Weekly Flag Challenge: Discussion & Entries

Unfortunately since noone else has entered I have to declare this challenge annulled and come up with a new one.
I'll have something up later today.
Last minitue entry. Sorry for the poor quality.

It is the flag of a confedation of 14 Vicounts,. one of who is a tratior at some point and so is removed from the flag.
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Last minitue entry. Sorry for the poor quality.

It is the flag of a confedation of 14 Vicounts,. one of who is a tratior at some point and so is removed from the flag.
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Unfortunately, I've already declared the original challenge as over 2 hours ago since it officially ended yesterday. I'm now in the process of arranging a new challenge to replace it.
Redo since we only had one entry within the maximum 2 weeks.

Flag Challenge 195: Repetition

Create a flag with a nonsimple pattern or repeated motif and explain its symbolism.

Submissions Open: now
Submissions Close: 23:59 GMT Saturday 22nd September
Voting Opens: Sunday 23rd September ish
Voting Closes: Saturday 30th September ish
Any queries or questions please let me know.
Could you explain what you mean by nonsimple? Like, would the French fleur-de-lis flag theoretically be eligible? (to use an OTL example)
Good question.
I originally used "nonsimple" to avoid entrants using plain stripes or cheques or fields of stars etc.
A semy pattern like fleur-de-lys would be acceptable only if it repeats past the edges of the flag and the object repeated can be considered ornate.
So a semy of fancy crosses is more acceptable than of plain crosses.
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Flag of the Kingdom of Iwrynia (ˈī-ü-rən-nē-ə)

In this TL, the followers of Pelagianism and the belief that humans were born without original sin, but through their own will could be either good or evil. It was the choice of doing evil that accumulated sin.

In this world Palladius was not able to root out the Pelagianists and St Patrick never came to Ireland due to a stomach virus that led to his early death.

Without St Patrick’s works, the Patron Saint of Ireland is instead St Brigid of Kill Dara. It is she referred to in legend who drove out the snakes from Ireland. In this case “snakes” referring to the early church removing the belief in the pagan religion of the Tuath Dé Danann.

In TTL St Brigid is strongly associated with the goddess Brigid of the Tuath Dé Danann, who are seen more as fallen angels that were worshipped by the Celtic peoples of Ireland. St Brigid, is known as the Patron of Redemption, because of her returning to the true way of God and Jesus. In doing so, she lost her fallen state, and instead became mortal by God’s grace. She consistently taught that any sin or evil may be removed with good, true works. In this world, the remaining Tuath Dé Danann lost much of their power and went into hiding in the hidden places of the world, and became known as the Sióg, Fea, or Fallen.

The Kingdom of Iwrynia origins came about with raids coming from the Brython (Wales) and eventual raids from the Norse. Áed mac Néill became High King in 796 and was able to fend off many Norse raids. He and his general’s strategies were so good at removing Viking threats that they even began to counter-raid the Norsemen settlement in the Shetlands and Orkneys.

Eventual union with Brython, stopped the advancement of the Anglo-Saesons from dominating Brython as in OTL. As the Viking raids began to subside in the coming centuries, Albe (Scotland) was brought into the kingdom of Iwrynia.

The Kingdom of Iwrynia was considered a lesser state in Europan politics from the next few centuries. As the Kingdom of Castila and the Kingdom of Granada both came to dominate the New World, Iwrynia slowly began to colonize Leon Thuaidh (OTL North America). Other Europan states would soon follow, but Iwrynian merchants soon dominated trade in the north Atlantic that the Iwrynian colonies began to thrive. Eventually the long awaited final conflict between Castila and Granada came about. Lasting ten years, the war would eventually end in the conquest of Granada and many of the noble fleeing to Grenadan colonies in the New World. But the war was draining on Castila and Iwrynia was in a good position to reap the benefits. Many colonies in both Leon Thuaidh and Theas were conquered by Iwrynian troops or colony militias, and Castila could not muster much of a response to counter these movements.

Flag: The flag of the Kingdom of Iwrynia is a field of sea blue representing the naval traditions of Iwrynia. The cross of Brigid lies in the center of the flag and is surrounded by the interconnected knots forming a border and representing unity among all the peoples of Iwrynia as well as God. The knotted cross and border also represent the “snakes” that St Brigid drove from Iwrynia with the golden light of God.

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Infamous 'illusion' flag of the 'Campaign for the Restoration of the (French) Monarchy'
The Campaign for the Restoration of the Monarchy ('Campagne pour la restauration de la monarchie') first appeared on Facepage in 2009. Now known to have been started as a joke by two foreign students studying at the University of Orléans, for some months it was taken seriously by both the French and international press, with questions about its popularity even being asked at the press conference following the 2010 summit between the French President and the German Chancellor. The web-page for the campaign was at one point getting more 'hits' per week than those of the three main French political parties combined. The symbol of the campaign initially was the flag of the Kingdom of France, but late in 2010 a competition was announced asking for ideas for a new campaign flag, with a suggestion that some sort of combination of that flag with that used during the Bourbon Restoration might be appropriate. Over the next 3 months, over 250 suggestions for flags were received and published on the web-page. These were voted on in a series of votes, whittling the selection down until there was a final vote for one of three flags. However, on the day that the winning entry was supposed to be unveiled there instead appeared a different flag which had not been seen before. In fact, this flag (shown below) was the only thing now on the web-site, apart from the words 'C'est une illusion' ('it is an illusion') under it. The flag did indeed have multiple fleur-de-lys and used the colours of the old French royal flag, but the most obvious (and to many, annoying) thing about it was the optical illusion which caused the flag to appear not to be rectangular but 'squashed.' The students responsible for the entire prank were eventually identified and interviewed by the police, but never charged with any offence. The entire fake campaign is now studied as parts of media and politics courses in universities around the world, but the most famous, or infamous, part of it remains the 'illusion' flag.

I don't know if this completely meets the requirements of the challenge, but I hope so, cause it was fun to make!
Thank you to all who voted for my entry (even if just to make your eyes stop bleeding :eek: ) - and to @Sovereign12 for the other entry, which was excellent.

I'll have a think about the next challenge and post it in the next couple of days.
Flag Challenge 196: Buy two get one free

Create a flag for a nation which is united with another nation, then later with a third. The nations, and original flags, should be OTL but the reason(s) for the unions and thus changes to the flags can be as ASB as you want, and feel free to mix up different historical periods – if you want to show a union of the USA with the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies with North Korea, go wild!

The entry should show the original flags, the interim union flag and the final union flag.
For reference, one OTL example is the evolution of the United Kingdom’s Union Flag with the union of Scotland and England later expanded by union with Ireland.

Submissions Open: now
Submissions Close: 10th October 2018 at 19:00 GMT (20:00 UK Summer time, 21:00 EU Summer time, 15:00 USA Eastern Daylight time, 12:00 USA Pacific Daylight time)
Voting Opens: After submissions close on 10th October 2018 – maybe 11th if I’m busy
Voting Closes: 4 days later

A reminder of the rule on flag sizes: For each image in a multiple-flag entry, the shortest side must be 400 pixels or less, and the longest side must be 600 pixels or less.

Edited to fix link.
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Federation of Salish

From Essays of Salish - Will Whitefeather MacAndrew:
It would be honest to say the Event that transported a portion of the American Northwest to what we now call Cascadia or Cascade IV was not a total calamity to the State of Washington and Province of British Columbia. While a sizeable fraction would die from the panic riots and the slow transition to sustainable agriculture most of the administration survived to provide continuity...
...'s death in 33rd Cycle broke the last link to the previous Governors and formalized the replacement of Provisional Joint Administration with the Assembly of Salish, significant autonomy being granted to what were then called the First Nations due to their involvement in food provision in early cycles...
The flag of Salish, the new nation named for the area transported to this planet, and deliberately not titled beyond Salish, was designed by my forebear Neal Seahawk MacAndrew towards the end of the JPA and deliberately evokes the previous flags - blue stripes for Columbia, green for Washington, gold sun for Columbia while also reminiscent of the Washington seal, overlapping white stars for unification and on red to emulate several First Nation emblems...
...shock when in the 41st Cycle Salish traders alerted to abandoned farms found the last remnants of the transported State of California...declared union in memoriam and adopted an altered flag by including a red stripe, said flag being one of the variants proposed by my forebear in 31...

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