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Location: Middle Africa
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According to Devereux (1994) [dev94], the colours mean respectively the forest, the Equator line (which crosses the country) and the sea.
Antonio Martins, 30 May 1997
Concerning the colours - the green and yellow seems to be rather straightforward, but the blue is problematic, as usual. Pantone approximation given in Album 2000 [pay00] is 285c (CMYK 90,45,0,0). The colours used on two pages in the Album are quite different (certainly an effect of printing process), but it seems that a light grayish blue is appropriate. However, most of other sources that I quickly referred to show the blue rather dark - almost like navy blue.
Željko Heimer, 2 October 2001
The Constitution of the Republic of Gabon was adopted on 14 March 1991 (law 3/91, 26 March 1991) and amended on 22 April 1997.
The Republic and Sovereignty
The national emblem is the tricolor flag, green, yellow, blue in three horizontal bands of equal dimension.
The motto of the Republic is "Union - Work - Justice".
The seal of the Republic is a "Nursing Maternity".
Source: Constitutions - What they tell us about national flags and coats of arms [vap00]
Ivan Sache, 21 January 2003
located by Dov Gutterman, 14 March 1999
The shield is supported by two black panthers and an okoumé tree symbolizing the timber trade. The ship represents Gabon moving towards a brighter future. The coat of arms is unusual in having two ribbons with mottos in two different languages. The ribbon below the shield has the motto in French 'UNION, TRAVAIL, JUSTICE' ('Union, Work, Justice'). The second ribbon is placed beneath the branches of the okoumé tree and has the motto in Latin 'UNITI PROGREDIEMUR' ('Let us go forward united').
Source: Dorling-Kindersley Flag Pocket Book [rya97] (note this source incorrectly states the motto as UNITE PROGREDIAMUR - " We go forward united").
The coat of arms was designed by the Swiss heraldist and vexillologist Louis Mühlemann, one of the founding members of FIAV and also designer of the former coat of arms of Congo. The panthers symbolize the vigilance and courage of the president who protects the nation. The bezants (golden discs) in chief of the shield symbolize the mineral wealth of the country.
Source: Smith (1975) [sme75b]
Ivan Sache, 4 October 2001