Flags and symbols of Ebenthal

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Flag of Ebenthal

Flag of Ebenthal.svg
NameNational Flag
UseCivil and state flag, civil ensign
Proportion3:5
Adopted3 May 2020
2 March 2021 (current redesign)
DesignA horizontal tricolor of red, green, and white; charged with the lesser coat of arms left of center.

The flag of Ebenthal (Portuguese: Bandeira de Ebenthal) is triband of colors red, green and white, charged left of the center with the lesser coat of arms, a German shield of green and yellow stripes, crossed by a black crancelin to the left under the Cross of Saint James, Ebenthali maximum symbol; over the shield, a royal crown.

The flag was designed by the King Arthur II, inspired by a design gifted to him by the Emperor-King Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia and proposed on the 2020 Ebenthali flag referendum on 2 May 2020. The flag was approved with a majority of 4 votes for, with 2 against and 10 abstentions, and was officially adopted as the national flag on 3 May 2020 by royal decree.[1] The new design was based the flag Duchy of Anhalt, with the shield based on the one of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha which owned the Castle of Ebenthal after which the country was named. The flag kept the cross of Saint James, the national symbol.

Flag

Flag meaning

The colors of red, green and white were inspired by the flag of the former Duchy of Anhalt and hold no official representation. Sometimes it is argued the red and white, also present in former Ebenthali flags, may represent the Clan Brum while the green may represent the country's Brazilian origin and/or changing, by being a wide new color never present in any former Ebenthali national symbols.

The arms present on the flag, on the other hand, hold an official meaning as described following in the article.

Historic flags

Ebenthal's first official flag was adopted in 14 August 2014, three days after the micronation's foundation. It was designed by High King Arthur I, based on the Roschfallenian Department of Gros Morne's flag. He envisaged a new meaning for its colors and added the Cross of Saint James as a homage to the Portuguese heritage and to embellish the flag. Its official adoption was later approved by the College of Peers of the Realm.

It served as the country's flag until 29 December 2019, when it was substituted by Arthur II's new flag, inspired by this one. It marked the Cross of Saint James as a national symbol, currently present in many crests. Arthur II's flag went in disuse on 03 April 2020, after the 2020 Ebenthali flag referendum, when a new flag based on the Clan Brum's colors was adopted. As the referendum was ruled unfair due to the people's low participation, a new referendum was realized in 2 May.

Coat of Arms

Coat of arms of Ebenthal
Green Coat of Arms of Ebenthal (2021).svg
Details
Adopted3 May 2021
EscutcheonA yellow and green striped Anglo-Saxon shield; A diagonal black crancelin crossing over to the left; A cross of Saint James above all, from top to bottom of the shield.
SupportersCrowned lions
OrdersOrder of the Silver Cat
Other elementsEither green or red mantling

The Coat of Arms of Ebenthal (Portuguese: Brasão de Armas de Ebenthal) is an English-type shield which background is composed of ten yellow and green stripes crossed in diagonal from bottom left to upper right by a black crancelin, and over all, touching the shield's top and bottom, the cross of Saint James, the country's utmost ensign. The arms may or may not be presented with the Ebenthali crown over it. The arms has two official grand versions: one presenting a red mantle supported by two gryphins, the other one presents green mantle supported by two crowned lions; both presents the collar of the Order of the Silver Cat.

The arms design was created by King Arthur II inspired by a first project presented to him by the Emperor-King Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia. It was voted by the Peers of the Realm in 2 May 2020, approved and adopted the next day. The current arms design was a gift from Dhrubajyoti Roy, the Rashtradhyaksh of Vishwamitra.

Arms meaning

The arms colors and style were heavily inspired and are a reference to the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, former owner to the Castle of Ebenthal after which the country was named, with the shield literally mimicking the aforementioned house's crest but changing the colors' places and adding the Cross of Saint James over it.

The yellow and green from the stripes, together with the black from the crancelin, are the primary colors of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and are meant to represent Ebenthal's inspirational background and thus it's history, while the Cross of Saint James, present in every Ebenthali flag and arms, is meant to represent the continuity, stability and the people's mostly Portuguese background as a reference to the Order of Saint James of the Sword.

Alternative versions

From 3 May 2020 the Government of Ebenthal has adopted and recognized officialy multiple different versions of the country's arms. As of April 2021, the Grand Coat of Arms has been the most recent and commonly adopted arms version by government officials, while the Grand Red Arms is sometimes officialy used by foreign powers in addressing Ebenthali authorities and institutions. The crowned and crownless versions of the arms are widely used in documents.

Royal standards

The King of Ebenthal's personal standart was designed by the monarch himself and unilaterally adopted in 1 August 2020. It is based on Ebenthal's national flag, a triband of red, green and white, with two black crancelins cutting through the flag's red and white bands; On its center, the monarch's monogram "AII" meaning "Arthur the Second" in gold as present on the national arms.

Federative units flags

Flags of Ebenthal's federative unites. Each unit is free to decide their symbols, as long as they exist, which is constitutionally required.

Process of officialization

For a national symbol or any change on it to be implemented it goes for a process. Every change, from little detail to a complete change in the symbols, must undergo a popular referendum called by the King on which as most projects proposals may be included by any person, including commoners. Then the projects are presented to the Conclave as they vote. For a project to be approved it requires the at least two third of votes in favor. The approved project is sent to the King who may or may not give assent. Given, the project is officialy implemented with immediate effect.

References

  1. 2020 National symbols referendum Published 5 May 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2020.