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The flag of the Pan-Asiatic States, known as The Oriental Standard, is the national standard of the Pan-Asiatic States. It is composed of an 8-pronged sun surrounding a yellow ring, which is circumcentered by a yin and yang.
The flag was first raised in 1991 during the Declaration of Pan-Asiatic Sovereignty, held on two occasions; in Beijing and Neo-Manila. Generally, States adapt their own flags; thus the Oriental Standard is used when there is a presence of Federal authority, such as in State of the Nation Addresses and international summits.
The colors of the Pan-Asiatic flag utilize a white #FFFFFF for the sun, a black #000000 for the backdrop, a golden #FFD700 and a plain red #FF0000 for the yin and yang.
Black and White
The black-and-white on the Pan-Asiatic flag represents the transparency of the State with its people. This is in sharp contrast with the white-red-and-blue standards used by Western Republics, and the palette use of the black-and-white is an act of rebellion and a reminder of secession from what Neo-Maoism considers to be farce, bourgeois republics.
Furthermore, the use of black-and-white aesthetics represents the core value of Pan-Asianism; the Theory of Orientalism. Orientalism, on account of both the writings of Edward Said and the early Pan-Asian ideologues (even modern Jucheists); classifies the world into nations which oppress and the nations which have been oppressed. Neo-Maoism calls for a transparent categorization based on a sharp dialectical analysis of the occident and the orient. The heavy use of black represents, not only the dark ages of Pan-Asiatic history, but the ideal of a region that has been outcast by modern history rising up against its oppressors.
The clean white streak used for the sun is an old Asian representation of cleanliness of mind, conservatism, and morality. The white represents the sanctity of revolution, and the riddance of the Pan-Asiatic States of what it considers 'unhealthy' to society (revisionism, globalism, despotism).
In essence, the use of black represents race and class struggle; and the continual promulgation of truth, transparency, and justice through the Pan-Asiatic States.
The golden yellow represents the cultural liberation of Asians across the world. Golden Yellow is both a respected color in the Southeast Asian region, and in the Asian region. For example, the Bruneian peoples are acquainted to the use of a plain yellow standard, whilst in China and Korea, it is a representation of affluence and royalty. However, the yellow, rather than representing Monarchic yellow, is cast upon symbols of the worker's revolution; symbolizing the 'Every Man a King' mentality which Neo-Maoism inherently harbors. Scholars of the Pan-Asiatic States often utilize this color to put-forward Federal authority as a strong and independent authority, as the cultural icons of old were, but with a people-first prevalence.
In other words, a dialectical approach to authority is taken through this irony; wherein the Pan-Asiatic States is revered as both a continuation of sovereign cultural prominence (as an antithesis to Western cultural prominence) led by a mass line of the Pan-Asiatic people. The power is no longer bestowed upon a single despot or a set of oligarchs, but rather, the people themselves; who are all equally, and individually, a powerful collective with the same prowess of a monarch-- with the same voice, prosperity, and power through the collective.
The red of the Pan-Asiatic States is a reminder of the Marxist roots of the Pan-Asiatic system. Whilst steps have been undertaken by modern ideologues to fit Socialist ideological aspirations into the callings of the era towards the betterment of the overall society, masses are reminded that in all undertakings, a strong Marxist basis must be upheld; in both government and individual action.
The red utilized is a reminder too of the worldwide proletariat, and that Asia, as the Orient of the proletariat; must aid the common proletariat before serving other needs of the state. It is a historic reminder of the struggle daunted by the heroes of the working-class all across the world, which is the basis of political power too, in the Pan-Asiatic States.
The Sun of the Pan-Asiatic States is an 8-pronged Sun representing the initial 8 divisions of the Pan-Asiatic States. The flag was conceptualized before the integration of Japan into the autonomy of the Pan-Asiatic States, as plans for Japan to be integrated as a Soviet Socialist Republic had been made. However, after public outcry, decisions to associate Japan as a dependent republic within the Pan-Asiatic States instead were fulfilled.
Rather than revising the 8-pronged Sun, ideologues of post-1991 Maoism instead idealize the 8 States to retain their power from a strong Federal authority; with the capital state, the Tagalog Soviet Socialist Republic (New Philippines) to be represented by the core center of the sun, as the capital state is the de facto political heart of the Federation and root source of ideological authority for all other 8 States. As Metropolitan Neo-Manila, capital of the Pan-Asiatic States in the Tagalog Soviet Socialist Republic soon became a blossoming hub of trade, more political actors became centralized for better economic management, within the Tagalog Soviet Socialist Republic. Thus, all 8 States became truly derivative through the people within the central region.
The Yin and Yang
The principle of Yin and Yang is that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites, for example, female-male, dark-light and old-young. The principle, dating from the 3rd century BCE or even earlier, is a fundamental concept in Chinese philosophy and culture in general. In Taoist metaphysics, distinctions between Nice and Bad along with other dichotomous moral judgments, are perceptual, not real; so, the duality of yin and yang is an indivisible whole. In the ethics of Confucianism on the other hand, most notably in the philosophy of Dong Zhongshu (c. 2nd century BC), a moral dimension is attached to the idea of yin and yang.
The choice of the Yin and Yang as the primary symbol for the Pan-Asiatic revolution lies in the primary idea that all Asian cultures generally hold this culture of reflective morality to be valued among all else, and that it is a common trait among the Asian philosophies that reflective morality should be held a standard for emulation above all else.
The red-and-yellow yin-and-yang is also the insignia denoting the official 'religion' of the Pan-Asiatic States, Emancipation Theology.
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The Flag of the Commonwealth of Pan-Asiatic States (Democratic Pan-Asiatic States)
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