View Full Version : Inaccurate tricolour flag during the Storming of the Bastille?

11-11-2014, 02:14 PM
As a French I'm asking questions about a little detail (but important) of the Storming of the Bastille in AC Unity.
Especially about the tricolour flag you used for the mission in the Bastille during that day, the 14th July 1789 (Blue White Red with vertical bands).
I learned in school than people who stormed the Bastille first used a green cockade, then Lafayette created the tricolore cockade (mixed Red Blue White) and it was later approved by the king Louis XVI on 17 July 1789. You got the flag from Paris right (Red Blue) but why people are waving the tricolour flag as we know it today?
You can see on a bunch of paintings depicting that day and there was no tricolore flag. We can the see white flags (royalists) or red.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storming_of_the_Bastille

One year after the Storming of the Bastille, the Fête de la Fédération of the 14 July 1790 was a celebration to commemorate the unity of the nation (and the Storming of the Bastille, a little bit).
> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/19/Le_serment_de_La_Fayette_a_la_fete_de_la_Federatio n_14_July_1790_French_School_18th_century.jpg
> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/65/Federation.jpg
As you can see, the tricolour flag used had horizontal bands not vertical. When they officialised the first time the tricolour flag they didn't want to have the same than the Nederland's and used the vertical bands. It was only approved and used since October 1794 especially for boats because there was no national flag.
Flag from 1790 to 1794 : Red White Blue > http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_France_1790-1794.PNG
Flag since 1794 : Blue White Red > http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_France.svg

OK, it's just a little detail but if someone or Ubisoft has better informations or can confirm I'm wrong, just tell me.

11-11-2014, 02:22 PM
You are correct. Its there for effect to give the birth of a nation feeling.

In any case its the least of your worries. The game is riddled with several laughable historical fallacies its not worth taking seriously.

11-11-2014, 02:32 PM
I'm already disappointed with Unity from a historian's point of view. There are a lot of issues--perhaps most glaringly that a number of architectural styles are clearly from the Haussmann renovation in the 1850s--I know they're iconic, but come on.

11-11-2014, 02:51 PM
It's a bit dissapointing to read that. Playing AC games is a good way to learn the past and history of others countries and funnier than in school. Thanks for your answers.

11-11-2014, 04:19 PM
It's a bit dissapointing to read that. Playing AC games is a good way to learn the past and history of others countries and funnier than in school. Thanks for your answers.

In the defense of the developers, I will say that they have to cater to a wide audience and the French Revolution is extremely complex with many factions, sub-factions and the like, it was really a leaderless event for the most part, with no major political figure really having sway for a great period of time. And the impulse to be a textbook has to yield to their interest to make an entertaining product.

That said, UNITY has far less to do with history than the earlier games. It is inaccurate and unfaithful to the events in a way that AC1 wasn't to the Crusades. None of the other games compare to it in that regard.