Order of the Rose (Zenrax)
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|Order of the Rose (Zenrax)|
Military Ribbon of the Order
|Awarded by the State of Zenrax|
|Type||Sovereign chivalric order with two ranks|
|Motto||Strength and Honor|
|Eligibility||At least 18-21 years of age |
In good standing with one's home community
|Sovereign||Shiro of Zenrax|
|Master||Shiro of Zenrax|
|First induction||17 December 2014|
|Last induction||29 March 2020|
|Next (higher)||none higher|
|Next (lower)||Order of the Hydra (extinct)|
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. As of April 2020, the Order of the Rose is currently affiliated with the entity known as the [State of Zenrax], and has become a fixture in Zenrax's culture of honor. As a rule, the Head of State of Zenrax also serves as the Order's Master.
Currently, the Sovereign Order of the Rose forms the cornerstone of Zenrax's small honors system. While titles of nobility still exist within Zenrax 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.
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.
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.
|Year Awarded (Promoted)||Name||Current Rank||Nation (Title) at Time of Award||Current Nation (Title) as of April 2020|
|- Founder -||Shiro||Master||none||Zenrax (Head of State)|
|2014||David||Knight||Zenrax (co-founder, Lord)||Zenrax (Lord)|
|2015 (2016)||John Marshall||Commander||Siar Fordell (Thegn)||Siar Fordell (Thegn)|
|2017||Stephen Freayth||Knight||Abeldane Empire (Emperor)||Abeldane Empire (retired)|
|2018||Suzuki Leōcor||Knight||Sunþrawegaz, (Creator & Caretaker)||San Dover (Provisional Leader)|
|2019||Ned Gunderson||Knight||Zenrax (Chief Ambassador)||Austenasia (Deputy Prime Minister)|
|2020||Svein Smedberg||Knight|| Aphelia (STL/Founder)
| Aphelia (STL/Founder)