Orders of Westarctica

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Regalia of the Order of the Snowflake, Westarctica's second highest honor

The Orders of Westarctica are a series of awards (also called "honors") created to recognize exceptional achievements related to the nation of Westarctica, reward dedication and service to the Crown or government, and strengthen bonds of friendship between Westarctica and its foreign allies.

The Orders of Westarctica are a means for the Grand Duke to recognize and reward citizens and foreign dignitaries. Westarctica's sovereign is the font of honor and the only person authorized to bestow knighthoods; however, His Royal Highness has permitted several regional awards to be created and bestowed by authorized members of the Hereditary Nobility on a case-by-case basis.

After the Colony of Calsahara became a client state of Westarctica, its Orders of Chivalry were absorbed into the honors system and the Grand Duke is the font of honor for both series of awards.

Current orders of chivalry

The current system is made up of seven orders of chivalry, with the oldest having been established in the 02 April 2005 Royal Decree Revising the Orders of Westarctica. Royal Decree RD-2021-002, issued on 11 March 2021, made sweeping changes to the honors system, abolishing some honors and expanding others, while placing Calsahara's colonial Orders into Westarctica's order of precedence.

Complete name Ranks Ribbon Established Criteria
Illustrious Antarctic Order of the Orca Knight/Dame Orca-Ribbon.png 10 July 2019 Recognition of lifetime service to Westarctica
Order of the Snowflake Knight/Dame Grand Cross
Knight/Dame Grand Commander
Knight/Dame Commander
Order-Snowflake-Ribbon.png 27 January 2015 Services to Westarctica, exceptional achievement related to Westarctica's national goals, friendship of foreign allies
Noble Order of Westarctica Knight
Order-Westarctica-Ribbon.png 1 August 2004 Recognizing exceptional nobility in monarchs and peers
Order of the Desert Heart Grand Knight/Dame Commander
Knight/Dame Commander
Order-Desert-Ribbon.png 20 November 2009 Services to Calsahara or recognition of foreign leaders
Order of the Polar Cross Knight/Dame Silver ribbon.jpg 18 July 2022 Friendship and diplomacy among micronations
Noble Order of the Sword Knight/Dame Commander
Order-Sword-Ribbon.png 2 April 2005 Military achievement
Legion of Peace General of the Legion
Order-Peace-Ribbon.png 20 November 2009 The promotion of peace

Abolished Orders

On 11 March 2021, Grand Duke Travis issued Royal Decree RD-2021-002 which amended many of Westarctica's Orders of Chivalry. In this decree, His Royal Highness abolished the Holy Order of The Cross and the Order of Merit, both of which had been seldom awarded since their creation in 2005. Although abolished, existing knights of both orders are still authorized to wear their regalia.

Complete name Ranks Ribbon Established Current members Criteria
Holy Order of The Cross Grand Knight/Dame Commander
Knight/Dame Commander
Order-Cross-Ribbon.png 2 April 2005
Exceptional Christian achievement
Order of Merit Knight/Dame Order-Merit-Ribbon.png 2 April 2005
Achievements in the arts & sciences, or actions not covered by other Orders

Orders of Westarctica
Active Westarctica Orca-Ribbon.png OrcaOrder-Snowflake-Ribbon.png SnowflakeOrder-Desert-Ribbon.png Desert HeartOrder-Westarctica-Ribbon.png WestarcticaSilver ribbon.jpg Polar CrossOrder-Sword-Ribbon.png SwordOrder-Peace-Ribbon.png Legion of Peace
Kolios Order-Merit-Ribbon.png Kolios
Defunct Westarctica Order-Cross-Ribbon.png The CrossOrder-Merit-Ribbon.png Merit
Calsahara Order-Thespians-Ribbon.png ThespiansOrder-Masters-Ribbon.png Masters of the Universe
Kolios BWRibbon.jpg Rose ThroneBlue ribbs.png Crucifix
Awards of Westarctica
Royal Guards Westarctica Cross.png Westarctica CrossDefense Commendation.png Defense Commendation • Distinguished Service.png Distinguished Service • Defense Security.png Defense Security • Antarctic Service.png Antarctic Service • Construction Service.png Construction Service • Foreign Service.png Foreign Service • C2 Training.png C2 Training • Good Conduct.png Good Conduct
Civilian Corps Activity Ribbons BallenyExpeditionRibbon.jpg Balleny Islands Expeditionary • Civ-Cor-Calsahara.png Calsahara Expeditionary • Civ-Cor-Achievement.png Achievement • Civ-Cor-Achievement.png Commendation • Civ-Cor-Service.png Service • Civ-Cor-Human.png Community Outreach • Civ-Cor-Global.png Global Campaign Service • GovernmentServiceRibbon.png Government Service • Civ-Cor-Ice.png Iceberg Award • Civ-Cor-Long.png Long Service • Civ-Cor-Nobility.png Nobles • Civ-Cor-Recruit.png Recruiting • Civ-cor-westarctica.png Westarctica Expeditionary
Honored Westarctican Civ-Cor-Artist.png Artist • Civ-Cor-HonCitizen.png Citizen • HonoredConservationistRibbon.png Conservationist • Civ-cor-hondiplomat.png Diplomat • Civ-Cor-HonInno.png Innovator • Civ-Cor-HonService.png Servant • Civ-Cor-HonVol.png Volunteer
Kolios Friendship Cross.jpg Friendship CrossRibbon-W-GR.png Quartercentennial medal