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Old April 9th, 2010, 11:25 PM
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Question How big a deal is the Starburst for Extreme Heroism?

I've always viewed the Starburst for Extreme Heroism (SEH) as the equivalent of the Congressional Medal of Honor (CMH), the Victoria Cross (VC), i.e., the nation's highest military award.

Aramis feels that "the SEH is more akin to a Service Cross*; the MCG to a Silver Star**, and the MCUF to a Bronze Star***. The equivalent to a CMH would be an SEH with an accompanying Knighthood in the Order of the Emperor's Guard or the Order of Heroes... Or even joining the baronetage or baronage†

*Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, or Air Force Cross
** or a Combat DSM or DDSM, which are higher than the SS
*** or a DFC+V, or a NAMCM, or a LOM+V
† probably sans fief. Tho' if important enough, yeah, add the fief."

I feel that the job of the imperial nobility is to provide loyal leadership with sufficient authority to get things done despite a bureaucracy's inbred attempt to do "what we've always done" instead of what is now needed.

That's quite a different job from being a hero on the battlefield.

What do you all think?
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