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Flag of Aenopia

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Flag of National flag of Aenopia
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Use National flag
Proportion 4:7
Adopted 2 February 2020
Design A vertical biccolour, featuring the Aenopian Coat of Arms in the center.
Designed by Logan Ross
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Proportion 11:18
Adopted 15 July 2020
Design 8 small stars on a dark blue background around a large star, the Aenopian flag featuring in the top left corner.
Designed by Logan Ross


The flag of Aenopia is one of numerous national ensigns officially adopted by Empire of Aenopia on 2 February 2020.[1] During Aenopia's 1 year, 1 month and 14 days of existence, numerous designs of flags have been utilised, with the 'Shattered stained glass' design being utilised for the longest, lasting 5 months and 21 days. Designed by Logan Ross, the first flag was formally adopted on 16 August 2019 following the successful independence of Aenopia from Empire of Emosia.[2] and remained as the primary National symbol and flag of Aenopia until its replacement on 2 February 2020.

History

The origin of Aenopia's flag, seen as an artist's impression of the operator's new trains. Credit:TPE

Origins

The first flag created for Aenopia was based on the flag of the largely-controversial New Cymru in late June 2019 and unintentionally similar to the flag of the East Indian Company.[3] The design featured 5 red stripes on a white background with the Union Jack in the top left corner. Despite being intended as the flag of the then-planned Federation of Aenopia, the flag design was dropped and soon forgotten about after the adoption of the 'Shattered Stained Glass' flag instead. Again intended as the flag of the Federation of Aenopia until Aenopia was annexed by Empire of Emosia on 1 July 2019[4]. Instead of being dropped like the first flag, the 'Shattered Stained Glass' was instead adopted as the state flag of the Dominion of Aenopia, albeit with the Emosian flag featuring in the top left corner. Often compared to looking like 'Stained glass',[5][6] the design came from the British Train Operator Transpennine Express,[7] a regional train operator that runs services across the North of England operated by FirstGroup.[8]

After the independence of Aenopia from Empire of Emosia on 15 August 2019, the 'Shattered Stained Glass' continued to serve as the only national symbol of Aenopia for a further 171 days, making it the longest serving flag and indeed the longest serving symbol of Aenopia. On 2 February 2020, as part of the Reform Act, the 'Shattered Stained Glass' flag was bowed down as the national symbol of Aenopia in favour of a more simplistic tricolour flag featuring the Aenopian Coat of Arms in the middle. The 'Shattered Stained Glass' instead replaced the mostly yellow flag of New Llandudno and Subsidiaries to 'pay homage to the important territory by honouring it with the ex-National flag of Aenopia itself'.[9]

Symbols and Features

The National flag of Aenopia is a vertical Tricolour flag featuring two Dark blue bars surrounding a central white bar. Within this white bar is situated the Coat of Arms of Aenopia. This features a shield split into 4 quarters in which can be found a Puffin (Fratercula arctica[10]) and a Bilberry branch (Vaccinium myrtillus[11] but also known as Huckleberry[12])- the National animal and plant respectively.

Colours

Note: Colours from the Coat of Arms are not featured in this table.

Scheme Dark Blue White Dark Blue
RGB 19-40-103 255-255-255 19-40-103
Hex #132867 #ffffff #132867

List of National Flags used by Aenopia

Flag Date Use Description Status
Ex-aenopia-flag.png late-June 2019 Planned National flag of Federation of Aenopia 5 Red lines on a white background with the Union Jack in the top left corner. Dropped[note 1]
Dominion of Aenopia.jpg 1 July 2019 - 15 August 2019 Ex-state Flag of Dominion of Aenopia Numerous dark blue lines stretching out from the bottom-left corner, with the gaps in-between filled with Blue, Grey and Red. Emosian flag featured in the top-right corner. Retired
Aenopia flag.png 15 August 2019 - 2 February 2020 Ex-national Flag of Empire of Aenopia; state flag of New Llandudno and Subsidiaries Numerous dark blue lines stretching out from the bottom-left corner, with the gaps in-between filled with Blue, Grey and Red. Retired
Empire of Aenopia flag.png 2 February 2020 - present National Flag of Empire of Aenopia Numerous dark blue lines stretching out from the bottom-left corner, with the gaps in-between filled with Blue, Grey and Red. Emosian flag featured in the top-left corner. In use

April Fools Day flag

On 1 April 2020, HRH Logan I declared that Aenopia had officially changed its name to New Cymru 2: Electric Boogaloo. Logan also announced that henceforth he would also be called 'Macaroni Man Logan I lord of the Fire Engines wee woo wee woo' and the National Anthem wouuld be changed to 'Best of Family Guy funny moments 2020 fun time fortnite surprise kinder egg reveal', a reference to the often long titles of videos on the popular media sharing website Youtube.[13] This was reverted later in the day.

Flag Date Use Description Status
New flag.png 1 April 2020 'April Fools' Flag of Empire of Aenopia A collection of images including singer Rick Astley, a fire engine, a bandicam watermark and Arabic text on the flag of the predecessor state to Aenopia, New Cymru. Retired[note 2]

List of State Flags used by Aenopia

Flag Date Use Description Status
New Llandudno Flag.png 15 August 2019 - 2 February 2020 Ex-state Flag of New Llandudno and Subsidiaries Light blue line with two thin white lines travelling diagonally from top-left to bottom-right corners on a yellow background. Retired
Aenopia flag.png 2 February 2020 - Present Ex-national Flag of Empire of Aenopia; state flag of New Llandudno and Subsidiaries Numerous dark blue lines stretching out from the bottom-left corner, with the gaps in-between filled with Blue, Grey and Red. In use
Greater New Aberdare flag.png 1 January 2020 - present State Flag of Greater New Aberdare A white cross featuring a large black cross in the centre and smaller black lines around the corner of the white cross on a green background. In use
Aenopian Calver Flag.png 25 July 2019 - present State flag of Aenopian Calver Dark blue line surrounded by 2 thin white lines stretching out from the top left to bottom-right corner on a charcoal grey background. In use
Blaenau Novae flag.png 2 January 2020 - present State flag of Aenopian Teme 3 white lines stretching horizontally across a blue background. In use

War flag and Military uses

As a peaceful nation, Aenopia is constitutionally prohibited from declaring war on another sovereign state, even if its sovereignty is being violated.[14] An exception to this rule is that Aenopia is allowed to defend its interests if its sovereignty is being violated. However, this does not stop the Aenopian Government for implementing flags for Military or defensive uses. During an invasion, the Aenopian Government is obliged to replace the state flag with the 'War flag'[note 3] to symbolise that Aenopia is currently in a state of defence. The 'war flag' is similar to the main state flag except for the absence of the Coat of Arms in the middle. The middle white bar is also changed to black to symbolise that 'Aenopia is going through dark times.'

Flag Days

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'The Shattered Glass'
2019 (Federation of Aenopia)
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'Emosian Shattered Glass'
2019 (Federation of Aenopia)
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'The Shattered Glass'
2019-2020 (Empire of Aenopia)
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'National Flag'
2020-present (Empire of Aenopia)
Evolution of the Aenopian Flag

For while the Aenopian flag can be flown on any day of the year, there are special dates which the Aenopian flag can likely be seen flying. The flag days of Aenopia are often to celebrate or mark national or international holidays which may be celebrated in Aenopia despite not being an official National Holiday. Often being raised on National Holidays, the flag can also be flown at little to no notice depending on if an event of national concern has just occurred e.g Since 2020, these relevant days have been:

  • 1 January: New Years Day
  • 15 January: Reflection Day
  • 1 July: Formation Day
  • 15 August: Independence Day
  • 28 September: National Talk like Mr Krabs Day
  • Second Sunday in November: Remembrance Sunday.
  • 22 November: Start your own Country Day[15]
  • 25 December: Christmas Day[16]
  • 26 December: End of Christmas

References

  1. The Aenopian Hour. "National Symbols of Aenopia replaced; a farewell to the shattered stained-glass flag". Archived from the original on 15 February 2020.
  2. Governor of Aenopia. "Declaration of Independence Treaty". Archived from the original on 15 August 2019.
  3. Fotw.info. "Flag of the East Indian Company". Archived from the original on 16 July 2020.
  4. Monarchy of Aenopia. "Annexation of Aenopia Treaty". Archived from the original on 26 February 2020.
  5. Logan Ross. "Stained Glass reference". Archived from the original on 16 July 2020.
  6. Logan Ross. "Stained Glass reference". Archived from the original on 16 July 2020.
  7. Chairman's Blog. "Northern and TransPennine Express franchises launched at Piccadilly today". Archived from the original on 13 April 2020.
  8. Companies House. "FIRST TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS LIMITED". Archived from the original on 13 April 2020.
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named National_Symbols_of_Aenopia_replaced.3B_a_farewell_to_the_shattered_stained-glass_flag
  10. National Geographic. "Atlantic Puffin Factfile". Archived from the original on 9 July 2020.
  11. The spruce eats. "What are British Bilberry". Archived from the original on 9 July 2020.
  12. Plantlife. "Plantlife: Bilberry". Archived from the original on 9 July 2020.
  13. https://theaenopianhour.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/breaking-aenopia-reformed-into-new-cymru-2-electric-boogaloo/
  14. Aenopian Government. "Constitution of Aenopia". Archived from the original on 15 July 2020.
  15. GOV.UK. ""UK bank holidays"". Archived from the original on 13 April 2020.
  16. What National Day. ""22 November"". Archived from the original on 3 June 2020.

Footnotes

  1. Despite being listed as an Aenopian flag, this flag was never flown or even officially used.
  2. The flag was only used on 1 April 2020 and featured as the national joke for April Fools day.
  3. As mentioned previously, Aenopia is constitutionally and symbolically prohibited from declaring war despite the fact that the War flag is named as such.

See Also

Empire of Aenopia
National symbols of Aenopia