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National Emblem (Taiwan)

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[Taiwan - National Emblem]
image by Miles Li, 26 March 2014


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National Emblem

The sun construction is best shown in the national Coat of Arms (featured on the presidential flag). The sun relative construction details are preserved on all flags. The Coat of Arms is blue disk with radius three times the radius of the white sun disk concentric with it. The rays reach the edges of an imaginary circle double the diameter of the sun disk. The rays are constructed as a 12 pointed star, lines connecting every 5th vertex (i.e. star shapes equals 4 in mathematical language, or density equals 5). The diameter of the disk forming the blue fimbriation between the sun disk and the rays is 17/15 of the diameter of the sun disk (i.e. the width of the blue ring is 1/15 of the diameter of the sun disk).
Željko Heimer, 02 February 2003

Since 17 December 1928, image seen above has been the de jure National Emblem of ROC. Nonetheless, since ROC was practically a one-party state under the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang), and given the similarities between the National Emblem and the Kuomintang Emblem, image seen below was de facto used as the national emblem, including on the majority of ROC flags.
The Air Force Flags Act of 1948 (now obsolete) perfectly illustrates this point. Although the text specifies that the Air Force Flag should have the National Emblem, the drawings show the Kuomintang Emblem instead.
This state of affair persisted until around 1992, when the end of authoritarian rule in Taiwan meant there has to be a clear separation between the National Emblem and the Kuomintang Emblem. Consequently the use of Kuomintang Emblem as the national emblem, including on flags, have gradually been replaced be National Emblem (seen above).
Miles Li, 26 March 2014


Kuomintang Emblem

[Kuomintang Emblem]
image by Miles Li, 26 March 2014