Flags of Ansonia

The National Flag

Early versions of the flag had a squarer cross which didn't reach the flag's edges.

The national flag of Ansonia consists of a blue field with a red cross pattée outlined by a thick white border. This is known as St.Anson's Cross, and was the symbol of the Ansonite Community which invaded the area from Cruisania in the early Middle Ages. As the Ansonites and their local followers came to dominate the country, so their flag became associated with the place rather than with the original religious community.

The precise layout, shades and dimensions of the flag were set down in law when the flag was re-adopted in 302 AP.. In earlier centuries, the cross was often shown with arms of equal length, not extending to the edges of the flag and with varying width of border.

Ensigns

The use of ensigns with a national flag in the canton began during the Gronkian era, when Ansonians needed to identify themselves at sea while still acknowledging their allegiance to Gronk. The practice continued through the short-lived Ansonian Federation and into the modern kingdom. There are numerous ensigns in use today:

Civil ensign

The red ensign remains the flag flown by Ansonian civil and merchant vessels. Since the Ansonian national flag now appears in the canton, no emblem is shown in the fly of the basic ensign. However, various yacht clubs and other organizations are entitled to add their own badge.

Armed forces


The main branches of the armed forces each have their own flag. Royal authority is represented by a white Starsun in the fly, and the colour of the field is blue for the navy, green for the army and "air force blue" for the air force.

Naval Ensign Army Ensign Air Force Ensign
Other government flags


Non-military government branches and agencies fly a white ensign with a distinctive badge in the fly. Three examples are:

Coastguard Lighthouse Authority The mail flag flies over post offices
Royal flags
The King

The official flag of the head of state is the Royal Banner, consisting of the shield of the coat of arms transposed on to a flag.

The King also has other flags which may be flown in certain circumstances, for example the royal command flag representing his position as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. This consists of three stripes in the colours of the ensigns of the three branchs of the forces, separated by thin white stripes and surmounted by the royal shield, crown and Order of St.Anson.

The Royal Banner The Royal Command Flag

Other members of the Royal Family

Every member of the Royal Family has his or her own coat of arms, and can fly a banner of those arms. Women who marry into the Royal Family place their husband's arms along side their own on a shield. The Heir Apparent to the Throne (The Prince of Sime) uses the royal arms with a white label of three points.

The King also has other flags which may be flown in certain circumstances, for example the royal command flag representing his position as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. This consists of three stripes in the colours of the ensigns of the three branchs of the forces, separated by thin white stripes and surmounted by the royal shield, crown and Order of St.Anson.

The Queen's banner The Prince of Sime's banner

Younger children of the Sovereign are granted the royal arms with a white chief containing distinctive charges, which they also fly as a banner. An example is the arms of Prince David, second son of the present king, whose chief contains a blue lion (from his mother's arms) between two red crosses pattée:

Sub-national flags

Ansonia has a rich collection of provincial, county and civic flags.

Provincial and territorial flags


Each province, and the territory of Sime, has its own flag. All the flags are inspired in colours or design by the provincial coat of arms.

Intania Agronia Gatheny
Damsara Ocalder Sime

Historical flags

St.Anson's Cross has always been a red cross pattée outlined in white on a blue background, but the precise configuration on a flag was often a matter of individual taste. This is a common early version of the flag
While St.Anson's Cross was frequently flown within Ansonia during the Gronkian occupation, internationally Ansonians had to fly either the Gronk flag or an Ensign with the Gronk flag in the canton. This is the ensign used by Ansonian royal vessels during the Northern Gronk period.
During and after the War of Independence, the Ansonian Provisional Authority chose to reject old emblems but kept the traditional red, white and blue colours. It adopted the "Ansonian Star", which was first used as a symbol by Ansonian partisans against the militias of Northern Gronk. Shortly after Kemedal left the federation in 302, the tradtional symbols were restored.


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