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The Presidential Decree containes specifications for the flag. Decret-loi No.1/31 dated 27 September 1983 Article One:
The national flag is 2.50m long x 1.50m wide
- The arms of the saltire are 20cm wide
- The central disk has a diameter of 85cm.
- The imaginary circles which contains the three stars have a diameter of 20cm
- The imaginary circle within which is inscribed an imaginary equilateral triangle placing the three stars has a diameter of 44cm
- Each star is carries a fimbriation 0.9cms wide
The provision that the stars have six points is not carried over from the Decret-loi of 28 December 1968, but I think we may regard this as an oversight?
This flag in its original form was established by Royal Decree of 30 March 1962 (published in Official Bulletin No.8 of the Kingdom of Burundi dated 1 October 1962). However, a republic was proclaimed on 29 November 1966 and the flag modified by Decree (Decret-loi) No.1/72 dated 28 June 1967 (and again by Decree No. 1/227) of 9 September 1968). The flag was then further revised by Decree 1/31 of 27 September 1982 and this provided the construction specification given here. It was last confirmed in Title One, Article 8 of the Constitution dated 12 March 1992.Christopher Southworth, 20 January 2003
Terrible numbers, I must say. Why not rather convert them to primal integers?
165 2475 170 2550 300 4500 88 1320 40 600 1,8 27They are very uneven even so. Although stated in the law, these values must come from measuring of a ready flag design, instead of coming from the cronstruction of that design. António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 January 2003
Decree 1/227 dated 26 December 1968 (Article 2) set the proportions at 2:3 (90 x 135cm) with the central disk at 45cm, the arms of the saltire and stars at 11cm and the fimbriation at 5mm. Quting from Decree: "The three stars are contained within three imaginary circles of 11cm diameter and form an imaginary equilateral triangle which is contained within an imaginary circle of 24cm diameter whose centre is that of the central disk. The base of the triangle is parallel to the bottom of the flag."
Decree 1/73 of 28 June 1967, refers only to the original flag of 1962 and to no others, therefore, we may infer that the drumless version in use between 1966-7 was without sanction.
Compareing the two flags, it is not easy to relate one to the other since the sizes are difficult to comeasure. I created this table:
Unfortunately, the Royal Decree gives no indication of construction details. The only reference comes in Article 2 where it states that: 'A brown drum is (to be) placed in the white centre, with a green ear of Sorghum in the same area as the drum'.Christopher Southworth, 22 January 2003 Mostbet