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The FLAG OF ALSACE (Alsatian : ROT UN WISS or 'ROT-UN-WISS\', "red and white") is the original red and white flag of the region, and can be traced to the red and white banner of Gérard d\'Alsace, Duke of Lorraine in the 11th century.

Particularly since the introduction of new French region Grand Est , the traditional Rot un Wiss
Rot un Wiss
flag of Alsace
Alsace
has been widely promoted by the advocates of the Alsace
Alsace
autonomous movement .

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Rot un Wiss
Rot un Wiss
(from the 11th century) * 1.2 Departments flag (1949-2008)

* 2 Controversy * 3 References

HISTORY

ROT UN WISS (FROM THE 11TH CENTURY)

The original flag of Alsace, the Rot un Wiss, dates back to the red and white banner of Gérard d\'Alsace, Duke of Lorraine in the 11th century.

Red and white colours are commonly found on the coat of arms of Alsatian cities such as Strasbourg
Strasbourg
, Mulhouse
Mulhouse
and Sélestat , and additionally of many Swiss
Swiss
cites, especially in the region of Basel-Landschaft
Basel-Landschaft
.

DEPARTMENTS FLAG (1949-2008)

Perhaps as the Rot un Wiss
Rot un Wiss
marks the Germanic roots of Alsace, it was replaced in 1949 by a new " Union jack
Union jack
-like" flag, representing the union of the two départements of Haut-Rhin
Haut-Rhin
and Bas-Rhin
Bas-Rhin
, however without real historical relevance. It was subsequently modified to a slightly different appearance, yet also representing the two departments.

CONTROVERSY

There is controversy around the recognition of the Alsatian flag.

With the purpose of "Frenchizing" the region, the Rot un Wiss
Rot un Wiss
has not been recognised by Paris. Some zealous statesmen have called this a " Nazi
Nazi
invention" — while the Rot un Wiss
Rot un Wiss
is still known as the real historical emblem of the region by most of the population and the departments' parliaments.

Subsequently, the Rot un Wiss
Rot un Wiss
has been widely used during protests against the creation of a new "super-region" Grand Est , gathering Champagne-Ardennes , Lorraine and Alsace, namely on Colmar\'s statue of liberty .

REFERENCES

* ^ http://www.genealogie-bisval.net/Images/Lorraine.gif * ^ http://www.unserland.org/dossiers/breve-histoire-dun-drapeau-alsacien/ * ^ http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/alsace/2014/11/16/colmar-une-statu-de-la-liberte-en-rot-und-wiss-593102.html

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Flags of Germany
Germany

NATION

* Flag
Flag
of Germany
Germany

STATES

* Baden-Württemberg * Bavaria * Berlin * Brandenburg * Bremen * Hamburg * Hesse * Lower Saxony * Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania * North Rhine-Westphalia * Rhineland-Palatinate * Saarland * Saxony * Saxony-Anhalt * Schleswig-Holstein * Thuringia

HISTORICAL

* Elsass * Baden * Prussia * East Germany
Germany

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Alsace
Alsace
topics

DEPARTMENTS

BAS-RHIN

* Arrondissement of Haguenau-Wissembourg
Arrondissement of Haguenau-Wissembourg
* Arrondissement of Molsheim * Arrondissement of Saverne
Arrondissement of Saverne
* Arrondissement of Sélestat-Erstein * Arrondissement of Strasbourg
Strasbourg

HAUT-RHIN

* Arrondissement of Altkirch * Arrondissement of Colmar-Ribeauvillé * Arrondissement of Mulhouse * Arrondissement of Thann-Guebwiller

CULTURE

* Coat of arms * Flag * Anthem * People * Language * Demographics * Religion

* Musée alsacien

* Hagenau * Strasbourg
Strasbourg

* Alsace
Alsace
independence movement

SPORTS

* RC Strasbourg
Strasbourg
Alsace
Alsace
* Strasbourg
Strasbourg
IG * SC Schiltigheim
SC Schiltigheim
* FC Sélestat * Sélestat Alsace
Alsace
Handball * FC Vendenheim * Étoile Noire de Strasbourg
Strasbourg
* Internationaux de Strasbourg
Strasbourg
* Rallye de France
France
Alsace
Alsace
* ( Rallye Alsace-Vosges
Rallye Alsace-Vosges
)

HISTORY

* Germania Superior
Germania Superior
(Pagus Alsatiae) (83–475) * Alemanni
Alemanni
(circa 213–496) * Alamannia
Alamannia
(3rd-century–911) * Duchy of Alsace
Alsace
(circa 630–699) * Prince-Bishopric of Strasbourg (982–1803) * County of Ferrette (11th-century–14th-century) * Salm (1165−1793) * Further Austria
Further Austria
(13th-century–1648) * Décapole (1354–1679) * County of Hanau-Lichtenberg (1456–1736) * Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine
Alsace-Lorraine
(1871–1918) * Gau Baden-Elsaß (1940–1945) * Alsace
Alsace
(1945–2016) * Grand Est (2016–)

* Alsace
Alsace
portal

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