Banner o Romanie
The Constitution o Romanie provides that “The flag o Romanie is tricolour; the colors are arranged vertically in the follaein order frae the flagpole: blue, yellae, red”. The proportions, shades o color as well as the flag protocol wur established bi law in 1994 an extendit in 2001.
The flag is coincidentally vera similar tae the ceevil Banner o Andorrae an the state Banner o Chad. The similarity wi Chad’s flag, which differs anerlie in haein a daurker shade o blue (indigo rather than cobalt), haes caused internaitional discussion. In 2004 Chad asked the Unitit Naitions tae examine the issue, but then-preses o Romanie Ion Iliescu annoonced nae chynge wad occur tae the flag. The Banner o Moldova is relatit tae the Romanian tricolour, except it haes a 1:2 ratio, a lichter shade o blue and the Moldavian coat o airms in the middle.
The law mentioned abuin specifies that the stripes o the naitional flag are cobalt blue, chrome yellae an vermilion red. The publication Album des pavillons nationaux et des marques distinctives (2000) suggests the follaein equivalents in the Pantone scale:
History an significance o the colors
- Main airticle: History o the banners o Romanie
Red, yellae an blue wur foond on late 16t century ryal grants o Michael the Brave, as well as shields an banners. Durin the Wallachian uprisin o 1821, they wur present on the canvas o the revolutionaries’ flag an its fringes; for the first time a meanin was attributit tae them: “Liberty (sky-blue), Juistice (field yellae), Fraternity (blood red)”.
The tricolour wis first adoptit in Wallachie in 1834, when the reformin domnitor Alexandru II Ghica submittit naval an military colors designs for the approval o Sultan Mahmud II. The latter wis a “flag wi a red, blue an yellae face, an aa haein starns an a bird’s head in the middle”. Suin, the order o colors wis chynged, wi yellae appearin in the center.
In 1848, the flag adoptit for Wallachie bi the revolutionaries that year wis a blue-yellae-red tricolour (wi blue abuin, in line with the meaning “Liberty, Justice, Fraternity”). Awready on 26 Aprile, accordin tae Gazeta de Transilvania, Romanian students in Paris wur hailin the new govrenment wi a blue, gowd an red naitional flag, “as a seembol o union atween Moldavians an Muntenians”. Decree no. 1 o 14/26 June 1848 o the proveesional govrenment mentioned that “the Naitional Flag will bear three colors: blue, yellae, red”, emblazoned wi the wirds “DPEПTATE ФPЪЦIE” (Dreptate, Frăţie or “Juistice, Fraternity”). It differed frae earlier tricolors in that the blue stripe wis on top, the princely monogram wis eliminatit frae the corners, as wis the croun atop the eagle at the end o the flagpole, while a motto wis nou present.
Nivertheless, decree no. 252 o 13/25 Julie 1848, issued acause “it haes no been unnerstuid [yet] hou the naitional flags shoud be designed”, defined the flag as three vertical stripes, possibly influenced bi the French model. The shades were “dark blue, light yellow and carmine red”; as for order, “near the wood comes blue, then yellae an then red flutterin”.
Petre Vasiliu-Năsturel observes that frae a heraldic point o view, on the French as well as the revolutionary Wallachian flag, the middle stripe represents a heraldic metal (argent an or respectively), thus, the twoa flags coud be relatit. Ither historians believe that the tricolour wis no an imitation o the French flag, instead embodyin an auld Romanian tradition. This theory is supportit bi a note froae the revolutionary meenister o foreign affairs tae Emin Pasha: “the colors o the baund that we, the leaders wear, as well as aw oor follaers, are no o modren oreegin. We hae haed oor flags syne an earlier time. When we received the tricolour insignie an baunds we did no follae the spirit o imitation or fashion”. The same meenister assured the extraordinary envoy o the Porte, Suleiman Pasha, that the flag’s three colors haed existit “for a lang time; oor ancestors bore them on their staundart an their flags. So they are no a borraein or an imitation frae the present or a threat for the future”.
Efter the revolution wis quelled, the auld flags wur restored an the revolutionaries punished for haein worn the tricolour.
Frae 1859 till 1866, the Unitit Principalities o Wallachie an Moldavie haed a red-yellae-blue Romanian tricolour, wi horizontal stripes, as the naitional flag. The flag wis described properly in Almanahul român din 1866: “a tricolour flag, dividit in three stripes, red, yellae an blue an laid oot horizontally: red abuin, blue belaw an yellae in the middle”. Although the Ottoman Empire did no allou the Unitit Principalities tae hae their awn seembols, the new flag gained a degree o internaitional recognition. Relatin prince Cuza’s May–Juin 1864 journey tae Constantinople, doctor Carol Davila observed: “The Romanian flag wis raised on the great mast, the Sultan’s kayaks awaitit us, the guard wis airmed, the Grand Vizier at the door… The Prince, quiet, dignified, concise in his speech, spent 20 minutes wi the Sultan, who then came tae review us… Ance again, the Grand Vizier led the Prince tae the main gate an we returned tae the Europe Palace, the Romanian flag still flutterin on the mast…”.
Airticle 124 o the 1866 Constitution o Romanie providit that “the colors o the Unitit Principalities will be Blue, Yellae an Red”. The order an placement o the colors wur decided by the Assembly o Deputies in its session o 26 Mairch 1867. Thus, follaein a proposal bi Nicolae Golescu, they wur placed juist as in 1848: vertically an in the follaeing order: blue hoist, yellae in the middle an red fly. The kintra’s coat o airms wis placed anerlie on airmy an princely flags, in the center; ceevilian flags remained athoot a coat o airms. The same distinction wis made atween flags o the Navy an those o the ceevil an merchant ships.
The rapporteur Mihail Kogălniceanu, who an aa conveyed the opinion o Cezar Bolliac, Dimitrie Brătianu, Constantin Grigorescu, Ion Leca, Nicolae Golescu an Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, said: “The tricolour flag as it is the day is no (as the meenister claims) the flag o the United Principalities. It is muckle mair: it is itsel the flag o the Romanian naition in aw lands inhabitit bi Romanians”.
The “Law for modifyin the kintra’s airms” o 11/23 Mairch 1872 did no chynge these provisions, anerlie the design o the coat o airms. This design o the naitional flag lastit till 1948.
On 30 December 1947, Romania wis proclaimed a fowkrepublic an aw the ex-kinrick’s seembols wur ootlawed, includin the coat o airms an the tricolour flags that showed it. Durin the communist era in Romanie, the state flag haed the emblem o the kintra in the middle o the yellae stripe, an for the first time the 2:3 proportion wis regulatit bi law. Till 1989, nae less than fower coat o airms wur chynged.
Starting on 17 December 1989, durin the revolution at Timişoara, the coat o airms o the Romanian Socialist Republic began tae be ripped aff the flags, being perceived as a seembol o Nicolae Ceauşescu’s dictatorial regime. These flags wur cried “the flag wi the hole”.
Decree-Law no. 2 of 27 December 1989 regardin the membership, organization an functionin o the Cooncil o the Naitional Salvation Front an o the territorial cooncils o the Naitional Salvation Front. providit at airticle 1, amang ither matters, that “the naitional flag is the traditional tricolour o Romanie, wi the colors laid oot vertically, in the follaein order, stairtin frae the flagpole: blue, yellae, red”.
- At article 12, clause 1
- Law no. 75 o 16 Julie 1994, published in Monitorul Oficial no. 237 o 26 August 1994.
- Governmental Decision no. 1157/2001, published in Monitorul Oficial no. 776 of 5 December 2001.
- "'Identical flag' causes flap in Romania"
- Pălănceanu (1974), p. 138.
- Iscru, Gheorghe D., "Steagul Revoluţiei din 1821", in Revista Arhivelor no. 2/1981, p. 211.
- Buletinul - Gazetă Oficială a Ţării Româneşti, no. 34 of 14 October 1834, p. 144
- Gazeta de Transilvania, year XI, no. 34 of 26 April 1848, p. 140.
- Dogaru (1978), p. 862.
- Căzănişteanu (1967), p. 36.
- Dogaru (1978), p. 861.
- Năsturel (1900/1901), p. 255.
- Anul 1848 în Principatele Române, II, Bucharest, 1902, p. 477.
- Căzănişteanu (1967), p. 36
- Dogaru (1978), p. 868.
- Năsturel (1900/1901), p. 253
- Pălănceanu (1974), p. 145.
- Mihalache (1967), pp. 180-1.
- Constituţia României, 1866, title VI, art. 124.
- Năsturel (1900/1901), p. 257
- Velcu (1938), p. 81
- Năsturel (1900/1901), p. 257.
- Decree-Law published in Monitorul Oficial no. 4 of 27 December 1989