Last modified: 2002-12-20 by antonio martins
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This is often seen in chuvash flag poles: It is
like the real flag, but with the central device offset
towards the hoist. A closer observation reveals that
those are simply normal flags
wrapped around the pole by the wind... Too my big
surprise however, I found this design depicted as
the chuvash flag in an official location: In the main
entrance of the Federal Arbitration Court (Federalhnogo
Arbitracic^eskii~ Sud) of C^eboksary, a fassade
plaque shows the russian coat of arms
(including the red shield) between two flag depictions:
dexter, the russian tricolor; and
sinister, this unusual depiction of the chuvash flag — the
normal flag shows in this same position in other federal
facilities’ fassade plaques...
António Martins, 01 Aug 1999
This flag is listed under number 91 at the chart Flags
of Aspirant Peoples [eba94] as:
«Chävash’ Jen (Chuvashes) - Central Russia». It is not only
purple, but with three eight-pointed
stars instead of the three suns.
Ivan Sache, 15 Sep 1999
In the leaflet The first acquaintance -- Cuvashia: on the threshold of the new millenium (by Kanal 5 Plus Advertising Agensy (sic!), publ. Min. of Foreign. Relations of the Chuvash Respublic, ref. I-1916-700-96), an artistic rendering of a Chuvash flag flying against a cloudy sky superimposed on a map of the republic was made using these colors:
Not a big error, the colors — these shades would be in the acceptable range for a real flag (but not by large...). However, a more careful look would reveal not only wrong proportions in the stripes that make up the oak's trunk and in the size of the suns (wich also would be acceptable deviations...), but especially the presence of a thinner square between the two central coils! (Can you tell it? Many chuvashians (exposed to that flag almost every day since 1992) didn't noticed the mistake.)
I suppose that this thinner square is an artifact derived from the use of a rendering of the coat of arms of the Chuvash Republic as clipart to build that flag image. The coa has a thin lining contouring the oak against the shield's background and the artist simply forgot to erase the remaining isolated part of it inside the two central coils. This theory is also consistent with the incorrect width of the stipes and size of the suns.
António Martins, 15 Sep 1997
I've seen this error again and again,
in a number of other depictions.
António Martins, 01 Aug 1999
In spite of the vague legal
page of the Catalonian
Vexillological Association manages to define
this shade as it's ID107, aka rM++,
aka RGB 64 10 0...
(please note that the RGB values given are in precentiles,
instead of the usual 0-255 range — that’s the motive for
the incorrectely interpreted almost black shade previously
António Martins, 21 Nov 1996 and 09 Oct 1999