Order of the Golden Sun
|Order of the Golden Sun|
L-Ordni tax-Xemx tad-Deheb
|Awarded by the|
President of Melite, YeLand and its Districts
|Established||29 December 2021|
|Eligibility||State and Foreign Dignitaries, |
and Military of Melite
|Awarded for||Help in the Founding of the State and close alliances.(First Induction)|
Service to the State
|Status||Currently Constituted and Awarded|
|Founder||Matthew Tonna |
2nd President of Melite
|Grand Masters||Matthew Tonna|
Julian David Cassar
|Grades||Grand Cross Special Class|
Grand Cross First Class
|First induction||30 December 2021 (New Year Honours)|
Ribbon Bar of the Order of the Golden Sun
The Order of the Golden Sun (Maltese: L-Ordni tax-Xemx tad-Deheb) is the only national chivalric decoration of the Democratic Christian Federation of Melite. It is awarded for special achievements in political, economic, cultural, intellectual or honorary fields and the recognition of services to the Republic and its citizens as a whole. This award can also be given to foreign dignitaries that help widen Melite's diplomacy as a way of gratitude. There is no limit whatsoever as to how many people can join a grade of the Order. The title 'Friend of the Nation' may also incorporated as part of the Order, though has only been awarded once as of writing.
The idea of the Order originated on 29 December 2021, by Dhrubajyoti Roy, Rashtradhyaksh of Vishwamitra, who suggested to President Matthew Tonna to overhaul the awards system of Melite. Tonna agreed and as a result, the Order was established, replacing the Order of the Holy Cross, the Friendship Ribbon of Melite, and the High Order of Melite, which are dormant as per Presidential Decree No. 5/2021, which instituted this Order and put the old decorations to their current dormant state. The ribbons were designed by the Rashtradhyaksh of the State of Vishwamitra, Dhrubajyoti Roy himself. The award was given for the first time in the New Year of 2022 for the New Year Honours. No known privileges come with the Order of the Golden Sun, except for the post-nominals. The Order is similar to the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, as they both serve as the only national award of their nations, but divided in classes.
- New Year's Day Awards List 2021
- Easter Honours List 2022
- 3rd Founding Day Commemoration Honours List 2022
Ribbons of the Order
Ribbons given for the Order of the Golden Sun, from the highest grade to the lowest:
Grand Cross Special Class[a]
Full Title: Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of the Golden Sun of Melite
Only Grand Masters of the Order can receive the Order in this grade. The Grand Masters of the Order are the current or former Presidents of Melite, and the current or former Mayors of the Fgura Special Administrative Region of the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite. The President of Melite can induct members of the Order without consulting the Fgura Mayor-President, but Mayor-Presidents of Fgura have to consult with the President of Melite before inducting new members in the Order's ranks.
Grand Cross First Class
Full Title: Grand Cross First Class of the Order of the Golden Sun of Melite
Foreign Heads of State and Special Allies of Melite can receive this grade of the Order. This grade is given for exceptionally notable contributions to the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite, whether in its politics, or even its national symbols. Two notable examples are Dhrubajyoti Roy, Rashtradhyaksh (Supreme Monarch) of the State of Vishwamitra who designed the ribbons of this Order and Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu, who designed the new and current National Flag of Melite, which replaced the old one on the 30 December 2021.
Premiers of Melite and Supreme Judges of Melite (outgoing or current), can receive the Order in this grade for distinction in their tenures of office. The first awardees were Premier Arama Vella and Supreme Judge Matthew Vella who both were still serving their offices at the time of their awarding. Foreign Royalties may also receive the Order in this grade, with one example being Alexander I Constantine of Monmark, as reciprocation for the Order of the Crowned Lion which President Tonna received on Boxing Day of 2021.
Diplomats to Melite and Non-Royalty Heads of State may be awarded this grade of the Order for their distinction in their services to the Republic's foreign policy, and to allies of Melite. A notable Commander of the Order of the Golden Sun is the President of the Parliamentary Monarchy of Duckionary Arthur C. de Tourneau in his capacity as Ambassador of Duckionary for Melite and Malta.
This grade is exclusive only for citizens of the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite. This grade does not make discrimination of the awardee's District. Therefore this grade does not make distinction of whether the awardees' region is any of Melite's eight Districts, or the Socialist Fgura Special Administrative Region of the Democratic Christian Republic of Melite. The only inductee of this award is Raphael Cassar.
This grade can be awarded to anyone regardless of status, with no special criteria. None have been awarded as of yet.
Grand Cross Special Class
|1||Melite||Matthew Tonna, President of Melite||30 December 2021|
|2||Fgura||Julian David Cassar, Mayor-President of Fgura|
|3||Melite||Thomas Jacobs, former President of Melite||5 October 2022|
Grand Cross First Class
|1||Vishwamitra||Dhrubajyoti Roy[b]||30 December 2021|
|2||Snagov||Ștefan Marius Snagoveanu|
|1||Melite||Arama Vella||30 December 2021|
|2||Monmark||Alexander I Constantine|
|4||Fontasia||Emperor Connor I|
|7||Melite||Vincent Paul||10 April 2022|
|8||Novus Hierosolymis||Jayden Dagsa|
|10||Cheskgariya-Litvania||Michal Fryderyk Nowacki|
|12||Austenasia||Jonathan I||5 October 2022|
|1||Duckionary||Arthur C. de Tourneau||30 December 2021|
|2||Zeprana||Terry McKeen III[c]|
|3||Nexan Republic||Desslock V. Nafage|
|6||State of Faltree||Hunt Powell||10 April|
|9||Græcia||Quintus de Vitaliis|
|13||Snagov||David Robert Mihnevici||5 October 2022|
|Name||Administrative Division of Melite
|1||Raphael Cassar||Socialist Fgura SAR||30 December 2021|
|2||Thorin Neal||Mustensis||10 April 2022|
|3||Matthew Laptev||Bepistan||5 October 2022|
|1||Begon||Ludwig Brienovic||10 April|
Friend of the Nation
'Friend of the Nation' is a title that can be given with the order to an individual, regardless of status in Melite or micronationalism ingeneral. It is given in gratitude to someone that has given immensely large help to the forming of Melite, helping it become what it is today, and also friendship with the President. The only current recipient of this title is currently Dhrubajyoti Roy of the State of Vishwamitra. The title holds no post-nominals and only serves as an honorary prefix.
- Recipients of this grade of the Order are automatically Grand Masters of the Order.
- Roy was also given the title of "Friend of the Nation" in addition to this Order.
- Revoked on 22 February 2022, after the Dilu Island Dispute and the Zepranan Cold War.
- The Member grade was not given in the 2021 New Years Honours List.
- Melitian Presidential Office, (30 December 2021). "5/2021 On the Order of the Golden Sun"
- Melitian Presidential Office, (31 December 2021). "New Year's Day Honours List of Melite"
- Melitian Presidential Office, (10 April 2022). "Easter Day Honours List of Melite"
- Melitian Presidential Office, (5 October 2022). National Day (27 September) Honours List