Flag of Tavaris

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Kingdom of Tavaris
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UseNational flag
Proportion3:2
Adopted1304 CE
Designed byKing Utor I
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Variant flag of Kingdom of Tavaris
UseState and naval ensign
Proportion3:2
Adoptedc. 1550s
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Variant flag of Kingdom of Tavaris
UseCivil ensign
Proportion3:2
Adopted1624
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Variant flag of Kingdom of Tavaris
UseCivil ensign
Proportion3:2
Adopted1625

The Flag of the Kingdom of Tavaris, known as the "National Banner" or sometimes as the "Auspicious Banner," is the national flag of Tavaris. It uses black and white, which are the traditional colors of Line Nuvo, the clan that had been raised to the kingship upon the unification of Tavaris. King Utor I, in one of his first acts of office, designed the flag and established it as the "national banner." A deeply ritualistic man, he designed it under the traditional Tavari principles that he would later have codified into the Tavat Avati. The combination of black and white is said to bring good luck, and Utor counter-charged his family arms with four-pointed star symbols of opposing colors, in order to make the flag, in his own words, "doubly auspicious." The four-pointed star was a design common among many Tavari chiefdoms at the time and had long been held as a symbol representing the Tavari people as a whole. The star is still commonly used for this purpose today by the government as well as the public.

In 1793, the definition of the flag was included in the Instruments of Governance, the country's new constitution. In 1997, an amendment to the Instruments added a clause allowing for the flag to be amended by referendum of the people, but did not change the design of the flag itself. No referendum allowed under the amendment has ever occurred.

Naval Ensign

The Naval Ensign of Tavaris is the flag flown by Tavari military and civilian government vessels. The ensign takes the national flag and "quarters" it, meaning it repeats it four times on the field. Because the Tavari flag is already quartered, this has the result of dividing the flag into sixteen fields of opposing colors in a "checkerboard" pattern. The exact reason this flag was adopted by the Royal Tavari Navy, as well as the exact date it began use, have been lost to history, with those records having largely been kept in the Royal Tavari Naval Library in East Harbor that burned down in 1677. However, it is largely believed to have been based at least in part on the same Tavat Avati principles of the national flag - by quartering the flag, it increases the amount of opposing black and white, thus increasing its auspiciousness. Other theories include unrelated sailing superstitions or a desire on the part of the Navy to have a more "striking" design in the face of stormy seas.

Civil Ensigns

Tavaris has two Civil Ensigns, which are flown by civillan vessels under Tavari authority. In 1624, in the brief Second War with Bana, a Tavari naval vessel provoked war by destroying a Banian merchant vessel under the mistaken belief it was a warship launching an attack. Tavaris sought to make sure that the same would never befall one of their own ships by mandating that civilian merchants and others flew a flag of a unique design that would indicate their civilian status. This flag, known as the Tavari Merchant Mariner flag, is the Naval Ensign with a gold border around it, charged with a gold anchor.

Akronists very quickly rose up in demand for a civil ensign of their own. The Church very much did not like the idea of having to fly a flag of merchants on Church vessels sailing for religious causes. They took particular offense to the gold on the Merchant Mariner Flag, which was specifically chosen to symbolize wealth. Said the Matron at the time, Taladri Kankrelat, "It is an insult of the order most grave to cloak a Ship of God under the banner of greed. Our ships sail for noble purposes, and to cast our lot with those in pursuit of naught but vanity and sloth may be bureaucratically convenient but would wound our spirits and slow our most precious work." A design for Church of Akrona vessels, using the orange and the diamond symbol of the Church, was passed into law the next year. In that same law, the organization that is succeeded today by the Tavat Avati Shrine Association was granted the authority to create an ensign for its ships, but it has never done so.

Native Rodokan Flag

The Native Rodokan flag.

The Native Rodokan Flag was adopted by the Rodokan Native Tribal Administration (RNTA) in 1992, when it assumed the role of the former Native Rodokan tribes in governing the Native Rodokan Reserve. The flag was flown from 1540 to 1634 by the High Chiefs of Rodoka and was used alongside the Tavari flag as a Rodokan flag in talks with Rodokan officials as early as 1622. During the Tavari-Milofite War in the early 18th century, Native Rodokan ships flew the flag as a naval ensign; today, the ships operated by the RNTA fly the Tavari Merchant Mariner Flag.

In 2020, the same bill that allowed for the Rodokan provincehood referendum declared that the Native Rodokan flag was "a national flag of Tavaris," recognizing it therefore as a national symbol, but the bill did not give the flag equal status with the national flag as defined in the Instruments of Governance. Therefore, Tavari government property flies the national flag, not the Native Rodokan flag. However, since 2021 the Royal Tavari Armed Forces has allowed the families of deceased Native Rodokan servicemembers to have their loved one's coffin draped in a Native Rodokan flag, and municipal government buildings in Lantaž and Sinajärv fly the flag in addition to the national flag. In 2020, the flag was sent to space, included along with the national flags of each Alliance of Northwest Gondwana member-state, in the first satellite launched by that agency's space program, the Alliance Space Cooperative.