Order of the Edelweiss

From Empire of Karnia-Ruthenia
Order of the Edelweiss
Ordem do Edelvais
Chain of the Order of the Edelweiss
Awarded by the
Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia
Type Dynastic order
Motto Virtutis Confido
My trust in [the ancient] virtue
Eligibility Exceptionally meritorious civil and military achievements
Awarded for At the monarch's pleasure
Sovereign Emperor-King Oscar
Principal Commander Knight Companion of the Order
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Knight / Dame
Established 2016
First induction 2016
Last induction 01 August 2023
Distinct recipients 22
Next (higher) Order of the Three Golden Fleeces
Next (lower) Order of St. Stephen
Ribbon of the Order of the Edelweiss

The Order of the Edelweiss was a dynastic order of knighthood founded in Persenburg by Emperor-King Oscar of Karnia-Ruthenia in 2016, to celebrate the establishment of the Karno-Ruthenian Monarchy after the signature of the Karno-Ruthenian Compromise of 2016 in 10 May 2016 and was created to become one of the most prestigious micronational orders. The only sovereign of the order was also its founder, the Emperor-King of Karnia-Ruthenia.

It was a house order of the House of Götzö-Thomaz-Rocha, the Imperial and Royal House of Karnia-Ruthenia and the highest order in the Empire until 2022 with the creation of the Order of the Three Golden Fleeces, that is a pan-national order. So, the Order of the Edelweiss was the highest civil order in Karnia-Ruthenia. Current knights of the order include Grand Duke of Flandrensis, the King of Quinta Velha, former Emperor of the North American Confederation, and the King of Ebenthal, amongst 16 others.

The order was eventually produced on late February, and the first ten was bestowed on Delveran and Occidian[1] citizens that would represent the Empire on MicroCon 2023. It was last awarded on 01 August 2023 and disbanded and removed from the national arms in the previous month.

History[edit | edit source]

The first known report about the order dates back to 26 May 2016, when it was mentioned in the heraldic description of the new coat of arms of the Karno-Ruthenian Empire. Despite not having been officially established on that date, it goes back to a previous idea. The greatest proof of this is that it consists of official form already inserted in the work of the new armorial; ie its design is older, although having an unspecified date. The probable date of creation of the order, however, is limited by the time gap between the signing of the Karno-Ruthenian Compromise of 2016 on 10 May 2016 and the decree establishing the new national symbols of the Empire, issued on 26 May 2016[2].

Heraldry Knight's Neck and Lady's Ribbon Insignia.

The Order of inspiration is certainly the Order of the Golden Fleece, the order of chivalry founded by Philip III, Duke of Burgundy in 1430 and awarded by the King of Spain and the de jure Emperor-King of Austria-Hungary, once being strong the presence of Austro-Hungarian influence in all Karno-Ruthenian institutions. Despite this, the choice for the name actually comes from the Archduke Anton of Karnia. It was he who set the national symbols of Karnia, ended up for choosing the Edelweiss as national flower. Absent a Ruthenian equivalent, the flower eventually became a national symbol and is included in even the insignia of the Armed Forces.

Knight's Neck and Lady's Ribbon Insignia produced in 2023.

On 11 April 2021, the collar was redesign by Dhrubajyoti Roy, as part of the readjustment of the Empire's armorial and was the first of other changes in national decorations[3].

With the creation of the Order of the Three Golden Fleeces, the Order of the Edelweiss became more organically close to Karnia-Ruthenia, while the new highest dynastic order was a pan-national dynastic honor shared with Taslavia and Pannonia. The new order assumed much of the traditions of the Golden Fleece, so the Order of the Edelweiss was more distributed from that moment on, but just for a while. Due the connections with its creator, a former citizen declared persona non grata, the Three Golden Fleeces substitued the Edelweiss, being removed from the national arms in late July and last granted on 01 August 2023.

Order[edit | edit source]

Membership in the Order was strictly limited and included the Monarch, the Crown Prince, the children of the monarch and various supernumerary members, nationals and foreigners. The Order was solely for royalty and nobility, never being conferred to a commoner to the date.

The monarch alone granted membership and he or she was known as the Sovereign of the Order while the Crown Prince would be known as a Knight Companion of the Order. Male members of the Order were titled "Knights", and female members were called "Ladies".

Sovereigns of the Order[edit | edit source]

2016 - 2023[edit | edit source]

  1. His Imperial and Royal Majesty, Emperor-King Oscar of Karnia-Ruthenia

Recipients[edit | edit source]

2016[edit | edit source]

  1. His Imperial and Royal Majesty, Emperor William of North America
  2. His Royal Highness, Grand Duke Nicholas of Flandrensis
  3. His Imperial and Royal Highness, Archduke Ari of Karnia
  4. His Royal Highness, Duke Guilherme da Lomellina e Berenguer of Libertia
  5. His Highness, Grand Duke Christian of Letzembourg
  6. His Royal Highness, Duke Michael of Appinfeldt

2017[edit | edit source]

  1. His Majesty, Emir Filipe of Takia
  2. His Royal Majesty, King August Charles II of Gotzborg

2018[edit | edit source]

  1. His August Highness, Prince Lucas of Woestein, Stadhouder of Mauricia
  2. His Serene Highness, Wilhelm, Prince von und zu Hochbach-Kundarheim

2019[edit | edit source]

  1. Mr. Tian Abdurahman, posthumously.

2020[edit | edit source]

  1. His Majesty, Thomas, King of Quinta Velha and Duke of Saena
  2. His Majesty, Guilherme I Ítalo, King of Taslavia and Archduke of Karnia

2021[edit | edit source]

  1. His Majesty, Arthur II, King of Ebenthal
  2. His Majesty, Guilherme I Ítalo, King of Taslavia
  3. His Grace, Lucas Marco d'Aviano Tomé, Duke of Albuquerque
  4. His Illustrious Majesty, Dhrubajyoti Roy, Rashtradhyaksh of Vishwamitra
  5. His Imperial Highness, Julian, Grand Duke of Lundenwic

2022[edit | edit source]

  1. His Grace, Dylan, Margrave Callahan
  2. His Grace, Jordan, Margrave Brizendine

2023[edit | edit source]

  1. Her Grace, Ping, Margravine Brizendine
  2. Maverick, Altgrave Callahan von und zu Neosho
  3. Her Majesty, Adriana, Queen of the Hanseatics
  4. The Excellent Serena, Altgravine Huerta von und zu Bolingbrook.

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