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by Stefan Schwoon
Cycling towards the Danish-German border, I saw the flag of Saterland, yellow and blue with the arms: Charlemagne on a throne. Saterland being the home of the Sater-Frisians, I wonder if this is a reference to the Charles privilege.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 August 2001
Yes, the inclusion of Charlemagne is a reference to those privileges. More information on the history of the arms is described on this website (in German). Saterland is a municipality in Cloppenburg county in Lower Saxony, Germany. The municipality consists of four villages: Strücklingen, Ramsloh, Scharrel, and Sedelsberg. Its 12,000 inhabitants are called Saterfriesen (Sater-Frisians), 2,000 of whom speak Saterfriesisch, a dialect of the otherwise extinct East Frisian language. Allegedly Saterland is the smallest language island in Europe.
Stefan Schwoon, 6 September 2001
I expect the flag as drawn by you drew exists. However, the version I saw was a vertical one.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 6 September 2001Red dog casino