Flag of The North American Socialist Commonwealth
|Name||The Sapphire Star|
|Use||Civil and state flag|
|Adopted|| Adopted as a revolutionary icon, 13. October. 2030.
Adopted as an official national flag, 15. April. 3031
|Design||A white hammer and gear on the canton, and a single large white star in the center of a flag with a royal blue background.|
The national flag of The North American Socialist Commonwealth. It is comprised of a white Hammer & Gear in the canton, and a large white Star over a deep blue background. It is called the Sapphire Star.
The first time the Sapphire Star was known to be displayed was during the revolution. It was also the same time that the Commissar became enshrined as a revolutionary hero. It was during this event that the Commissar walked into a clash between more militant revolutionaries and police forces. In the clash, The Commissar served as a great inspiration in the midst of the battle, waving around a flag he carried, a blue banner with a white star. Though the man was shot down during the combat, others took up the banner, and managed to beat back government authorities, even military authorities. This clash was later found to be instrumental in the eventual collapse of the government. Shortly after the event, The Commissar, and more importantly the Sapphire Star became symbols of the revolution, the combination of which TYS used to maximum effect. The flag was adopted by the Provisional Government and has been the Commonwealth's flag ever since.
The symbolic power of the Sapphire Star is relatively simple. The white star is meant to represent the nation, an ever burning light, no matter how dark the night gets, and a ray of hope. The Hammer and Gear represent the productive power of the Commonwealth, and the industriousness of its people. The color combination, royal blue and white is meant as an alternative to the red and gold of typically socialist flags, for a new and democratic socialist state.
Display and Etiquette
The Sapphire Star is displayed on almost all government buildings, and is a frequently flown by citizens. Display of the Sapphire Star is generally restricted to daylight hours, except if one can keep a light source on the flags. Flags are supposed to be kept relatively clean, intact, and otherwise in good form. Additionally, flags are not supposed to touch the ground, especially in the case of military flags. In the event a flag must be retired, it is to be put to the torch after a brief ceremony.