is the cultural tradition and style of coats of arms and other heraldic achievements in both modern and historic Anthologica
. It includes national, regional and civic arms, noble and personal arms, heraldic displays as corporate logos, and Anthologican heraldic descriptions.
Derived mainly from heraldic traditions in Europe, Anthologican heraldry also incorporates distinctly Anthologican symbols, especially native flora and fauna, references to internet tools and other website elements of Anthologica, as well as uniquely Anthologican symbols such as the Cadrean wire, derived from the queen's crown.
The Anthologican Heraldic Authority
(AHA) is part of the Anthologican honours system under the Anthologican monarch, whose authority is exercised by the Deputy Administrator of Anthologica. The authority is responsible for the creation and granting of new coats of arms (armorial bearings), flags and badges for Anthologican citizens, government agencies, municipal, civic and other corporate bodies. The authority also registers existing armorial bearings granted by other recognized heraldic authorities, approves military badges, flags and other insignia of the Anthologican Forces, and provides information on heraldic practices.
Anthologican Heraldic Authority
Hairless Hall, seat of the Authority
Motto If it breaks the rules, the rules are crap
February 16, 2017
Administration of Anthologican heraldic honours
Hairless Hall, Autisthaven
English, Catalan, French, Greek, Latin
Ser Isant Brie
Website Anthologican Heraldic Authority
Syndyktean heraldry and vexillology
All Syndyktean nations and peoples use a representation system for individuals and sovereign territories that differs from those used in Europe and Japan, that is, European and Japanese heraldry. Like these two traditions, the Syndyktean system works mainly with coats of arms and flags, as well as banners, emblems and seals as secondary derivations or variations of the former.
The Syndyktean system is particularly singular in that flags, and not coats of arms, are the main support to represent individuals, lineages, territories and institutions, while coats of arms are reserved for individuals with some kind of rank or title. Emblems actually are the basis for coats of arms, while seals are embellished emblems.
The other particularity of Syndyktean vexillology is that flags always show the name of the represented (individual, territory, institution...) with a combination of colours for vowels and abstract geometric shapes for consonants. Banners are flags that don't conform to the Syndyktean vexillological system.
Flags are designed on checky fields, where the colours and pieces are put in vertical strips. Each strip stands for a single vowel of the represented name, the vowel being the nucleus of a syllable. Within the strip pieces are put, and these are meant to represent consonants, semivowels and consonantal clusters. Therefore each strip represents, ideally, a syllable with its nucleus, onset and coda.
The reading order is left-to-right, so the first syllable/strip will appear on the left (from the viewer's point of view) and the other syllables/strips, if necessary, will be added to the right side of the preceding syllable/strip. Each strip is three levels high: that means that a strip is divided into three invisible perfect squares arranged vertically, the places where the pieces (the abstract forms representing consonants, semivowels and consonantal clusters) will be put. Ideally the upper level is for the syllable's onset, and the lower level is for the coda. The middle space can be used to put further symbols to create digraphs where the secondary consonant or semivowel is attached to the preceding (onset) consonant (br, pl, ps, tr...
) or attached to the next (coda) consonant (lm, st, rt, rp...
). In the middle space we can, find as well, semivowels in order to represent diphtongs (ai, ui, eu, ei
With this system all flags will have the same height but their longitude will vary, being determined by the number of syllables and other elements like headers and tails.
Syllable breaking should follow the language's rules, but this can be averted for aesthetic reasons or because the vexillologer is dumb, doesn't care about such things (he or she is, after all, a guy devoted to flags and coats of arms, not linguistics!), or is just appliying syllable breaking rules from language A to language B. For example: An-thol-o-gi-ca
(considering English) and An-tho-lo-gi-ca
Colours and pieces
Vowels are represented by colours, and the rest of symbols, including numbers, are reprsented by pieces, which are geometric shapes built on a 3x3 squared grid using straight, diagonal an curvy lines.
(RGB 255, 215, 0 / HEX #FFD700), properly named saffron
(RGB 0, 182, 2 / HEX #00B602), properly named verd
is dark blue
(RGB 0, 0, 139 / HEX #00008B), properly named regal
(RGB 255, 155, 0 / HEX #FF9B00), properly named angine
(RGB 255, 0, 0 / HEX #FF0000), properly named erys
(RGB 197, 75, 140 / HEX #C54B8C), properly named bruis
-blue is the darkest of all colours in the system, which means that all the other vowel colours must be bright enough to clearly contrast with it.
-yellow has the brightest of all the colours in the system after white. Since this vowel is so common we’ll find many cases of a yellow field with white pieces, which can create low contrast strips, especially if the amount of pieces in the flag is important. In such cases the pieces can appear in other colours if that doesn’t mean melting them with the adjacent strip’s colours.
Although semivowels and consonants are represented with white pieces it is possible to paint them with secondary vexillologic colours. y
(semivowel i) can be sky blue (RGB 0, 191, 255), and w
(semivowel u) can appear in magenta (255, 0, 144).
Long vowels can be represented doubling the strips, thus making two consecutive strips of the same vowel, the first one with an onset, if necessary, and the second one with a coda, also if necessary.
More vowels can be used, for sure. The colours for y
(sky blue) and w
(magenta) can be used to paint strips to represent vowels ‹y› and ‹u› in words like happy, gym, cwm
and others. Some vowels from foreign languages have their own colours as well. Considering this:
is sky blue
(RGB 0, 191, 255 / HEX #00BFFF), properly named celeste
(RGB 255, 0, 144 / HEX #FF0090), properly named magenta
ä / æ
, which in certain languages stands for [æ, ɛ], is yellow-green
(RGB 223, 255, 0 / HEX #DFFF00), properly named lime
, which can represent [ɑ, ɐ, ɒ], is metallic yellow
(RGB 212, 175, 55 / HEX #D4AF37), properly named gold
, which stands for [ɔ], is persian orange
(RGB 217, 144, 88 / HEX #D99058), properly named beige
, which is used to represent [ə, ɜ, ɛ:/ɛə], is dark green
(RGB 0, 114, 67 / HEX #007243), properly named mint
ï / ı
, used in Turkish for [ɯ] and to represent [ɨ] in Amazonian languages, is mahogany brown
(RGB 192, 64, 0 / HEX #C04000), properly named caoba
ö / œ
, which can be used to represent [ø, œ, ɔə/ɔː], is deep orange
(RGB 250, 80, 0 / HEX #FA5000), properly named flame
Consonants, semivowels and consonantal clusters are represented with pieces. All consonants are white.
Bilabials (m, p, b
) are represented by circular shapes.
Non-bilabial nasals (n
), and its palatal counterpart ny
[ɲ] are represented by hyphen-bullet shapes. ny
[J] is a lobulated variant.
Liquids (l, r
[r]) are represented by straight lines (laterals) or semicircles (rhotics).
Labiodentals (f, v
) have vague diagonal shapes.
Dental fricatives (th
[θ]) and alveolar stops (t, d
) have square/cross shapes.
Velars (c, k, g
[x]) and uvulars (q
) are represented by triangular shapes.
Sibilants (s, z
) have combined triangular shapes.
[h] is shaped like a 90 degrees set square. The mute version (etymological h) is a variant with an inner thin empty line.
[j / ʲ] is represented with a meandering shape. To represent a falling diphtong this symbol will appear in the coda level (lower level), and to represent a raising diphtong, in the onset level.
[ʃ / ɕ], tsy
[t͜ʃ / t͜ɕ], dy
[d͜ʒ / d͜ʑ]) have meandering edges and are derived from other consonants.
[w / ʷ] is represented with a wavy shape. To represent a falling diphtong this symbol will appear in the coda level (lower level), and to represent a raising diphtong, in the onset level.
Many labialized consonantal clusters have their own pieces; for them look below.
Derived pieces are those based on basic symbols combined together. Palatal variants take meandering shapes or edges, while labial derivations are designed with wavy edges. Other pieces are crossings of two or three pre-existing symbols.
/s/ is a c
[r] stands for a stronger variant of r
[ɾ], and it’s represented as a mirrored double version of the later.
qu / kw
[kʷ] is derived from k
[ʒ / ʑ] is a meandering (palatal) variant of g
[ʎ] is a meandering (palatal) double l
[ʃ / ɕ] is a meandering (palatal) variant of s
[t͜ʃ / t͜ɕ] and [dy]
[d͜ʒ / d͜ʑ] are meandering (palatal) variants of, respectively, t
, and t
alone and slightly tilted.
[d͜z] is an acute triangular variant of t
[k͜s] is a zigzag variant of k
, and gz
[g͜z] is a crossing of g
Certain voiceless consonants (mh, rh
…) can be derived by piercing an existing symbol with a small square.
A group of symbols represent biconsonantal and triconsonantal clusters, created to ease the use of the system. The letters are sm, sn, sr, sl, sf, sv, sw, sp, st, sc/sk, spr, str, scr/skr, spl, stl, scl/skl, squ/skw, sz
These clusters are meant to ease the representation of names, relieving the strips of too many pieces or just making possible that the letters/sounds are put where they belong. We find an extreme example with Hampsthwaite
(a village in North Yorkshire, England), a name with twelve letters but only two syllables. If we make a flag of this place using the Syndyktean honours system we'll have too many consonants to fit in just two strips. This is solved using the cluster pieces, resulting in this design:
Which is lettered «(h)a(m)(ps)|(thw)a(j)(t)|e(mute)». The strips are full of stuff, but with the cluster pieces is possible to make a flag for Hampsthwaite. Note the piece in sky blue; this is an y
standing for a semivocalic ‹i› without regard of the diphthong's vocalic quality (that is, [a͜ɪ] or [aj]). It would be also possible to represent the diphthong with two strips, as if it where a long vowel, with the semivocalic piece in the second strip's middle level; that is «(h)a(m)(ps)|(thw)a|a(j)(t)|e(mute)».
On the other hand, the green strip stands for that silent ‹e› at the very end of the name. Silent vowels can be omitted, but if representation is what is desired, the mut
piece will be put on the coloured strip, as in the example.
/ Stress can be represented with a vertical piece between two consecutive strips, thus indicating that the following strip is the stressed vowel. The piece measures 1/6 of a strip's breadth and is coloured in pale grey (RGB 206, 206, 206, HEX #CECECE; properly named argent
/ This piece marks a muted vowel. It's the largest piece available, since it covers a whole strip with narrow horizontal bands.
/ To indicate that two consecutive vowels actually are a diphthong standing for a single phoneme a small piece is put along both vowels, in the available space. The piece is a white horizontal rectangle with curvy edges and measures 2/3 of letter n
Numbers are represented, if necessary, by individual pieces made with the same template for semivowels and consonants. All numbers are written in black on a white field. There are single shapes for numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 100 and 1,000.
Banner is any flag made not following the Syndyktean vexillological tradition. They're created to represent entities like companies, enterprises, clubs and other civilian organizations. Unlike flags, banners can show heraldic emblems, coats of arms and seals.
Coats of arms, emblems and seals
While Anthologican flags have their own codification system, heraldic devices are based on a completely different tradition that doesn't consider the name of the represented person, territory or entity, and is more lax regarding the use of shape and colour.
In the Anthologican heraldic tradition coats of arms, emblems and seals are not very different from each other, since the main differing factor is how these devices are presented. The basis for the Anthologican heraldic tradition is the emblem, a characteristic figure drawn taking as a basis an invisible geometric polygon (circle, triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon or octagon). The resulting design is always monochromatic, with no specific colour attached, although in some cases a certain colour may be closer associated with the emblem because it's the characteristic colour of the representee.
Coats of arms are emblems encapsulated in a bordure that usually takes the shape of the invisible polygon, but that is not mandatory since emblem and bordure can differ in shape. The other difference between emblems and coats of arms is colour: while emblems are always monochromatic, coats of arms can have a colour for both the bordure and the figure, and another one for the space between them and the non-drawn area of the figure. A different colour than that of the figure may be chosen for the bordure, thus creating coats of arms with three different colours or shades.
Finally, seals are emblems adornated with additional elements, which ususally is a belt or garland, although crowns or crests are not rare.
A blazon is the formal description of a flag, coat of arms, emblem or seal with which the reader can reconstruct its design. Blazonry is the art of creating a blazon, and its technical language has its own vocabulary, grammar and syntax.
Every blazon of a flag begins by describing the field with the formula "Of
" followed by the number of strips (always written in letters, not numbers), followed by the colour of each strip in order, that is left to right, each name separated by a comma, and using the colour's proper names. The last colour name can be separated from the rest by "and
". If there's more than one consecutive strip with the same colour we'll indicate that with the colour's name followed by "per
" followed by the number of consecutive strips in that colour.
The basic colour for all letter pieces is white, and the one used for numbers is black. There's no need to indicate them because numbers, which are rare in flags and rarer in coats of arms, are always black, while letters are rarely not white. There's an exception, though: on saffron and lime strips pieces can be coloured in regal because these two colours are so bright that don't match well with white. This is optional, but if used is necessary to indicate it in the blazoning, which takes place right after the description of the field. To describe it the formula "Regal on saffron
" or "Regal on lime
" is used.
Following the description of the field the disposition of pieces is described. It's properly named lettering
, and it includes consonants, semivowels, consonantal clusters, numbers and accents. All of them are written with their respective symbols in the correct order, that is from left to right. Vowels are separated by a vertical bar ( | ), and consonants are written within parentheses, right before or after the vowel they're attached to depending on their position within the strip, that is onset or coda. If a vowel is mute it is written with (mute) right after it. Stress can be indicated by puting a stress upon the vowel: grave ( ` ) for open vowels, acute ( ´ ) for closed vowels, but this distinction is not always necessary.
Blazons are properly written in italics, the exception being the lettering, which is written between double guillemets ( « » ).
Of bruis per two, verd and saffron.
Anthologican national symbols
The two main national symbols in Anthologica are the country's flag and the coat of arms.
The flag of Anthologica
, informally referred to as the Saars
(for saffron, angine, angine, regal, saffron
), is the national flag of the country.
Of five saffron, angine per two, regal and saffron.
Regal on saffron.
The coat of arms
The Arms of Anthologica
, also known as the Royal Coat of Arms of Anthologica
or formally as the Arms of Her Majesty The Fashqueen of Anthologica
is, since 2017, the official coat of arms of the Anthologican monarch and thus also of Anthologica.
A hardworking badger circle-shaped, confined in a circular bordure. Black on white.
The Royal Standard
The Royal Standard of Anthologica is the personal banner of the queen of Anthologica, Fashqueen Rhetorica.
Of four verd, angine, regal and saffron. Regal on saffron.
Per head a royal crown argent on regal
The Deputy Administrator is Anthologica's acting head of state, Sir Hallow the Thirteenth.
Of three saffron, angine and thirteen.
Regal on saffron.
Per head a crab erys on indigo.
The Anthologican Forces are deposited on Team Badger Inc. Their flag comes in two flavours: orthographic and phonetic. The orthographic flag is lettered «(t)e|a(m)|(b)a(dg)|e(r)» and is of use within the nation, while the phonetic flag is to be used elsewhere so foreign enemies can properly pronounce the name and run in despair when they realize who are going to fight; it's lettered «(t)i:(m)|(b)æ(d͜ʒ)|ə(ɾ)».
Anthologica's War Banner
For when peaceful times come to an end. Yes, completely different thing. On any level. That one won't change.
Annieston, the capital of Anthologica. The flag consists of four strips lettered «a(n)|(n)i|e(mute)|(st)o(n)».
Isharia Region. The flag is four strips lettered «i|(sh)a|(r)i|a», and is informally known as the Rs'rs
Team Badger Inc.
Badgers working variant