△ La Paz de Los Ricos △
Uses: National Flag, Civil Flag, Ensign
Adoption: September 28, 2018
Design: A 3x5 rectangle, divided across the center,
right side gold, left side divided further into five sections,
with the fourth and fifth sections to the right being bright
orange and crimson respectively, and the second section
containing the white emblem of the Treangolist Triultarchy
of La Paz de Los Ricos.
Designer: Dr. Alekiro Ga̜en (base design)
Third Ex-Commander Gragoro͑ Gute͑ris (original/civil variant)
First National Ex-Ultarch Antre Kino͑no (Treangolist variant)
Use: Civil Flag, Naval Ensign
Use: Civil Flag
The flag of La Paz de Los Ricos (Novodoman: E̹a vanda͑ deve̹o Magosa͑n), also known as the Ricano flag (Novodoman: vanda͑ Rikana) is the current national flag, one of several civil flags, and the primary ensign of La Paz de Los Ricos. The flag includes four colors in a gradient, with the gold and red on both extremes of the flag being taken from some of the previous national flags. In the canton of the flag is the charge, the national emblem of La Paz de Los Ricos, though this varies depending on which variant of the flag is flown.
The history of the current Ricano flag is rooted in the age of Pax Ricana, as well as from inspiration of previous national flags.
The current national flag of La Paz de Los Ricos is based off of several previous designs which were spawned following the Third Reunification War, the age where the Magos Archipelago saw the greatest political changes it had seen in it's history.
The earliest basis of the current national flag's design is the Reformist flag of the Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas (used from 1906 to 1968), following the Third Reunification War. This flag was the first to adopt a design incorporating three uneven sections, as well as the stylized Mara͗n sun symbol (the one which currently most commonly represents La Paz de Los Ricos) in its upper left canton.
This flag was used until Dr. Alekiro Ga̜en, a prominent political commentator and author of several important political treatises, approached then-Commander Gragoro͑ Gute͑ris with a new design. This design was then modified slightly by the Commander into a design which incorporated the Mara͗n sun into the canton.
This design, now the civil variant of the flag, was used from the founding of La Paz de Los Ricos in 1985 until the Treangolist Triultarchy was founded in 2018, when then-First National Ultarch Antre Kino͑no designed the Treangolist emblem: a triangle with its angles separated in a manner meant to portray a constant motion. This emblem was emblazoned on the new Ricano flag, above the Mara͗n sun, in order to form the charge of the Treangolist Triultarchy of La Paz de Los Ricos. The flag has remained constant since.
The Ricano flag has certain specifications that have been set by the Treangolist Triultarchy in order for it to be produced in the ideal manner, and for its symbolism and representation to remain constant. The guidelines are listed below:
The Ricano flag should follow 3:5 proportions, wherein the fly is 3 units tall, and the hoist is 5 units tall. The most common unit of measurement is meters, and the most widely employed ratio for the production of the Ricano flag is 5meters long by 3 meters tall. The production of the Ricano flag employs specific measurements for "ideal results". The Ricano government suggests the following guidelines for accurate reproduction of a Ricano flag (on a blank surface):
"Begin with a blank surface, measuring 5 metric units long by 3 metric units tall. Meters are preferred, but other metric distance measurements are acceptable. Verify these measurements before beginning work on the surface, as they are necessary for accuracy.
Now, divide the surface into ten imaginary sections, each one measuring 0.5 metric units long by 3 metric units tall. For best results, pencil or draw the boundaries between divisions. These sections will be used for the eventual dyeing or coloring of the flag reproduction.
Now, further divide the first three sections across the flags fly into four sections. If done correctly, this will result in a 3 by 4 unit grid. This grid will assist for the measurement and reproduction of the Ricano Treangolist emblem. Reproduce the Ricano Treangolist emblem following the appropriate guidlines, and leave it for the later attachment onto the flags obverse.
Now, acquire the appropriate colors [as dictated in the colors section], and begin to color or dye the flag's sections. The first length-wise three sections (the twelve-space grid) should be colored or dyed the appropriate red color. Once the section is colored or dyed, and appropriately dry, apply the Ricano Treangolist emblem onto the first and second heighth-wise sections, on the second length-wise sections (sections [2,1] and [2,2]). Following this, color or dye the fourth length-wise section the appropriate crimson, the fifth length-wise section the appropriate orange, and the sixth through tenth length-wise sections the appropriate gold.
The final result should be the Treangolist variant of the Ricano flag."
This tutorial has been criticized by many as "non-intuitive" and "confusing", and the Ricano government is currently reviewing a new series of new and in-depth guidelines for the replication of the flag.
The colors of the flag are listed below, in order from left to right:
The symbolism of the flag and its emblazoned charge can be interpreted in many ways. The most common explanation, and the most widely accepted, goes as follows:
"The dark red section symbolises the nation's infancy and early beginnings, and era characterized by major struggles, economic turmoil, and political corruption. The dark red symbolizes that despite all of these failings, the nation's people were still held together by a common 'blood', the Breakaway Spirit. The red section symbolizes the age from 1764 (when the nation was first founded) till 1946 (following the Second World War), and its length symbolizes the three centuries of instability and hardship the nation endured.
The following crimson and orange sections symbolize the slow and gradual climb from economic and political disparity to economic and political prosperity, catalyzed by a national rebuilding, wherein the people of the nation had to reconstruct their own country without any extranational assistance.
The final and longest section, the golden section, is meant to symbolize the nation's prosperous present, as well as the nation's hopeful future. The golden hue itself may also represent the rich economic era of the nation, or May also represent the rays of sun which 'birthed the islands.
The charge of the nation, the Ricano Treangolist emblem, consists of two sections. The first section is a stylized Mara͗n sun, on the bottom of the emblem. This stylized sun, which was adopted from the original design of the sun created by the ancient Mara͗n people, now represents the entire nation, and is an icon of La Paz de Los Ricos and the Ricano people. Above it is a Treangolist treangolo icon, which represents the Treangolist Triultarchy installed in 2018. This icon consists of three stylized lines, arranged in a triangular shape, in such a way that the angles appear to be in constant motion. The treangolo faces up, and symbolizes that the Treangolist government (represented by the treangolo) leads the nation of La Paz de Los Ricos (represented by the Mara͗n sun placed below it) towards 'great heights'.
This charge is position in the red quadrant of the flag. While many believe this was a government oversight, and the charge should be placed in the gold quadrant, this choice was entirely intentional. The position of the treangolo inside the red quadrant serves as a reminder that while the nation has now surpassed its difficulties and obstacles, it is important to remember the 'roots of the country as the Breakaway revolutionary state of Siete Islas'."
The vertical banner variant of the
Ricano flag, used in official settings.
The appropriate patch for the right
The appropriate patch for the left
There are many manners to display the Ricano national flag, as relegated by the Ricano government, depending on the situation and circumstances the flag is under. These should be considered guidelines, and the Ricano government imposes no legal or social consequences for not adhering to or outright breaking these guidelines.
When flown, the flag should be facing upright. The left fly (red quadrant) should be attached to the flagpole, and the right fly (gold quadrant) should be unattached and flying freely. If flown correctly, the treangolo should be pointing towards the sky (treangolo on top, Mara͗n sun below it. The flag itself should only be defaced with the Ricano Treangolist emblem, and writing should not be present on the flag in any format.
If the flag is vertically hung, be certain the flag's obverse is displayed (if both faces are displayed, make certain the obverse faces towards either the room's entrance, or where it will be more visible than the reverse face. Alternatively, a vertical banner variant of the Ricano flag exists, which may be applied in these situations as well.
If the flag is worn as a patch, the following guidelines apply:
If worn on the breast of a shift, tunic, or uniform, the flag should be worn on the wearer's right breast (the viewer's left), so that the left fly (red quadrant) faces away from the sternum, and the right fly (gold quadrant) faces toward the sternum. If worn on the shoulders, a specific orientation should be used. On the wearer's right shoulder, the patch should portray the flag's obverse, with the left fly (red quadrant) faces up, and the right fly (gold quadrant) faces down. The treangolo should point forward. On the wearer's left shoulder, the patch should portray the flag's reverse, with the left fly (red quadrant) faces up, and the right fly (gold quadrant) faces down. The treangolo should point forward.
To clarify, the flag patch guidelines are only enforce in the Ricano military, and with Ricano uniforms. Outside of this, civilian usage is urged to follow these guidelines, but not doing so will not result in any legal action. The guidelines for flag hanging (and the sole purpose for the banner variant existence) is usually for political usage (when displayed in government buildings or by government officials. Again, no enforced penalty or social legality exists regarding the disobedience of these guidelines.
The current Ricano flag, while certainly the most popular and widely-recognized flag (and overall national icon) of the nation, is not the only flag ever used in the nation's history. Various other flags have been used to represent the various stages of the nation of La Paz de Los Ricos, with several being listed below. Also includes several currently-used flags.
The following section contains flags that have been used by the predecessors to La Paz de Los Ricos (including Siete Islas, Once Islas, and Quince Islas). Also includes the modern national flag.
Archipelago from 1571 until 1764, when the Breakaway Commandancy
of Siete Islas gained its independence through the First Breakaway War.
(Used until 1821 in the Spanish-occupied Outer Islands until their liberation
in the Second Breakaway War of 1898 by joint American and Siete Islas forces.)
Cross of Burgundy - (used 1571 - 1764 [or 1898])
Quince Islas for brief periods), beginning in 1764 and being used from 1832 until 1906,
when the Reformists took over the Commandancy and, alongside heavy reforms, installed
their own flag.
The second-longest-used flag (of a state) in Ricano history, lasting a total of 91 years.
Flag of the Breakaway Commandancy - (used 1764 - 1781; 1832 - 1906)
and his Sect of the Law, until the end of the Second Reunification War in 1831, and
the reintroduction of the Castillos dynasty into the Commandancy.
Technically a faction, but still included as an historical flag.
Flag of the Matrusist Commandancy - (used 1781 - 1832)
which existed on the four Southern Outer Islands directly south of
Siete Islas from 1901 to 1946.
Existed at the same time as Siete Islas. Often colloquially referred
to as the Timok flag.
Flag of the League of Island Republics - (used 1901 - 1946)
following the Third Reunification War and existing
until the founding of La Paz de Los Ricos with the
Basis for the future Ricano flag.
Flag of the Reformist Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas - (used 1905 - 1985)
by Third Ex-Commander Gragoro͑ Gute͑ris, until slightly
revised in 2018 to include symbolism of the Treangolist
Flag of the Breakaway Commandancy of La Paz de Los Ricos - (used 1985 - 2018)
Third Ex-Commander Gragoro͑ Gute͑ris' base flag of La
Paz de Los Ricos, and including the Treangolist emblem
(the treangolo) to represent the Triultarchy.
The longest used flag in Ricano history, lasting 201 years and counting.
Flag of the Treangolist Triultarchy of La Paz de Los Ricos - (used 2018 - 2219 [present])
Flags used by factions or associations during the many wars and civil wars in Ricano History. Includes flags of the Iron Militia and Iron Corps, two organizations still existent today.
the faction which liberated the seven central islands from
the Spanish Empire during the Breakaway War. Also used
for a brief period following the nation's independence.
Flag of the Siete Islas revolutionary cell - (used 1753 - 1781)
Commandancy (and currently La Paz de Los
Ricos). Flag is based on the flag of the
Flag of the Iron Militia - (used 1824 - 2219 [present])
Militiamen which sided with Mario Matrus during
the First Breakaway War. Fought against the
Iron Milita, another faction during the war.
Flag of the United Force - (used 1824 - 1829)
Commandancy (and currently La Paz de Los
Ricos). Flag is based on the flag of the
La Paz de Los Ricos, and further, from the
flag of the Breakaway Commandancy.
Flag of the Iron Corps - (used 1833 - 2219 [present])
1903, prior to the Third Reunification War, and fought
in the Third Reunification War.
Basis for the flag of the Reformists Breakaway Commandancy.
Flag of the Reformist faction - (used 1903 - 1905)