Order of the Blue Star
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|Order of the Blue Star |
(Italian) Ordine della Stella Blu
Design of the award
|Awarded by the Federal Republic of St.Charlie|
|Type||State order with four degrees|
|Awarded for||Excellency and/or outstanding service in the interests of St.Charlie and of the micronational world.|
|Established||February 13, 2009|
|First awarded||February 13, 2009|
|Total awarded||The maximum quotas: |
Grand Ufficiale: 4
|Next (lower)||Salvo D'Acquisto Military Legion|
The Ordine della Stella Blu or Ordine della Stella Blu St.Charliana (Italian: "Order of the St.Charlian Blue Star") is the highest ranking honour and most senior order of the Federal Republic of St.Charlie. It was designed by Alexander Reinhardt and established in District on February 13, 2009. At one time it was considered the most prestigious award in the MicroWiki Community.
It is awarded in four degrees for "excellency and/or outstanding service in the interests of St.Charlie", mostly in the fields of literature, the arts, economy, public service, and social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities and for long and conspicuous service in civilian and military careers. Save in exceptional circumstances, no one may be awarded a rank higher than Knight in the first instance. The only exceptions are posthumous investitures.
The order is bestowed by decree of the President of the Federal Republic, as official head of the orders of knighthood, on the recommendation of the St.Charlian Parliament, who votes and nominates members. The Order is divided into four grades: Cavaliere (Knight), Ufficiale (Officer), Commendatore (Commander) and Grand Ufficiale (Grand Officer).
The process of founding the Order of the Blue Star began early in February 2009 when the First Reinhardt Administration felt the need of establishing an award to honour those who were helping St.Charlie's establishment, which at the time was also being used as a school project. This decision was also influenced by Alexander Reinhardt's militaria collectioning and general interest in awards and medals. Planning came to a conclusion on February 13, 2009, when the award was officially established through the "Blue Star Decree", which also gave the basis for any other possible decoration within St.Charlie.
From the Order of the Blue Star grew a larger St.Charlian honours system: the Meritorious Service Cross was created soon after to award military officers, while the Presidential Citation Ribbon was established as a secondary award that could be given by motu proprio by the Prime Minister. It is believed that other MicroWiki nations, at the time of the creation of the Order, were soon inspired to follow suit.
The badge of the Order is a four-armed cross with the arms curving wider as they go out and with an enamelled laurel wreath around the arms, forming a circle. The obverse central disc, located in the middle of the cross, features a five-pointed star, symbol of St.Charlie and the November Revolution. On the reverse central disc are located the words "Pro Humanitate" (For humanity). Previously, the medal's obverse located the words "Per la pace" (For peace), but later the motto was replaced. The ribbon for the medal is Egyptian blue.
Distinctions have existed since the creation of the medal: up to the rank of Commander, the badge is worn on the left breast and suspended from a ribbon. The rank is distinguished by a star located on the ribbon itself (bronze for Officers, silver for Commanders). Grand Officers may wear the badge around the neck, suspended from a ribbon necklet, or also on the left breast like the other ranks, but with a golden star instead. The Order itself, however, is not worn usually, except at the time of the decoration ceremony or on a dress uniform or formal wear. Instead, one normally wears the ribbon or rosette on one's suit or uniform.
The President of the Federal Republic of St.Charlie, seen as the fount of honour, is at the apex of the Order of the Blue Star as the head of all St.Charlian orders of knighthood, followed by the Prime Minister, who serves as the Chancellor of the Order.
Thereafter follow four grades, which are, in order of precedence:
- - Grand Ufficiale (Grand Officer)
- - Commendatore (Commander)
- - Ufficiale (Officer)
- - Cavaliere (Knight)
All the grades are given with post-nominal letters that members are entitled to use. Each incumbent President should be also installed automatically as Grand Officer of the Order, being its official head, although such right was never added to the Blue Star Decree, nor incumbent Presidents requested to be promoted automatically. Promotions in grade are possible, though this is ordinarily done only after a significant amount of time has passed from its awarding.
As the Order of the Blue star is the most important, and also the first medal issued by St.Charlie, it is given to St.Charlian citizens and members of foreign nations for outsanding service in the interests of the St.Charlian Nation and/or of micronationry. However, people can be nominated Knight of the order even as a prize for the career, or for excellency in crafts, writing, and science. For making an example, the Order could be compared to the French Legion d'Honneur or the Italian Order of Merit.
- Nick Maggiore, journalist
- Alexander Reinhardt, Founder of St.Charlie
- Patrizio I, First and last King of St.Charlie (posthumously)
- Whisky I, Founder of St.Charlie
- James Lunam, Ambassador and Charity donor
- Heinrich Schneider, Minister of Home Affairs; former Secretary of the Treasury
- James von Puchow, Premier of Landashir
- Leonard Von Sternberg, SCAF Military Officer
- Mohamad Osman, former Minister of Home Affairs
- Karifa Sanfo, SCAF Military Officer
- Niels I of Flandrensis, Grand Duke of Flandrensis
- Daniel Morris, President of Dorzhabad
- James Stewart, Grand Duke of Francisville
- Petya d'Égtavie, Chairwoman of Egtavia
- Nicolò Alvisi, statesman and jurist
- Fabiana Gallo della Loggia, founder of the SCSM and politician
- Gordon Freeman, First Secretary of A1
- Ian Knuckles, Teacher
- Aldrich Lucas, Grand Chancellor of Yabloko
- Petrus Maximus I, King of Finismund
- Will Sörgel, leader of Sandus
- Jacob Tierney, Tzar of Scientopia
- Riley Small, Minister of Home Affairs.
- Luke Albertschine, Federal Prime Minister of Havnesgade-Amager
- Lucas Campos, Grand Duke of Koss
- Sebastian Linden, President of Pristinia
- Marka Mejakhansk, Prime Minister of the Nemkhav Federation
- HIH Crown Prince Jonathan, Prime Minister of Austenasia
- Samuel Azehtyla, statesman, MP
- Magnus De Armis, statesman
- Athlon Strauss, statesman and economist
- Filippo Lanzarini, statestman
- Valentina Marchesi, stateswoman
When created, the order adopted the tradition to use only the Italian language. This was made for remembering the first and original part of St.Charlie. However, the Order is also mentioned and called with its English name, except in official certificates, where everything is written in Italian.
- The "Blue Star Decree" also specifies the criteria for awards to be created, together with general rules on foreign awards, both macro and micronational.