National symbols of Guelphia

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Guelphia has a variety of national symbols and emblems. Most were adopted in the years prceeding independence as Guelphia attempted to establish itself as a separate and unique identity within the wider British Empire. There has always been an emphasis on native flora and fauna, but many of the symbols feature introduced species as well. The origins of these symbols have much more cultural significance than some of the native symbols that have been adopted later.

Flags of Guelphia

Flora and fauna

Pic-sheep.jpg The national animal is the Domestic Sheep (Ovis aries). The Sheep has long been a symbol of Guelphia as wool became the chief export of the archipelago in the nineteenth century. This symbolism has been continued, and the Sheep is now recognised culturally as the most important animal in the country. Because they are not native animals, Sheep are not protected by the Official Symbols Act, but within the limits of the Humane Treatment of Animals Act, Sheep may be bought, sold and eaten. It is perhaps no surprise that Guelphian's eat mutton and lamb more than any other meat.
100x100px The national bird of Guelphia is the Guelphian kākā (Nestor guelphii). It is one of the most common and widespread parrots in the country and occupies lowland forests on all islands of the archipelago. The plumage of the Guelphian kākā features more white and red than it's New Zealand cousins, an apparent result of the species isolation and lack of predators. The kākā is fondly thought after by Guelphians, despite the birds raucous manner and occasionally destructive habits.
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Culture

National colours

The national colours are blue, green, and white, and are used to identify Guelphia in many different arenas from sports, to art and to military aircraft. The colours are the same as those used on the national flag, and use the same Pantone Matching System numbers. A number of private companies and government agencies also use the colours to identify themselves, making the colours the most popular in the country.

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