Flag of Aucuria
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Vieniša žvaigždė (the Lone Star)
|National flag and ensign
|22 March 1786
|A vertical bicolor of red and green with a white eight-pointed star centered along the dividing line.
|A vertical bicolor of red and green with the Aucurian coat of arms centered along the dividing line.
The flag of Aucuria (Ruttish: Aukurijos vėliava) is a vertical bicolor of red and green with a white eight-pointed star centered in the middle of the flag. Originally adopted in 1786 during the Aucurian War of Independence, it has been used in Aucuria in some form by every iteration of the Aucurian state since; the First and Second Aucurian States, regarded by the Aucurian Republic as illegitimate, used a version of the banner without the central star. Aucuria's current law of national symbols was adopted in 1980 following the Velvet Revolution, and governs the use of the country's flag.
Design and symbolism
The Constitution of Aucuria establishes the country's flag as "a red-and-green bicolor emblazoned in the middle with a white, eight-pointed star". Further specifications regarding the colors, dimensions, and construction of the flag are contained in the country's 1980 Law on the Flag of the Republic. An "official copy" of the flag made according to the specifications within this legislation is kept in the country's national archives.
Vilimas Kuzleika, who designed the original version of the flag, explained the symbolism of the flag as follows:
The color green is to represent our country and the agricultural and mineral wealth with which it has been so greatly blessed; the color red represents the valor and vigor of the Aucurian people, and the blood of Aucurian patriots shed in defense of their land and rights. Emblazoned in the middle is a white, eight-pointed star, its color symbolizing the triumph of hope over tyranny and its eight points representing the sacred values to which the members of this Saeimas swore obeisance - the natural liberty of all men; equality before the law; the independence of the Aucurian nation; swift and impartial justice; honor even in the face of the dishonorable; purity of word and deed; fraternity with all other freedom-loving peoples; and fidelity to our cause, until victory or death.
Kuzleika's interpretation has persisted largely unchanged into the present, and remains both the most prevalent interpretation among the Aucurian public and the official interpretation endorsed by the Aucurian government.
Nonetheless, sometimes additional elements of symbolism have been added. While never explicitly stated as such by Kuzleika, the eight-pointed star on the flag has regularly been said to represent a compass rose or the Pole Star due to its shape; Aucuria's origins in the crossing of the oceans by Ruttish explorers and settlers; and the points of the star symbolizing the "cynosures", or guiding principles, of the Aucurian Republic.
Protocol and use
[cutinsuan and other indigenous banners]
[ruttish, rudolphine flags]
[creation of modern flag and any variants thereof]
Attested banner of Cutinsua (1344–1543)
Flag of Ruttish Aucuria (1538–1693)
Flag of the United Kingdom of Ruttland and Aucuria (1693–1721)
Flag of Rudolphine Aucuria (1721–1792)
War flag sometimes used by the National Redoubt Government (1928–1934)
Current flag of Aucuria (1786–present)
The flags of the states of Aucuria demonstrate a variety of trends, references, histories, and design principles, invoking a mixture of local and national symbology. Most Aucurian states first officially adopted flags in the mid-to-late 19th century, as a means of expressing local identity; some states had unofficial flags as early as the 1830s. The most recently adopted state flag is that of Kajapas, which adopted its current flag on [date].