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National symbology of Theodia
This article explains the official symbols of the Technocratic Republic of Theodia.
- This article was current as of May 2020.
"Innovation, Industry, Integrity" has been the national motto of Theodia since foundation ("Industry" was originally "Industriousness"). These words were intended to capture the focus of the project: innovative solutions, hard work, and honesty. These words are now mostly of historical interest – the national tagline is more common these days.
The national tagline is "Rethink Everything.". This was intended to, as succinctly as possible, summarize the goals, scope, and operations of new Theodia (Theodia from the middle of the Transitional Era).
The tagline was adopted much later in Theodia's history than the motto. It was originally going to replace the motto; but it was eventually made its own separate thing, since the motto had historical import.
The national anthem is a custom remix of the anthems for Golden Sun: Broken Seal and Dark Dawn. The Golden Sun series was extremely influential on young Swena's life (It catalyzed Swena's introduction to the occult.), and se wanted to honour it somehow in ser micronation.
The iconic Hex-Cog (aka, the "Snowflake") of Theodia was designed in 2012, with citizen input. Swena chose to base the design on a hexagon, to represent optimality – the hexagon is the largest tileable regular polygon, it tiles like a circle, it's a good approximation of a circle, and it's one of two possible regular cross-sections of a cube, which is itself a perfect representation of 3 spatial dimensions. The hexagonal shape corresponds to "innovation" in the national motto.
Sakio suggested adding spokes to the hexagon, to make it into a cog. Swena loved that idea, and immediately implemented it. The cog was to represent "industriousness", one of the components of the national motto. Unbeknownst to Swena at the time, Sakio's idea to add spokes was probably inspired by the Empire's logo in Star Wars – Sakio is an avid Star Wars fan.
A cube was then added to the interior of the cog. This cube has been represented by a simple hexagon on every national flag after the 3rd one, with the notable exceptions of the 6th and 8th flags, where it is missing entirely.
The hexagon is vertical rather than horizontal because Swena found it more aesthetic and figured it would be more sattvik.
The Nordic Cross was chosen at Theodia's foundation in 2010 to represent the country's Scandinavian/Germanic heritage.
In the 2nd national flag, the cross's spokes are slightly offset in order to make the flag appear to be warped in a clockwise direction, since clockwise is considered sattvik (Swena was, at that time, interested in aspects of Hinduism such as the Triguṇa; and this influenced national symbology.).
The white in the flag represents brilliance and hope. It corresponds to "integrity" in the national motto.
300° magenta was chosen as the primary colour of the eighth national flag, because it is the only colour that is purely emergent – it cannot be created with just a single wavelength of light. Instead, one must combine red and blue in relatively balanced quantities. Red and blue are at completely opposite ends of the visible spectrum; their coming together to emerge something truly novel is intended to symbolize Theodian radical centrism. Not only is the hue of the flag's magenta a mixture of two extremes, but its lightness is too – it's perceptually midway between white and black in the CIELAB colourspace. It corresponds to the national tagline, "rethink everything".
Violet was the primary colour of the first national flag. Swena had always liked the colours of Byzantium in the game Medieval II: Total War, and had used the purple+white combination on several projects even before Theodia. By the time Theodia was founded, it was Swena's go-to colour combo for flags.
The national flag changed colours from violet in 2011. The 6th and 7th national flags returned to violet in an effort to reclaim something that made Theodia unique: no macronation has violet/purple/magenta/etc in its national flag.
Orange was the primary colour of Theodia's second national flag. This was precipitated by the founder's foray into Indopaganism, and particularly ser interest in the Triguṇa. The SSRF taught that violet was a tamasik colour, and Swena wanted Theodia to be represented by something sattvik. At the time the second flag was chosen, Theodia had just come out of its first bout of inactivity, and Swena wanted to declare the country "reborn" into a golden age. To symbolize that, Swena chose to make the national flag a mixture of orange and yellow – colours which average out to gold.
Gold was used again in the 6th national flag – both to hearken unto days past, and because Swena had always thought that purple and yellow looked nice next to each other, even in early elementary school.
In 2012, the primary colour of Theodia's national flag changed to azure. Azure was chosen because Swena liked the colour, and because blue is often cited as the most popular colour in the world. It is also considered sattvik by the SSRF.
The 4th national flag specifically used the UN's shade of blue, in a gesture to show Theodia as willing to accept international standards when they make sense.
Coat of arms
Theodia's coat of arms was designed per purely aesthetic criteria in 2011. It is always updated alongside the national flag.