Illustrious Antarctic Order of the Orca
The Illustrious Antarctic Order of the Orca, commonly referred to simply as the Order of the Orca is the highest Order of Westarctica. The intention of the order is to honor those who have provided a lifetime of service and dedication to Westarctica and its ideals. The order was formally established on 10 July 2019.
Creation of the Order
In late 2018, as part of Grand Duke Travis' focus on building a greater sense of community within the nation, he approved the creation of a new order, to serve as the highest honor he could bestow upon a Westarctican citizen. At that time, the Order of the Snowflake was the only order readily available for awarding to Westarctican citizens, due to the specific natures of the other orders. After conferring with advisors, Grand Duke Travis decided to establish another knighthood for Westarctica that would be more exclusively reserved for Westarctican citizens.
Inspiration for the order was taken from the United Kingdom's Order of the Garter. The order was officially established on 10 July 2019 and the first awards were presented at MicroCon 2019.
Structure of the Order
As the Illustrious Antarctic Order of the Orca is a chivalric order, membership is conferred at the sole discretion of the Sovereign. The Royal Council may make recommendations, but the Sovereign is under no obligation to heed them. All members of the order are entitled to attach the post-nominal "KtO" or "DtO" following their name.
Knights and Dames
The order only has a single official rank: Dame/Knight of the Orca, which is limited to 14 regular members, who are appointed for life. These are sometimes referred to as numerary members. While there is no specific criteria, these members are intended to be those citizens who have provided the greatest services to the nation. This is often measured as a body of work across years or even a lifetime. There is no minimum number of knights or dames the order must have, but the accepted wisdom is that vacancies should be filled as worthy candidates are identified.
Royal Dames and Knights
The first category of supernumerary members of the Order, Royal Knights and Dames, are not included in the 14 regular members. Although the Grand Duke is the Sovereign of the Order, making him a member ex officio, he still falls into this category. Royal Dames and Knights may include the Royal Family; the Sovereign's Consort, as well as any adult issue, including those named as such who no longer meet those specific qualifications. There is no limit to the number of Royal Knights and Dames, but effort is made to keep this number reasonably small.
Stranger Knights and Dames
The other category of supernumerary order members, Stranger Dames and Knights, is limited to 7 living persons, in addition to the 14 regular members. This category is for non-Westarctican citizens. This is primarily utilized for Heads of State, in recognition of its closest allied nations, but may be bestowed to any foreigner. Like with regular Dames and Knights, there is no minimum number of members, but numerary vacancies should be given priority.
Regalia of the Order
The regalia of the order is a medallion suspended from a 3/4 inch thick black ribbon worn around the neck. Feminine members of the order may elect to wear the medallion at formal events suspended from a black bow, worn as a brooch. The medallion is based upon a design by Duke Jordan of the Bear Peninsula with assistance from Sir Michael the Ellsworth King of Arms, meant to honor the history of the nation.
The medallion itself is 2 1/4 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high. The medallion is topped by a crown, to indicate the rule of the Sovereign. In the center is a depiction of an orca, a native of the waters of Westarctica, surrounded by water of an icy blue. The orca was selected due to its depiction on the nation's Lesser Arms. They were additionally chosen due to their status as an apex predator, communal nature, and gentle disposition known for becoming aggressive when necessary. The orca is surrounded by the words non sibi, sed omnibus which means not for one's self, but for all in Latin. The outer shape is a white star with 4 points, to represent the four eras of the nation's identity, prior to creation
- The Achaean Territory of Antarctica
- The Grand Duchy of Westarctica
- Protectorate of Westarctica
- A return to the Grand Duchy of Westarctica
Aligning the interior circle are 8 smaller points in blue, to symbolize the different phases of Westarctican government at the order's creation:
- Consul-General Travis (2001 - 2004)
- Grand Duke Travis (2004 - 2006)
- Grand Duke Philip (2006 - 2008)
- Grand Duke Jon-Lawrence (2008 - 2010)
- Protector Travis McHenry and Prime Minister Wolf Tulier (2010 - 2012)
- Grand Duke Travis and Prime Minister Wolf Tulier (2012 - 2017)
- Grand Duke Travis (2017 - 2019)
- Grand Duke Travis and Prime Minister Jordan Farmer (2019)
The reverse of the medallion bears the words "GRAND DUCHY OF WESTARCTICA" the Roman numeralization of the year the order was established (MMXIX), and the membership number of the awardee, in Arabic numerals (i.e. 01). The regalia of supernumerary members after 2021 are not distinguished from those of regular Knights and Dames. Prior to this change, supernumerary members were denoted by a letter; -R for Royal and -S for Stranger. In keeping with the tradition of many numbered orders of chivalry throughout history, the Order has skipped the number thirteen.
Member ex officio
|Name||Member Number||Year of appointment||Notes|
|Grand Duke Travis||Sovereign of the Order|
List of Current Dames and Knights of the Order
|#||Name||Member Number||Year of appointment||Reason for appointment||Notes|
|Prince-Consort Dinny, 1st Marquis of Sarnoff||Service to Westarctica and Consort to the Grand Duke||Initially invested as Royal Knight, was moved to general roster in December of 2019 on recommendation of the Prime Minister|
|Wolf, 1st Duke of Waesche||Body of service to Westarctica|
|Jon-Lawrence, 1st Duke of Moulton-Berlin||Efforts in maintaining continuity of Westarctica|
|Deborah, 1st Countess of Benton||Longstanding and unwavering support of Westarctica|
|Jordan, 1st Duke of the Bear Peninsula||Body of service to Westarctica|
|Prince Christopher, 1st Duke of Hudson||Longstanding support of Westarctica|
|August, 1st Duke of Fox Grove||Body of service to Westarctica|
|Joachim, 1st Baron of Dorrel||Body of service to Westarctica|
List of Current Stranger Knights and Dames
|#||Name||Member Number||Year of appointment||Reason for appointment||Notes|
|President Kevin Baugh of Molossia||Longstanding alliance, mentorship, and friendship|
|Queen Carolyn of Ladonia||Longstanding alliance and friendship|
|Emperor George II of Atlantium||10 years of friendship|
|Queen Anastasia of Ruritania||Longstanding alliance, mentorship, and friendship|
|Chancellor Rankin MacGillivray of Slabovia||Longstanding alliance, mentorship, and friendship|
|Carolyn Yagjian of Obsidia||Longstanding alliance, mentorship, and friendship|
Members of the order are permitted to add an encircling device around the escutcheon or lozenge of their personal arms. The device was created by the Second Ellsworth King of Arms, based on input from Jordan Farmer. The official description of the device is as follows:
A Sable device with Or trim encircling, bearing the motto of the Order, "NON SIBI SED OMNIBUS", lettered in Or, with the badge pendant suspended.
|Orders of Westarctica|
|Active||Westarctica||Orca • Snowflake • Desert Heart • Westarctica • Polar Cross • Sword • Legion of Peace|
|Defunct||Westarctica||The Cross • Merit|
|Calsahara||Thespians • Masters of the Universe|
|Kolios||Rose Throne • Crucifix|
|Awards of Westarctica|
|Royal Guards||Westarctica Cross • Defense Commendation • Distinguished Service • Defense Security • Antarctic Service • Construction Service • Foreign Service • C2 Training • Good Conduct|
|Civilian Corps||Activity Ribbons||Balleny Islands Expeditionary • Calsahara Expeditionary • Achievement • Commendation • Service • Community Outreach • Global Campaign Service • Government Service • Iceberg Award • Long Service • Nobles • Recruiting • Westarctica Expeditionary|
|Honored Westarctican||Artist • Citizen • Conservationist • Diplomat • Innovator • Servant • Volunteer|
|Kolios||Friendship Cross • Quartercentennial medal|