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Venezuela - Pre-2006 "Civil" Flag

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"Civil" Flag in circular and straight up stars allignment
images by Željko Heimer, 20 August 2003

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According to [pay00], the "plain" flag (YBR, 7 W stars, no Coat of Arms) is used as alternative civil flag and ensign.
Ivan Sache, 14 January 2001

According to Album 2000 Corr 3 [pay03] - Alternative Civil Flag and Ensign (C--/C-- (2:3)) - Yellow-blue-red tricolour with severn white fivepoited stars in a arnc in a blue stripe.
This is, as Mr. Orta pointed out de jure the merchant flag (or civil ensign), but it is for long now also used as de facto civil flag and also as an alternative state flag. As for the state and war flag, the exact disposition and size of stars is not determined and variations are used. The Album showes the one with "orientated" stars, but notes also that with all upright stars.
Željko Heimer, 20 August 2003

Undefaced Flag

image by Željko Heimer, 20 August 2003

The de-jure civil flag is apparently never, or very rarely used, and it is a undefaced tricolour of yellow-blue-red. The Album do not even mention it (and probably should not, as I understand this is almost unknown flag nowdays in Venezuela).
Željko Heimer, 20 August 2003

Venezimbol Version

image by Željko Heimer, 20 August 2003

The exact graphical layout of the civil flag (and therefore all the others in the line) is never established and Venezuelan Association of Symbollogy - VENEZIMBOL is trying to promote a version that they deem is preferable.
The technical details - the stars are here positioned on an imaginary circle with diameter 5/6 of the hoist centered in the middle of the red stripe. The stars are inscribed in circle with diameter 2/15 of the hoist and are distributed every 17.5 degrees. Nice and simple.
Željko Heimer, 20 August 2003