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MDV 5/1
Flag Etiquette

published with approval of the Beglerbeg

Chapter 1
General Rules


The traditional way in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is to be used. They are:

Displaying the Flag Outdoors

When the flag is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag - of community or society - the flag of Feniz must always be at the top except when the Religious Pennant is flown above the flag during religious services on a ship of the Royal Navy.

When flown with flags communities or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of Feniz is always placed in the position of honor - to its own right. The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger. The flag of Feniz is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.

When flown with the national flags of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag must be of the same size. They have to be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation must not be displayed above that of another nation.

When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically.

Raising and Lowering the Flag

The flag should be raised and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it is displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It has tobe illuminated if displayed at night. The flag of Feniz is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag has reached the top of the pole on hoisting or is detached from the halyard after lowering, respectively, or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.

When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

Displaying the Flag Indoors

The differnt flags may be used as a drapery, e.g. for for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general, by their respective owners only.

When on display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left. The flag of Feniz should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of localities or societies are grouped for display. When one flag is used with the flag of Feniz and the staffs are crossed, the flag of Feniz is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag. When displaying the flag against a wall, the blue stripe should be at the top if displayed vertically, or to the to the observer's left if displayed horizontally.

Parading and Saluting the Flag

When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of Feniz may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.

The Salute

To salute, all persons in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Subjects not in uniform salute by seriously standing still. Military formations salute upon command of the person in charge.

The National Anthem

When the national anthem is played or sung, subjects should salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.

The Flag in Mourning

To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for Heads of State and Heads of Government and upon order from the Sultan or the Administration.

When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the blue stripe at the head. It should not be lowered into the grave.

Chapter 2
Rules For Showing The Flag At Sea

Ordained and published by Notice To Mariners, Sept 300

Outside any territorial waters, i.e. at the High Sea, showing the flag is generally not compulsory. Between sunrise and sunset, flags are to be shown, however, according to the following rules:

1. Royal Navy

Ships of the Royal Navy of Feniz show their orderly flags everywhere.

2. Inside Territorial Waters

a) Inside territorial waters of any country, Fenizic merchant ships show the Merchant Ensign and the National Flag (or the flag the respective country has destined for this purpose) of the country of destiny as a Coutesy Flag. They will show the Pilot Flag if requiring a pilot.

b) Inside Fenizic territorial waters, merchant ships of all nations have to show their flag.

3. Encountering Warships

a) On encountering a warship of any nation, Fenizic merchant ships have to show the flag immediately.

b) Merchant ships of any nation encountering a ship of the Fenizic Royal Navy are expected to immediately show their flag.

4. Saluting Warships

a) Fenizic ships - both merchant ships and ships of the Royal Navy - passing by warships of any nation flying their flag - including ships of the Fenizic Royal Navy - have to salute them by dipping the Ensign.

b) To perform this salute, the Ensign is lowered and, after three minutes, hoisted again.

c) Ships of the Fenizic Royal Navy have to reply to this salute or any similar salute of foreign ships in the same manner. Guns are not to be fired.


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