Banner o Oman
The naitional banner o Oman (Arabic: علم عمان) consists o three stripes (white, green an reid) wi a reid bar on the left that contains the naitional emblem o Oman. The white staunds for peace an prosperity, the green for fertility an the Green Muntains, an the reid for battles against foreign invaders. The reid is an aa the colour o the umwhile banner o the naition when it wis kent simply as the Sultanate o Muscat an Oman.
Till 1970, Oman uised the plain reid banner o the indigenous fowk. (It remains the banner o the Sultanate o Muscat.) In 1970, the Sultan introduced a complete new set o naitional banners. Baunds o green an white wur addit tae the flee, an the naitional emblem, the badge o the Albusaidi Dynasty, wis placed in the canton. This depicts crossed swords ower a khanjar, a traditional curved dagger. White haes been associatit historically wi the Imam, the releegious leader o Oman an at times the poleetical rival tae the rulin Sultan. It an aa seembolizes peace. Green is tradeetionally associatit wi the Jebel al Akhdar, or "Green Muntains," which lie toward the north o the kintra. Red is a common colour in Gulf state banners. The naitional emblem is said tae date back tae the 18t century. A curved dagger is fastened ower a pair o crossed swords. An ornate horsebit links the weapons.
Atween 1970 an 1995, the size o the middle baund o the triband wis slimmer than the ither twa, makin up approximately ane fift o its heicht, the ither baunds twa-fifts.
The staundart o the Sultan o Oman shows a reid flee, wi a green mairch whose width is aboot ane-saxt o the heicht o the banner, surroondit bi a reid mairch o aboot the same width. It bears the kintra's emblem as a chairge in the center, coloured gowd.
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