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Česká Posta flag

[Ceska Posta flag] image by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 2 Jan 2002, after image sent by István Molnár, 13 Jul 2001

Česká Posta logo

[Ceská Posta logo] image sent by István Molnár, 13 Jul 2001

river police pennant

[Czech river police pennant] image sent by Jan Mertens, 18 Jan 2009

I have come across the Czech river regulations which on the whole resemble the German ones.
At least one drawing (see above) is special - it shows the river police pennant we know from the Austrian, Croatian, and Hungarian pages on FOTW-ws: white, bearing a blue (emptied) lozenge.
Source: this webpage. "4.3.3 Doplňková signalizace plavidla Státní plavební správy (čl. 3.45)
Denní signalizace
Obyčejné blikavé  modré světlo viditelné ze  všech stran, plamenec bílé  barvy,   v  jehož  středu  je   modrý  kosočtverec  a  modrý kosočtverec na boku plavidla"
Help in translating needed - Google's effort - better than mine, of course - is somewhat rough.
No photo found as yet.  Would the emblem really be light blue?
Jan Mertens, 18 Jan 2009

Potztausend! I knew it should be there, but for the time being I was able to locate the regulations regarding the "Danubian river police pennant" only for Austria, Hungary and Croatia (and former Yugoslavia)... this fills up the gaps.
Although I can generally understand what it says, I would prefer that someone properly speaking Czech would do the translation. As far as I understand, the emblem is simply described as blue and there may not be any further definition.
The relevant text is also in the article "Čl.3.45" where the pennant is also described.
As far as I was able to figure it out, there are no dimensions of this pennant mentioned anywhere. A similar red pennant (designating priority navigation grant, analogous to what I reported for Croatian regulations recently) s prescribed to be minimally 1 m long, although the width of the pennant next to the hoist s not expressly prescribed!
(Unless I missed something) Possibly the white pennant may have been intended similar (the drawing should not be taken to show the pennant in its proper dimensions, as it is schematic only, as far as I understand.)
Željko Heimer, 18 Jan 2009

"Normal blue beacon with light visible from all sides, pennant of white color, in its center a blue rhombus and a blue rhombus on the side of the vessel."
I'm not sure but I think the "light" refers to the output of the beacon, and is not meant  to modify the color; notice it does not appear before the word "blue" in the descriptions of the nonluminescent markings. But my only experience here is a month spent in Slovakia in 1989.
Eugene Ipavec, 19 Jan 2009

Unles the English word "beacon" instrnsically mean "flashing", I believe that the text say "...flashing blue light..."
I would agree with your assesment that there is no hint of "light blue" intended in the text. Cfr. the illustration 4.10 showing the Alpha ICS flag in day and night with different shades of blue...

While at it, here is the text of article 3.45 (my translation):
Additional signals for vessels of the state organ responsible for supervision of inland navigation and vessels of fire protection
The vessels of the state organs responsible for supervision of inland navigation, in addition to other signals prescribed with this Regulations, may signalize during the day or in the night with a normal flashing blue light visible from all sides. This also is prescribed for the vessels of the fire protection, (while they are providing service.)?
In addition to that, the vessels of the state organs responsible for supervision of inland navigation should have on each sides on the front part marked with a symbol consisting of a white rhombus bordered with blue and with a pennant of white colour in the middle of which is set the same symbol.
Željko Heimer, 19 Jan 2009

Czech Hussite Church flag

[Czech Hussite Church flag] image by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 3 Jan 2002, after image sent by István Molnár, 13 Jul 2001

Flag of the Czech Hussita Church (??) in the St. Nicolaus Church, Prague, 7 July 2001
István Molnár, 13 Jul 2001

Official name is „Ceskoslovenska církev husitská" = Czechoslovak Hussite Church, see this page.
Q1, 16 Apr 2004

Czech Hussite Church logo

[Czech Hussite Church logo] from this page.

Valachian Kingdom flag

[Valachian Kingdom flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 22 Feb 2005, after image from this webpage.

From this webpage:
"You will find the Wallachian Kingdom in the old good Europe, in the Czech Republic, in the region of east Moravia. Just climb the memorable mountain Radhošt and you will see it all. On the east side, the kingdom borders with Slovakia. Just take a walk on the ridge of Javorníky and White Carpathian Mountains, this is the border. On the north, the kingdom neighbours with Lachia and their towns of Frýdek-Místek, Nový Jičín and Příbor. Westwards the mountains gradually recede, and behind the town of Hostýn they meet a rich neighbour - region of Haná. On the south, nearby the towns Zlín, Vizovice and villages surrounding Slavičín, are the neighbours of Wallachians - Moravian Slovaks and Luhačovické Zálesí. That's the way it is!"

This is a tourist's item, of course, but widely used on Czech (and even Slovak) pages.
Jarig Bakker, 19 Jun 2002

The Valachian Kingdom is a joke by a clown, theatre and movie actor Bolek Polivka and his friends.
Vladimir Henzlik, 3 Dec 2002

Maybe so - but if a guy is travelling all the way from Czechia to Scott Base (New Zealand base in Antarctica) in order to unfold that flag at 77o South it's not a bad one - see this website.
Jarig Bakker, 3 Dec 2002

Valachian Kingdom Coat of Arms

[Valachian Kingdom Coat of Arms] image from this webpage.

Other World Kingdom flag

[Other World Kingdom flag] image by  António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 Oct 1998

One particular site dragged my attention, for its vexillological significance. It was a czech resort of exotic tourism for Dominas and their male slaves, significantly called "Other World Kingdom". In it's pages one could see the organization's COA and a quite distinct flag -- the latter in photographs showing indoor and outdoor scenes.
The coa is per bend purple and azure, a pair of handcuffs and a whip, the mantling azure, royal crown or, closed with four stemms and burning inside; motto "WOMEN OVER MAN" in sable fraktur capitals on a scroll or of three foldings.
The flag is 2:3 per saltire blue and red, an ogival eschuteon over all, white lined black with large thin Venus symbol in black.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 Oct 1998

Flags reported

In issue 27 of Vexilologie I found several flags from Czechoslovakia. They are drawn and labelled, but I can't understand the captions.
1) Plain flag with letters ROH in canton, labelled Revolucni Odborove Hnuti.
2) Plain flag with letters SSM in canton (forming a slighty half circle), labelled Socialisticky Svaz Mladeze (Socialist Youth Union).
3) Flag in Chilean pattern with emblem in canton, labelled Ceskoslovensky Svaz Telesne Vychovy (Physical Education (Training) Union).
4) Plain flag with emblem in canton (emblem with ltetters Svazarm), labelled Svaz pro spoluoraci s armadou (Union for Cooperation with Army).
5) Flag with three horizontal stripes 3:1:4 with emblem in the small stripe and 1/4 in upper and 1/4 in lower stripe, near hoist, labelled Svaz Pozarni Ochrany CSSR (Union of Fire Departments of CSSR).
6) Bicolor flag with star in centre labelled: ceskoslovenska plavba Labsko Oderska (s bilym hornim pruhem) Osobni Lodni Doprava Dp. Hl. Mesta Prahy (se zlutym hornim pruhem) (Czechoslovakian Shipping on Laba (Elbe) and Odra (Oder) river (with white ......?) The Capital of  Prague Passenger Shipping (with yellow...?)
7) Three Horizontal stripes (3:1:1). In the upper stripe a anchor and each side of the anchor letter "CS" and "PD", labelled Ceskoslovenska Plavba Dunajska (Czechoslovakian Shipping on Dunaj (Danube) river).
8) Flag with circle and within the circle a Star that touch the border of the circle, labelled Ceskoslovenska Namorni Plavba (Czechoslovakian seafaring).
Anyone can identify them, or provide translation of the captions?
Jaume Ollé, 14 Oct 1998; translation by Ivan Sarajcic, 15 Mar 1999.

Generally, these organizations and flags do not exist at present.
Jan Zrzavy, 17 Oct 1998.

Revolucni Odborove Hnuti = Revolutionary Trade Union Movement (during communist era would-be "trade unions").
Vladimír Fuksa, 28 Oct 2003

Revolucni odborove hnuti" (ROH) - Revolutionary Union Trade Movement ... it was single allowed trade union organization in Czechoslavakia.
Socialistický svaz mládeže" (SSM) - Socialist Youth Union or Socialist Union of Young People ... it was single allowed young people organization in Czechoslavakia.
Československý svaz t?lesné výchovy" (CSTV) - Czechoslovak Union of Physical Training ... it was single state organization for all sports.
Svaz pro spolupraci s armadou" (Svazarm) - Union for Cooperation with Army .. it was single state organization governing military training and similar sports.
 „horni" = upper, top
 „pruh" = strip

se zlutym hornim pruhem = with yellow upper strip
s bilym hornim pruhem = with white upper strip
Q1, 16 Apr 2004