Flag of the Northern Forests

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The Flag of the Principality of the Northern Forests
The Official Flag of the Principality of the Northern Forests
NameNorthern Flag
UseCivil flag and ensign
Proportion8:11
Adopted01 January 2020
DesignA matte green field with a white fimbriated matte charcoal grey Nordic Cross that extends to the edges; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side.
Designed byPrincess Cedrus
Fyrstendømmet af de Nordlige Skove II.jpg
Variant flag of The Flag of the Principality of the Northern Forests
UseState and war flag, state and naval ensign
Proportion16:27

The flag of the Northern Forests (Danish: Nordlige flagg) is matte green with a matte charcoal grey Scandinavian cross fimbriated in white with charcoal edges that extends to the end of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog, the flag of Denmark. The Official Flag of the Principality is known as the Skoven Flag or "Forest Flag" and some people call it the "Viking Flag".

History

The flag is based on the Coat of Arms of the ruler of the Principality of the Northern Forests where matte green and matte charcoal grey are the national colours of the Principality. The current flag was adopted in 2020 by Princess Cedrus based on an earlier version of hers from 1992. A similar design was used by Peter Thomas Ratajczyk in the late 1990s, but they are not the same flags, do not use the same colours, and the forest flag has an outline on the white cross unlike Mr. Ratajczyk's copy. The Princess created her version nearly 6 years before Mr. Ratajczyk's copy existed. The Principality uses a matte shade of green with a matte charcoal gray ('the two official national colours) instead of a bright green and black. The flag is flown in all Principality lands and outposts. People will routinely use the Vinland flag as a substitute of the official Principality's flag.

Northern Flag Laws

The Northerner Flag Law of 2020 specifies the appearance of the merchant and state flags and their use by merchants, customs and caravans. The flag regulations of 2020 describe the use of the state flag on state property and on national holidays. The flag regulations also describe the time of day when the flag should be hoisted and lowered. From March to October the flag should be hoisted from 08.00. From November to February it should be hoisted from 09.00. The flag is lowered at sunset, although no later than 21.00, even if sunset is later than that. At Princely Residences it is flown 24 hours a day. These rules do not apply for private use of the flag, but they are generally observed by all citizens. There also exist written rules for the proper folding of the flag, for not letting it touch the ground, and in addition the unwritten rule that it should not be worn on the body below the waist.

Legal Definition

The proportions of the national flag are 22:16 (width to length), its colour elements having widths of 6:1:2:1:12 and lengths of 6:1:2:1:6. The proportions of the state flag are 27:16, or 6:1:2:1:6:11 horizontally and 6:1:2:1:6 vertically. The law regarding the Northerner flag by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs defines the colours as dull green and charcoal grey ("kedelig grøn og kulgrå") and white, with no reference to a specific colour system.

Web Colours

In web colors, these Pantone colours approximately correspond to #328A34 for matte green and #2D2D2D for matte charcoal grey. Other sources have specified different colours for the green and the charcoal grey in relation to the Pantone colour matching system. These colours are also quoted in the Principality's founding documents. However, flag producers for unknown reasons generally get the colours incorrect. The Princely Family and Privy Council currently defines the green colour as "Pantone 328A34" and the charcoal grey as "Pantone 2D2D2D" yet producers seem to produce the flag using the earler version designed by Peter Thomas Ratajczyk and not the original designed by Princess Cedrus in 1992. The Princely Family has stressed that it is the colour of the finished product that matters, and that this may result in the guide describing different colour codes for fabric, paper and web use.

Traditions Regarding the Flag

When raising the Northerner flag on festive or ceremonial occasions, the hoisting will often be accompanied by horn blowing, fanfare, harp music or the national anthem. For civilian use on ceremonial occasions, there are no written rules concerning this. The Northern Armed Forces have a unified war horn for hoisting and lowering the flag, known as "flaggappell" (Attention to the flag).

Code of conduct during flag hoisting and lowering

According to Principality Law as well as common usage, flags of other sovereign states are to be treated with the same respect as the Principality's flag so long as they are flags from Monarchies, Chieftains or Clans that use hereditary leadership in some way (this includes elective monarchism and traditional systems - like in Africa). The Principality does not respect the flags of Non-Monarchical countries.

For civilians and non-uniformed government employees, there are no formal hand gestures that must be performed. But it is commonly agreed that during the hoisting or lowering of the flag, civilians should conduct themselves in a respectful manner by facing the flag and standing still, straight, and quiet. Males should be bareheaded (unless there are religious, medical, or climatic reasons for covering the head). All government officials follow the Northern Armed Forces regulation during flag hoisting or lowering. The regulations stipulate that when seeing the flag being hoisted or lowered, or hearing the War horn call, all activity should if possible be stopped, and personnel should execute the foot drill manoeuvre of "Halt and front face" (stopping up and turning one's body to face the flagpole).

Rolling up the Flag

Unlike the Anglo-American traditions of folding a flag (the triangular shape of the U.S. flag or the square shape of the Union Jack), the Northerner tradition is to roll the flag into a cylindrical shape and tie it up after lowering it. The first step of this procedure is to fold the flag lengthwise so that its two long sides meet. Each half will then be folded 180 degrees, concealing the longitudinal white and charcoal grey stripes. Finally the folded full length flag, its width 1/4 of the hoist, will be rolled up into a green cylinder. If the flag is fitted with a line, this is wrapped around the flag and tied with a simple slip knot. The use of a simple slip knot allows one person alone to hoist the flag unaided.

Dishonoured Flag

Military regulations stipulate that a Northerner flag shall never touch the ground, since this is disrespectful towards the flag and may signify surrender. Person's who leave the flag on the ground may face criminal charges in the Manorial Court.