Royal and national heraldry
The Royal Arms
Full arms

The full coat of arms of the King of Ansonia is centred on the shield, and includes a royal helm with mantling, crown as part of the crest, supporters, chivalric order and motto. It is used mainly by the King personally, and on more significant or elaborate state documents.

The royal coat of arms of Ansonia is a mixture of Ansonite and Cirnevian symbols. The stag was a symbol of the Tremar dynasty, who provided the first kings of Ansonia, while the Starsun (a four-pointed star on a sun) was a symbol of the pagan Cirnevians who worshipped heavenly bodies. The two elements combined on a blue shield represented Tremar supremacy over the former Cirnevian lands.

The Tremar stags also appear as supporters on either side of the shield, and as the crest standing on the royal crown. One the circlet of the crown are alternate crosses pattée and starsuns, representing the two peoples of Ansonia.

The shield is encircled by the collar, with badge pendant, of the Order of the St.Anson, Ansonia's premier order of chivalry.

The motto - "Liberty and Hope" - was adopted in 302 after the overthrow of the Agron regime. Various mottos were used by the medieval monarchs, the most common being "The King and God", which the church regarded with disfavour because it put the King before God.

Small arms

For most everyday government purposes, a simpler version of the royal arms is used - the "small arms" - which omits the helm, crest and Order of St.Anson.

This version of the arms is sometimes shown in colour but more common in monochrome, for example on government letterheads, passports and the front pages of official documents.

Other combinations of the arms can also be seen from time to time, e.g. the shield alone, shield and crown, or shield, crown and Order of St.Anson.

Other members of the Royal Family

Every member of the Royal Family is granted his or her own coat of arms, which is a variation on the Royal Arms.

The Queen's arms impale (place side-by-side) the arms of the King and her paternal arms. Because she ranks equally with her husband, she uses the royal crown. She is a Lady of the Order of St.Anson, and so includes the order's collar and badge

The Prince of Sime, being the eldest child of the king, uses the royal arms differenced by a white label of three points. This label is also added to the supporters. The coronet of the heir apparent is the same as the royal crown but with only two (four half) arches instead of four.

The eldest child of the Prince of Sime uses a label of five points and a one-arched coronet.

Younger children and siblings of a sovereign have their arms differenced by a white chief (the top section of the shield) charged with distinctive charges. Their coronets have no arches. These arms, without the coronet, become hereditary to their descendants.

The Queen The Prince of Sime The Prince of Sime's heir Prince David (second son of the King and Queen)
Historical royal arms

Although they are the original royal arms of Ansonia, the present stag-and-starsun shield were unused for nearly 400 years, from the beginning of the Gronk era to the establishment of the current kingdom.
In 296 BP, Ansonia split into two rival kingdoms, both claiming to be the true Kingdom of Ansonia/Kingdom of the Ansonians. Initially they both used the traditional coat of arms, which was a source of confusion. In 285, although they both continued to claim exclusive royal authority, they agreed to quarter the royal arms with those of their dynasties, Hallard/Cerbay (left) and Agron (right).
Under Gronk rule, the traditional stag-and-starsun arms were banned. Instead, the arms of the five main territories of Ansonia were combined. When Agronian dukes or kings were ruling, the Agron shield appeared centrally over the others (left). Under the viceroyalties, all the arms were quartered (right).
When the Ansonian Federation became independent the regime rejected a return to the old symbols of the kingdom. Instead, a blue chief, bordered at the bottom in red, was added to the dynastic Agron arms. On the chief were three Ansonian Stars.

Provincial arms

Each province, and the territory of Sime, has a coat of arms for use by its government. The shields are the former dynastic arms of the provinces' (then duchies') medieval rulers (except for Agronia, which was slightly altered), but the crests and supporters are not always identical to the medieval ones.

Intania Agronia Gatheny Damsara Ocalder Sime

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