Order of the Silver Cat

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Order of the Silver Cat
Ordem do Gato de Prata
Order of the Silver Cat medal.png
Awarded by the King of Ebenthal
TypeDynastic order
Established29 December 2019
MottoPatientia superbia mentis operationem
Patience and pride, intelligence and action
Awarded forExceptionally meritorious achievements and valuable personal characteristics
StatusCurrently constituted
Grand MasterKing Arthur II
TBD
GradesKnight/Dame
Statistics
First induction2019
Total inductees27
Precedence
Next (higher)None
Next (lower)Order of the Blue Blood
EquivalentOrder of Pedro II

Ribbon of the Order of the Silver Cat
King Arthur II of Ebenthal wearing the sash of the Order of the Silver Cat in painting commissioned to the monarch as a gift from Oscar I, Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia.

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,[1] 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.

Origin

Illustration of the method of wearing the Order of the Silver Cat

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.

Grades

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:

  1. 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;
  2. Commander (COGP) – Wears the badge on a necklet, plus the medal on the left chest;
  3. Officer (OGP) – Wears the badge on a necklet;
  4. 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.
Insignia
Order of the Silver Cat - Collar.svg
Order of the Silver Cat SVG ribbon.png
Medal of the Order of the Silver Cat.png
Grand Collar Ribbon Medal

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.

Grand Masters

Name Grand Master and Sovereign as Period
Arthur II King of Ebenthal 29 December 2019 – present

Recipients

Nation Name Grade Date appointed
 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
Flag of the Lateran-States.png Lateran State César de Médici[1] Knight 29 April 2020
Kongo Martin Shaw, Grand Duke of N'zinga[1] Knight 2 May 2020
 Harram Omar V, Sultan of Harran[1] Knight 5 May 2020
 Mauritia Lucas, Stadhouder of Mauritia Knight 11 May 2020
Rubrayev 281858.png 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

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Order of the Silver Cat nominees. Published on 5 May 2020. Retrieved on 1 September 2020.