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South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Flag


South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are two archipelagos in the Southern Ocean that are governed by the Falkland Islands but are asserted by Argentina as their territory.

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Flag

Flag of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands



Introduction
The flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is a blue ensign, which features the Union Jack in the upper left corner, charged with the official emblem.

The official insignia features a badge with a golden raging lion with a torch; the badge is held up by a macaroni penguin to the right and a fur seal to the left; there is a reindeer on top of the crown; under the badge on a roll is the slogan LEO TERRAM PROPRIAM PROTEGAT, which means "Let the Lion Protect its Own Land". The field of the badge, white and blue estoiles, are seen in the symbol of James Cook, who found the archipelago. The external creatures holding the shield symbolize the indigenous creatures found in the archipelago. The lion holding the torch stands for the finding and the United Kingdom.

Protocol
The ensign is hoisted on top of the principal administrative establishments on the island of South Georgia, and the research areas of the British Antarctic Survey. The first ensign used a tinier edition of the official insignia demonstrated in a white circle. However, this was modified to the contemporary ensign between the period of 1999 and 2002.

History
The South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Flag was introduced on 3 October 1985, at the time of the formation of the dependency. Earlier, the dependency formed a portion of the Falkland Islands Territory and used the ensign of the Falkland Islands. In addition, there is another ensign to signify the Civil Commissioner of the Dependency, which is a Union Jack charged with the insignia. Since the Civil Commissioner is also the Governor of the Falkland Islands, it is hoisted only if the Commissioner is visiting the area. The first edition of the flag of the Civil Commissioner only exhibited the coat of arms, however it was modified in 1999.

Adopted On Between 1999 and 2002
Name Flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Flag, Official Flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Stands for The Union Jack symbolizes affiliation with Britain and the slogan signifies "Let the Lion Protect its Own Land".
Proportion 1:2
Colors Blue and red.


Last Updated On : August 29th, 2017




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