NOBILITY AND NOBLE TITLES
The nobility and noble titles of the Royal House of Kupang are a consequence of applying traditional uses observed by the Nisnoni Dynasty for centuries.
These usages make up a customary code passed down orally since the days of the Sonbai Empire and are called the Gelaran Adat. No honor of a noble character other than the application of the Gelaran Adat is discerned by the Rajah of Kupang, in his capacity as Head of the Royal House of Kupang. This means that any nobility concession that occurs in our days does not differ from those traditionally granted by the Rajas of Kupang.
In short, respecting these traditional uses, the Rajá of Kupang enjoys the widest freedom to grant the titles of nobility that he deems appropriate. Such is his prerogative as Head of the Royal House. It is worth bearing in mind that neither he nor any of his ancestors were deposed or abdicated at any time or under any circumstance.
The nobility titles granted today by the Royal House of Kupang are to reward civic and humanitarian behavior, aid to development and charity, as well as loyalty and service to the Royal House itself.
Before dwelling on the separate explanation of each of the noble dignities, it is opportune to give an account of a series of characters common to all of them:
- All the titles granted are issued in a patent letter signed by the Rajah of Kupang, stamped with the seal of the Royal House, and registered in the competent Chancellery.
-The titles can be for life, that is, granted during the life of the beneficiary or hereditary, with the capacity to be transmitted by succession upon his death.
- The only way to transmit a title from one person to another is through succession, in the case of hereditary titles, once the death of the person to whom it was granted has been verified. No form of assignment or transfer of title other than this succession is possible.
- Nobiliary succession is preferable in cases of male and primogeniture. However, there are other criteria for succession. In each case, the provisions of the patent letter of concession shall apply.
- The spouse of a winner with a title of nobility may be treated as the consort of the same.
- Any noble concession can be revoked by the Rajá in the same way in which it was granted.
Once these details have been made, we will deal with the different noble titles granted by the Royal House of Kupang, which can only be of three classes, namely: Temukung, Raja Muda, and Fettor.
Temukung: ranks third in the noble ladder of the Kupang Royal House award system.
When looking for an equivalent in the European and Spanish system, Temukung would be equivalent to Barón.
It is not hereditary as a general rule, although the concession may be hereditary, at the discretion of the Rajá, which must be expressed in the letter patent.
It is awarded for merit and outstanding service to the Rajah or the Royal House of Kupang, as well as important civic behavior.
Raja Muda: is the noble rank equivalent to a Duke.
As a general rule, it is always hereditary.
To be granted, the beneficiary must be a creditor of extraordinary merits and services to the Rajá or the Royal House of Kupang.
Rata Muda and Raja Muda It is the highest-ranking noble title that can be discerned by the Royal House of Kupang, the true apex of the Gelaran Adat.
In the European and Spanish award systems, it is equivalent to Duke.
It is always hereditary.
The granting of it is, obligatorily, by virtue of concurrent exceptional merits in the person of the successful person, or services to the Rajá or to the Royal House of Kupang, equal value and devotion.
The Raja Don Nicolaas Nisnoni and the Crown Prince Don Alfonsus Nisnoni, accompanied by the Fettors of the Kupang nobility
All titles can be added to your beneficiary's name preceding it. That is, Temukung (first and last name), Raja Muda (first and last name), and Fettor (first and last name)
Regarding foreign titles of nobility, that is, those recognized by other Royal Houses, according to tradition, they cannot be used in the territory or in the protocol of the Royal House of Kupang. However, this rule can be waived by an act of recognition emanating from the Rajá that can, motu proprio, allow the use of foreign noble titles, both in the territory and in the protocol of the Royal House of Kupang.