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'The Banner Green And Gold' _ National Flags and Anthems

'The Banner Green And Gold' (symbolism within the national flag)

The green background stands for the woods in which our ancestors "awakened" to sapience and within which many of us still live: It is split between two different shades to represent the nation's two main divisions, the 'Mainland' (in which deciduous 'broadleaf' trees predominate, hence the brighter green) and the 'Northlands' (where evergreen coniferous trees are more important; hence the darker green).
The paw-print represents the fact that this is Ursine territory, which we stand ready & willing to defend. (Also, it's a 'rebus' [i.e. visual pun] on the nation's name...) It is in gold for the Sun that nurtures life and whose clean light chases away Chaotic beings, and also for Honey.
The acorns and pine-cones stand for prosperity, and hence also for the peace that is a prerequisite for this. They can additionally be interpreted as representing the four directions in which our ancestors migrated after the 'Great Awakening', the four main races of Ursines (although people from different parts of the country might disagree with each other about just which 'peoples' should actually be included in that set, and so at least one of these emblems is commonly taken -- in this context -- as standing for "everybody else"...), or the four of the 'Clans in Greatness' that were among the co-founding Bodys of the Confederation.

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'The Banner Green And Gold' (National Anthem)
(English-language version.)

“Rally round the banner, Bears,
The banner green and gold;
Raise high that brave flag proudly,
The flag we’ve loved of old:
Of where-e’er She’s flown in battle,
There are tales of glory told;
So rally round the banner, Bears,
The banner green and gold!

“She first flew o’er the HeartWoods,
As the Wulfen hordes drew near;
Our beforeBears gathered to Her,
And they truly knew no fear:
Bears and Flag stood firm there,
Till the Wulfen were all gone;
And still, across our fair homeland,
Their chorus echoes on.

“Rally round the banner, Bears,
The banner green and gold;
Raise high that brave flag proudly,
The flag we’ve loved of old:
Of where-e’er She’s flown in battle,
There are tales of glory told;
So rally round the banner, Bears,
The banner green and gold!

“New clans came from west and east,
To carve out holdings here;
The HeartWooders stood against them,
To price that carving dear:
But then arose a far worse foe,
To face all Bears with Wrong;
So now all the clans are allies,
And our voices join in song.

“Rally round the banner, Bears,
The banner green and gold;
Raise high that brave flag proudly,
The flag we’ve loved of old:
Of where-e’er She’s flown in battle,
There are tales of glory told;
So rally round the banner, Bears,
The banner green and gold!

"And if ever future problem,
Might menace BearHome fair;
This banner brave will stand proud,
To hearten every Bear:
And we shall then all gather,
For that fight willing;
The battle won, thereafter,
The World shall hear us sing.

“Rally round the banner, Bears,
The banner green and gold;
Raise high that brave flag proudly,
The flag we’ve loved of old:
Of where-e’er She’s flown in battle,
There are tales of glory told;
So rally round the banner, Bears,
The banner GREEN and GOLD!”

(OOC: The "stately" version of the tune that's officially favoured is quite similar to that of the RL USA's 'Battle Hymn of the Republic',
but on an "everyday" basis it's actually more commonly sung in a [livelier] form that's closer to the tune of 'The Big Grand Coulee Dam' instead.)

(One player [Unfortunately I've forgotten who that was...] who's unfamiliar with the latter tunes says that tune of 'The Ramblin Wreck From Georgia Tech' -- with which I am unfamiliar -- also works well for this.)

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There is also an unofficial "second national anthem", 'Woods of Peace and Plenty' (The tune was composed by Tedd-eh Urrgh'harrh, as his 'Plump and Comfortable March #1', and the words were added later on by the poet Artorrios Ursiosopher Berrn's-cub)_

"Woods of peace and plenty, homeland of the free,
Harken how we sing praise, who were born of thee;
Wider still and wider, may your branches spread,
If anyone would harm thee, we'll punch them in the head."

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