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Makemakean Does Various Graphical Things!

Makemakean

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So I finally decided on what Finland's flag will look like in this timeline.

Turns out that I cannot go for the design they use in OTL, because the Finnish flag was first used in Finland by the Yacht Club of Uusimaa, and they had been so unoriginal that they had just blatantly stolen the design of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club without making any changes whatsoever. The St. Petersburg Yacht Club had just taken the Russian Naval Ensign, and changed the saltire for a Nordic-style cross (for some reason), and there we are. Without Finland falling into Russian hands, no OTL Finnish flag.

I decided to go for the colours of the Finnish coat of arms then. Now, there is an obvious design here, but pretty much on account of me being Scanian, I just couldn't let them have that design without it irking me somewhat insanely, because of what I associate that design with. It's a bit like if you are a Yorkshire Man. Even if you were to find an excuse for doing it, you just would never let the flag of any other country be a white rose on a blue background.

Fortunately, there were many, many, many proposed designs for the Finnish flag after they got their independence in the early 20th century, and I picked one that allows me to give them a flag that is close enough to the Scanian flag for it to be plausible, but far enough away for me to be able to see it as something else:

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Ares96

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Turns out that I cannot go for the design they use in OTL, because the Finnish flag was first used in Finland by the Yacht Club of Uusimaa, and they had been so unoriginal that they had just blatantly stolen the design of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club without making any changes whatsoever. The St. Petersburg Yacht Club had just taken the Russian Naval Ensign, and changed the saltire for a Nordic-style cross (for some reason), and there we are. Without Finland falling into Russian hands, no OTL Finnish flag.
Those are also the traditional Nyland colours, as seen in its coat of arms:



There's also a number of pennants associated with the different Finnish provinces, which were flown to show which region the master of the house was from (and in a few cases, what language was spoken). The Finland Proper one, which would surely be most obvious to base a national flag on with Åbo being the capital, is red/blue for Finnish-speakers and yellow/red for Swedish-speakers.
 

Makemakean

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There's also a number of pennants associated with the different Finnish provinces, which were flown to show which region the master of the house was from (and in a few cases, what language was spoken). The Finland Proper one, which would surely be most obvious to base a national flag on with Åbo being the capital, is red/blue for Finnish-speakers and yellow/red for Swedish-speakers.
Hmm... Interesting. Maybe this would work better then?

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Makemakean

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That reminds me, @Makemakean, are there agrarian parties in your Nordic Union?

Or are they absorbed by the Liberals?
Well, I mean, I haven't really thought that far yet.

@Ares96 knows more about this than I do, but such as I understand it, in both Sweden and Denmark, the agrarian parties are historically closely associated with the liberal parties. In Sweden, however, the liberal party (the precursor(s) of the Liberals) ended up being too dominated by urbanites that the agrarians mainly left and formed their own rural interest party (Farmers' League, later the Center Party). In Denmark, the liberal party (Venstre) continued being dominated by rural interests, and so it was the urbanites who broke off and formed their own party (Radikale Venstre).

I can't pretend I much understand what happened in Finland and Norway though, even though they too have their own respective Centre Parties that were previously both named Farmers' Leagues.

I think in this timeline, the Liberals will mainly remain a rural party, and so there will be no "need" for the farmers to break off and form a Farmers' League.
 

Ares96

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In Sweden, however, the liberal party (the precursor(s) of the Liberals) ended up being too dominated by urbanites that the agrarians mainly left and formed their own rural interest party (Farmers' League, later the Center Party).
Actually, they mainly broke off from the Conservatives - because the party system was so weak and the rural political culture so paternalistic in 19th century Sweden, most rural MPs south of Dalälven tended to be conservative landlords and rural voters formed a bedrock of conservatism until universal suffrage came around and small farmers began to realise that you know, there might be something in it for us if we went together like the workers did.

Up north on the other hand, where estates were smaller and a greater proportion of farmers already had the vote before 1911, the situation was closer to what you describe - but it also took a hell of a lot longer for the Agrarians to become a thing there.
 

Makemakean

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Actually, they mainly broke off from the Conservatives - because the party system was so weak and the rural political culture so paternalistic in 19th century Sweden, most rural MPs south of Dalälven tended to be conservative landlords and rural voters formed a bedrock of conservatism until universal suffrage came around and small farmers began to realise that you know, there might be something in it for us if we went together like the workers did.

Up north on the other hand, where estates were smaller and a greater proportion of farmers already had the vote before 1911, the situation was closer to what you describe - but it also took a hell of a lot longer for the Agrarians to become a thing there.
Oh, really? I just assumed it was the Liberals because Axel Pehrsson-Bramstorp was a Liberal MP before Bondeförbundet became a thing.
 
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Makemakean

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Oh, yes, and noticed I forgot to answer @kratostatic 's final question. The size of a relay in the 19th century.

I haven't actually been able to find any specifics but, seeing that telegraph receivers contain one---it is in fact the very thing that allows it to go up and down denoting the signals being received---that should give you an idea of how big a relay is.

I anticipate that by 1867, Osmanians are generally the size of entire rooms.

Which reminds me, I'm going to need to figure out a way to calculate exactly how much heat they are likely to generate. Wouldn't surprise me at all if they need elaborate systems of ventilation and air conditioners and even cooling-systems in the rooms housing them.

Let's see, if I can get an idea of the general resistance in a wire, a idea of the resistance in a mid-19th century relay (and factor in heat from the mechanical energy of the switch), consider the fact that you're probably going to need a whole lot of resistors every once in a while to make sure that the currents are accurate, then-...

Hrm...

This could take a while. I'll return on this point.