The flag

The Angle-Saxish flag (Se angelsaxische Vane​) consists of a yellow field with a carmine red Scandinavian cross that extends to the edges of the flag.

The design is based on the colours of the bannerpurple and goldwhich was hung over the tomb of St Oswald, as recounted by the Venerable Bede. It is the first recorded banner in English history. St Oswald was the 7th century Christian king of Northumbria, who “brought under his dominion all the nations and provinces of Britain”. The Scandinavian cross invokes the 11th century North Sea Empire and pan-Germanic influence.

The coat of arms

The coat of arms is blazoned: Gules, a wyvern rampant Or.
​The design features the dragon of Wessex (se westsaxische Drake), which was flown as a banner at the Battle of Hastings, seen below depicted in the Bayeux tapestry.

The motto ​Post tenebras lux means “Light after darkness”. This was also the motto of the city state of Geneva during the life of John Calvin and was particularly associated with the Protestant Reformation. It may have been inspired by the Latin Vulgate rendering of Job 17.12: “Noctem verterunt in diem et rursum post tenebras spero lucem.” (“They have turned night into day, and after darkness I hope for light again.”)

The church emblem

The emblem of the Angle-Saxish Church (Angelsaxische Çhyrçhe) is an allusion to the burning bush. This symbol was first incorporated into a seal by Huguenot presbyters in 1583 and has since featured in the emblems of numerous Reformed churches. Also included are the Keys of Heaven, the crosier signifying pastoral jurisdiction, and the doctor’s cap signifying the Reformation. The motto Deus lo vult means “God wills it”.

The national anthem

The national anthem, ​Le Psaume des Batailles​, is Claude Goudimel’s arrangement of Psalm 68, originally set to verse by Clément Marot and Theodore Beza. It is so named because it was adopted as the “battle hymn” of the Huguenots (French Protestants) at the time of their persecution by the Romish Church.

Earldoms and duchies

Imperial flag and coat of arms