Order of the Territorial Crown
|The Most Distinguished|
Order of the Territorial Crown
दर्ज़ह अति विशिष्ट नगर मुकुट
Darjah Ati Vishisht Nagara Mukuta
|Awarded by the Head of the Territories|
|Type||Order of chivalry|
|Established||26 May 2023|
|Awarded for||highest level of services and dedication to the welfare and progress of the territories|
|Sovereign||HIllRM The Rashtradhyaksh|
|Chancellor||Minister of Federal Affairs and Administration|
|First induction||26 May 2023|
The Most Distinguished Order of the Territorial Crown (Hindi: दर्ज़ह अति विशिष्ट नगर मुकुट, Darjah Ati Vishisht Nagara Mukuta) is the highest and sole order of chivalry of the federal territories of Vishwamitra, which include the Vishwamitran Overseas Territories and the crown dependencies. The order was constituted on 26 May 2023 by Dhrubajyoti Roy, Rashtradhyaksh of Vishwamitra as the head of the territories on the advice of the Administratorial Council. The order is conferred only on eminent personalities and foreign personages who have rendered the highest level of services and dedication to the welfare and progress of the territories.
Upon the creation of the Order of the Territorial Crown, the Order of Swevalis which was the sole territorial order, became dormant and hence no further inductions were made.
The first-ever territorial order to be created was the Order of Chandril which was constituted on 30 November 2020 for the special administrative territory of Chandril on the advice of its administrator Chandrachur Basu. Following the expulsion of the Chandril in February 2021, the order ceased to exist. In the following times, some other territories constituted their own honours system which with time became extinct. In September 2021, the Order of Swevalis for Swevalis was created which has since then been the sole territory to have its own honours system.
The idea for a common territorial order can be traced back to late 2022 when the idea was introduced to the Administratorial Council by the Rashtradhyaksh. The idea was originally supported by a few members and opposed by the Administrator of Swevalis. Later, the provision was re-introduced before the council in May 2023 when the idea was supported by all the members. Finally, on 26 May, the creation of the order was formally decreed.
Grades, criteria, and insignias
The three grades of appointment to the Order are, in descending order of precedence:
- Grand Companion or Sri Utama Nagara Mukuta - S.U.N.M. (limited to 10 living recipients)
- Companion or Utama Nagara Mukuta - D.U.N.M.
- Member or Sadasya Nagara Mukuta - D.S.N.M.
The Grand Companions of the order bear the honorific prefix or title of Datuk Sri. The Rashtradhyaksh is the Sovereign of the order, while the senior-most administrator serves as the Principal Grand Companion and Chancellor of the order.
The highest class of Grand Companion is limited to only 10 living recipients. The representatives of the territories are eligible for the highest grade. The senior-most administrator serves as the Principal Grand Companion and Chancellor of the order. The appointment to the highest grade is made only at the exclusive discretion of the Head of the Territories.
The two junior grades of Companion and Member are conferred on those who have made significant contributions to the territories. The appointments to the lower grades can be made by the respective representatives of the territories with royal approval and consent.
The ribbon of the order is a yellow bar with a blue horizontal thick bar in the middle. The rosettes indicate the various classes of the order.
The insignia of the Grand Companion comprises of a riband or sash to be worn from the right shoulder to the left hip, a star and a badge. The insignia of the Companion comprises of a necklet worn around the neck which is the ribbon of the order to which the star of the order is hung. The insignia of the Member grade is a medallion worn on the chest which is the ribbon of the order to which the star is hung.
Styles and precedence
The recipients of the Order of the Territorial Crown are entitled to bear pre-nominal or honorary titles. The recipients of the highest class, or Grand Companions, are entitled to bear the honorific prefix or title of Datuk Sri.
- His Illustrious and Royal Majesty Dhrubajyoti Roy, Rashtradhyaksh of Vishwamitra, Head of the Territories (since 26 May 2023)
Grand Companions (S.U.N.M.)
- 26 May 2023: David Augustus, Administrator of New Alamo
- 26 May 2023: Princess Bishakha of Purvanchal, Crown Representative of Chandrabans
- 26 May 2023: Arturo Lara, former Administrator of Roanoke
26 May 2023: Rory Leonard, former Administrator of Swevalis(returned 10 July 2023)
- 26 May 2023: Manggala Alif Prasetia, Administrator of New Indischeland
- 26 May 2023: Matthew Tonna, Administrator of Rabat-Mġarr
- 26 May 2023: Preetam Kapei, Commissioner of Navrajya
- 26 May 2023: Chandrachur Basu, Commissioner of Swarnarajya
- 10 July 2023: Bryce Smith, Administrator of Roanoke
26 May 2023: Rubi, Deputy Administrator of Swevalis(returned 10 July 2023)
None appointed yet