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São Tomé and Príncipe subnational flags

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Príncipe Island

In the 1981 revolt of the island against the Sao Tome power, a rebel flag was hoisted, but is unknown to me.
Jaume Ollé, 09 Nov 1996

I know no reports on a flag of Principe Island.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 08 August 1999.

I have met today the brother of the Sao Tome defense minister. I obtain from him first hand information on flag use in his country. The man was, 17 years ago, the leader of the Youth organization of Sao Tome, but in this era this organization didn’t have flag of their own. He was president of the delegation of Youth people that traveled to Principe Island but no flags different from the national one were hoisted then.
Jaume Ollé, 03 Jul 2000

Michel Sicard, former Secretary general of the Societé Française de Vexillologie, said to me that in April of 1995, the Island of Principe acquired an autonomous government. No reports on flag.
Jordi Pérez, 01 October 1997.

São Tomé city

Municipal flag in the colonial era

Durán [drn95] reports the following for the pre-1975 flag of the municipality headed by the city of São Tomé (not for the whole island!): Flag gyronny (city rank) of blue and white (in the usual variants of 2:3 and 1:1), the arms over all. This is gules, five open cacao nuts set in saltire (Durán says «in palo», «per pale», but the illustration shows per saltire, which is much more logical...), shells or, seeds argent lined sable; bordure argent with seven eschuteons azure, each with five bezants argent per saltire. Mural crown or (overseas province capital rank) of five towers (city rank), white scroll reading in black capitals CIDADE DE SÃO TOMÉ.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 08 Aug 1999

On pre-independence local flags

As for subnational flags in São Tomé and Príncipe, before independence at least some of the local municipalities had coats of arms and flags.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 08 Aug 1999