In addition to orders of knighthood like the Order of Saint Michael and the Order of the Kaharagian Eagle, the Sovereign may grant decorations to deserving individuals and though they don’t admit the individual to a order of knighthood, they are much more prestigious than a simple medal and some even rank higher than the various grades of knighthood. For example, the Royal Decoration “Pro Deo Et Patria” is only junior to the Valor Cross, the Order of Saint Michael, and the rank of Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Kaharagian Eagle.
The Valor Cross
The Valor Cross is the most senior decoration in Kaharagia. It outranks even the Order of Saint Michael. The Valor Cross is only awarded for “great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle.” It is also stipulated in the Letters Patent creating it that the Prince is Sovereign and therefore awards the decoration, he is not Sovereign Recipient like the other decorations. As of September 2016 no individuals have been awarded the Valor Cross. There is only a single grade for the Valor Cross.
The Royal Decoration “Pro Deo Et Patria”
The most senior decoration after the Valor Cross, the Royal Decoration “Pro Deo Et Patria” is awarded by the Sovereign for outstanding service to the Royal House, the Principality of Kaharagia, and/or the world at large.
The insignia consist of an enameled black cross with the Sovereign’s monogram on a center disk. On each arm of the cross is a word making up the Royal motto “Pro Deo Et Patria” in gold. The Decoration is suspended from a red ribbon with gold-black-gold stripes on the outside. According to custom, ladies wear theirs suspended from a bow rather than the drape accorded to men.
To see a list of individuals who have been granted the Royal Decoration “Pro Deo Et Patria”, please visit the page, here.
The Royal Decoration “Pro Deo Et Patria” is awarded in a single grade. Much like the Order of Saint Michael and the Valor Cross, the Royal Decoration should be returned to the Sovereign or his Representative by the holders next of kin.
The Royal Decoration of Saint Michael the Archangel
Often called the Saint Michael Decoration, the Royal Decoration of Saint Michael the Archangel is considered a lower tier of the Order of the Kaharagian Eagle which does not have the ranks of Officer and Member like the British Order of the British Empire. The decoration has two grades First Class, which is gold and Second Class which is silver. The insignia is a 3D representation of the patron saint of Kaharagia, St. Michael the Archangel on an oval surmounted by the royal crown. The insignia is suspended from a “Saint Michael” gold ribbon. It is worn from a drape by men and women in uniform and a bow by other ladies.
The Royal Decoration for Arts, Sciences, and Culture
The Royal Decoration for Arts, Sciences, and Culture is granted by the Sovereign to individuals who help advance the fields of the arts, sciences, and culture in general. The decoration consists of two classes.
The Kaharagian Service Decoration
The Principality of Kaharagia stands firmly against the selling of titles of nobility and honours, in fact individuals who have been found to engage in that practice are banned from receiving Kaharagian titles and honours. We have thought it important to recognize individuals who support the Prince, the Royal House, or the nation through service and charity.