A. Establishment of the Award
a. There shall exist in Ansteorra an order into which the Crown shall induct persons who have consistently shown outstanding work in the arts and sciences, well above that which is expected of the citizens of Ansteorra, and who have displayed a consistent respect for the laws of Ansteorra. These persons should have displayed exceptional skill and expertise in their fields of artistic or scientific endeavor.
b. This order shall be known as the Order of the Iris of Merit of Ansteorra, hereinafter referred to as the Order.
c. Companions of the Order shall be entitled to place the initials “CIM” after their names to designate their membership the Order, and to be styled and announced in procession as “Companion of the Iris of Merit of Ansteorra.”
a. The Order shall carry with it, at the pleasure of the Crown, a Grant of Arms. Companions of the Order shall take precedence after all nobility and peerage and before simple Grants of Rank. The Orders of the White Scarf, Star of Merit, Iris of Merit, Centurions of the Sable Star, Arc d’Or, and Golden Lance of Ansteorra are held to be of equal precedence.
b. If membership in the Order is bestowed upon a person who is already higher in precedence than stated above, then his or her precedence shall remain unchanged.
c. If membership in the Order is bestowed upon a person who does not already hold equal or higher precedence, then his or her precedence shall date from his or her elevation to the Order.
C. Investiture in the Order
a. Companions shall be inducted into the Order at the discretion of the Crown.
b. The selection of a companion of the Order shall be publicly proclaimed by the Crown in open court.
D. Membership in the Order
a. The number of companions to the Order shall not be limited.
b. Companions of the Order shall retain their membership in the Order despite any change in residence.
E. Principals of the Order
a. The King and Queen of Ansteorra shall be the Principals of the Order.
b. Principals of the Order shall share all rights, privileges, and responsibilities of membership in the Order.
F. Insignia of the Order
a. The badge of the Order shall be Or, a mullet of five greater and five lesser points voided sable, surmounted by a natural rainbow proper.
b. Companions of the Order shall be entitled to wear a ribbon tinctured in the spectrum of a natural rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet) about either shoulder.
Revised this fifteenth day of October Anno Societatis li
G. Creation and Revisions
a. Created by Jonathon DeLaufyson Macebearer and Willow de Wisp, XIV (1979).
b. Revised by Lloyd von Eaker and Joselyn Allyne Reynard, XIV (1979).
c. Revised by Seamus of the Cats and Karlanna of Applecross Woods, January 1988.
d. Revised by Duncan Arthur Ross the Black and Larissa Alwynn Clarewoode, September XXXVI (2001).
e. Revised by Aaron MacGregor and Britta MacGregor, August XXXXI (2006).