Flag of Montriac
|Use||State and civil flag, naval and civil ensign|
|Adopted||March 2nd, 2012|
|Design||Three equal horizontal lines of yellow and black|
- See also List of flags of Montriac
The flag of the Archduchy of Montriac (Spanish: Bandera de Montriac) was officially as a national ensign on February 16th. The flag is conformed by three horizontal equal lines of yellow and black. The flag was inspired in the historical flag of the Free Monarchial State of Montblanc and San Joan, and it represents two figures with its two colours: race, perseverance and neutrality, under the black and monarchy, gold and the richness of the sun with the yellow.
Although the Constitution does not describe any symbolism, it is common culture to understand the symbolism.
Legal status and usage
As with most other flags, the Montrésque national flag should be flown every day by the legally registered public institutions from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Private institutions, businesses and citizens should fly the flag on regional or national holidays or on days determined by the Regional or National Executive. Even when the law specifies this sections as necessary, the government makes exceptions as per economic problems and other formalities purchasing the flag. Institutions which should fly the flag by obligation are:
- The Symbolic Legislative Palace, when the States-General is in session and buildings in which a legislative council is being held;
- Public regional, national and municipal offices on national holidays and other days determined by special resolutions by the relevant authorities;
- Embassies, legations, consulates and other national agencies abroad, on national holidays or when required by the protocol of the host nation;
- Government Palace, the building of the office of the Berinese executive, every day;
- Buildings of the National Security Brigade, fortresses and other military buildings, as determined by law and pertinent regulations;
- Faryaese merchant ships, using the civil ensign, since they operate in a civil capacity.
Out of respect for the flag, popular culture holds that upon raising the flag, the national anthem should be played and all present should stand still, straight, with closed hands at the sides and without any headgear. However, it is unknown if such practice is regularly enforced.
The flag of the Cizlandeese Republic (Spanish: Bandera de la República Cislandesa) was adopted unofficially by Cizlandeese Republican officers the March 16, 2011. It was formed by three equal lines: white, red and green, which represented purity, peace, the blood of the Cizlandeese citizens, the courage of the Cizlandeese people, the hope and the mountains of the Mérida City. The flag was protected by the constitution by articles 11, 12 and 13.
The Cizlandeese Empire used two flags during its short life. The meaning of the two of them is still unknown, because at the time no official protocol was established by the Imperial officers. This, together with the fact that none of the Cizlandeese Imperial flags where official, is a common source of confusion within micronational historians. The first flag was a white-green-blue grasped flag, and was used only during for a short period, between March 30 and April 3, 2011. The second flag was a white background with a red stripe in the middle, in a Congo flag style, with the Imperial lesser arms in the centre. This one was on use from April 3 to April 19, when the Holy Dussesh Empire was founded.
The Dussesh flag, also known as "La cruz" (Spanish for "The cross"), "Weißla" (German for "White-purple") and "Vekolorhe" (Dussmarchoise for "Bicolor") was a purple saltire over a white field, which represented majesty, power, monarchy, hope and the united people of the Dussesh Empire. It was chosen by the Holy Emperor Ricardo on the day of his coronation, and was used not only as the national and civil flag, but also ensign of the Imperial army, the flag of the marine and the national ensign until the fall of the Empire. Its design makes it very similar to the St. Patrick's flag, the popular flag of Ireland, to the Scottish flag, and the Russian navy flag. The Imperial flag, as it was officially called, was considered one of the most important symbols of Dussmark, and is sometimes used with the lesser Imperial arms in the centre, or with a black border and with the Greater Imperial arms. All those designs were considered official by the Dussesh Imperial officers, but were not legally authorised for Imperial ceremonies and important national events. According to the Holy Emperor's statement:
The flag is not inspired in the Scottish saltire as many others may think, it is inspired in the Burgundy cross used by the Spanish Empire, because the Dussesh monarchy is inspired at all in the Spanish monarchy.
—Holy Emperor Ricardo, day of his coronation
Montblanc used two flags in its history, the tricolour and the bicolour. Unlike the Dussesh Empire, these designs were officially elected by the Parliament of San Alejandro, the supreme legislature of Montblanc at the time.
The first flag was an horizontal tricolour of blue, white and red and was introduced in 2011 by King Ricardo I on May 26. According to Ricardo's declaration, the blue represented the rivers, the sky, the royalty and the rich Montblacqi people. The white represented the snow of the Sanalejandrian mountains that gave name to Montblanc. The red represented courage, respect, authority and the Montblancqi blood. The flag, with 2:3 proportions was very similar to the flag of the Netherlands and the flag of Paraguay, but with inverted colours. The flag colours where used in ribbons, pennants, bands and patriotic events, and the flag was used in any tipe of occasion. The Trigualda was present in all the official government houses including the official venues; even a small flag of 30x20 cm. to a 50x100 cm., with the same official proportions. A very similar design with same colours and proportions was later adopted by the Dale Republic.
The second flag was an horizontal bicolour of black and yellow with the royal crown in the centre, and was introduced on May 31st by Protector Ricardo I. The black represented the people, oil of Montblanc, while yellow represented the gold. In both cases, the colors were adopted in order to indicate the wealth and the monarchy. The colours where also used in ribbons, pennants, bands and patriotic events. The flag was officially dismissed after the declaration of the Berinese Confederation.
During the monarchial regime in Berin, seven basic designs where used. Every one of them was officially elected, either by royal decrees or through a vote by the Berinese National Council. The first one of them was the 1:1 blue cross, similar to the flag of Switzerland. The blue cross over a white background was recognised as the heraldic symbol of Berin, and the blue cross design was used from the founding of the Berinese Confederation until its disestablishment. The second one was the Costa Rican style, similar to the flag of Costa Rica, with the same colors, but organised differently. The official design saw the Berinese arms in the centre. The third and fourth flags where equal, with the difference of the coat of arms. Those had a 1:2 white background with two red stripes located horizontally. The stripes where organized in a similar way to the Costa Rican style. The fifth flag was similar to the Belgian flag, with the same proportions, but different colors. This flag used the colors of the Venezuelan flag, with a Sun of May or Inca sun in the centre. The flag of the State of Berin, the successor of the Berinese Confederation, was a blue and white 3:4 ensign, formed by two vertical stripes, with a small coat of arms positioned in the centre. All the flags tended to have the same symbolism: blue for the sky and the rain, red for courage, richness and kindness and white for peace, neutrality and equality.
August 1 - August 18, 2011
Republic of Berin
The first Republican flag was a 3:5 horizontal triband, with red, green and yellow and three white stars in the centre. It represented courage, nature and wealth.
It was used as the official flag of Berin from August 18 to September 4, when it was replaced by a 1:2 red-white-green horizontal tricolor with two blue lines which divided the three stripes. The flag used to have seven stars positioned in the centre in form of an arch, similar to the Venezuelan flag. The stars represented the seven countries of the Cizlandeese Empire, the red, as in the first flag, represented courage, the white represented peace, the green represented nature, while the blue stripes represented the Río Chama and the Río Albarregas. This flag was used until September 14, when the BPG (Berinese Provisional Government) was established to prevent a political crisis in Berin during the deliberation of the Nemkhav Federal Assembly before a destion conserning the status of Berin in the Federation was stated. The BPG used a 2:3 white background with an olive UN-style stick, painted with red, green and blue. The fourth flag of this period in the Berinese history was an English cross of white background, and bordered by a green cross, and was similar to the flag of Zealandia. It was replaced because of its lack of meaning, and, according to Berinese officers, it was seen as “too European” for a country like Berin. Despite it was the first flag used by the Nemkhav Berin, it lasted less than one day in use.
This flag was formed by a Canadian pale triband with a green seven-pointed star in the centre. The red represented courage; the green represented the nature and the mountains sorroudning Berin, while the white represented peace and equality. The seven-pointed star represented the seven original countries of the Cizlandeese Empire. Its name, Treteté, comes from the Albanian "tre shtatë", meaning literally "Three-Seven", reffering the three bars of the flag and the seven points of the Green star. The flag was in use for one month and eight days, a record in the vexilollogical history of Berin. The banner still has a cultural meaning, and passed to represent the Venezuelan part of Faryar; and used fly in the government palace next to the Faryaese flag. The Faryaese government declared the November 30th as the "Day of the Treteté" (Día de la Treteté), similar to a "Day of Regards", a national holiday.
The Faryaese flag was formed by a Nordic cross flag, of green, white and red. The use of the Nordic flag in the Faryaese ensign represented the Nordic influence over Faryar, given by the Rekswhaleskabet. The green represented nature and fixation, and is the heraldic color of the Mérida state. The white represented purity, peace and neutrality, and was one of the two heraldic colors of Faryar. The red represented courage and the Faryaese status as a micronation.
The flag was named "Nórdnánsbanner", which would directly mean in Faryaese "that [flag] who comes from the North. The etymology of the flag might have represented the use of the Nordic cross and the introduction of Nordic culture to Faryar, as part of the project Faryar was involved in. Nórdnánsbanner is considered the most common name, but the flag had also a name in Spanish, the Cruz de Santa Seamarca, or "Cross of Saint Saamark". Saamark was the place where the flag was designed, and the name was supposed to be used in cultural events.
The Faryaese flag was in use from November 9th, 2011, to February 14th, 2012.
Montriac used a different flag in its time as an independent principality. This flag was conformed by two equal horizontal lines of blue and red, and a white lion rampant facing the flagpole in the centre. The flag was inspired in the Coat of arms of the Prince of Montriac. It had also a separate unofficial symbolism: peace, under the white; perseverance, under the blue; and princedom, under the red.
It was in use from February 16th to March 2nd 2012.
Gallery of proposed flags for Berin in the past.