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Riley Township, Michigan (U.S.)

St. Clair County

Last modified: 2022-10-22 by rick wyatt
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[Flag of Riley Township, Michigan] image by Masao Okazaki, 22 September 2022

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Description of the flag

Riley township in St. Clair County, has a green flag with township emblem on it
Masao Okazaki, 22 September 2022

Although at first glance, this flag appears to have a Soviet style, it is worth noting that such emblems have some pre-Soviet ancestry: the wreaths of grain, typically used as "frames" of the emblems, were originally used in a similar way with the arms of Imperial Russian governorates ("guberniyas") and regions ("oblasts"), surrounding the shields of arms. I have seen some examples of those in the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, although most of the arms were depicted without them, with the shield only shown. Actually, the arms of Russian SFSR and Ukrainian SSR had also had the wreath surrounding the shield, while the other republics' arms had ditched the shields altogether, using the wreaths to frame the composition.

Consequently, without learning more about this emblem, we cannot say if it was really inspired by some Soviet design, or a pre-Soviet one - what if its creator had some connections with the White Russian diaspora, or even with those who might have emigrated prior to the revolution?
Tomislav Todorovic, 23 September 2022