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Merchant ensign of the Dominican Republic

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Merch. flag of the Dominican Republic
image by Željko Heimer, 16 Jun 2001
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The diferences in overall ratio are similar here as to the national flag.
Željko Heimer, 16 Jun 2001

Civil ensign (as of 1939): This is one of the five dominican naval flags in Flaggenbuch (1939-1941) [neu39]. (The others are war ensign and jack, flag of the Generalissime flag of rear-admiral, head of a flotilla and admiral flag)
Ivan Sache, 10 Apr 1999

This flag design is often used instead of the proper national flag. I think it results from a combination of what Emerson called a foolish consistency, and trying to squeeze messy vexillogical realities into our artificial pigeonholes. The general policy seems to be that when a nation has what we teem both a civil flag and a state flag, we give precedence to the civil flag. That seems to work work well enough when we are dealing with European nations, since their citizens seem in general to also regard the civil flag as the deafault "national flag". However, this policy is not at all appropriate for most Latin American nations. The exact boundaries between “civil” and “state” flags, their respective usages, and their connotations do not seem to be precisely the same in Latin America as in Europe. From what I can observe, it seems most Latin Americans regard the “state” flag rather than the “civil” one as the “national flag”.
Ned Smith, 29 Mar 2004