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Here's another one-off feeding into my unhealthy obsession with weird ideology flags. This one is for the Quellists, a sadly defunct terrorist group in in the Altered Carbon books and series. Founded on the ideology of Quellcrist Falconer, the Quellists oppose the status quo enforced by the United Nations Interplanetary Protectorate on behalf of the powerful class of immortals who rule over society. While the show Quellists were specifically opposed to the artificially-extended lifespans, Falconer in the books advocated a technology-enabled decentralized social democracy with strong anarchist tenets. The base of the flag is a flipped and recolored version of the Protectorate flag, clear enough symbolism on its own. Despite her exasperation with leftism I still decided to make the main flag red, both to serve her anti-status quo sensibilities and also to contrast with the ensō, recolored to symbolize the quellcrest seaweed found on Harlan's World and central to her revolutionary theory.
 
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Flag of a Spain which is inherited by an alt-Phillip the Fair who's mother is not Mary of Burgundy, but someone called Elisabeth of Swabia. She is an ATL heir of the House of Toggenburg, an OTL Swiss family which in this timeline manages to consolidate several Swiss counties and conquer Zurich. Her inheritance is the most attractive one available for Maximilian to snatch up because Charles the Bold has a son. But Maximilian still manages to grab Spain for his descendants, albeit with no Burgundian inheritance. Hence the Black and Gold Imperial colors. This TL also has no Switzerland.

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This flag is from a TL where the Savoys manage to grab the Duchy of Milan and the Iron Crown of the Lombards in the 18th century, never having to settle for Sardinia.
 
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Flag of a Spain which is inherited by an alt-Phillip the Fair who's mother is not Mary of Burgundy, but someone called Elisabeth of Swabia. She is an ATL heir of the House of Toggenburg, an OTL Swiss family which in this timeline manages to consolidate several Swiss counties and conquer Zurich. Her inheritance is the most attractive one available for Maximilian to snatch up because Charles the Bold has a son. But Maximilian still manages to grab Spain for his descendants, albeit with no Burgundian inheritance. Hence the Black and Gold Imperial colors. This TL also has no Switzerland.

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This flag is from a TL where the Savoys manage to grab the Duchy of Milan and the Iron Crown of the Lombards in the 18th century, never having to settle for Sardinia.
I think the Habsburg flag might look more unified if there was more black on the coat of arms and the yellows matched.
 
Could anyone whip up a set of four flags for Murmansk Oblast in Russia? It’s for a HOI4 mod, and so I need a democratic flag, a communist flag, a fascist flag and a non-aligned flag. Thanks!
Can yourself or someone else explain (again) why they have to be different?
 
Where is John Galt?: The Martian Free State

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This flag was inspired by a future history AHC I posted awhile ago. It never took off and I'd forgotten about it until today, go figure. Anyways, the challenge was to think up a possible Cold War on Mars between Objectivism and Georgism, and in that spirit I present the Martian Free State! Founded during the lawlessness of twenty-first century space colonization, the Free State proclaims itself sole legal owner of Mars and its orbits on behalf of a consortium of wealthy families who overcame personal rivalries in search of somewhere out of the reach of the increasingly aggressive looters of the Old Earth governments. Things... haven't quite gone to plan. Oh, actually making it to the red planet went well enough, and the archipelago of corporate colonies and personal fiefdoms was established in short order. It was legally dubious, but enough money in the right hands back on Earth made all the difference. No, the problem was the people.

The simple fact was that the Objectivism that formed the foundation of the new social contract just wasn't popular with the working masses imported to do all the labor for some reason. Some people just don't have the common sense to know that they're expected to pay for things like water and air at market prices! And of course they'd have to pay their own way off the planet if they didn't like it so much. The already steep wealth inequality grew more intense as the years wore on and what passed for the middle class found itself squeezed ever tighter in the grips of a free market and the lower classes eked out whatever living they could in a world without any sort of social safety net for the unemployed. Eventually the disorganized cries of the downtrodden coalesced into a single message preaching that the evils of rent-seeking were the poison at the heart of the Martian system. Georgism had come to Mars...

The flag of the Martian Free State uses cyan to represent Objectivism, gold to represent free enterprise and red to represent the planet itself, with Atlas supporting Mars as a testament to the strength of the consortium that arranged to settle it.
 
Where is John Galt?: The Martian Free State
Clear the Way for Liberty!: The Martian Commonwealth Front

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Life on Mars was not what we were promised. We were told we'd be explorers, blazing a trail in the unexplored frontier, but all we were was chattel signing away our freedom, even if the fine print on the contracts was never so blunt. Worked to the bone just to afford air! Forced to ration every drop of water or scrap of food! And all the while certain that as we hovered on the edge of starvation the members of the consortium grew fat on our labor and the profits of the mines. We built everything that makes life possible while they came when we were finished just to lord over us. But change is in the air. From one battered edition brought over on the journey from Earth Progress and Poverty has been copied and quietly circulated among the masses, and the time is ripe for a change of management. Welcome to the Martian Commonwealth Front!

In many ways it's no surprise Georgism would catch on here, after all Mars is a vast planet teeming with resources, only made havita and only "owned" by the flimsiest of legal justifications according to legal standards 245 million miles away. It's not "pure" Georgism, of course. We built the domes and the settlements together, and since we literally can't live without them that makes them common property. We still believe in private property of course. a person should be able to profit from their own improvements on the land, but they should be able to breathe freely while they're doing it. As for the selfish bastards at the top, if they don't like it they can go out into the wilderness and stake their own claim- they can hunker down in the Free State of Galt's Gulch for all we care.

Since most Georgist symbols are a bit too terracentric, the Commonwealth Front repurposes the socialist starry plow, since the constellation is visible from Mars too. The contrast of yellow and red is meant to suggest both a bustling domed settlement and the heavily market-oriented socialism championed by the Martian Georgist movement.
 
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Clear the Way for Liberty!: The Martian Commonwealth Front.
I might whip out one more if an idea strikes me 🤔 The original idea for this series was an old reddit post I saw about Georgism being implemented on Mars that was countered by a linked policy paper from an Objectivist group that said Rand should reign supreme on the red planet. If nothing else it's hilarious to me the political dividing line isn't cultural but whether land counts as capital or a separate factor of production 😂 I suppose the opposing axis would probably be something like the Green/Red terraforming divide in the Mars trilogy.

Some alternate version of the Regressives from my timeline Power Without Knowledge timeline then? I suppose there would be some amusing symmetry, since George was popular in the early twentieth century and wanted industry and social safety net, Rand was popular postwar and wanted industry without a safety net and Kaczynski got rolling as the century was running out and wasn't so sure about this whole industry thing.
 

Flag of Republic of Japan​

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A flag of Republic of Japan (日本共和国, Nihon Kyōwakoku). This picture is composed of white background and a Sun wherein exists a bird hit by an arrow. This bird which has three legs is called Yatagarasu (八咫烏) and has special meaning in Japanese culture: the Yatagarasu and Sun represent the authority of the Emperor of Japan. Thus hitting the bird by arrow means abolishing the monarchy by force.
 

Flag of Republic of Japan​

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A flag of Republic of Japan (日本共和国, Nihon Kyōwakoku). This picture is composed of white background and a Sun wherein exists a bird hit by an arrow. This bird which has three legs is called Yatagarasu (八咫烏) and has special meaning in Japanese culture: the Yatagarasu and Sun represent the authority of the Emperor of Japan. Thus hitting the bird by arrow means abolishing the monarchy by force.
Three Legs?
 
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Right, in Chinese and Japanese myth, we imagine that the bird of the sun has three legs, what amazing this living creature is! And in Chinese myth, there were ten suns in ancient times, but a brave archer shot nine of them, so that's my ancestors explained why there's only one sun in the sky :)
 
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(Colour representation: Eagle for the national bird, Washington as the first president, light green for the Irish, blue for the sea, the text in the circle says 'Union Of America, 1860')


Alternate flag for my War of Northern Secession thread.

The timeline is still being worked on, as I have just done the election of 1860, so check it out! Next part will be out either today or early tomorrow, though I'm not sure.
 
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