Flags and symbols of Karnia-Ruthenia
|Use||Civil flag and civil ensign|
|Adopted||26 May 2016|
|Design||Seven horizontal stripes in red and white, interspersed and should be the first and last stripe red.|
|Use||State flag and state ensign|
|Adopted||26 May 2016 (first design)|
30 November 2021 (current design)
|Design||Seven horizontal stripes in red and white, interspersed and should be the first and last stripe red, with the Imperial Eagle at its center.|
The flag of the Karno-Ruthenian Empire consist of seven horizontal stripes in red and white, interspersed and should be the first and last stripe red. To use of State, the National Flag will have the Imperial Eagle at its center. The tricolor of orange, black and white flag created in 2014 for the Kingdom of Ruthenia still a important symbol and is used sometimes, like the other regional flags.
History and Meaning[edit | edit source]
Meaning of the National and State Flag[edit | edit source]
During the transition from Kingdom to Empire, the search for a particular identity for Karnia-Ruthenia and especially to their national symbols, was observed and widely studied. The idea would be to invoke the characteristics and the celebrated culture of the micronation while pay homage to the founder of micronation, the Emperor-King Oscar. Observance of the white and red were present in almost all the flags of the states of the Empire start a search for styles involving these colors. With genealogical studies pointing to a connection between the Imperial House with the Árpád Dynasty, the choice of the flag was facilitated by heraldry and is very similar to "Árpád stripes", except for having a strip less.
However, the flag has a very different meaning of the former Hungarian flag. As pointed out by the government on 26 May 2016, each stripe of the flag represent one of the states of the Empire at the time of its foundation, in the following order: Karnia, Ruthenia, Libertia, Horvatia, Gaussland, Acrin and Letzembourg. For use of state, the flag is added by the Imperial Eagle in its center. The State Flag was changed in 30 November 2021, with the alteration of the Imperial Eagle, and by that time, Horvatia and Letzembourg wasn't part of the Empire anymore, but the flag remained in reference to the period of foundation. Another possible reason to be kept is that Cardonia, Tsechia and Nordinsel also bears colors to justify the use of red and white patterns.
Meaning of the Great Coat of Arms[edit | edit source]
The National Coat of Arms have three versions, all with equal and concurrent use, with the opportunity to indicate the most appropriate time for the use. The heraldry of the Empire is based on the work of Hugo Gerhard Ströhl (1851–1919), the famous Austrian heraldist: the “Ruthenian Eagle” or “Imperial Eagle”, a selfstanding double-headed eagle sable, armed and crowned or, holding a sceptre and sword in dexter claw and an orb in sinister claw, all proper, beneath the Ruthenian Imperial Crown proper stringed azure; on its breast an escutcheon surrounded by the Collar of the Order of the Edelweiss, bearing the simplified coat of arms of the House of Götzö-Thomaz-Rocha, the ruling dynasty. The first version of the arms, in use from 2016 to 2021, showed an similar eagle, but showing on the wings and on the tail are arranged coat of arms of the lands, counterclockwise: Bessabia, Libertia, Escandia, Gaussland, St. Stephen, the coat of arms of the House of Goëtzën, Persenburg, St. Peter and St. Paul, Karnia, Acrin and Ruthenia.
The medium coat of arms, also inspired by the work of Hugo Gerhard Ströhl, two angels in support, two escutcheons - in dexter the coat of arms of Ruthenia and in sinister the coat of arms of Karnia, united by the dynastic escutcheon of the House of Götzö-Thomaz-Rocha with a heraldic crown and surrounded with the collar of the Order of the Edelweiss and below the Order of St. Stephen, the Order of St. Peter and the motto “Indivisibiliter ac Inseparabiliter”. The previous version had a different version of the crowns and inverted escutcheons – in dexter the escutcheon of the lands of Karnia and in sinister the Imperial Eagle and the escutcheon of the Lands of Ruthenia - united by the primary and incorrect dynastic escutcheon with a heraldic crown and surrounded with the collar of the Order of the Edelweiss and below the Order of the Queen, the Order of St. Stephen and the Order of the Lion and the motto “Indivisibiliter ac Inseparabiliter” and “XXXVI”.
The small coat of arms is similar to the medium coat of arms, but dismissed the supports and the orders, while maintaining the motto. The previous version was very similar, but with also the inverted escutcheons and also showing the Order of the Queen, the Order of St. Stephen and the Order of the Lion, and the motto.