Orders, decorations, and medals of Karnia-Ruthenia

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The Orders, decorations, and medals of Karnia-Ruthenia covers those decorations awarded by the states which came together under Ruthenian leadership to form the Karno-Ruthenian Empire in 2016. The Karno-Ruthenian honors system goes back to 2014 and the establishment of the Order of St. Stephen and was modeled on European honours system. Most of the actual system were inherited from the Kingdom of Ruthenia, the predecessor state of Karnia-Ruthenia.

The Karno-Ruthenian honours system is a means of rewarding individuals' personal bravery, achievement or service to the Empire and consists of three types of award: honours - used to recognise merit in terms of achievement and service, decorations - to recognise specific deeds and medals, to recognise bravery, long and/or valuable service and/or good conduct.

As the head of state, the Emperor-King remains the fons honorum, but the system for identifying and recognising candidates to honour change considerably over time and most of the orders are not graded.

Current orders

Name Ranks Ribbon Established Motto Associated awards Description
Order of the Edelweiss
Ordem do Edelvais
Knight (KOE)
Dame (DOE)
26 May 2016
Virtutis Confido
My trust in [the ancient] virtue
Order of the Ruthenian Eagle
Highest award in Karnia-Ruthenia, to exceptionally meritorious achievements
Order of St. Stephen
Ordem de Santo Estevão
Knight (RKSS)
Dame (RLSS)
25 November 2014
Impavidum Ferient Ruinae
The difficulties do not frighten me
Order of Ottokar
Dynastic order
Order of Ottokar
Ordem de Ottokar
Grand Cross (GCO)
Commander (CCO)
Official (MO)
Knight (KO)
10 July 2016
Qui Ludere Cum Spinis Scabere
Who stirs with thorns, is scratched
Order of St. Stephen
Dynastic order
Order of St. Peter
Ordem de São Pedro
Knight (KSPE)
Dame (LSPE)
25 November 2014
Ego præcipio tibi
I will entrust to you
Dynastic order
Order of St. Paul
Ordem de São Paulo
Knight (EKSP)
Dame (ELSP)
25 November 2014
Non ducor, duco
I am not led, I lead
Dynastic order
Order of the Queen
Ordem da Rainha
Dame (DOQ)
12 June 2015
Personal services of women to the Crown
Order of the Lion
Ordem do Leão
Knight First Class (K1ST)
Knight Second Class (K2ND)
Knight Third Class (K3RD)
26 May 2016
Civil and military merit
Order of St. George
Ordem de São George
Knight (KGO)
28 November 2015
Gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty
Order of Legislative Merit
Ordem do Mérito Legislativo
Knight (KLM)
28 November 2015
Merit in the highest offices in Parliament, Government and courts of justice

Dormant orders

Name Ranks Ribbon Established Motto Associated awards Description
Order of the Royal House of Ruthenia
Ordem da Casa Real da Rutênia
Grand Cross (GCOHR)
Grand Officer (GOHR)
Commander (COHR)
Officer (OHR)
Knight (KOHR)
13 December 2014
Meritorious achievements in the arts, science, education and religion
Order of the Ruthenian Crown
Ordem da Coroa Rutena
Grand Cross (GCORC)
Grand Officer (GORC)
Commander (CORC)
Officer (ORC)
Knight (KORC)
13 December 2014
Merit towards the Crown, State and Nation in public service
Order of the Ruthenian Star
Ordem da Estrela Rutena
Ruthenian Great Star (RGS)
Ruthenian Star with Sash (RSS)
Ruthenian Star with Golden Wreath (RSGW)
Ruthenian Star on Cravat (RSC)
13 December 2014
Development and strengthening of peace and cooperation between nations

Obsolete orders

Name Ranks Ribbon Established Motto Associated awards Description
Order of the Ruthenian Eagle
Ordem da Águia Rutena
Monarch and Heir apparent (only)
13 December 2014
Order of the Edelweiss
Celebrates the coronation of Oscar I
Order of the Foundation of the Kingdom of Ruthenia
Ordem da Fundação do Reino da Rutênia
Grand Cross (GCOFR)
Grand Officer (GOFR)
Commander (COFR)
Officer (OFR)
Knight (KOFR)
08 December 2014
Comemorative medal at the foundation of the Kingdom of Ruthenia

Other honours and appointments

As the 'fountain of honour' in Karnia-Ruthenia, the Emperor-King has the sole right of conferring all titles of honour, including titles of nobility, knighthoods and gallantry awards. Some offices have permission from the monarch to award medals, like the Order of Legislative Merit, which can be awarded by the Minister-President of Ruthenia and by the Prime Minister of Karnia.

There are five ranks of hereditary nobility in Karnia-Ruthenia, and they are Duke, Prince, Margrave, Count and Baron. Most of these titles are normally given only to members of the Imperial and Royal Family, but already was given to foreigners.

See also