The Order of the Urilian Empire, officially the Most Excellent Imperial Order of the Sublime Urilian Empire was a Urilian order of great personal achievement bestowed upon citizens and soldiers of the Urilian Empire for great personal sacrifice and/or dedication to the Empire's survival and expansion. Established by Emperor Hasdrada I in 1978, it was established and awarded to military personnel that had shown great courage and sacrifice on more than one occasion, and (although less often) civilians who made great scientific or cultural discoveries or contributions in the name of the Empire. Its highest class, the Grand Imperial Cross of the Order of the Urilian Empire (GCUE), was bestowed upon each Emperor upon his coronation and, if rising to the throne as a youth, received the award upon reaching his majority at the age of 16. The award was bestowed personally by the Emperor himself in a formal ceremony with thousands, if not millions, in attendance. Those that received the Knight-Protector order or above were accepted into the Order itself, a highly prestigious organization of all living recipients above Knight-Protector. Becoming a member of the Order of the Urilian Empire was often a way in which low-ranking soldiers rose sharply through the ranks of Urilian society and became a member of the lower nobility.
Though other similarly prestigious and meaningful orders were established by succeeding Emperors, none surpassed the Order of the Urilian Empire in status and prestige, and even after the Urilian Civil War it remained the highest civil honor that could possibly be bestowed upon a Urilian.
The classes of the Order of the Urilian Empire, in descending order, are listed below, with notable recipients noted.
- Grand Imperial Cross of the Order of the Urilian Empire (GCUE)
- Emperor Hasdrada I, Emperor Orulia I, Emperor Najeri II, Emperor Sajuuk I
- Imperial Cross of the Order of the Urilian Empire (ICUE)
- Senior Imperial General Itask
- Commander of the Order of the Urilian Empire (CUE)
- Knight-Protector of the Order of the Urilian Empire (KPUE)
- Defender of the Order of the Urilian Empire (DUE)