Order among Non-European Royal Houses

Time for my second post in English (first here), as the issues concerns more than a Swedish reader.

Non-European Royal Houses. What of them? Well, there is a lot of them. And more keep popping up with fancy websites, complete with a set of orders ready for bestowal and sometimes even titles of nobility. This constitutes a real problem.

There is an increasing number of Houses, not necessarily former Heads of State, that has created Orders of Chivalry/Knighthood in recent years, and which may also offer noble titles. First of all, the complete disregard for formalities may be baffling. But it is also embarrassingly clear the the whole point of the operation is to bring a cash flow to the House and bling-bling to whomever has the purse for it. It must be clear that the validity of the titles bestowed rests solely within the supporters of that House, until it becomes a ruling House again. And these orders severely adds to inflation of the orders system, because the Grand Cross and Grand Officer Classes are far too easy to obtain.

One recent example might be The Royal House of Godenu. If you google around, it is clear the the House of Godenu were not paramount chiefs, not chiefs – but sub-chiefs, offering allegiance to other prominent chiefs. How a sub-chief House unilaterally becomes Royal is beyond me, thus claiming a greater honor than more prominent chiefly houses. There is a bit of emphasizing on the constitution of Ghana on the website. But the constitution deals with the National and Regional Chiefs and does not mention a Royal status, and the House of Godenu are too minor to appear in the National Council of Chiefs. The orders bestowed by a sub-chief must have fairly limited value outside Godenu. And to have a menu of noble titles, it is simply not good. There is nothing to support their bestowal.

There are other examples, but I leave it to the scrutiny of the reader. A hint is to look for the list; the list of prominent receivers of the orders or titles, to boost the honor of the House. In fact, it is the opposite, because the mere existence of such list acknowledges the apparent need for such boost… And it should not be needed by a Royal House. Caveat Emptor.

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