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HONOURS AND AWARDS OF
THE WORLD GOVERNMENT



Presented here is a design for an honours and awards system for the United Earth Government's purposes taking into account references to awards in the TV series. The most notable feature of this system is that there are few awards (see picture of Gloval below). The practice of creating individual medals and similar awards for recognising relatively minor achievements (the so-called 'medals for turning up to work') and different medals for things that are basically the same is ridiculous and has been soundly discredited. Having fewer awards also elevates the status of medals generally, so having one actually means something, which is the whole point. Also, it simplifies and minimises the administrative and financial burden of the system.


Medal of Honour.
Note the post-Zentraedi war
'Rising Phoenix' motif.

Captain HJ Gloval UNO DSM UNS.
Captain Gloval was subsequently promoted to flag rank,
awarded the PSM, appointed a Companion of the Order of the
UN, and he was awarded the Medal of Honour posthumously.

Medal of Valour.
This medal is well known for
being made of titanium.


The decision to confer an honour or award (other than operational and long-service awards, which are conferred automatically on fulfilment of criteria) on an individual is made by an independent honours and awards committee strictly in accordance with the relevant criteria.

Miniature medals are worn with evening wear/mess uniform (if a jacket is worn, medals are worn on the lapel). Full-size medals are worn on the chest in other circumstances in which medals are to be worn. They are worn in a single row in order of precedence, overlapped partially if necessary. With certain non-ceremonial/non-mess orders of dress medal ribbons are worn in bar form on the chest in rows of a maximum of three or four (depending on the size of the garment) ribbons per row.

A clasp is a horizontal metal bar that spans the width of the ribbon from which the medal is suspended, multiple clasps being 'stacked'. When clasps are not used multiple awards are represented by stars superimposed on the ribbon. Each has four-points except that five-pointed stars are used instead if the number of four-pointed stars would otherwise exceed four (the first five-pointed star 'replacing' five four-pointed stars). Clasps and stars are the same colour as the medal.



Ribbon in bar form:
Medal of Honour



ORDER OF THE UNITED NATIONS


Membership of an Order cannot be conferred posthumously.

Companion of the Order:
    - conferred for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to the world government or to humanity at large;
    - post-nominal letters – UNC.

Officer of the Order:
    - conferred for distinguished service of a high degree to the world government or to humanity at large.
    - post-nominal letters – UNO.

Member of the Order:
    - conferred for distinguished service to the world government or to humanity at large;
    - post-nominal letters – UNM.



GALLANTRY AWARDS


Subsequent awards to the same recipient are denoted by the addition of one or more stars.

Medal of Honour:
    - awarded for the most conspicuous gallantry or a daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty, in the presence of the enemy;
    - post-nominal letters – MH.

Medal of Valour:
    - awarded for acts of great heroism or conspicuous gallantry in action in circumstances of great peril in the presence of the enemy;
    - post-nominal letters – MV.

Medal of Gallantry:
    - awarded for acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances in the presence of the enemy;
    - post-nominal letters – MG.



BRAVERY AWARDS


Subsequent awards to the same recipient are denoted by the addition of one or more stars.

Medal of Courage:
    - awarded for the most eminent acts of bravery in great peril;
    - post-nominal letters – MC.

Medal of Bravery:
    - awarded for acts of bravery in perilous circumstances;
    - post-nominal letters – MB.

Medal for Brave Conduct:
    - awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances;
    - post-nominal letters – MBC.



CONDUCT AWARDS


Subsequent awards to the same recipient are denoted by the addition of one or more stars.

Distinguished Service Medal:
    - awarded for distinguished command in action;
    - post-nominal letters – DSM.

Conspicuous Service Medal:
    - awarded for distinguished leadership in action;
    - post-nominal letters – CSM.

Meritorious Service Medal:
    - awarded for distinguished conduct in action for which the DSM and CSM do not apply;
    - post-nominal letters – MSM.



OPERATIONAL SERVICE AWARDS


These awards have no post-nominal entitlement.

Stars are used instead of clasps when the ribbon is worn in bar form. Because the General Service Medal, Active Service Medal and Civilian Service Medal are awarded with a clasp denoting the first operation for which the medal was awarded, the number of stars (worn on the ribbon when medals aren't worn) is one fewer than the number of clasps in these cases.

General Service Medal:
    - awarded automatically for service in prescribed peace-keeping and similarly hazardous non-war-like operations;
    - the first award includes the medal and a clasp inscribed with the designation of the relevant operation;
    - each subsequent award is denoted by the addition of a clasp inscribed with the designation of the relevant operation.

Active Service Medal:
    - awarded automatically for service in war-like operations (note: excludes operations that campaign medals represent);
    - the first award includes the medal and a clasp inscribed with the designation of the relevant operation;
    - each subsequent award is denoted by the addition of a clasp inscribed with the designation of the relevant operation.

Campaign medals:
    - each medal represents an individual war or theatre of war;
    - awarded automatically for service in a war either–
        - in action; or
        - for a minimum period in the area where conflict occurred.

Civilian Service Medal:
    - awarded to civilians for serving in support of the UEF whilst subject to military-like arrangements and conditions of service in circumstances for which a military member would be awarded the GSM, ASM or a campaign medal;
    - the first award includes the medal and a clasp inscribed with the designation of the relevant operation;
    - each subsequent award is denoted by the addition of a clasp inscribed with the designation of the relevant operation.



OTHER AWARDS


Military Long Service Medal:
    - awarded for a total of fifteen years' service in the United Earth Forces;
    - each subsequent period of five years is denoted by a star;
    - no post-nominal entitlement.

Public Service Medal:
    - awarded to individuals (military or civilian) employed by the world government for exceptionally outstanding service for which other awards do not apply;
    - only one award can be made to an individual;
    - post-nominal letters – PSM.





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