What if the Continents had their Own Flags?
Last updated: Saturday July 1st, 2023
Hello everyone! I am back with a new flag blog. This time, it is flags for the continents. As you may know, I released a flags for planets blog a couple of months ago and it was a real hit! It got featured! So, I'd like to thank the Quizmaster once again for featuring it and also everyone for checking it out, reading it, liking it and lastly for participating in the voting.
Anyway, my original idea was to design flags for the continents. Yes! I started working on it, made some flags and then it felt too boring and eventually I gave up. Somehow, the idea of planetary flags popped into my mind and the rest is history. After its immense success, I decided to complete this one too. I began writing this blog from scratch once again.
So, first of all, imagine yourself in a world where every country and its citizens live in peace and harmony. The borders are open, there are cordial relations between the people of each country and there is no poverty and evil. The countries of each continent decide to have unique flags for their continents to promote a sense of unification. What a utopian vision you may say. Of course, with current trends in line, I don't see this happening in the next hundred years. Anyway, let's explore this idea!
Is it necessary to have flags for continents?
This is actually a controversial question. I believe every continent, country, state, city etc should have a flag, or perhaps, a symbol of its own.
If planets can have their own flags, then continents should also have their own flags!
The flags and the opinions presented here do not represent any kind of political leanings and the odds of having continental flags for every continent is extremely low, even in the distant future. They are simply artistic representations meant to spark curiosity and inspire. Please enjoy this playful exploration with an open mind and a sense of wonder.
What's the symbolism for these flags?
Generally, I tried to use the geographical and cultural aspects of the continent for its flag. Please keep in mind that it is very difficult to design an all-inclusive flag for a region as large as a continent! There are different countries and multitudes of cultures living there. Hence, every flag is incomplete, imperfect and flawed in some way.
Please note that I could have highly biased, controversial and stereotypical opinions for the designing of these flags. I have tried my best to design them in an unbiased way. If you are offended by any designs, let me know. Suggestions are always welcome for more designs/modifications into the flags!
Are these flags official?
Unfortunately not. But they can become official flags. How? Simple! Read the blog completely, tell me whether they are appropriate or not,
get this blog featured, and voila! I will present them myself to the Secretary-General of the United Nations if these things take place, not really. 😉
How many flags have you designed for each continent?
One per continent (with the exception being North America). The original idea was to have two flags each and then have a voting to decide. But, due to my conflicting schedules and the complicated nature of such a voting, I discarded that idea.
Moreover, I drew flags for some of the major regions of the world as well.
So, let's begin now!
The flag of Africa is inspired by the Pan-African Flag. It is a triband of what is usually called the Pan-African colours of red, black and green, each standing for the blood shed, the people of Africa and its lush vegetation respectively. The bands are separated by thin yellow stripes representing the rich culture of Africa. In the centre is a white disc on which the continent's silhouette is superimposed in green. "UNITY" is written underneath in blue. The disc is surrounded by sun rays symbolising the continent's hope for the future. See this flag waving here!
There are quite a lot of Antarctic flag proposals. But here is my design:
Now that's what I call a cute flag! The orange and blue show that Antarctica has six months of constant daylight and six months of constant darkness. In the centre is a mountain covered with ice representing its terrain. In the top right corner, the Southern Constellation (Crux), a distinctive symbol of the Southern Hemisphere, is present. Finally, in the bottom left, an emperor penguin, which are undoubtedly the most famous residents of the icy continent, is present. With its head raised, it seems as if it is looking towards the constellation! See this flag waving here!
Ah.. Asia! I'm super proud of this flag. The flag of Asia is divided into five vertical stripes of orange, green, blue, yellow and red. Each represent one of the five regions of Asia. A white rectangle is drawn out to show peace and harmony between the plethora of cultures found here. In the centre is a bright red sun which represents its eastern location and the ever glimmering and warm spirit of its people. It is adopted from the symbol of the Asian Games. Finally in the bottom are two waves representing the prosperity and wealth of the continent. See this flag waving here!
As of writing this, Europe is the only continent to have an official flag. I was initially confused if I should make a flag for Europe or not, but I finally drew one. So, here it is:
Phew! That was a hard flag to make. Not because of its design but because of its symbolism. I wasn't really sure what to put in it and I'm still confused if this flag is good or not. But anyway, the blue field represents the sky and the plus sign (not a Cross) is meant to convey unity and not Christianity.
I refrained from using religious symbols on any flag. The four Ls represent the bordering oceans and seas and the stars are added for purely aesthetic purposes. The green and white colour scheme is an homage to the first European flag. See this flag waving here!
North America proved to be the second most difficult flag to make because I didn't know what symbolism to put in it. Eventually, I made two designs! Here they are:
The flag is divided into three diagonal stripes featuring a maple leaf, a five- and an eight-pointed star. They represent Canada, the United States and Mexico and rest of the Central America respectively. The two wavy lines represent the Caribbean and the many islands of this continent. See this flag waving here!
This flag turned out to be really good and somewhat unique, well, at least in my opinion. The flag is composed of four vertical stripes which represent the major landforms found on the continent. The blue stand for the Great Lakes and the three bordering ocean, the yellow for the deserts in the west, the green for the prairies and white for the polar regions of Canada. In the centre-left, there is a diamond with a purple border adorned with four red circles. In its centre is an eight-pointed star in green. The diamond represents unity between the indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, while red represents progress. See this flag waving here!
I am not sure if these flags turned out to be good. From a vexillological point of view, I feel none of the flags are good. I would also like to add that the North Americans, especially the Americans (the people of the United States, that is) are an extremely patriotic folk. If you felt offended by these designs, I apologise. The flags and the opinions presented here do not represent any kind of political leanings. They are simply artistic representations meant to spark curiosity and inspire. Please enjoy this playful exploration with an open mind and a sense of wonder.
UPDATE: After the blog was first published, I realised that a major mistake was made by me. The first design incorporates symbols representing Canada and the United States, while the remaining nations are represented by geometric shapes. This has been corrected and the symbolism now reads "Mexico and the rest of the Central America".
The Oceanian flag is prominently coloured blue to show its relation to the Pacific Ocean. It features several waves with the sky in the upper portion. In the lower right corner, a green portion representing land and its lush vegetation can be seen. In the centre left, a golden sail showcases the navigation expertise of its people. Finally, in the fly, the Southern Cross (Crux), a distinctive symbol of the Southern Hemisphere, is drawn out. See this flag waving here!
The flag of South America is divided into four quarters coloured red, green, blue and yellow. They represent the four provinces of the ancient Incan Empire, the most prominent civilisation of the continent, which consisted of different geographical regions. In the centre is Inti, the Incan Sun god. The quarters may also represent the major languages spoken on the continent, while Inti represents the native population. See this flag waving here!
Now, let's move onto some of the major regions of the world. Please forgive me if I missed your region. I did not draw a flag for either western or eastern Europe due to lack of ideas. I hope you understand.
Britain and Ireland
Simply put, the flag is.. complex, as is common across these fair isles. It is divided into four quarters. Each quarter contains a flower representing one of the nations. They are, in clockwise direction from top left: Tudor rose for England; shamrock for Ireland; daffodil for Wales; and thistle for Scotland. See this flag waving here!
The flag of the Caribbean is a simple image of an island in the middle of waves. The green palm tree represents its lush vegetation. In the canton is a ten-pointed star which shows unity of the various ethnic groups living on these islands. The blue sky represents a bright future. See this flag waving here!
I have to admit that the flag of the EAC is not so appealing. I dedicate this flag to the East Africans. The flag is composed of many stripes, which are coloured in the colours featured on the flags of the East African countries. The blue star in the top centre is an homage to the African Great Lakes which give life and beauty to this region. See this flag waving here!
Please note that the Arabian Peninsula is not the same as the Middle East. It is extremely difficult to come up with an all-inclusive design for all of the Middle East. This flag is probably my least favourite one. I tried several designs for the flag of the Arabian Peninsula and finally decided to use this one as its flag. The stripes from top to bottom show the slow progress the region is making from its war-torn past to a bright future. In the centre, an inverted green crescent pays homage to the region known as the Fertile Crescent, the birthplace of agriculture and civilisation. See this flag waving here!
Another difficult flag design. East Asia is a very diverse region and having one flag for it will not make any sense. But anyway, this flag is inspired from the Earth flag which my readers voted for in the prequel and has slight resemblances to the Japanese prefecture flags. On a gold field, a white disc has a multicoloured stylised hibiscus, a flower which is found in plenty in much of East Asia. The differently-coloured petals represent the multitude of people who call this region their home. Above the flower, is the Sun from the Asian flag
because I really didn't know what else to put onto it. The white border represent peace as always. See this flag waving here!
Another prominently blue flag. I was literally out of ideas for this flag and hence decided to just add all the colours of the individual flags. They represent diversity. In the centre is a golden disc which symbolises the Sun and prosperity. Two waves represents its maritime supremacy. Finally, the yellow and orange represent China and India, respectively, which have influenced this region culturally and politically. See this flag waving here!
And finally, South Asia! I found it pretty difficult to come up with the design of this flag. I asked JWatson24 and TheNatureThread (fellow South Asians) whether they would like a lotus flag or something like that, and they seemed positive of this idea! So, let's hop onto its symbolism, shall we?
The flag is divided into two unequal horizontal stripes – one orange and the other a light blue. A scene of sunrise is being depicted with half of the Sun being visible. In the foreground, a white lotus is in its full bloom. The sky (along with the Sun) represent the immense development this region has experienced in the recent years, while the water represents tranquility and agrarianism. Three dark blue stripes in the bottom represent the three major rivers of the subcontinent – the Indus, the Ganges and the Brahmaputra. Finally, the white lotus represents peace. The five petals also signify the five major religions of the region. See this flag waving here!
Well, it looks very similar to the last flag. This flag represents the geography of South Asia in a very basic way. The blue waves in the bottom, like before, represent the rivers and seas bordering this region. It also represents the Indus Valley Civilisation. The green field represents vast fertile lands. It also represents the expansion of the ancient peoples into the hinterlands of this region. At the top, the mountains can be seen which have protected South Asia from time immemorial. Finally, the orangish sky represents a second golden age
which we will obviously experience in the not so distant future. In the foreground, there is a light pink lotus again, which is found in plenty here. See this flag waving here!
Phew! That was difficult and probably the last blog of this type coming from me. Flag designing is a time-consuming and difficult process. I started working on this in November and here we are, after three months. To sum it up, this is actually a very interesting and boring thing at the same time. You come up with a design and then draw it only to find it look clumsy or inappropriate, after all, I don't know these places very well.
But anyway, what do you think of these flags? Do they suit the continent and region they are designed for or not? Do you like the symbolism used? Was your region featured in this blog? Well, although I said that I am not going to design any new flags now, but still, would you like the series to continue? If yes, then for what should I design flags for next?
Okay, I guess that's it. Goodbye and adios everyone! See you in my next blog!