Order of the Silver Cat
|Order of the Silver Cat|
Ordem do Gato de Prata
|Awarded by the King of Ebenthal|
|Established||29 December 2019|
|Motto||Patientia superbia mentis operationem|
Patience and pride, intelligence and action
|Awarded for||Exceptionally meritorious achievements and valuable personal characteristics|
|Grand Master||King Arthur II|
|Next (lower)||Order of the Blue Blood|
|Equivalent||Order of Pedro II|
Ribbon of the Order of the Silver Cat
The Order of the Silver Cat (Portuguese: Ordem do Gato de Prata) is a national order of knighthood as well as one of the two the highest civilian decoration bestowed by the Kingdom of Ebenthal, in equal status to the Order of Pedro II and followed by the Order of the Blue Blood. Its current Grand Master is King Arthur II.
The order was established in late 2019 by King Arthur II as a dynastic order attached to the national pantheon of orders and awards taking over the place of the Order of the Swiss Prince as the country's highest award. It is granted to nationals and foreigners in recognition to exceptionally meritorious achievements, wether they are micronational or macronational, public or personal, and valuable personal characteristics and/or deeds towards Ebenthal and its people, at the sovereign's will.
Its symbol, a dark silver cat, was inspired by the Ebenthali King's pet, a silver cat Khajiit. The sovereign's love for his pet was taken as an analogy by the order, thus symbolically representing its recipients's love of Ebenthal. The order's motto "Patientia superbia mentis operationem" (English: Patience and pride, intelligence and action) invokes qualities of usually associated to cats which are most valued in people by the King.
Established in 29 December 2019, it was the first honor created by the then-newly enthroned Arthur II as King of Ebenthal. It was created a personal dynatsic order of the Clan Brum and subsequently attached to the national pantheon of orders, this means, if the Clan Brum step away from the throne, the order follows them. The following day the King appointed the order's first three recipients, respectively the heads of Ebenthal's executive, legislative and judiciary powers at time, all of them regarded as national heroes. At first the order would have only one grade, that of knight, but later on 30 December 2019 King Arthur issued the three first inductee's certificates of membership as Grand Crosses and thus he decided the order would adopt a four-grades style.
The order's goal is to honor and recognize a person for her value, character or notorious merit, and therefore it is to be granted at the pleasure of its grand master and sovereign, the monarch. Its motto inspires personal characteristics such as patience, resilience, pride, intelligence and will to act, much valued by the King and noticed by him as common to cats, which then inspired on the order's name; "silver", though, comes from King Arthur II's pet, the silver-white and brown cat called Khajiit and was also hevaily inspired by the Order of the Golden Fleece, whereas silver is an analogy to golden. Upon its creation, the order took precendence to the Order of the Swiss Prince as the highest Ebenthali order.
In 20 August 2021, following a decree issued three days earlier, the order was reformed into a purely national order (instead of national and dynastic), for which it was created for it the office of a chancellor to be appointed by the government, and it became a sigle-grade order, sharing its position of highest award with the dynastic Order of Pedro II.
Precedence and privileges
Members of all rankings of this order are assigned positions in the order of precedence, ranking above all others members of equal rankings of whichever orders. Consorts, childs and childs-in-law also feature on the order of precedence; relatives of members, however, are not assigned any special precedence. Generally, individuals can derive precedence from their parents or consorts as long as the recipient lives.
All members ot the order are entitled to the prefixes of "Sir" and "Ma'am". When an individual is entitled to use multiple post-nominal letters, the ones of the order (
GCGP for Grand Crosses; COGP for Commanders; OGP for Officials; CGP for knights) takes precedence. All recipients may encircle their arms with the circlet of the order.
Since 24 February 2020, all members of the order disposes from the same right entitled to parliamentary and ministries to require a formal audience with the monarch, a privilege sole to this order.
The King of Ebenthal is the Sovereign and Grand Master of the order. All deeds granting decorations of the Order must bear the signature of the Sovereign and Grand Master. Members of the order are granted a certificate and are eligible to require a personal coat of arms with the insignia of the Order. The Order has four degrees:
Grand Cross (GCGP) – Wears the badge on a collar (chain) or on a sash on the right shoulder, plus the medal on the left chest; Commander (COGP) – Wears the badge on a necklet, plus the medal on the left chest; Officer (OGP) – Wears the badge on a necklet;
- Knight (OGP) – Wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest;
Insignia and habit
- The collar of the Order is in silver, consists of baroque chain adorned by silverly fur and platine translucid spheres. The Silver Cat insignia hangs from a silver royal crown.
- The badge of the Order is a silver enamelled cat over a light brighten silver rhombus. The badge hangs from a royal crown.
- The star of the Order is a silver enamelled cat. The badge hangs from a royal crown.
- The ribbon of the Order is black with faded blue stripes near its borders.
Members of the Order
Membership in the Order is strictly limited and includes the Monarch, the Crown Prince, the closer relatives of the monarch and various supernumerary members, nationals and foreigners.
The monarch alone can grant membership and he or she is known as the Grand Master Sovereign of the Order and the Crown Prince is known as a Grand Companion Companion of the Order.
|Name||Grand Master and Sovereign as||Period|
|Arthur II||King of Ebenthal||29 December 2019 – present|
|Ebenthal||Raphael Sousa, Duke of Sion||Knight||30 December 2019|
|Ebenthal||Nícollas Reis, Duke of Launceston||Knight||30 December 2019|
|Ebenthal||Pedro Reis, 1st Count of Gesetzhausen||Knight||30 December 2019|
|Roschfallen||Fernando I of Roschfallen||Knight||6 January 2020|
|Karnia-Ruthenia||Oscar I, Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia||Knight||20 January 2020|
|New Eiffel||Zabëlle I, Prince of New Eiffel||Knight||10 February 2020|
|Brazil||Prince João Henrique of Orléans-Braganza||Knight||1 March 2020|
|Lateran State||César de Médici||Knight||29 April 2020|
|Kongo||Martin Shaw, Grand Duke of N'zinga||Knight||2 May 2020|
|Harram||Omar V, Sultan of Harran||Knight||5 May 2020|
|Mauritia||Lucas, Stadhouder of Mauritia||Knight||11 May 2020|
|Rubrayev||Jonathan Viana||Knight||30 May 2020|
|Ebenthal||Luísa Somme, 2nd Duchess of Montana||Dame||16 June 2020|
|Gymnasium State||Tomáš Falešník, former President of Gymnasium State||Knight||30 August 2020|
|Rino Island||Marco Antonio Rino, President of Rino Island||Knight||30 August 2020|
|Vishwamitra||Dhrubajyoti Roy, Rashtradhyaksh of Vishwamitra||Knight||25 September 2020|
|Achsen||Lucas Ribeiro||Knight||17 November 2020|
|Jusin||Mirdov M. Kron, former President of Jusin||Knight||31 January 2021|
|Sildavia||Maria I, Queen of Sildavia||Dame||3 May 2021|
|Dracul||Charles Ross||Knight||7 July 2021|
|Ebenthal||Henri Sãens||Knight||7 September 2021|
|Villa Alicia||Leonardo I, Emperor of Villa Alicia||Knight||7 September 2021|
|Luna||Rafael I, King of Luna||Knight||7 September 2021|
|Eminia||Louis Phillipe, King of the Eminians||Knight||7 September 2021|
|Vishwamitra||Tanishkaa Patranabish, Rajpramukh of Beltola||Dame||7 September 2021|
|GSMLL||Adrian Wojtasz, President of GSMLL||Knight||7 September 2021|
|Achsen||Bruno I, King of Achsen||Knight||17 November 2021|
|Mauritia||Lucas Morais||Knight||2 December 2021|
|Quinta Velha||Thomas I, King of Quinta Velha||Knight||2 December 2021|
|New Southern Rhine||Jonathan I, King of New Southern Rhine||Knight||2 December 2021|
|Harram||Hassan III, Sultan of Harram||Knight||2 December 2021|
|Saint-Castin||Marie-Philippe I, Queen of Saint-Castin||Dame||16 February 2021|
- Order of the Silver Cat nominees. Published on 5 May 2020. Retrieved on 1 September 2020.