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San Miguel de Sema (Boyaca, Colombia)

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Actually used flag
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 February 2016

Flag  by law
image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 16 September 2008

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San Miguel de Sema is a municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the the subregion of the Western Boyacá Province. It was founded on 8 November 1915 and became a municipality by ordinance No. 40 of 29 November 1960.
The flag is horizontally divided blue-white-green and charged with a red lozenge in its center.
Source: municipal web site.
Dov Gutterman, 10 September 2008

Approximated as 4:7, based on the image from the website. I wouldn't assign any particular shade to Azul, as mentioned in the description, but I've used a browser-safe colour close to the bright shade in the image. Since the text gives two equal dimensions for the rhombus, counter to the image I've interpreted it as a square.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 16 September 2008

Translated from municipal web site:
"The flag of the municipality of San Miguel de la Sema was selected following a competition opened by the governing assembly to all inhabitants of the municipality in May 1985.
The flag was subsequently designed incorporating elements of the proposals made by the Cooperative College El Charco and Mr Sixto Evelio Rodríguez ávila.
The flag was eventually adopted by the governing assembly in a plenum, accordingto Decree No 009 of 26 September 1985:
Article 2. The flag of the municipality of San Miguel de la Sema shall have the following characteristics.
Legal dimensions:
- Blue stripe: 42 cm:
- White stripe: 42 cm;
- Green stripe: 42 cm;
- Red lozenge: 50 x 50 cm.
The stripe colours shall have the following meaning:
- (Ultra) Blue stripe: Represents the abunance of waters of the sources and rivers, and the majestuosity of laguna Fúquene, a site of incomparable beauty;
- White stripe: Represents the colour of milk, the base of the municipal economy, and peace, characteristic of our people;
- Green stripe: Represents the fertility of the lands and valleys and the greennness of the grasslands forming our municipality;
- Red lozenge: Represents the vitality of the people and their constant fight for work."
The description states that the lozenge must have equals diagonals but there is no hint on the overall proportions of the flag.
Ivan Sache, 25 September 2008

A new image created with a lozenge instead of a rhombus, in spite of the legal text. I presume that the prescription of «equal diagonals» is either largely ignored in practice, or that it is merely the result of lawyers trying to sound clever in their wording and botching geometry thusly (which happens a lot in vexillological legislation).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 February 2016

Coat of Arms

image from municipal web site