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Civil and Merchant Ensign (1929-1966) (Chinese Republic/Taiwan)

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[Taiwan Civil Ensign] 2:3
image by Miles Li, 21 March 2014

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Red ensign with the blue canton containing the white sun, the red field is defaced with four serrated yellow stripes.
This flag is shown in various sources from the 1930's through the mid-1960's. All indications are that it is currently obsolete.
The flag is similar to the customs flag of the era.
Željko Heimer, 3 February, 2003

The Civil Ensign of the Republic of China was already abandoned with the Executive Order by the authority in 1966. The Order said, "During 'Period of Mobilization for the Suppression of Communist Rebellion', the Civil Ensign should be suspended and replaced with the National Flag." From then on, the Ensign was no longer flown even though the Period was terminated in 1991.
What mentioned above is replied from the Ministry of Transportation & Communications of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to answer the question about validation/invalidation of the Civil Ensign.
Akira Oyo, 17 February 2014

Construction Sheet:

[Taiwan Civil Ensign construction sheet]
image by Željko Heimer

Construction details are given in Flaggenbuch: in all equal to the national flag, the serrated stripes are constructed with help of 16 imaginary horizontal stripes, the serrations making 13 vertical swings. This could be described in more details, but I believe this and image should suffice.
The same construction sheet is applicable for all other (previous) Taiwanese ensigns of this pattern. This ensign seems to have fallen in disuse. It is, however not clear if it is abandoned officially. More research on the status of this and similar ensigns should be made.
Željko Heimer, 3 February, 2003