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A Kuo-Min-Tang Party flag was noted flying on blue and white bicoloured flag pole and its significance was questioned.

I do not know of any rules regarding this type of flagpole, but (from memory) I have three illustrations on file: a copy of the 1929 legislation of the Vatican City State which shows the flag with a striped pole and cravat, an illustration of a soldier (in full dress uniform) and his colour/striped staff of San Marino c1880 and the photo' of a banner of arms flown from a striped pole taken during the wedding celebrations of Prince Ranier and Beatrice Kelly during (again from memory) the 1950's.

These would imply that a striped pole would be used when the flag is to be displayed at it most ceremonial.
Christopher Southworth, 11 August 2008

I've seen striped flagpoles in Greece (blue and white, of course, as in the Chinese one). My totally superficial impression in that case was that it was simply a matter of optional decoration.
André Coutanche, 11 August 2008

The national flag of Monaco is reported as being flown on a red and white striped pole.
Jan Mertens, 11 August 2008

I believe flag charts, if they show poles, do on occasion use a special pole for the native flag, like using a special colour, or a special finials.  Actual striped poles I see mostly on private property; it looks as if people use them to display the colours even if they don't fly the flag. Such poles are in the colours of the local flag. I've once seen a pole actually striped with ribbons going round the pole, which suggests a connection to the maypoles. I guess that would mean you could spiral white and blue with a blue ribbon, making the flag on that pole the highest in rank. Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 8 September 2009