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Flags of Craitland

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The Kingdom of Craitland uses a number of flags at different administrative levels, with each of the nation's six provinces and four autonomous territories all flying a design separate to that of the national flag.

National flag

Flag of Craitland
Craitland
National flag of Craitland
Use National flag and ensign
Proportion 1:2
Adopted December 2002
Design A white field with a centred cross combining a red horizontal stripe and a blue vertical stripe, forming a central purple square superimposed by a black "C".
Designer Craitman H. Pellegrino

As with all other traditional symbols used within Craitland, such as the provincial flags and national coat of arms, the national flag was designed by Craitman H. Pellegrino during the formative days of the nation in December 2002. No official proportions were defined in the flag's creation, and a multitude of varying ratios such as 2:3 and 1:3 were used in both official and unofficial sources for a number of years. The flag's current 1:2 proportion was established in July 2012 to coincide with the codification of the Craitish constitution, after a number of years of being the sole proportion used by the government.

Design

Besides its proportion, the flag generally has few official specifications regarding its design. The bands which constitute the cross must be of equal width, in order to form a central square, but are permitted to be of a width anywhere between a quarter and a third of the overall height of the flag. No particular font has been enshrined for the superimposed letter "C", where specifications only suggest that the letter should be "rounded" and sans-serif, and its positioning is merely stated to not have its internal curve extend past the purple section of the flag. In theory, this means the letter could sit entirely within the purple square, but most representations position it to its maximum potential, with the internal curve sitting on the purple's meeting points with either the blue, the red or both. Regardless of font used, the "C" is usually emboldened for increased legibility.

In addition, no official shades have been adopted for the five colours used in the flag, though the following are used in all government sources:

Scheme White Red Blue Purple Black
RGB (255,255,255) (255,0,0) (0,0,255) (128,0,128) (0,0,0)
HEX #FFFFFF #FF0000 #0000FF #800080 #000000

Symbolism

The flag's design is primarily inspired by the flags used by the nations whose cultures most influenced that of Craitland; England and the Faroe Islands. The red cross and white field were taken directly from the former's Saint George's Cross, while the replacement of blue for the vertical band was as a means to include the third colour that also appears on the latter's Merkið. While the white has since come to signify peace, as Craitland is a pacifistic nation, the bands' colours still symbolise the nation's cultural inspirations, with the central square indicating Craitland's place as the product of these as purple is formed by the combination of red and blue. As a result, purple is also the recognised foremost national colour of Craitland. The superimposed letter "C" stands for the nation's name, which begins with that letter in both its English and Craitish forms, and was included for its perceived uniqueness following the 2001 change to the Rwandan flag away from a design that depicted a letter "R" at its centre.

Although the Craitish flag has a similar design to that of the former Netherlands Antilles', there is no symbolic significance between the two, nor are there any links to the flags of the micronations of Paulovia—whose existence was unknown to Craitman at the time of its design—and Lovely—which Craitland's foundation predates by over two years—despite further similar designs.

Provincial flags

Flag of Cherry Trees (1:2):
The national flag in the canton signifies the home of the capital city, with the province's recognised colour of white, symbolising its proximity to the polar ice cap, completing the field. The stylised letters "CT" is a commonly used symbol for the province.
Flag of Jedu (1:2):
Comprised of two islands, the province's flag has a blue field to represent the sea while the larger white square symbolises Jedu-ó-Kuiĵ and the smaller Jedu-ó-Carä. The positioning of the two squares is designed to loosely replicate the shape of a capital letter "J".
Flag of Klevets-ó-Sdaa (1:2):
The darker shade of green symbolises the forests found throughout Klevets county, while the lighter green represents the pastures of Róndsdaa county; the two most populated counties in the province.
Flag of Metzreäiĵer (1:2):
The province's two most notable geographic features are represented by the blue at the base, for its extensive coastline, and the purple above, signifying the Hänä mountain range. The nation's highest point, Hänävissen, is symbolised by the white triangle in the centre.
Flag of Obsĵaiduņ (1:2):
While red and white are the province's recognised colours, little is known of their symbolism. The blue letter "O" in the centre stands for its name, with the chevrons at the hoist and fly pointing inwards to signify that it has the lowest mainland population.
Flag of Unstjeiädón (1:2):
As the province with the longest coastline, the primarily blue field represents its maritime history. The stylised letter "U" indicates its name, while the green half-border is representative of its location at the south of Craitland.

Territorial flags

Flag of Incontinentia (1:2):
Designed in 2010 by Ramazan Tarekseev to replace the original flag after the territory gained increased autonomy. The white maintains its link to Craitland, with the two blue bands representing its coastline on both the Captive Sea and Sea of Storms. A central golden sun signifies a new dawn of self-governing.
Flag of Lakkvia (2:3):
The blue and white halves are designed to imitate the design of the flag of the former Hurmu, of which the territory is a quasi-successor, with the black cross a sign of mourning for those killed in the Hurmu Genocide. The shape of the cross was inspired by the flag of the nearby Stormark, with whom Hurmu had much shared history, and the shield represents Craitland's protection of its people.
Flag of New Vaduz (1:2):
Influenced by Liechtenstein, the flag borrows heavily from the symbols of the namesake capital Vaduz, inverting the colours of its flag and rotating it to a landscape proportion. The crown is found on the coat of arms of Vaduz, and was repurposed to represent the crown of the Prince of New Vaduz; a substantive title given to a senior member of the Craitish royal family.
Flag of Zandarijn (1:2):
The orange, white and blue tricolour was the flag utilised by Zandarijn during its short-lived statehood under the United States of Amoria; a design in turn inspired by the traditional Prince's Flag used by the Dutch, whose culture influenced the territory's. Upon being annexed by Craitland, the centre of the middle band was superimposed with the Craitish national flag. Its overall design is unintentionally similar to the so-called "apartheid flag".

Cultural flags

Flag of the Kej people (3:5):
Used by a nomadic ethnic group native to the province of Metzreäiĵer, the flag has no official usage. Its colours have been long associated with the Kej; the blue representing the region's rivers, the yellow symbolising the sun and the beige signifying the rocky landscape, around all of which their continued lifestyle depends.

Former flags

Former flag of Incontinentia, 2007–10:
Designed by the territory's creator in 2003 prior to its annexation by Craitland shortly after, the design was preserved throughout the territory's inclusion on Micras in 2007 until an increase in autonomy in 2010. The black field was used due to its anarchist symbolism, with the canton displaying a modified peace sign in red.
Former flag of New South Vietnam, 2008:
A protectorate of Craitland for a number of months in 2008, the flag was a modified variant of the one it used when under the rule of New Brittania, where the Brittanic flag was placed in the canton. The design of the field was repurposed from Chi Nam's, itself inspired by the flag of South Vietnam. Under Craitland, the Craitish national flag was placed in the centre to mimic the layout of Zandarijn's.
Flag of Passas:
Under Craitish protection for roughly a month in mid-2009, the flag's origins are a combination of the colours of the flag of Texas and the saltire design of that of Jamaica's. The region of Passas has since become influential in the creation of a Bassarid state, and the flag has been reused in its entirety for Passio-Corum and as a major inspiration for the Bassarid Empire's.
Former flag of Talenore, 2014–16:
Used by the territory during its initial period as an independent nation and preserved after becoming a Craitish protectorate in 2016. As an island, the blue band symbolised water, while the white represented the sky. The four gold stars stood for the four primary ethnic groups that comprised the nation; the Babkhi, the Elw, the Istvanistani and the Sani.
Flag of Talenore:
During Craitish protection, the Talenorean flag was redesigned to a horizontal tricolour, with each band signifying one of the three dominant ethnic groups in the island's shifting demographics. The Sani are represented by the green, the Babkhi by the red, and the Elw by the blue. This flag has remained in use by Talenore following its second independence in 2017 and subsequently its current protection by Shireroth.