Flag of Ebenthal
|Use||Civil and state flag|
|Adopted||3 May 2020|
|Design||A horizontal tricolor of red, green, and white; charged with the lesser coat of arms left of center.|
|Designed by||Arthur van der Bruyn|
The flag of Ebenthal (Portuguese: Bandeira Nacional de Ebenthal) is triband of colors red, green and white, charged left of the center with Ebenthal's lesser coat of arms, an an English type shield with 10 green and yellow stripes, crossed by a black crancelin from top right to bottom left, topped by the cross of Saint James, which is the main national symbol. Above the shield, the heraldic royal crown.
The flag was designed by King Arthur II, inspired by a design gifted to him by the Emperor-King Oscar I of Karnia-Ruthenia and proposed in 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. The flag design was based the flag Duchy of Anhalt, with the crest based on the one of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha which owned the Castle of Ebenthal, after which the country was named.
Design and symbolism
The flag of Ebenthali is an horizontal triband standard with a width-height aspect ratio of 3:5. All three stripes are equally sized. The colors were purposely chosen to be different from the colors of the previous flags, to represent the renewal of Ebenthal. Original, the new selected colors, red, green and white, had no specific meaning and were chosen inspired by the flag of the Duchy of Anhalt. Subsequently, they were given meaning, the red and white representing the Royal Family, the House of Bruyn, and the green representing the Brazilian origins of the micronation (whose vexillological and heraldic theme it adopted)
The first official flag was adopted in 14 August 2014, three days after the micronation's foundation. It was designed by King Arthur I largely based on the banner of the Roschfallenian Department of Gros Morne, from which Ebenthal arose. The flag was a triband of blue, white and dark red. The Cross of Saint James was added to embellish the flag, make it different from the Gros Morne's flag, and to represent the micronation's Portuguese heritage. The "Crossed-Blue Flag", as it was nicknamed, served as the Ebenthal's civil and state flag until 29 December 2019, when it was replace by a similar flag, adding a Portuguese crest around the cross and rustic details at the edges of the blue and dark red stripes. The pendant in Ebenthal's old colors ceased to be used in official capacity on 3 April 2020, when it lost the vote for a new flag design in the 2020 Ebenthali flag referendum, being replaced by a flag of the same size, but being a yellow Nordic cross dividing the tassel into four quadrants; those above are red, those below are white, and in the center of the cross the coat of arms of Ebenthal, in gold, with the Cross of Saint James in blue. Despite this, the referendum was nullified by a quorum below the permitted level, and a new referendum was held on 2 May 2020, winning the current national flag project. On 2 March 2021, the national flag underwent minor changes in the shape of the shield, following changes in the kingdom's coat of arms.
Administrative divisions flags
Flags of Ebenthal's administrative divisions. Each administrative division is free to rule on their symbols, as long as they exist, which is constitutionally required.
Flag of the Free City of Altenburg.
Flag of the Province of Belmonte.
Flag og the Province of Geraldorf.
Flag of the Province of Lüttenbühl.
Flag of the Province of Schwarzberg.
Flag of the Province of Altentupiland.
Flag of the Principality of New Switzerland.
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.
- 2020 National symbols referendum Published 5 May 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2020.