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Maule Region (Chile)
VII Región de Maule
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image by Ivan Sache, 4 February 2021
TYPE: Regional government flag
Provincial flags of Maule Region
Click on the links below to see the list of communes and flags within each province.
Region Maule uses now a white flag with the region's logo, which is composed of the region's coat of arms, without scroll, and the writing "GOBIERNO / REGIONAL / DEL MAULE", in gray, at the shield's right. A thin horizontal line, blue beneath the shield and red beneath the writing, completes the design. [1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
The logo is prescribed by Resolution No. 5,332 issued on 30 December 2014 by the regional government, which includes the Graphic Charter of the logo.
The coat of arms of Region Maule highlights the most relevant aspects of the regional identity. It is structured in four fields. The first, upper left field feature two green trees representing a species endemic of the region, called ruil, and accordingly, the region's forest resources. The second, upper right field, features a quill over a book, representing the inhabitants' resplendent wisdom, knowledge and historic and cultural heritage. The third, lower left quarter, features four mountains representing the region's four provinces; red is a symbol of fire, fertility, courage, force and power of the construction of future. The last, lower right field, is horizontally crossed by undulating water, symbolizing the fertility of the soil and the power of the rivers.
The institutional font is gobCL in its Light, Regular, Bold and Heavy variants. 
Ruil (Nothofagus alessandrli Espinosa) is an endangered species of southern beech. This species is endemic to Chile. It has a very restricted and fragmented distribution along 100 km of the Coastal Cordillera of Region VII (Provinces Talca, 35º05’ S to Cauquenes, 35º50’ S) where it has an altitudinal range of between 100 and 450 meters above sea level. Planting of pines has reduced the species area of occupation by 19% from 2016–2017 and the species has an estimated area of occupation of 116 km². The species extent of occurrence has declined by 16% for the same reasons and now estimated extent of occurrence is only 755 km². 
The flag with the coat of arms and scroll appears to be used only during official sessions of the regional government. [10,11]
Ivan Sache, 4 February 2021
 Region website (https://www.goremaule.cl/goremaulenuevo/images/ManualMarca.pdf)
 Barstow, M., Echeverría, C., Baldwin, H. & Rivers, M.C. 2020. ¨Nothofagus alessandrii (amended version of 2017 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T32033A177350927. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-3.RLTS.T32033A177350927.en.
image by Olivier Touzeau, 1 September 2006
Wikipedia has an informative but unverified page on the Coat of Arms, in Spanish. The shield is quartered: in First quarter is an oak tree, in Second is an open book with feather pen in honour of distinguished local writers, in Third are stylized Andes Mountains and the Fourth quarter represents the land and coast.
The Spanish Wikipedia page on the Maule flag links back to this FOTW page.
Alex Garofolo, 22 January 2016
Editor's note: There have been at least two versions of the Maule Region flag reported previously, though both bear resemblance to the current flag.
image by Sergio Arenas, 4 October 2006
Model used between 1974 and 2002.
Sergio Arenas, 4 October 2006
image by António Martins-Tuválkin and Sergio Arenas, 23 May 2016
based on an original image by Wikimedia user B1mbo
The flag of Maule region is the Coat of Arms placed on a white field.
This design matches the one shown in the 2008 photo taken at the National Congress building (in WikiCommons at [https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Regional_flags_of_Chile_in_the_National_Congress.jpg]): a white flag with the emblem, the lettering on its scroll being apparently "REGIÓN MAULE" in red serifless capitals.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 May 2016