The flag of the Spiš Republic
from my Sparrow Avengers universe. The Spiš Republic was one of the earliest unilaterally declared successor statelets that cropped up after the demise of Austria-Hungary and the Disunion Wars that followed it (being an offshoot of the post-WWI chaos that engulfed Eurasia in the late 1910s and early 1920s).
Unfortunately from a vexilological POV, the OTL coat of arms for the former Spiš county had a very dynamic evolution and became rather busy in later centuries (mirroring the county's unusually complex inner boundaries and convoluted administrative history). Still, despite its complexity, it's been an accepted symbol for the region since the 18th-19th century. The tincture employed within it made for interesting source material when designing the bars and fields of the flag itself. The bars were made deliberately irregular, to mirror the already existing variation pattern employed in the flag's main four fields (these fields always have a tincture opposite to an adjacent quarter of the CoA). The coronet that tended to adorn the top of the Spiš CoA's shield was dropped by the republic, "for being both visually superfluous and politically superfluous to the needs of the republic's national and governmental insignia
I had to scratch-build the entire CoA
, as there is no "cleaned-up" modern version of it, only the surviving higher resolution 19th century illustrations
. One major change I was forced to do to the CoA due to space limitations and composition, was flipping the black/sable chamois-growing-from-the-crown to the right, despite the correct way of orienting that figure being to the left (i.e., the same as with the lion, while the unicorn on the blue/azure field is correctly oriented to the right, as it should be). I'm not entirely satisfied with how the unicorn-growing-from-the-crown came out (he's just oddly hanging there), but again, it was due to space limitations.
I haven't come up with an air force roundel for this country yet, but I'll try to find an appropriate combination of shapes and colours. Even now, I have a feeling it's highly probable that it won't be your usual cocade roundel. If you have any cool ideas for a blue/red/gold/silver/green roundel, I'm all ears !