Flag of Orioni

Orioni
Flag of Orioni.png
NameIlibati
UseCivil and state flag
Proportion3:2
Adopted1175
DesignTwo horizontal blue (top) and red bands charged with a white diamond shield at the canton

The national flag of Orioni (Orinese: Ilibati) is a symbol of the Orioni Empire that inherits a historical tradition of using national symbols and is an attribute of the imperial government and executive powers.

National flag

Colours

The flag features two horizontal blue (top) and red bands charged with a white diamond shield at the canton. As the colour of the sky and water, blue symbolizes calm, reflection, and intellect. It is also the infinite, and the void from which all life develops. Ground lapis lazuli produced a pigment highly prized in Orioni for decorating temple ceilings The colour signified divine favour. Red is the colour of life, of blood, fire, passion, and war. It is worn by brides in the Orient as a symbol of good luck and fertility. Orinese calendars marked holy days in red, hence red-letter days. But red is also the colour of danger and warning signs are often marked in red. White symbolizes purity and perfection, also the Absolute. It is the colour most associated with sacredness; sacrificial animals are often white. In the Occidental world brides usually wear white, but it is the colour of mourning in much of the Orient. Ghosts are thought to be white because it is a colour that conceals nothing. A white flag signals truce, and therefore peace.

Colour scheme White Blue Red
Pantone Safe Blue 276 Red 1807
CMYK 0.0.0.0 99.100.0.60 0.100.100.34
RGB (255,255,255) (1,0,103) (169,0,0)
HEX web colour #FFFFFF #010067 #A90000

Diamond

An encounter of Ivericans and Orinese

The diamond shape is an early Oharic representation of a heart or womb, dating from circa 3000 BCE. Large numbers of representational clay tablets have been unearthed in modern Andro and Sirius. Some 1500 different symbols have been decoded, most of them relating to agricultural and commercial matters. The most prized as well as the hardest stone, the diamond is also associated with incorruptibility and invincibility. Its transparency and purity make it also a symbol of constancy and sincerity. In heraldry, the diamond is called lozenge. A lozenge-shaped escutcheon is used to depict heraldry for a female, but is also sometimes used as a shape for mural monuments in churches which commemorate females. Traditionally very limited categories of females have been able to display their own arms, for example, a female monarch. This in contrast to the escutcheon or shield for men, which is in its origin an object of warfare. In some other cultures, the diamond is rounded to an almond-shape. Also known as the mandorla, the almond-shaped halo is formed from two intersecting circles It is used to symbolize the individual's ascension to heaven.

Tree

Coat of arms
Five-headed snake

The coat of arms is a shield with the image of a stylised cedar tree branch, Orioni's imperial symbol. Presence and position of the tree on the shield is directly inspired by the Orioni cedar (Cedrus orioni). The Cedar is a symbol of holiness, eternity and peace. The tree has symbolic significance in cultures throughout the world. A reverence for trees and even tree worship is widespread throughout the world. It represents the Great Mother in her nourishing, sheltering form. Many traditions speak of a tree of life: a tree that is the central point and pivot of the world. Rooted in the earth, it draws water from the ground and reaches up to the heavens and eternity, acting as a world axis. It is closely linked to the symbolism of the pillar and the mountain. As an emblem of longevity, the cedar of Orioni has its origin in many liturgical or apocryphal references.

Other, more adversarial nations this symbol came to hold a complete opposite, negative meaning. In early histories of the defeated Medani Empire, it was actually a symbol of conquest and subjugation. Medani sources describe it as an open hand. More specifically: the right hand of defeated enemies that was cut-off and paraded on the tip of a spear. While a hand usually signifies blessing, protection, and justice, to the Medanese it became a sign of bad luck. In Occidental nations, the symbol was deformed into a five-headed snake. The snake, or serpent, is probably the most widely revered of all creatures because it embodies so many forces. Its underground lair allies it with the underworld and it is associated with the primal waters from which all life was created. The serpent symbol was widespread in agricultural societies where it was used to poison and medicine. Following Tacolic liturgy, serpents are connected with lies, revenge and cruelty.

Variants

  • Civil ensign
  • Naval ensign and jack
  • Royal standard
  • Mourning

Sub-national flags

Flag Province Description
Flag of Andro.png Andro The chevron of Andro.
Flag of Corona Borealis.png Corona Borealis Loyalist symbology from the civil war.
Flag of Cygnus.png Cygnus Swan.
Flag of Deseti.png Deseti
Flag of Dion.png Dion The forest of mythical King Dion.
Flag of Gruis.png Gruis The tiger from Tigray (lion passant regardant).
Flag of Kidusi.png Kidusi Stylised representation of Mount Aso.
Flag of Mar.png Mar The prestene and untouched nature of Amilaki.
Flag of Meda.png Meda (solar portal)
Flag of Niktal Makto.png Niktal Makto Mountains, mountains, and more mountains.
Flag of Nordhaven.png Nordhaven Raven from when Boreans settled the area.
Flag of Opolis.png O'polis The "Triple Goddess" symbol of the waxing, full and waning mun, representing the female aspects of Maiden, Mother, and Crone.
Flag of Oris.png Oris Stylised helmet of a Primahoris warrior.
Flag of Perseus.png Perseus A stylised carpet with the head of a gorgon.
Flag of Pontus.png Pontus Six fishes.
Flag of Sirius.png Sirius (rich agriculture)
Flag of Tauri.png Tauri Stylised representation of a bull.
Flag of Vega.png Vega Five silver rays on a blue field.
Flag of Zuidhaven.png Zuidhaven Representing the ancient port of Hierapolis.

Military flags

Flag Date Use
Flag of Orioni army.png 1381-present Flag of the Orioni army.
Flag of Orioni navy.png Year-present Flag of the Orioni navy.
Flag of Orioni air force.png 1915-present Flag of the Orioni air force.

Historical flags

  • Pre-dynastic
  • Queendom
  • First Empire
  • Civil war flag
  • Restored Empire

Colonial flags

Flag Date Use
Flag of Astrini.png 1754-1901[1] Former flag of Astrini island, present-day Niederoestereich.
Flag of Bainbridge Islands.png 1XXX-1843 Former flag of the Baribeni islands, present-day Bainbridge Islands.[2]
100px 1XXX-1XXX Flag of Birlini, present-day Pirilao.
Flag of Burkini.png 1XXX-1955[3] Flag of Burkini island, northwest of the Sunset Sea Islands.
100px 1XXX-19XX Former flag of Daini island, present-day Damak Var.
Flag of Rohini.png 1XXX-19XX Flag of Rohini island, northeast of Orioni, in the North Oriental Ocean.
Flag of Tahini.png 1XXX-1XXX Flag of Tahini island.
100px 1XXX-1XXX Flag of Tamarini, present-day Tamurin.
Flag of Thubani.png 1XXX-1XXX Flag of Thubani island, north of Orioni, in the Rosario Sea.

Inspiration: http://iiwiki.com/wiki/Flag_of_Midrasia

References

  1. The National Comrades of Niederoestereich (March 21, 2005)
  2. Bainbridge Islands (September 30, 2006‎ )
  3. The Laws of the Sea (October 30, 2018)