Weird and Unknown Flags from Around the World - #4
Last updated: Monday February 7th, 2022
Welcome back fellow JetPunkers and amateur vexillologists to the fourth part of Weird and Unknown Flags from Around the World. So, if you stumbled on this blog first, you can view the complete series here.
In the previous editions, we saw a lot of weird, unusual and unknown flag. Many of those flags were animal- and especially bear-centric. Fuse suggested me to do a blog about good flags. Although the term "good" is relative and what is good to me may not be good to you.
So what constitutes as a good flag? For the purpose of this blog, I will be considering flags which follow the five "rules" of vexillology as good flags. Keep in mind that they will still be included in this series because they are still relatively unknown and coming from obscure and unexpected places. As always, if you happen to know some unknown or weird or even good flags, let me know in the comments! In the next part, we shall, as usual, look for weird flags.
So, let's begin the fourth part of our adventure of weird, unusual and unknown flags from around the world. Sit back, get some pastries and enjoy the ride!
- Keep it simple, so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
- Use meaningful symbolism. The flag's images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolises.
- Use two or three basic colours which contrast well and come from the standard colour set.
- No lettering or seals.
- Be distinctive or be related, that is use similarities to show connections.
This flag was suggested by Fuse. Exmoor is a loosely-defined hilly region in southwest England. The four colour scheme looks flawless. The deer adds to the beauty of this flag. Only thing which annoys me is the star on top of the deer. Nonetheless, a beautiful flag.
As I said in the previous edition, Egyptian regions have beautiful flags. This time, we land in the ancient city of Alexandria, constructed by Alexander the Great. The flag features the old lighthouse of the Alexandria, which was destroyed by an earthquake.
Simple colour scheme with a historical symbol. Beautiful flag indeed.
I don't know if this flag is copyrighted or not. It was available on FOTW and I sourced it from there.
Garnett is a city in Kansas. Its flag was designed by a citizen of the city in a competition in 2019, so it's a pretty new flag.
Don't you think this is a beautiful flag? According to Emma, its designer, it depicts the city's farms and fields in a scene of sunrise. Well, the design is actually not very original, but it still looks beautiful.
Uberlândia is a municipality in Minas Gerais state of Brazil.
MG must be happy now because his state is finally mentioned.
According to a website, the blue and green represents the sky and fields respectively. The horizon refers to an ideal centre. In the centre is a golden circle featuring the triangle of Minas, from which rays are radiating out.
I don't know if the symbolism is accurate but it looks so good even from a distance! I bet I've seen this flag fluttering here in India too sometimes.
At first glance, it looks like a flag from a tropical country. But wait, where do you think it is from? From the name, I'm sure you have thought Russia. And Russia it is!
As always, I'm unsure about the symbolism. It looks like those are ferns. Anyway, a nice flag we have there!
Blue, red and white is one of the most common colour schemes, if not the most common, but very few flags are able to top it off like Scarborough, Ontario does.
In the flag, there is an abstract design of the Scarborough Bluffs – bluff basically means a form of cliff – and the Lake Ontario. In the fly, there is the Maple Leaf because why not?
Ainu People's Flag
The Ainu are a people living mostly in Japan and in small parts of Russia. The blue stands for the sky and sea, white for snow and the red arrow which is running in the snow beneath Hokkaido's sky.
Well, not a very accurate symbolism, definitely not. But good looking nonetheless.
Ah.. just look at it! Isn't this one of the most striking flag you've ever seen? Well, I don't know about you, but for me, the answer is clearly yes.
This flag looks so damn good! Though a bit complex to draw, but still it is an outstanding flag.
Now, wanna hear a bad news? This flag was chosen in a competition in 2019 and was selected as its flag from a submission of more than 200 flags! After two weeks, the officials decided to change it back to the original flag which features TEXT! Sigh, they replaced this beauty with an old boring flag.
Ashdod is a beautiful port city in Israel. It is the country's largest port. The flag is a beautiful portrayal of the port.
The blue, as always, represents the seas. The lion and the curved line represents the Judah tribe and their ancient port, while the anchor represents the modern port. Though the text kind of breaks the rules, but I am going to forgive this flag because of its exoticness.
Our second flag from Japan. The Japanese flags are world renowned for their sheer simplicity and colour schemes. So here is the flag of Nikko, a city in Japan.
The sun is a common symbol in Japan while the petals represent the five towns and villages which existed before the city was created. This flag bears some resemblance to Hong Kong.
American Indian Movement
Until now, I hadn't realised America has such beautiful flags. This is the flag used by some of the Native Americans of the US and Canada.
The four colours represent the four directions the Native Americans were spread in until some centuries ago while the symbol in the middle depicts a stereotypical Native American with feathers attached to their heads in the form of a victory sign.
And for our final flag, we head to Russia again. Vovchansk is a region of Russia. I know you had a feeling that the final flag's gonna be from Russia. 😉
The flag is beautiful from every corner. The red and blue scheme is very nice. The three stars represent one city, one village and one hamlet (which has a population of 0 these days). I'm not sure about the squirrel, but it clearly adds beauty to this flag.
There is some intricate detailing done in the squirrel, which kind of breaks the "child could draw" rule, but as I said above, sometimes rules are ought to be broken.
And that's it! The "Good Flags" special edition, especially dedicated to Fuse. As I had said earlier, you may not necessarily call them to be good looking because what's good to me may not be good to you.
Anyway, I've found an arsenal of flags, thanks to Reddit and other websites I've found in the process. In the next edition, we will again have a look at some weird flags.
Until then, goodbye, or as we say in India, tata! 👋