Flag of Paloma

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Flag of the Free Socialist State of Paloma
UseCivil and state flag, national ensign
Proportion5:3
Adopted29 January 2020
DesignA chief of red, a base of blue, and in a fess of white, the arms of Paloma.
UseCivil and state flag, national ensign
Proportion5:3
DesignA chief of red, a base of blue, and in a fess of white, the obverse and reverse of the Great Seal of Paloma.
UseWar flag
Proportion16:9
DesignRed background, centered is a prison cell window with above the word "LIBERTAD". A distressed prisoner is inside waving the a small Banner of the Revolution.

The flag of the Free Socialist State of Paloma (Spanish: Estado Socialista de Paloma) was adopted in 2019. Its design, a red–white–blue triband, was inspired by the colors of the Dutch flag, believed to signify independence and liberty.

The flag is unusual because it differs on its obverse and reverse sides: the obverse of the flag shows the national coat of arms.

Protocol

Diagram published with regulation 4 from the 2021 Act of the National flag and Anthem

According to protocol, the flag may fly from sunrise until sunset; businesses and schools are permitted to fly the flag from opening to closing. When flying the flags of Paloma and another country at the same time in Paloma, the Paloman flag takes the position of honor and the flag of the guest country flies to its right. Both flags must be at the same height and of equal size. When more than one foreign flag is displayed, Palomas's flag is arranged in the alphabetical order. When the flag becomes unsuitable to use, it is returned to the government to be burned in private. The Act Regarding the National Flag and Anthem does not specify on how the flag should be used, but different prefectures came up with their own regulations to use the Paloman flag and other provincal flags.

Mourning

The national flag has at least two mourning styles. One is to display the flag at half-staff, as is common in many countries. The offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also hoist the flag at half-staff when a funeral is performed for a foreign nation's head of state.

An alternative mourning style is to wrap the spherical finial with black cloth and place a black ribbon, known as a mourning flag, above the flag.

Other displays

Cameron Koehler with the Paloman flag in his micronational flag collection

The Paloman National Flag may be used for commercial or advertising purposes without formal permission as long as the flag is used in a dignified manner and reproduced completely and accurately; it should not be defaced by overprinting with words or illustrations, it should not be covered by other objects in displays, and all symbolic parts of the flag should be identifiable.

The Paloman flag may also be displayed inside, once inside the flag may be displayed in anyway or form as long as it isn't defaced or damaged.

Controversies

Jack Morris's flag controversy

In August of 2020, Supreme Paloman member, Jack Morris made a protest flag which he coined as "Nazi Paloma". The flag features the same design as the original with the Communist Party flags being replaced with the Nazi flag and the woman giving a Nazi salute. The banner that originally reads "PALOMA" was replaced with "HEIL". Morris received heavy criticism from other micronations which lowered his public reputation. It is being discussed if he can be placed on trial for defacement of the Paloman flag in the Paloman Supreme Court.

Paloman LGBTQ+ flag debate

It is debated in Paloma if it would be unlawful or out of jurisdiction.

Historical flags

Proposed flags

Gallery

Also see

List of Paloman flags