Flag of Caldia

Caldia
Description.
Name The Unicorn Rampant
Flag of Caldia
Use Civil flag and ensign
Proportion House banner is 5:4 ratio

Mass-produced renditions tend towards 1:2 or 2:3 ratio

Adopted 1221
Design A white unicorn rampant, with yellow claws, mane, and horn, with a red tongue, displayed within a purple double border on a white background.

The Flag of Caldia, officially called the Unicorn Rampant (Ghaillish: Uilereithe Aonbheannach), and historically known as the Queen's Flag (Bratach na Banríona), is a white unicorn rampant, with yellow claws, mane, and horn, with a red tongue, displayed within a purple double border on a white background.

The flag was originally served as the royal standard of Caldia from around the 9th century, based upon the arms of the Mac Aillán kings and queens. It was officially adopted as the national flag in the 13th century, replacing Saint Cuchulain's Flag. It served dually as national and royal standard until the 1850s, when it was replaced with the current Royal Standard of Caldia.

History

The Unicorn Rampant was first adopted by King Alastar in 1221 as part of his Splendid Centralisation. It had served as the Royal Standard since the reign of Lughaidh I, having first been seen at the Battle of Basdon. The arms of the House of Mac Aillán were adapted to a 5:4 ratio. Alastar, himself a member of the House of MacIconnich, made the Standard the national flag in an attempt to draw further legitimacy from the original royal house. The arms Caldia had since been changed to the familiar arms of the MacIconnichs, from which Saint Cuchulain's Flag was created.

The actual dimension ratios and colours of the flag were not officially standardised until 1858. However, they were standardised for use in the Royal Court in 1754. An act of the Royal Congress established the official dimensions as 5:4 under the National Flag Act of 1858.


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