Medals and Ribbons

Medals and Ribbons

These are a collection of possible awards and their accompanying ribbons. Even though TNG and consequent Star Trek series have not shown their characters displaying Ribbons on their uniforms, the Medals are nevertheless still awarded. Explanations and criteria for awarding particular medals are given below. INCOMING CHARACTERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE MEDALS. Medals are a reward for good role-playing. Only in very special cases is an incoming player to have an existing medal(s) and on those rare occasions, it is through special permission of the GM.

Characters aboard the Cherokee that have received Medals have previously had them listed in their Character Biography under "Decorations". Now, you will find the corresponding Ribbon under their name and photo on a separate page. Ribbons are worn with the dress uniform on the left breast, directly underneath the Starfleet Comm. Badge.

In order to receive a medal in the Cherokee SIM, your department head will recommend you at the end of the Mission. The Medals are then awarded by the Game Master or an Assistant Game Master and added to your bio. Order that the Ribbons appear on uniform is at the bottom of the page.

Gold Star: Denotes each subsequent awarding of the same Medal (placed on Ribbon)
Silver Star: Awarded in lieu of five Gold Stars (placed on Ribbon)

High Honors

These are medals that are awarded for service to the entire Federation in some way. A character must do something extremely heroic to earn one of these awards.

Medal of Honor: The Federation's highest honor. Awarded by the President of the United Federation of Planets to a member of Starfleet who has distinguished him or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the Federation.

Starfleet Cross: The Starfleet Cross is awarded to a character who has distinguished him or herself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United Federation of Planets. The heroism must have been notable and have involved extraordinary risk of life.

Distinguished Service Medal: The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to a character who has distinguished him or herself with exceptionally meritorious service to the Federation in a duty of great responsibility. The performance must be such as to merit recognition for service which is clearly exceptional.

Silver Star: The Silver Star is awarded to a character who is cited for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United Federation of Planets while engaged in military operations. (Typically awarded to characters of Commander rank or above)

Defense Superior Service Medal: Awarded to characters who have performed acts above and beyond the call of duty in defense of Starfleet.

Medium Honors

These are the medals most likely to be awarded in the SIM. They are for characters who have had a significant role in a particular mission and/or done something heroic to save the Cherokee and are typically awarded at the end of a mission.

Distinguished Service Cross: Awarded for extraordinary heroism in action involving actual combat with an opposing armed force.

Legion of Merit: The Legion of Merit is awarded to any member of the Starfleet who has distinguished him or herself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The performance must have been such as to merit recognition of key individuals for service rendered in a clearly exceptional manner.

Distinguished Flying Cross: Awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in space flight.

Starfleet Corps Medal: Awarded in recognition of non-combat heroism and meritorious service.

Bronze Star: The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to a character who has distinguished him or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving military or combat action with an enemy.

Starfleet Unit Commendation: Awarded to an entire Unit for their actions as a group. A unit can be anything from a single away team to an entire Starship.

Defense Meritorious Service Medal: Given to recognize peace-time meritorious achievement. Given under similar circumstances to the Defense Superior Service Medal, but for service or achievement in a position of lesser responsibility than required for the DSSM.

Meritorious Service Medal: Peacetime equivalent of the Bronze Star.

Lower Honors

The most often awarded medals. These may or may not have anything to do with what a character has done in the SIM, and are often awarded more for excellence in role-playing and for player dedication.

Federation Meritorious Achievement Medal: The Silver Medal is awarded to members of Starfleet for exceptional achievement which substantially contributes to the accomplishment of Federation missions or major programs.

Starfleet Commendation Medal: Used primarily to recognize the meritorious service and achievements of junior officers and enlisted personnel. 

Good Conduct Medal: Awarded to characters for Good Conduct.

Federation Superior Achievement Medal: the Bronze Medal is awarded to members of Starfleet for superior achievement which contributes to the accomplishment of Federation missions. 

Starfleet Achievement Medal: Similar to Starfleet Commendation Medal, but recognizes service of a lesser degree.

Humanitarian Service Medal: Awarded to characters who have directly participated in a humanitarian act or operation designated by Starfleet Command.

United Federation of Planets Service Medal: Awarded to characters who have acted in exceptional service towards the goals and aims of the United Federation of Planets.

United Federation of Planets Medal: Awarded to characters who have acted towards the goals and aims of the United Federation of Planets.

Other Awards

These are awards that players receive for specific circumstances, as described following each award.

Gold Lifesaving Medal: Awarded to both civilians and members of Starfleet who risk their lives to save others. Members of Starfleet usually must be in an off-duty status when they perform the act. Positioned after Starfleet Corps Medal. 

Purple Heart: Awarded to characters who have been injured in the line of duty. Positioned after Gold Lifesaving Medal.

Combat Action Ribbon: Awarded to characters who have engaged in combat. Positioned after Bronze Star.

Combat Bar: Recognizes any person who serves on a ship which is attacked or damaged as a result of enemy action. Positioned after Combat Action Ribbon.

Silver Life Saving Medal: Awarded to both civilians and members of Starfleet who risk their lives to save others, but with a risk of a lesser degree than that deserving of the Gold Life Saving Medal. Members of Starfleet usually must be in an off-duty status when they perform the act. Positioned after Meritorious Service Medal

POW Medal: Awarded to characters who have been held captive as Prisoners of War. Positioned following the designated conflict during which the recipient was taken prisoner

Emily Skierron Memorial Medal: If a player recieves one of the Cherokee's coveted 'Emily' awards, this Medal appears on their character bio. Positioned after Meritorius Service Medal.

Noble Prize Ribbon: If a player receives one of the Endeavour's 'Noble' literary awards, this medal appears on their character bio. Positioned after Emily Skierron Memorial Medal.

Taylor Medal of Excellence: If a player wins one of the Endeavour's Monthy Crazy Competitions, featured in the Deflector Dish newsletter, this medal appears on their character bio. Positioned after Noble Prize Ribbon Medal. Positioned after Noble Prize Ribbon.

Bronze Life Saving Medal: Awarded to both civilians and members of Starfleet who risk their lives to save others, but to only a minor degree. Members of Starfleet usually must be in an off-duty status when they perform the act. Positioned after Starfleet Achievement Medal

Expert Marksman Medal: Awarded to characters who have exceptional marksmanship with hand weapons. (Characters can receive this award by writing a subplot where they earn it) Positioned second to last, after all other medals.

Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon: Accompanies a cadet's letter of commendation. This is basically the only medal an incoming character might have.

Campaign Medals

These are basically continuity awards, and are given out according to a character's bio. Positioned, in order, between Starfleet Achievement Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal.

Tzenkethi Conflict Service Medal: Awarded to those characters who have participated in action offensively or defensively against the Tzenkethi during the Tzenkethi War.

Cardassian Conflict Service Medal: Awarded to those characters who have participated in action offensively or defensively against Cardassia during the Cardassian War.

Battle of Wolf 359 Citation: Awarded to those characters who were present at the Battle of Wolf 359 against the Borg in 2367

Klingon Conflict Service Medal: Awarded to those characters who have participated in action offensively or defensively against the Klingons during the Klingon War.

Battle for Sector 001 Citation: Awarded to those characters who helped to repel the invading force known as the Borg in 2373

Dominion Conflict Service Medal: Awarded to those characters who have participated in action offensively or defensively against the Dominion during the Dominion War.

Dominion Campaign Medal: Awarded to those characters who have performed exceptional acts in defense of the Federation during the Dominion War.

Order - This is the order that the Ribbons appear on Uniform

Note: The medals for the Cherokee SIM are based in part upon medals used by the US armed forces. The graphics were designed by Patrik Hulten and Zach Watkins of the sim Endeavor. No infringement is intended.

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