A flag I made for the Roman Commonwealth from a recent post
of mine on the map thread. In short, the Commonwealth is an alt-EU that leans heavily into its Roman and Christian heritage. The flag may be flown as shown, or vertically with the purple at the top. In the Diocese of Rome only
, the flag may be flown vertically with the red on top, as an upside down cross is a symbol of St. Peter
, and Rome is the See of St. Peter. The cross was selected to represent Christendom. The colours were selected for several reasons: purple, gold, and red were generally associated with the Roman Empire in traditional heraldry; purple and gold are the colours of royalty, especially associated with the Imperial dignity and the Roman universal monarchy; the red and gold were also meant to evoke the Oriflamme
; furthermore, purple, gold, and red were associated also with the Christ, purple and gold symbolising His universal kingship, and red for His blood, sacrificed for the salvation of man. When flown vertically, the purple and gold on top of the red is also meant to His glorious Resurrection, that He has defeated death, and remains alive with the Father in Heaven. When it is flown upside down in Rome, the position of the purple below the red could represent His descent into Sheol for the Harrowing of Hell. In addition to the normal instances when a flag is typically flown at half-mast, this flag is also flown at half-mast every year from noon on Good Friday until midnight on the morning of Easter Sunday.