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Bolivar Canton (Carchi, Ecuador)

Cantón Bolívar

Last modified: 2017-09-29 by zoltán horváth
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image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 March 2016

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At provincial website, the position of the stars in the flag is different.
In the coat of arms, the cantonal flag, probably an older version,  has only 4 little stars.
Olivier Touzeau, 28 December 2008

There are three available images of this flag and they all share the same basic design: A white over golden yellow horizontal diband with a red hoist triangle charged with several white five-pointed regular stars, one larger than the others. The details of this design (ratio, and number and placement of the stars) vary for each known variant.
I made minor symmetry fixes. It is 1:2 and the triangle extends to the middle of the flag by 2/3rds of the flags’ height; on it the larger white star is surrounded by 5 smaller ones, each placed off each of the main star’s concave sectors; all stars are pointing upwards.

image by Jens Pattke and António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 March 2016

This image is a composite from two disparate sources (apparently both on paper, although the image was digitally cleaned up to have a flat white background) and shows the coat of arms, which include four flags, two provincial (Carchí and two cantonal (Bolívar itself), and above it a flat flag image for Bolívar, slightly different.
The flag shown flat above the coat of arms in the 2008 official image online is less oblong than the others, at around 2:3 - this may be purposeful or the result of cropping off of the fly of a longer flag. The triangle contains six stars, all pointing upwards, the main one only slightly larger than the rest and placed off center; the smaller five stars are scattered inside the triangle in a seemingly random manner, possibly matching a night sky asterism of local significance.

image by Jens Pattke and António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 March 2016

The flag shown (twice) as part the coat of armsin the 2008 official image online is very oblong, at least 1:2, in what seems to be an artistic license to drape the fly ends underneath the shield. The triangle is very narrow, less than equilateral (another artistic license?), and shows one bigger star surrounded by four smaller ones set in cross, all pointing to the hoist. (The pale blueish hue of the white areas of the flag seems to be a scanning artifact - see also paper fold shadows. The same offy white shows in some areas of the shield and contrasts with the actual light blue of the shield’s background.)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 March 2016