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Flag of the Grand Kingdom of Seythennia

Flag of the Grand Kingdom of Seythennia




Names: The Grand King's Flag, Seythennian flag
Uses: national flag
Proportion: 2:3
Adopted: March 9, 2019
Design: A white field with, in the center, squared versions of the
flags of the Archduchy of Seythennia, the Kingdom of New
Marigeda, and the Principality of Marcolen; the flag of St. Vincent;
a kiwi; and the national symbol of Seythennia, with a black border,
surrounded by eight black ermine-spots
Ensign of the Grand Kingdom of Seythennia




Names: The Striped Ensign, The Black Bars, Seythennian ensign
Uses: ensign
Proportion: 10:17
Adopted: March 9, 2019
Design: Thirteen horizontal stripes alternating black and white;
in the hoist, a squared black cross with the national symbol of
Seythennia and the flag of St. Vincent alternating diagonally in
the corners

The flag of the Grand Kingdom of Seythennia, often referred to as the Seythennian flag, is the national flag of Seythennia. It consists of squared versions of the flags of the Archduchy of Seythennia, the Kingdom of New Marigeda, and the Principality of Marcolen (top row, from left to right); the flag of St. Vincent (bottom row, left); a black kiwi; and the national symbol of Seythennia, all with a black border, surrounded by eight ermine-spots, on a white background. The usage of the three flags represents their transformation from merely states to constituent countries as a result of the Seythennian Reformation, the flag of St. Vincent (Seythennia's capital city) being grouped with the kiwi (the national animal) and the national symbol represents the capital being the center of power and government of all of Seythennia, the eight ermine-spots represent the eight men who wrote the Seythennian Declaration of Sovereignty, and the color white represents unity; the use of black ermine-spots on white is also an implied reference to ermine pelt being used in traditional royal garb.

The ensign of Seythennia consists of a black cross, along with thirteen black horizontal stripes (top and bottom) alternating with white in the fly; the cross merges with the center stripe. In the corners of the cross is the national symbol of Seythennia alternating with the flag of St. Vincent. The 13 stripes represent the ten viceroyalties and three constituent countries, and the cross represents the nation as a whole. The center stripe specifically represents the Archduchy of Seythennia.

History
The current design of the flag of Seythennia is only its 2nd; the change of the flag as a part of the Seythennian Reformation is the first change to the Seythennian flag in the nation's history, and generated a large amount of backlash.


The flag of the Federal Republic of Seythennia
The design of the original flag was first used by revolutionaries in the Seythennian War of Independence, and was created by revolution leader Nikolaus Sey and subsequently adopted by revolutionary soldiers. The first physical flag was flown over the capital after victory, and is today kept in the St. Vincent Palace; its design was laid out in the Seythennian Constitution:

"The official national flag of the Federal Republic of Seythennia shall be that used by our Revolutionaries and Soldiers in the War, so that their Deeds will never become forgotten...this Flag is three times wider than half its height, on its hoist a white field from top to bottom measuring one-third the flag's width...in the center of this field is the Emblem of Our President and Hero Nikolaus Sey...on the final two-thirds are two equal horizontal stripes...the top blue and the bottom red."

The emblem associated with Sey is an eagle with a shield emblazoned with an Iron Cross, and was the national symbol of Seythennia until it was altered in the Reformation. The white represented independence and prosperity, the red represented the blood spilled in the war for independence, and the blue represented hope; the blue stripe being above the red represented the rising of hope after the end of the war.

Design change
With the drastic changes in government as the country moved from federal republic to monarchy, the national flag was changed for the first time in the nation's history. This sparked public protests across the nation, which were cited by Chief Premier Thomas Maldon as a "danger to national peace and security" to justify the new government's crackdown on civil liberties. Critics of the flag point out its complexity and monarchist connotations, as opposed to the previous flag's simplicity and unifying message; vexillologist Nancy Gooden called it "disgusting", saying "it tries to come off as unifying but ends up a divisive, uninspired mess and a disappointment to Seythennians everywhere". The previous flag has remained legal to use and is still in use by most Seythennians, especially republicans. Prince Johann IX of Marcolen defended the flag, saying that it "has a certain beautiful charm... I will always love the historical flag, but our new flag isn't as bad as everyone seems to think".

The ensign was also criticized, but to a lesser extent, with Gooden calling it "an eyesore, but less so", but conceded that "the symbolism behind the stripes and cross is acceptable". Before the Seythennian Reformation, the national flag also acted as the ensign. By law, the ensign is required to fly over all Seythennian boats in international or foreign waters.

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