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Kugelmugel (Austria)

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image by Christian Kretowicz, 14 October 2009

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Several photographs [1,2] show the "state emblem", being a silhouette of Lipburger in black on a white circle, usually put on a red square. It is used on "embassy" signs as well as on general signs.

The state emblem is also shown on "border signs", which are horizontally divided white-red-white with the emblem in the central red stripe [3,4]. My putative interpretation of this design would be:
- "inverted" Austrian colours, i.e. instead of red-white-red
- reference to the white/red chevrons used at the border post, as frequently done on other border posts.

The state emblem was originally reported as "state arms" in Flag Bulletin [5], however without the red field on which it is currently shown. The same article [5] reports and shows a sketch of the flag as being a hanging flag, ratio 32:15, showing on a light blue field a disk with Lipburger's face in black-and-white, surrounded by a narrow white ring. The explanation given by Lipburger to the author of the article was: "light blue reflects the spirit of his philosophy whose center, the Kugel, is symbolized by the disk on the flag". The effigies of Lipburger on the arms and the flag are very much different. During a court sentence against Lipburger, his sympathizers waved the flag before the court [5]; I guess, this was a different, smaller and horizontal
version of the flag, though.

image by Christian Kretowicz, 14 October 2009

Unfortunately, the author of the Flag Bulletin article does not disclose his sources, except for the casual mentioning of a personal encounter with Lipburger. The exact depiction of the flag with an exact-looking ratio implies that he has actually seen (and probably photographed) the flag.

[5] Guarghias, AG (1993) The Rolling Republic of Kugelmugel. Flag Bulletin 150 (XXXII:1): pp. 57-61.

Marcus E.V. Schmöger, 14 October 2009