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St. Maarten - Governor's Standard

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image by Zoltan Horvath, 03 January 2012

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The official gazette "Publicatieblad van de Nederlandse Antillen #80" published the following text:
"P.B. 2010, no. 80 XVIII Besluit van 24 september 2010 tot afkondiging van het besluit van 20 september 2010, no. 10.002581, houdende verlening van een onderscheidingsvlag aan de Gouverneur van het land Sint Maarten.
"Een rechthoekige vlag, waarvan de lengte zich verhoudt tot de hoogte als 3:2, met aan de boven- en onderzijde aansluitend een rode, een witte en een blauwe baan in de kleuren van de Nederlandse vlag, elk met een breedte gelijk aan één twaalfde (1/12) van die van de vlag. De bovenste en onderste drie banen zijn van elkaar gescheiden door een witte baan, waarop in het midden een cirkelvormig vlak met een doorsnede van vijf twaalfde (5/12) van de hoogte van de vlag is aangebracht. Het cirkelvormig vlak is azuurblauw, oranje omzoomd en beladen met een wit gerechtsgebouw. De kleuren in het cirkelvormige vlak zijn uitgevoerd in de kleuren van het wapen van Sint Maarten."
The images we see on the pages of Dutch-Wikipedia. (credits by former FotWer Mark Sensen alias "Sensini")
Jens Pattke, 23 January 2011

P.B. 2010, no. 80 XVIII Decision of 24 September 2010 to the proclamation of the decision of 20 September 2010, no, 10.002581, containing conferment of a distinguishing flag to the Governor of the Country Sint Maarten.
"A rectangular flag, of which the length is to the height as 3:2, with at the upper and lower edges adjacent a red, a white and a blue stripe in the colours of the Dutch flag, each with a width equal to one twelfth
(1/12) of that of the flag. The upper and lower three stripes are separated from each other by a white stripe, whereupon in the centre a circular field has been placed with a diameter of five twelfth (5/12) of  the height of the flag. The circular field is azure blue, fringed orange  and charged with a white courthouse. The colours of the circular field are implemented with the colours of the arms of Sint Maarten."

Note that this description most likely gives the wrong impression. Rather than twice three separate stripes, with the order suggesting the red stripes are along both edges, there probably are two stripes of red over white over blue, with those two stripes running along the edges. Mark's illustration shows the latter.
Image is really seen at at Wikimedia Commons, it is available under GFDL and CC-BY-SA licenses, both of which will require us to state that license on any derived work.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 March 2011

In order to avoid any further licensing problem, I completely redrawn this flag based on this article and image at page of Governor of Sint Maarten: (It could be considered as a quite official source.)
Zoltan Horvath, 03 January 2012

In the Netherlands the official source of the coats of arms and flags is the Hoge Raad van Adel. See pls.
In Yearbook 2010 all flags and coats of arms of Curaçao, Sint Maartens and Dutch Caribbean communes are published. In the Sint Maartens flag, the disc is dark blue.
Jens Pattke, 03 January 2012

In The Netherlands, the official sources of the coats of arms and flags are the decisions of the entities adopting them. The Hoge Raad van Adel formulates advice on such issues, and such advice is almost always followed, but it can not formally validate arms or flags, and it's documentation has no official standing.
Though it appears to be so at first view, closer viewing shows it to be of a lighter shade of blue than the blue of the Dutch edges.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 03 January 2012