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.tiffiles; also the coat of arms.
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Like Komi, Mari are Finnic. "Mari"
means "men"; they call their land Marintasavalta (land of
Giuseppe Bottasini, quoting [zig94]
Mari El Republic is going to have a new flag - again.
"The Yoshkar Ola" - local newspaper reported on February 15, 2011: " The main element of the new emblem and flag of the Republic of Mari El is a bear. This animal, popularly known as 'forest man' symbolizes the Mari people.
Under the rules of heraldry it has pronounced bear's claws and open mouth.
Crown symbolizes nationhood and stresses difference between republics and other
subjects of the federation.
It emphasizes the uniqueness of special kind: the stylized letter 'M', ornament
and diamonds symbolize the cities of the republic.
Sword - a symbol of power and a willingness to defend republic's interests.
The fact that the scabbard and handle are up means the peaceful nature
of Mari people.
Hammer represents the hardworking population.
The base of the emblem is the usual classic heraldic shield.
On it is a solar sign posted from the previous emblem, thus
emphasizing the continuity.
It is called 'Mari oblique cross - so it represents solar warmth and richness.
Diamond in the center of this symbol - a sign of a talisman.
So, the bear - the symbol of this region - is to protect the people,
both, physically (sword)
and with the sacred amulets.
The emblem is located in the center of the white field of the flag on
the edge of which runs
a red stripe in the shape of the Mari ornament.
The new state symbols are going to be presented to the public on June
12 - the Russia's Day"
(Russia's Day is a new national holiday to replace the November 7 -
It is to commemorate the liberation of Moscow from the two-year long
Polish occupation in 1612.)
Mikhail Revnivtsev on Russo-Vex, 16 Feb 2011
also at: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1482249035989&set=a.1302961113903.40004.18267
On November, 28th 2006 adopted law about new flag and
new coat of arms, [replacing the 1992-2006
Mikhail Revnivtsev, 04 Dec 2006
According to the text (and the image) [of the law], the flag is in
proportions 2:3, the relative size of the stripes is 3:4:3 and the sign
in the centre of the white stripe is 1/3 of the width of the flag.
Antonio Gutiérrez, 06 Dec 2006
The legal wording describes it the flag and arms in detail but gives no
dimensions for the internal measurements of the emblem. It seemed to me from
the preamble that (at least for now) the details of the solar sign were set
by the Appendices.
Chris Southworth, 10 Dec 2006
This is just a speculation, but is the “mari-elan cross” composed
of regular fields? Somewhat like this?
It seems to me so from the flag images, but far from being sure…
The octogone within the 10×10 square seems regular, in which case it is easy
to express its size (although not with very nice numbers): let length of the
square edge be a and length of the octogone edge is x the
equation is valid so: a=(2+√2)·x. Having
a=10 ∴ x≅5,858. The inside of the octogone I filled
up with squares with side equal x⁄7 ≅ 0,837 (although the numbers
are not quite that important if we establish the construction procedure).
Željko Heimer, 18 Dec 2006
It is interesting to note that the distinctive dark red color, used only
for the emblem in the previous flag, is on one of
the stripes, making the flag of Mariy El even more similar to the flag of
Mordovia, with which it has ethnical and geographic
connections (on the other hand, Mordovia’s stripes are 1+2+1,
while Mariy El chnaged from 1+2+1 to 3+4+3).
This also brings up the number of 1st level Russian
subdivisions using dark red as a major color of its flags:
Moscow City, Mordovia,
Chuvashia and Mariy El.
António Martins, 08 Dec 2006
As for the blue, the law says simply
"синний" (blue), just like the
for Russian national flag.
António Martins, 09 Dec 2006
The new flag is not worse than the previous one,
and if an [almost] equal triband is less immaginative than the previous
“spanish” triband, the lack of lettering in the new flag compensates
for this lost distinctness. There were also detail changes in the emblem.
António Martins, 05 Dec 2006
The centre square is solid red, rather than red and white.
Jan Oskar Engene, 05 Dec 2006
A quick compare of this new law with the previous shows little differences
apart from those concerning the design of the flag and coat of arms. It seems
that, unlike in the previous law, the inner
measures of the “marian cross” are not
António Martins, 08 Dec 2006
Banner adopted by Presidential Decree of 22 January 2007. According to the
Annex 1 (description) the banner is square with three horizontal stripes of
blue, white and dark red (3:4:3), with the coat of arms
centered (height: 2/3 of the width/height of the banner). The banner is
surrounded by a golden fringe. The obverse and reverse sides are
Antonio Gutiérrez, 13 Apr 2007
On 27.1.2007 president of Republic Mariy El L. Markelov adopted a
new version of presidential standard
(Decree No 11). The coat of arms is big, it placed upon 3 stripes. On
28.02.2007 the standard became «official symbol of presidential
power» (Decree No 32) and the Regulation on Standard was adopted.
Victor Lomantsov, 13 Apr 2007
The coat of arms keeps the yellow background (a
color absent from the flag) and the general similarity with the
RSFSR cartouche and ribbon motive, though
lacking now the branches. The ribbon is
patterned on the flag (dully updated) and the main (and only) charge is
the “marian cross”, one-colored in red.
António Martins, 08 Dec 2006
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