Berlin – Exactly 2,470,693 Berlin bears have entered the households of the city these days. There are so many eligible voters in Berlin, and the bear is emblazoned as a central element in the city’s coat of arms in the top left of the voting notification. This is not there as a decoration, but signals the highest level of officiality.
Organizing elections as a central act of the democratic community in such a way that they are incontestable is one of the fundamental tasks of the state. Everyone should know where this coat of arms appears: Here and now, the state is performing sovereign tasks of considerable importance. That is why you can see the coat of arms on the entrance doors to Senate administrations, the Red City Hall, at courts and notaries and on the uniforms of the police. On their sleeves, the Berlin coat of arms is emblazoned in the so-called full version – in other words, in all its splendor. The national emblem is particularly important for the police: they exercise the state monopoly on the use of force on behalf of the general public.
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