A Coat of arms, more properly called an armorial achievement, armorial bearings or often just arms for short, in European tradition, is a design belonging to a particular person (or group of people such as a micronation) and used by them in a wide variety of ways. Historically, they were used by knights to identify them apart from enemy soldiers. In Continental Europe commoners were able to adopt Burgher arms. Unlike seals and emblems, coats of arms have a formal description that is expressed as a blazon. In the 21st century, coats of arms are still in use by a variety of institutions and individuals (for example several universities have guidelines on how their coats of arms may be used and protect their use).
The art of designing, displaying, describing, and recording arms is called heraldry. The use of coats of arms by countries, states, provinces, towns and villages is called civic heraldry.
In the heraldic traditions of England and Scotland an individual, rather than a family, had a coat of arms. In those traditions coats of arms are legal property transmitted from father to son; wives and daughters could also bear arms modified to indicate their relation to the current holder of the arms. Undifferenced arms are used only by one person at any given time. Other descendants of the original bearer could bear the ancestral arms only with some difference: usually a colour change or the addition of a distinguishing charge. One such charge is the label, which in British usage (outside the Royal Family) is now always the mark of an heir apparent.
Because of their importance in identification, particularly in seals on legal documents, the use of arms was strictly regulated; few countries continue in this today. This has been carried out by heralds and the study of coats of arms is therefore called "heraldry." Some other traditions (e.g., Polish heraldry) are less restrictive — allowing, for example, all members of a dynastic house or family to use the same arms, although one or more elements may be reserved to the head of the house.
In time, the use of coat of arms spread from military entities to educational institutes, and other establishments. According to a design institute article, "The modern logo and corporate livery have evolved from the battle standard and military uniform of medieval times".
In his book, The Visual Culture of Violence in the Late Middle Ages, Valentin Groebner argues that the images composed on coats of arms are in many cases designed to convey a feeling of power and strength, often in military terms. The author Helen Stuart argues that some coat of arms were a form of corporate logo. Museums on medieval coat of arms also point out that as emblems they may be viewed as a pre-cursors to the corporate logos of modern society, used for group identity formation.
Micronational coats of arms
- Maroon represents patriotism, courage, effort and preservation of culture. -Blue represents hope, truth, freedom and correct government. -Green represents discovery, wilderness and environmental legacy. The yellow compass represents the fourth, unofficial principle, which is the advancement of scientific knowlege. -White represents purity and justice in equal partnership with Blue (checkered design). -Pear Trees represent wildlife conservation and the fruits of labour. -Crown represents the monarch and monarchy. -Herons represent environmental legacy and that the environment supports us in every way. -Mottos. The upper motto says "Bal Tashchit" ("Do Not Destroy" in Hebrew, self-explanatory), while the lower motto says "V'achalta V'savata" ("You Shall Eat, And You Shall Be Satisfied" in Hebrew, meaning that we should take only what we need and be satisfied with what we have).
|Coat of Arms||Symbolism|
|Empire of Enok (disestablished)||The Enokian Imperial Coat of Arms represents the Imperial nature of the state. It shows the Imperial symbol(the Holy yellow, equal cross with 8 yellow, 4-cornered stars surrounding the cross) on a dark-blue, almost violet backround. Above the Imperial symbol, there is the founding date of the Empire(24 October 2016), written in roman numerals.|
|Grand Duchy of Oceanis||The Oceanise Coat of Arms shows two eagles holding a shield that shows a shell and a banner with flowers. The shell represents the oceanic nature of our great nation and the flowers represent the peace we hope to keep. The eagles are representative of our strength and sovereignty.|
|Neivacheg||Imperial Provinces of Neivacheg Coat of Arms.|
|Empire of D'visa||Imperial Seal of D'visa. Technically it is the personal heraldry of HIM the Sovereign, however, it has been used as a National Seal since the Empire's foundation. D'visa has a complex system of Heraldry used by the Nobility and Imperial agencies.|
|Flandrensis||The coat of arms of Flandrensis are inspired on that of the counts of Flanders (at present day this lion is the symbol for the Flemish community).|
|United Federation of Fornelos||The coat of arms of the United Federation of Fornelos is formed by a shield divided into five sections, where behind this you can see a sword (representing the soldiers) and a fountain pen (representing the intellectuals).
The four main sections of the shield represent the community or country of origin of the founders or key figures, where we can find (in traditional reading order) Basque Country, France (in honor of the unincorporated territory of the French faction), Catalonia and Community of Madrid. In the central section the saltire unites all previous flags as a symbol of brotherhood.
|The Impearial Kingdom of Kukgar||
The Lions, Unicorn, Crown And Gold Represent The King.
|NobleLand||The NobleLand Griffin is on the great flag. the griffin is a symbol of NobleLand because the griffin takes care of others no matter what. the circle represents eternity. Symbolizing that NobleLand will last forever. The four ovals and diamonds represent the founders of NobleLand, King Evan The First, Sir Ronnie Mills of the North, Prime Minister Zach, and Sir Daniel L. Jensen.|
|Republic of the Old Trinity||The coat of arms of the Republic of the Old Trinity has a mural crown as a symbol of rejection to royal crown, and was also used in the Second Spanish Republic's coat of arms. As in the flag, the coat of arms is also divided in quarters, from the top left clockwise direction: the flag of Barcelona, Saint Andrew's Cross, the Shield of the Trinity and the flag of the Spanish Second Republic. The motto of the Republic is visible on the base of the escutcheon: República, Libertad, Justicia (Spanish for Republic, Freedom, Justice).|
|Principality of Sabina||The coat of arms of the Sabinan Principality is made up of the arms of the Princes of Sabina and the arms of the island of Ibiza featuring the Senyera, defaced by a castle on the sea. The royal arms feature the St. Alban's Cross as well as the banner of the House of Sabina. The fact the sheild features both the royal arms and the island arms signifies the link between Sabina and the rest of the island.|
|Kingdom of Praugsia|
|Reylan Imperium||The Personal Crest of the Emperor makes use of the colours of the Imperial flag as well as the gold of the Office of the Emperor. The Motto is the personal motto of the Emperor. This is used as the state seal on official documents. The phoenix represents the protean nature of the Empire, whatever happens, the Imperium shall still rise.|
|The united nations of Mahuset||The coat of arms features the ktten of the king which is called kitty|
|Prussia||The Imperial Coat of Arms for Prussia|
|Kingdom of Afondale||Black, orange and grey are the national colours, and the Squirrel is the national animal.|
|Most Serene Republic of Ferro||Shield yielding images of Saint Mary, Mother of Christ and Heraldic eagle.
Shield is held by two Archangels, Uriel and Raphael.
The Shield bears a crown of gold.
|Kingdom of Ikonia||Shield bearing the national animal, the wolf, blue is the royal color of the flag, the crown representing the monarch and the motto is listed at the bottom|