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Puno region (Peru)

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Puno regional flag
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 February 2012

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I received from Puno 4 differents communications from three official services, explaining about three differents patterns of the departamental flag (one of them posted a information but later posted a new communication rectifiying the previous).
Jaume Ollé, 01 Sep 2000

According to the Pachamama radio, 19 July 2011, the Puno Regional Government will organize soon a contest for the design of a flag, "since the Department has no symbols".
In the "Comments" section, "Adrian" claims that the region already has a flag, a coat of arms and an anthem, and that every new government wants to create a logo. "Crispin" says that the name of the Region should first be changed, because it will soon or late split into two regions.
The creation of "new" symbols seems indeed, as reported by Pachamama, be related with a threat of modification of the borders of the Region and "invasion" of the regional territories by other Departments.
Ivan Sache, 04 August 2011

...and here are the results of the contest for Puno's regional symbols: and
Paraskevas Renesis, 05 Decemberr 2011

The regional council of Puno has adopted the new regional symbols:
It seems to me that there's at least one difference from the winning design of the contest. The ordenanza talks about a sun of 13 rays while the sun in the winning design had 18 if I'm not wrong.
Paraskevas Renesis, 22 February 2012

But in the same thread, another commenter, "Alex", says later that Puno Region has no symbol(s) yet. Neither gives any further information, but but make use of vigorous expletives - they must love flags. At, official photos of provicial representatives of the Regional Council show with the same background location, draped with indoors ceremonial versions (with tilted coat of arms) of both the national flag and a pale blue/white "vertical" diband with the Puno city coat of arms. The prototype design of this flag (with straight up coat of arms), it is really palest blue, I used B---, and maybe the other two Puno city flags should be recolored to match.
This must be the putative preexisting regional flag, (a version of) its capital city flag - to adopt a different design might be a move to stress that city and region governments, in spite of what seems to be the tradition in that regard (the regional flag of Loreto, virtually identical it its capital's Iquitos).
In view of this, the two previous reports on this flag need to be reevaluated: Jaume Ollé’s undetailed mention in 2000, and Jan-Patrick’s statement that the city flag is also a departmental/regional flag.
It should be noted that the coat of armsthat was chosed by the same contest seems to be in official use at the regional website.
Also, the chakana (andean sign) is described as being not purple but escalonada (stair-like zigzagged?) of lemon green and "stable water blue". Another cleaned-up image was uploaded to the Wikimedia
Commons and is in use by the Spanish Wikipedia, but it shows the unmodified contest proposal (it also tags the Quechua language description text, including the "purist" spelling variant "wandira", as Karakalpaq language…).
The contest results page gives the name of the winner, Juan Alberto Saavedra Saavedra, who used the psudonym Beto. The winning design won with a 96,33 scrore, closely followed by the 2nd with 94,67 — the 3rd lagged behind with 87,00. The three runners-up all show a sun and both 1st and 3rd show it on a chakana.
That’s maybe why the number of sunrays was changed to 13 from the original proposal, as there are 13 provinces in Puno. This however is IMO too subtle for a "pre-irredentist" flag — a map would do the job better. (However maps on flags are a non-no, so I’m much happier with this.)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 February 2012

There were respectively made as 2:3 and 3:5, beased on shaky heuristics, and may be found out incorrect upon more detailed research. According to ch.9 art.25th of the competition regulation the «shape» of the flag should be «3×2 (three perfect squares long by two wide)» (my translation from Spanish), but the image online is closer to 3:5 than to 2:3.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 February 2012

In the upper left part of the web site of the regional government of Puno we can now see the recently adopted flag. If we click on the flag we get a rar file that contains the flag in "various" sizes. As it has been already translated-noted by António the chacana is green and blue.
Paris Renesis, 09 March 2012