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The SLP Flag Thread

#1
can't get enough of those
can't get enough of those
spicy
flags

It is with my greatest joy that I pronounce the first Sea Lion Press Flag Thread open for business!
To start off, some of my best flags from the past three months or so:

Monarchist California (under Mexico, originally). The thingy style of the bear doesn't match up with the other thingy style of the crown, but if you squint it works.




The Free City of Calais (Ville Libre de Calais), a Danzig-analogue from my possibly-up-and-coming-probably-not Boulangerverse:




The Kingdom of Borealia (an alt-Canada) and the Union of European Republics (a communist European federation) from Eckener's Washington Burns on the AH forums:



 
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Thande

Chemical Christian Chaos Chelator
Published by SLP
#3
Something a bit simple to start with. Flag of the 21st-century German Reichsrepublik in the vignette I wrote for Agent Boot's Sealion competition.

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Basically the idea is that this represents a Germany that has gradually de-Nazified following a soft revolution in the 1970s, but its institutions are still visibly (to us) influenced by Nazi iconography, even though this probably wouldn't be apparent to people in TTL--any more than we would say 'oh, the Bundesrepublik has a tricolour flag, so obviously it's exactly the same as Imperial Germany'.
 

Md139115

You have not even begun to grasp the madness
#7
We need a flag and coat of arms for SLP. Might I respectfully suggest Enoch Powell riding a sea lion, that is on top of and licking the face of Lord Palmerston, while screaming the beginning of Thucydides’s history of the Peloponnesian War in the original Greek?
 

lordroel

Active member
#8
Well this is the national flag belonging to the Netherlands Social Republic, from a world where a different person then Anton Mussert lead the a more successful National Socialist Movement in the Netherlands and manged to become Chancellor (Dutch: Kanselier) of a German puppet states from 1940 to 1946.

 
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Witch0Winter

Cuddly Cartographer
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#10
I admit it's not super impressive, but a flag for a little thing I'm doing about a more Puritan "Dominion of New England" map. Figured I'd post since I'm somewhat proud due to not really usually doing flags on my own.

The overall symbolism has a cross, naturally, as the province in this TL is a bit more religious over time when it adopts the flag, though it also has the dual purpose, with the colors, of representing in blue the rivers which cross the province's territory and bring prosperity to it and make it a hub of transportation between New England and the south, particularly New York. The green represents the rich land of Connecticut, abundance, and prosperity.The trio of grapevines in the corner is taken from the seal and represents the three colonies which make up the province: Connecticut Colony, Saybrook Colony, and New Haven Colony.

 

Thande

Chemical Christian Chaos Chelator
Published by SLP
#11
The overall symbolism has a cross, naturally, as the province in this TL is a bit more religious over time when it adopts the flag
Depending on what era you're talking about, that might not be as obvious a symbol to use as you might think...

Most New England flags were based on the red or blue naval ensign of the Royal Navy which featured St George's Cross in the canton. The ensign was used at both the Jamestown and Plymouth colonies. Puritans in New England led by Roger Williams objected to the use of a Christian cross on their flag and flew a red flag with a plain white canton for a time. The new flag first appeared in 1634 in Salem, Massachusetts, but some considered it to be an act of rebellion against England. Opinion was sought from England, and the cross was retained on crown property such as Castle Island (Massachusetts). The crossless flags became popular in New England, and militia companies designed unique patterns on their flags. In 1665, the Royal Commissioners recommended that all ships and militia companies be ordered to fly "the true colours of England, by which they may be knowne to be his majesties legittmate subjects." Nevertheless, some crossless flags were still in use as late as 1680.
TL;DR crosses were POPERY for a lot of New England Puritans.
 

Witch0Winter

Cuddly Cartographer
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#13
Depending on what era you're talking about, that might not be as obvious a symbol to use as you might think...



TL;DR crosses were POPERY for a lot of New England Puritans.
There, did something a little weirder and more esoteric, with the same rivers and land scheme to symbolize the land of Connecticut and trio theme (though leaving the grapevines for the heraldry) to symbolize the conjoining of the three original colonies to form Connecticut:

 

Thande

Chemical Christian Chaos Chelator
Published by SLP
#17
The FROC flag is a bit awkward (why not just use the KMT canton?) but I really like the other ones. Especially the League.
I actually designed that one to be deliberately awkward as it's meant to be a compromise designed by committee, hence the silly thin border.

One thing I like to do in TLs is have flags that are 'realistically' not that great, because in real life the people drawing them up usually didn't have the historical knowledge or resources that a TL writer on his computer does, they're hastily stitching the things together in five minutes while the baddies aren't shelling the fort.
 

Artaxerxes

Putting down bread lines.
#18
I actually designed that one to be deliberately awkward as it's meant to be a compromise designed by committee, hence the silly thin border.

One thing I like to do in TLs is have flags that are 'realistically' not that great, because in real life the people drawing them up usually didn't have the historical knowledge or resources that a TL writer on his computer does, they're hastily stitching the things together in five minutes while the baddies aren't shelling the fort.
I just remembered Liberia.
 

Hendryk

There will be adequate food
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#19
I'm a member of the school of "flags should be slapped together without all that much thought because regime founders seldom have time for fancy vexillography", which is making virtue of necessity since I'm hopeless with graphic design.

Hence the flag of WIAF China: the Qian Trigram on a white canton in a red background, and they called it a day.
 

Attachments

#20
Some national and supranational flags from The Surly Bonds of Earth (see sig).

This reconstructed version of the UN has switched to using a version of the astrological symbol for Earth rather than a globe, and note the influence of the EU flag colours on it.
Me like these flags Thande.