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I thought I would be getting tricolors with classical-style seals on them, as per the fashion of French Revolution days. You guys are giving me semi-commie red stars. x'D
 
Hopefully this one isn't too onerous!
Flag Challenge 228: The East Romance Empire or Romaniania

Design a flag or ensign for an empire dominated by Eastern Romance speakers or where they form a significant role in the administration.

The "empire" can be any monarchical or republican form.
The flag/ensign can be any of the 6 types (civil, state, military flag, civil, state, military ensign).
The Eastern Romance language can be current, extinct, or a conlang related to these.

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: 29th July 23:59 BST
Comments, questions, and suggestions welcome
 
Imperiul Românească

Sigismund was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1433 amid constant conflict with the Ottoman Empire to the southeast. At the same time, a rebellion against Turkish occupation was heating up in Albania, and the newly crowned emperor called out for the boyars of the east to come to the aid of the Albanians. Sensing an opportunity to solidify his claim on the rule of Wallachia, Vlad agreed to pledge every soldier in Wallachia to the cause if Sigismund would secure the throne of Wallachia for him. Sigismund came through, imprisoning Vlad's main rival, Dan II and handing the reins of power to the ambitious Romanian. Vlad was declared Prince of Wallachia.

Vlad Dracul proved to be an able recruiter and motivator of his people. He raised an impressive force and rode them to Albania, cutting a devastating swath through Turkish forces. While the troops weren't especially skilled, they benefited from a series of engagements against weaker and smaller Turkish forces that allowed Vlad to cull through lieutenants and promote the best. By the time Vlad's Dragons faced the Ottomans in the decisive battle of the Albanian Rebellion, they were ready. The Turks eventually surrendered and were allowed to march back home after leaving their armor and weapons on the field.

This was only the beginning. Seeking revenge, the Turks invaded again, and with combined forces from the entire region, as well as troops lent by Sigismund, Vlad pushed them back to Constantinople. Vlad was elevated to High King of the East, and all the regions between Hungary and the Ottoman Empire were placed under his authority.

Upon the death of Sigismund in 1443, Vlad Dracul announced that as there was no successor to the Holy Roman Emperor, he was declaring himself the Emperor of Romania. The banner of his house evolved to become the banner of the empire - Imperiul Românească.

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*Obviously, things have changed in this timeline. Vlad doesn't get tossed back and forth between Sigismund and the Turks, he doesn't have to contend with House Danesti, and the now successful Albanian Rebellion sets him on a different path entirely. Sigismund lives a little longer, allowing Vlad to consolidate his power. In my timeline, his son (the one we know as Vlad Tepes, or Dracula) earns his name in the 1441 Seige of Constantinople, just after his father's death.
 
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Empire of the Two Romanias
Imperiul celor Două Romanii
Βασίλειο των Δύο Ρομάνων

Andronikos II Palaiologos, the Eastern Roman Emperor, actively sort alliance with the Bulgarians, in an attempt to thwart the Serbian expansion. In one of the battles Bulgarian-Byzantine forces fought against the Serbs, Andronikos’ life was saved by the ruler of Wallachia, Basarab I, who was then a voivode under the Bulgarian King, from a Serb horseman. This proved to be the beginning of the Byzantine-Wallachian alliance.

In a dramatic turn of fortune, by 1295, Serbia was defeated and divided between the Byzantines and Bulgarians, in the same year, Constantinople then sent priests, craftsmen, stone masons, military trainers, gold coins and a princess to help establish Wallachia as a counterbalance to Bulgaria, and also to fend off the Hungarians. A Greek priest discovered the writings of Byzantine historian Kinnamos that the Vlachs spoke a variation of Latin, and invented an alphabet for Wallachia based on Latin Alphabet, replacing the Romanian Cyrillic, centuries before OTL. It was then they started calling their country Tara Romaneasca in diplomatic letters.

Basarab initiated far flung reforms, organizing his cavalry along the lines of the Mongols, and infantry that of the Crusaders. Serbs, Bulgarians, Cumens, Mongols and Vlachs were all organized into Ronan’s which formed his army. Strengthened, the young Basarab I developed ambitions for the Bulgarian throne. Basarab was able to defeat the Bulgarian army and make himself the Tsar of Bulgaria, after the death of Tsar Theodore Svetoslav in 1319.

Th sudden union of Bulgarian and Wallachian kingdoms shocked Andronikos II, but his Empire had descended into a civil war against his son. The army Tara Romaneasca marched unopposed into Constantinople, in the year 1322, to remove Andronikos III from his throne. A year later, Nicolae Alexanderu, son of Basarab I, TTL Byzantine educated, became the Eastern Roman Co-Emperor.

Barsarab I defeated Ottoman I in the Battle of Prousa in 1226. He was able to employ Muslim/Turkic auxiliaries in Europe as well as Christians troops in Asia Minor to quell rebellions. By his death in 1352, the entirety of Anatolia was back into Roman hands.

As the Empire of Two Romanias stabilized under Emperor Nicolae Alexandru, it the Roman elite class became once again bilingual. Instead of Latin and Classical Greek, Romanian and Koine Greek are spoken by the graduates of the University of Constantinople and the University of Constanta. Those graduates would man the empire‘s new officer corps and bureaucracy.

The flag reflects the dual-monarchy system of the Two Romania’s Empire, in the last phase of the empire, whereas a “Northern” Empire and a “Southern“ Empire we’re trying to federalize.

The cross-with-four-stars layout came from a coin during Vlad Tepes' reign, but the six-pointed star could be found on Wallachia coins as early as 14th century, so it's reasonable to assume that the design could be envasaged earlier.
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I was thinking, maybe the Vlach nomads could save the Byzantine Empire, especially when they realize , and when the Byzantines recognize, that they are Romans as well.
I'm intrigued.
Powerpoint > select picture > Design > Remove Background would be helpful in image editing,
ctrl+select images > right click > save as picture would finalize your design.
 
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Domnia Aurtarm

“…Trajan, meanwhile, was building a large force for a full-scale invasion. Decebalus tried to negotiate a peace settlement, but Trajan demanded that Decebalus surrender himself, which he refused to do. Decebalus' allies among the surrounding tribes seem to have deserted him at this point. Trajan launched a direct attack on the Dacian capital, Sarmizegetusa. After a long siege of Sarmizegetusa and a few skirmishes in the nearby region, the Romans conquered the Dacian capital. Decebalus was captured along with his family. Trajan would take Decebalus’ head to present to the emperor. His remaining supporters continued a guerrilla campaign in the Carpathian Mountains for several years…”

“After the abandonment of Roman Dacia to the Goths by Aurelian (270–275 CE) and the transfer of the Roman citizens from the former province to the area of the Danube delta, the northern portion of Moesia took the name of Dacia Aureliana…”

“After 238 AD, Dacia Aureliana was frequently invaded or raided by the Dacian-Carpi and the Goths, who invaded Moesia in 250. Hard-pressed by the Huns, the Goths again crossed the Danube during the reign of Valens and with his permission settled in Moesia. After they settled, quarrels soon took place, and the Goths under Fritigarn defeated Valens in a great battle near Adriannople. These Goths are known as Eastern Dacian-Goths. The Dacian-Goths settled and intermingled with the Dacian-Carpi as well as the Dacian-Aureliana. As sometimes happens the Goth culture became dominant, but the language of the Dacian-Aureliana became the most widely used in the region.”

Flag:
The Aurtarm flag is two black arrows pointing toward the fly and a white arrow pointing towards the hoist. White is representative of the monarchy, while the black represents the general citizenry. In the center of the white arrow is a Dacian Draco. Used originally by the Dacia and later adopted by the Romans after the conquest of Dacia. The Dacian Draco represents constant vigilance against threats from outside and within.

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