Many out there have been playing on the Metaverse for a while and have earned a great number of medals but those that are new to the MV or to the Galactic Civilizations universe would have to traverse a large number of threads to discern what each medal actually stands for. So to ease the searches of those that don't have the time or ability to search for all that I present, as to the best of my knowledge, what each medal stand for.
First off, to have Medals appear under your postings you must go into your Characters page and highlight the Default button located underneath 'Edit Character'. Once this is highlighted the medals will appear in all your past and future posts.
Naval Ranking (Ensign through Fleet Admiral) is based on number of postings to the MV. A high amount of submissions increases your ranking.
2nd Lieutenant (2)
Lieutenant (3 to 6)
Commander (7 to 9)
Captain (10 to 23)
Fleet Captain (24 to 34)
Commodore (35 to 39)
Rear Admiral (40 to 49)
Vice Admiral (50 to somewhere around 100)
Admiral (greater than 100)
I do not currently know the amounts needed for Fleet Admiral other than its a very high amount of game submissions, at least above 450 (the current highest amount of submitted games)
Average Difficulty: Averages the difficulty of all games played to the LOWER averaged difficulty level.
Battles Won: Amount of submitted MV games (wins + losses), received at the 5, 10, 15, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750, and 1000 benchmarks.
Empire Medals: You must be a member of an Empire to receive one of these. Some empires are very well established and are not easy to knock down from their position.
Authors and Commenter Medals are Forum related medals. I do not suggest attempting these medals as they are currently held mostly by Stardock personnel and making posts just to obtain these could result in punitive actions, such as Exile (unable to post).
#1: Racial Medal: Having a victory with each 'main' race (does not include Korath or Krynn at current time) at least once in a submitted game. Can be submitted from any version however.
#2: 5 Victory Games
#3: 20 Victory Games
#4: 50 Victory Games
#5: 100 Victory Games
Medals #6-#9: Unknown Status.
Wounded in Action: Posting 5 defeats, can not be resignations, will appear on your screen in game but no longer appears under postings for an unknown reason.
Alignment: The average ethical alignment used in submissions. Chaotic Good or Chaotic Evil means that your average falls between the extremes and Neutral.
Race: The average race used for submissions. Strangely, DA games are not used in determining average race, but DL and TA games are.
Character Rank: Medals earned by being the top scorers on the MV board.
***If I am wrong or am missing information on any of the above please notify me so I may edit it***