Flags & Symbols


Symbols and other Regalia of the Nations of the Steamopera.

The British Empire

The Union Flag

The Union Flag of Great Britain and Ireland was created based on the older Union Flag of Great Britain: England and Scotland. The old flag had incorporated the St. George's cross of England (a red cross on a white field) with the St. Andrew's cross of Scotland (which was a white saltire cross (that is, diagonal) on a blue field). But when a symbol for Ireland's inclusion in the Union was needed, matters became more difficult.

A compromise was reached by the new generation of heraldic radical authorities, influenced by the new heraldic movements on the continent. To the old flag was added the St. Patrick's cross, a red saltire cross on a white field, which was spun so that the white field was subimposed beneath the blue of St. Andrew's, but the red saltire cross was superimposed above the white cross of the same.

The Counciliary Republic of France

Fleur-de-Liberté

The Unchained Lily

The origins of the fleur-de-liberté is lost in the chaos of the Revolution of France. Some imagine it originated in the use of the flag of Île-de-France, with the red of revolution later added, while others think it might have been a strange amalgamation of the quasi-royal fleur-de-lys and revolutionary colours. Whatever the origin, the fleur-de-liberté is the undisputed mark of republican and liberal revolution and government the world over.

The fleur-de-liberté originated as a simple red fleur-de-lys on a field of red, but it changed somewhere along the line. The middle-part, the bridge that connected the three petals to each other disappeared, and the figure became three, free petals. This came to represent liberté, the freedom of the liberal and radical movements, and the bridge came to be interpreted as a chain to be broken. Symbolically, thus, the fleur-de-liberté represents a fleur-de-lys broken from servitude, which gives us the symbol's English name: the Unchained Lily drenched in red, as the poet called it.

The Spearhead

When there is revolution, there is also reaction. After the revolution, monarchists and the conservative aristocracy were spread to the four winds around Europe. Their movement was not enough to reclaim France, but their efforts inspired generations of royalty, noblemen and anti-republican forces to come. The symbol of the Royalist French in exile was, almost comedically, a total rejection of the revolutionary fleur-de-liberté: the end product was the impressive Spearhead, a fleur-de-lys with two more bridges connecting the petals. In due time, the Spearhead became as much a general symbol of reaction as the fleur-de-liberté became of revolution, as did their colours: the colour red and metal gold for revolution, and the colour blue and metal silver for conservatism.

The Spearhead is also the symbol of the reactionary association, the International.

The Technocratic Republic of Netherland

The Twin Racks

The flag of the Dutch Technocracy is the traditional flag of the Netherlands upon which is centered a black twelve-cogged gear upon white, with the colours red and blue above and below becogged so that the gear and the colours form a double-rack and pinion formation. Traditionally, the gear turns counterclockwise.

The Kingdom of Sweden / The Scandinavian Union

Unionsflaggan

After Sweden lost Finland to Old Russia during the Revolutionary Wars following the French Revolution, the new dynasty conquered Norway from traitorous Denmark. It was possibly encouraged to do so by Britain, who has never liked it when any single power controls the routes that connect the Baltic Sea to the Northern Sea. Unfortunately for England, as partial reparations for this "rearrangement of territory", Sweden gave Denmark its Pommeranian possession on the southern shore of the Baltic (which Denmark promptly lost), and the southern tip of Sweden, Scania, which meant that the Baltic was a Danish Mare Clausum once again.

After this union, it was natural to create a new flag. For Norway, it ended up being a simple mixture of the Danish and Swedish colours in a scandinavian cross flag with a blue cross bordered with white on a red field. The Scandinavian Union Flag (Flag of Scandinavia) was a mixture of the new Norwegian flag (represented as the red field and blue and white-bordered off-centre saltire beneath) and the old Swedish flag.

The Three Crowned Axes

In the deepest hour of the flag-making frenzy that Scandinavia was wrapped in, there were also suggestion for mergers of the two states' coats of arms. As a result, an unofficial contest ended up with the unlikely winner in the Three Crowned Axes. The Norwegian coats of arms are a standing lion, crowned, and holding a silver axe, while the Swedish were simply three golden crowns. A mixture of the two items found in these resulted in the truly bizarre Crowned Axes, with crown shapes on top and crescents beneath, coloured gold on a blue field. Strangely, it garnered much popular support, and though it is not a de jure symbol of Sweden, it is certainly used so de facto!

The Austrian Empire / United Kingdoms of the Danube

The Two Headed Eagle

After the various autonomist movements of the Austrian Empire started to get what they wanted, the flag of the Austrian Empire came to be in the form of the colours of the Habsburg coats of arms, black and gold. Between this was added a sash for the union of the Kingdoms within the empire, and in the middle was added a circle within which was a two-headed eagle, representing the dual-kingdoms of Austria and Hungary, the two central nations of the Danubian empire. The "western" claw is holding a longsword, and the "eastern claw" is holding a sabre.

The Kingdom of Preussia

The Crowned Eagle

The flag and symbol of Preussia is an amalgamation of the flag of the Teutonic order that was based in the Baltics and Preussia in the late middle-ages, and the royal flag of the Kingdom of Preussia.

On an escutcheon shield in the middle of a shield is depicted a sable eagle sans talons, crowned, on a field of silver and surrounded by an amount of crosses pattée, introduced into the royal arms referring to the history of the Duchy of Prussia and the later Kingdom and the Teutonic order.

The flag beneath is a black cross on white, the same design as used by the Teutonic order in the past.

The Twin-Empires of Russia

St. Petersburg - Old Russia

The flag of the Empire of Russia-St.Petersburg are the colours of the Emperor black and gold, upon which lies a two-headed and four-winged gold and sable eagle, crowned. Occasionally on these these shields the arms of the Grand Duchy of Livonia and the Grand Principality of Finland also lie upon the blue band of the field below and duplicated on the wings of the eagle. These could be considered two separate flags to represent St. Petersburg proper and the Empire of the personal unions binding these nations together.

Moscow -The New Empire

The flag of the Empire of Russia-Moscow differs from the flag of St. Petersburg, in that the eagle is uncrowned and off-center towards the hoist, and the colours are the white, blue and red tricolor of Peter the Great.The eagle also carries a shield, duplicated to the left inescutcheoned, that of the arms of the city of Moscow, depicting St. George defeating the dragon upon a field of red.

The Legion of the Green Ankh

The symbol of the Legion of the Green Ankh is the ancient Egyptian symbol for life in green, on a white shield. The ankh has become one of the few sacrosanct symbols in Europe, safe from all states and most other entities that might do harm to the Legion's medicinal endeavours and hospitals. The ankh is further repeated in the insignia of the physician-officers of the Legion, the Legate, for example, wearing a golden ankh on black.

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