Imperial Cross of Honor

From Empire of Karnia-Ruthenia
Imperial Cross of Honor
Imperial Cruz de Honra
Awarded by the Head of Staff of the Armed Forces of Karnia-Ruthenia
Type Medal
Eligibility Military personnel only
Awarded for embodying noble moral character by defending the weak, aiding the poor, or opposing injustice
Status Active
Established 15 July 2011
Next (higher) Heart of Valor
Next (lower) Order of St. George


The Imperial Cross of Honor, formerly the Honor Cross (HC), is originally a Occidian military service medal for service in the Imperial Forces of Defense and, previously, of the North American and New European Armed Forces, that was first created in 2011 when it was signed into law by Emperor William I. Eventually, became part of the national system of honors of Karnia-Ruthenia in 2023.

Heavily inspired by the German Iron Cross, had its design changed in April 2021, with the inscription "2020" added to the middle of the cross and the star and oak being removed from the ribbon bar. Until 16 November 2023, it was awarded at the discretion of the Emperor, but the decisions regarding the Honor Cross were transfered to the Head of Staff of the Armed Forces of Karnia-Ruthenia.

Criteria[edit | edit source]

Old version of the Honor Cross.

The Honor Cross was given to those who had performed outstanding military service in peacetime, authorized for those members of the Imperial Forces of Defense that showed exceptional actions in peacetime.

In 16 November 2023, the order was reorganized, and the criteria became to be awardedonly to military personnel as before, for military members that embodied noble moral character by defending the weak, aiding the poor, or opposing injustice. The decoration is the same for all branches of the Armed Forces of Karnia-Ruthenia and has only one degree of Recipient.

Precedence and privileges[edit | edit source]

Knights and Dames may use the post-nominal CH and all members of the order are assigned positions in the order of precedence. Knights and Dames are also entitled to be granted heraldic supporters. They may, furthermore, encircle their arms with the order.

Sovereign and Grand Master of the Order[edit | edit source]

Recipients[edit | edit source]

Posthumous Recipients[edit | edit source]

  • Lieutenant Richard Schroeder (1931-2024) - 6 June 2024
  • Major George Shelley (1947-2024) - 6 June 2024
  • Captain Adam McLain (1997-2024) - 6 June 2024

See also[edit | edit source]