Star of Merit
There shall exist in Ansteorra an order unto which the Crown shall select persons who have demonstrated all of the following qualities:
- served their kingdom well and faithfully, well above that which is normally expected of the citizens of Ansteorra;
- Knowledge of the courtly graces; and
- who have shown consistent respect for the laws and customs of Ansteorra.
This Order shall be known as the Order of the Star of Merit of Ansteorra.
Companions of the order are entitled place the initials CSM after their names and to be styled and announced in procession as "Companion of the Star of Merit of Ansteorra” and to wear a ribbon Or edged sable charged with an Ansteorran star (a mullet of five greater and five lesser points sable), worn above the left elbow or below the right knee.
Companions of the Order shall take precedence after all nobility and peerage and before simple Grants of Rank. The Order of the White Scarf (prior to 15 October 2018), Star of Merit, Iris of Merit, Centurions of the Sable Star, Arc d'Or of Ansteorra, and Golden Lance of Ansteorra are held to be of equal precedence.
The Order of the Star of Merit was created by the 1st Crown, Jonathan and Willow, XIV (1979).
Blazon: Argent, on a fess Or, fibriated, a mullet of five greater and five lesser points sable
Insignia: A ribbon Or, edged sable, charged with an Ansteorran star (a mullet of five greater and five lesser points sable) worn above the left elbow or the right knee.