8.1 Royal Peerage
A Royal peerage earned in the Kingdom of Atlantia shall be accompanied by a Patent of Arms if the new Royal Peer does not already have one.
8.2 Order of the Rose
In the Kingdom of Atlantia, the Order of the Rose is a non-polling Order. All Queens or Consorts of Atlantia are inducted into the Order of the Rose upon the successful completion of their first reign, unless they are already members.
8.3 Kingdom Awards and Orders
All Awards and Orders are the gift of the Crown unless it is noted in the description of the Order or Award as the specific gift of either the King or the Queen. A complete list of the Kingdom Awards and Orders is located in Appendix B.
8.4 Conference Requirements
All Awards and Orders bestowed must be reported by the Court Herald to the Crown, the Triton Principal Herald, the Clerk of the Signet, and the Clerk of Precedence, in accordance with Triton Principal Herald Policy, within ten (10) days of the end of the reign.
8.5 Award and Order Recommendations
Recommendations for Awards and Orders may be made under the following conditions:
- Any gentle may make a recommendation for any Kingdom Award or Order
- Any gentle may make a recommendation for any Peerage Order
- Recommendations for Kingdom Awards and Orders of Merit may be made directly to the Crown or via the Online Award Recommendation System
- Recommendations for Kingdom High Orders of Merit and Peerage Orders may be made directly to the Crown via the Online Award Recommendation System, or directly to the Order Principal, or any member of the Order
8.6 Award and Order Precedence
For the purposes of the Order of Precedence in the Kingdom awards shall be ranked as follows:
- All of the Society and Kingdom Awards and Orders which convey an Award of Arms shall rank equally with each other in the Order of Precedence
- All of the Society and Kingdom Awards and Orders which convey a Grant of Arms shall rank equally with each other in the Order of Precedence
8.7 Kingdom Awards
Kingdom Awards shall have the following specifications:
- No Kingdom Award shall be considered a prerequisite for any other Kingdom Award, Order or Peerage
- A Kingdom Award may be given more than once to the same individual
8.8 Kingdom Orders
Kingdom Orders shall have the following specifications:
- No Kingdom Order shall be considered a prerequisite for any other Kingdom Award, Order or Peerage
- Companions of any Kingdom Orders who were admitted prior to Atlantia’s elevation to Kingdom status shall retain their precedence within the Kingdom Orders of Atlantia
- Companions of any Kingdom Orders at the time their Order had its status elevated shall have their status elevated appropriately in the Order of Precedence. The Orders of Atlantia last had their status elevated on April 1, 2003
- Recipients shall be known as companions of their respective orders
8.9 Kingdom Orders of Merit
Kingdom Orders of Merit shall have the following specifications:
- The Orders of Merit are Non-polling Orders
- Admission to the Orders of Merit shall be accompanied by an Award of Arms to those recipients who do not already possess an Award of Arms
8.10 Kingdom Orders of High Merit
Kingdom Orders of High Merit shall have the following specifications:
- The Orders of High Merit are polling orders
- Admission to the Orders of High Merit shall be accompanied by a Grant of Arms to those recipients who do not already possess a Grant of Arms
8.11 Pollings for Peerage Orders and Kingdom Orders of High Merit
Peerage Orders and Kingdom Orders of High Merit may be given by the Crown after a written or verbal polling of the members of the Order regarding the qualifications of a candidate.
- Each polling shall be considered valid for the duration of the reign in which it was conducted and the entirety of the following reign.
- All Verbal pollings must take place at an Order meeting at an event that has appeared on the Kingdom Calendar.
- A verbal polling is only open for the duration of the Order meeting in which the polling is conducted.
- Order members must be present at the meeting in which the verbal polling is conducted to be included in the verbal polling. Verbal pollings may not be conducted by proxy.
8.12 Written Polling Record Requirements
All written pollings shall include:
- Name of the Order
- Definition of the Order per Kingdom Law
- List of candidates, including the following for each candidate: society name, modern name (if known), home branch (if known), and the discipline for which they are being polled
- Yes, no, abstain and comments
- Respondents Society name
- Respondents modern name
- Respondents home branch
8.13 Verbal Polling Record Requirements
All Verbal Pollings must be documented. A minimum of 15 members of the applicable Order must be in attendance for a verbal polling to be considered valid. If the Order does not have 15 members to satisfy the minimum number requirement, then the Order must submit a written polling via the ESP system. This documentation shall be submitted via the Electronic System for Pollings so as to be maintained as part of the Royal Records. The document will then be entered into the ESP system by the Crown.
Documentation for Verbal Pollings shall include:
- Name of the Order
- Location and date of polling
- List of candidate(s) being polled, including the following for each candidate: society name, modern name (if known) and the discipline for which they are being polled
- A list of all Order Members participating in the Polling
- A record of all Order Members responses, to then be documented via the ESP system
8.14 Polling Residency Requirements
The Crown shall not consider polling responses received from any member who has resided outside the Kingdom of Atlantia for more than twelve (12) consecutive months.
8.15 Written Polling Delivery and Return
Written Pollings must be delivered to the Orders, returned and collected as follows:
- Pollings shall be sent by the Principal to those members of the Order who are eligible to receive them
- Pollings shall be returned by the members directly to the Crown (or, at the Crown’s discretion, Their Heirs)
- Pollings shall not be collected locally in any fashion, nor shall they be forwarded to the Crown via any third party
8.16 Bestowal of Peerage Awards
Peerage Awards may be bestowed by Direct Conference or by Writ. Should the award be bestowed by Writ, the following specifications apply:
- The Writ must be announced in a Royal Court
- The Writ must be announced no more than ninety (90) days prior to the bestowal of the award
- The date and location of the elevation shall be announced when the Writ is announced
- The Writ is valid only for the reign in which it is announced
8.17 Peerage Orders and Orders of High Merit Principals
Each of the Peerage Orders and Kingdom Orders of High Merit shall have a Principal.
- The Principal shall be chosen by the Crown, from those within the order.
- The Crown shall conduct a written polling of the Order when choosing a Principal.
- The initial term of office is hereby defined as three years. Subsequent terms are year to year
- The Crown shall review the Principal’s performance at the end of the first term of service and may ask the Principal to serve an additional one year term. A principal may be reappointed to as many single renewal terms as the presiding Crown and the principal may desire.
8.18 Duties and Responsibilities of Order Principals
The Principals of the Peerage Orders and the Kingdom Orders of High Merit shall:
- Maintain the mailing list for their order.
- Mailing lists shall be electronic. Each member of each order is responsible for providing the Principal with their email address and keeping that address current.
- Maintain a current and accurate Watch List for their Order.
- Supply an updated Watch List to the Order at least every 3 months.
- Provide a complete and updated Watch List to the Heirs within fourteen (14) days of Crown Tournament.
- Provide the Order with notification of the Crown’s intent to meet with the Order.
- Present all Award Recommendations received to the Order for consideration.