Order of the Rose has predated and outlasted all affiliated micronational entities it was originally associated with until its affiliation with the State of Zenrax in 2014. The Order was originally founded to recognize those it deems as paragons of strength or honor. To protect its existence during periods of political upheaval that were common at the time of its formation, Order was originally deemed to exist apart from those micronational entities it has been otherwise affiliated with in the past. Despite years-long periods of dormancy, the Order has never recognized its own dissolution, with there being no provisions for such an event should it ever occur. In 2021, the Order of the Rose changed its host country to the Imperial Principality of Stormhold, and has become a fixture in Zenrax's and now Stormhold's culture of honor. As a rule, the Head of State of Zenrax (now Stormhold) also serves as the Order's Master.

Currently, the Sovereign Order of the Rose forms the cornerstone of Stormhold's small honors system. While titles of nobility still exist within Stormhold outside of the Crown as Lords, all other titles ceased to exist, and the sole remaining title of Lord itself effectively stripped of temporal or spiritual authority upon the dissolution of the Imperial Federation in 2018. As such, the Order ceased to have a relative peer in honors awarded to recipients, be they a membership in the Order or an honorary noble title. Although it remains possible to enact a system of nobility within Zenrax, membership in the Order is nonetheless seen as more prestigious due to the permanency of its membership and the rights accorded to its members of citizenship regardless of residency status within any (potential) territory of Zenrax. In 2021, with the slow revival of the system of nobility within Stormhold, the Order of the Rose nonetheless retains special precedence.

Current rules forbid awarding more than one or two posts per year in almost all circumstances (with retroactive invitations being strictly forbidden), thus maintaining exclusivity and preserving what prestige the Order can. Members are appointed for life; removal from the Order may only take place honorably through inactivity or request to the Master of the Order for divestment of membership. Although current rules allow for extraordinary award of the Order to a member exceeding the usual quota, until April 2020 there was no more than a single appointment during each year of the Order's existence, despite being the only active order of chivalry within Zenrax during most of its documented history.

Due to its small size, the order only has three ranks: Knight, Commander, and Master. Ranks and titles in the Order are given without regards to gender or gender orientation. Only one Master exists in the Order at any given time. General practice states that the ratio of Commanders to Knights in the Order should always be equal to or less than 1 to 3 where possible, with there always being at least one Commander. The current roster dates to 2012, before which no records exist.

Current members

Note: Members are only listed below with the primary titles and affiliations/nationalities they possessed at the time of award. For individuals with memberships in multiple organizations, the one(s) most relevant to the award at the time are given. Efforts are made to periodically track their current whereabouts, although it must also be noted that this page will be, at times, out of date with actual circumstances. No documented inductions took place from the Order's foundations until 2014, when original members were re-confirmed and/or documented on the member list. Where indicated (in italics), members are listed here under their (current) preferred name or alias.

Normally, membership is not revoked for any reason short of grave offenses against the State which the Order of the Rose is attached to. However, as the Order is meant to house active membership, revocation is usually done by way of one's renouncement of all titles and styles. Additionally, prolonged periods of both inactivity and no contact lead to assumption of this status, until proven otherwise. No renouncements or revocations have taken place since 2017, with the honorable removal of the hon. Duke Jeffery Bellino of the Lowcountry (inducted 2015) from the rolls.


Year Awarded (Promoted) Name Current Rank Nation (Title) at Time of Award Current Nation (Title) as of July 2021
- Founder -

|Mephistopheles

Master none Flag of Zenrax.png Zenrax (Head of State)
2003-2013 Undocumented -- -- --
2014 Tyranus Knight Zenrax (co-founder, Lord) Unaffiliated
2015 (2016) John Marshall Commander Siar Fordell Badge.png Siar Fordell (Thegn) Siar Fordell (Thegn)
2016 Cecil Knight Zenrax (co-founder) Unaffiliated
2017 Stephen Freayth Knight Abeldane Empire (Emperor) Abeldane Empire (retired)
2018 Suzuki Leōcor Knight Sunþrawegaz Flag.png Sunþrawegaz, (Creator & Caretaker) Unaffiliated
2019 Ned Gunderson Knight Zenrax (Chief Ambassador) Unaffiliated
2020 (2021) Svein Smedberg Commander Horizontalscapeflag.png Aphelia (STL/Founder)

Zenrax (Senator)

Horizontalscapeflag.png Aphelia (STL/Founder)

Stormhold(Viceroy)

2021 Unawarded -- -- --