Weekly Flag Challenge: Discussion & Entries

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by Transparent Blue, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. Demothenes Can’t we just get back to the good times

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    In a history where the United States never revolted, and the two sides reached a set of concessions culminating in the election of Americans to the British House of Parliament-- the interests of Britain were more and more tied to the Western Hemisphere as a greater proportion of its population resided in North America. Britain saw less of a need to spread its wings towards the South Pacific. The new colony of Australia was never settled, with the promise of better, more fertile lands to the West in America. The Bourbon Kings of France, seeking an answer to the issues caused by overpopulation within France, sent an expedition led by a dashing young officer by the name of Joachim Murat to explore Australia and report on opportunities for settlement there. To some extent exaggerating the fecundity of the soil, Joachim Murat sent word of an entire continent ripe for settlement, with weak natives and ample land for settlement.

    In 1792, a fleet of thirty ships left France heading for OTL Sydney. In charge of the expedition was Joachim Murat, who became well known for his daring tales of heroics within the French Court and was considered highly by King Louis as an expert on Australia. The colonists established la-Prosperite and quickly began establishing a large presence in the region, building a harbor and beginning the creation of several other settlements in the area of OTL Melbourne.

    Alarmed by the growth of French power in the region and viewing it as a precursor to ramp up efforts across the South Pacific, especially in India, Great Britain made moves to secure its own allies within the region. In 1795, Britain sent a naval envoy under Captain James Cook to make sustained contact with the Maori tribes inhabiting New Zealand with whom he had met on his first voyage some twenty years previous. The aging officer, carrying a cargo of muskets, made contact at the same time as an expansionist chief had taken control of a small federation of tribes. Taking the name of the mythical hero, Maui, this chief had extended his control across the tip of the North Island. Seeing a possibility of stemming French interest in New Zealand, Cook remained in New Zealand, helping to seal Maui’s control of the entire North Island and soon extending his control over the south through the use of the modern Western equipment provided by Captain Cook. By 1810, Maui had established control over the entirety of New Zealand.

    Understanding the impossibility of defending against a French invasion of his kingdom, in 1815 Maui and a new British minister, Arthur Wodeville signed the treaty of Taruanga, which established the new kingdom as under the protection of the British State. This flag, with references to the Maori conception of Father Sky and Mother Earth symbolized the islands of what they called Aotearoa. The six stars symbolize the five tribes of Maui’s original tribal confederation, surrounding him as the largest star in the middle.

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  2. The Professor Pontifex Collegii Vexillographiariorum

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    Will we get a third? I can keep it open for a good 5-6 hours.
     
  3. FriendlyGhost Haunting history for 45+ yrs

    I've got one in progress, 90% finished, but I'm in work at the moment so probably won't get to post until tonight - about 8 pm Netherlands time. I might get it done earlier if I get time between work and driving children around in the evening - but I'm not sure.
     
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  4. The Professor Pontifex Collegii Vexillographiariorum

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    No worries, I'll wait until tomorrow morning then!
     
  5. FriendlyGhost Haunting history for 45+ yrs

    The Israelite 'Stars in the Sky' flag
    Historians generally agree that the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire after its defeat in the 12 Years' War was inevitable. What they disagree on is whether the rise of semi-theocratic states in various parts of the former empire was equally inevitable. A review of the published literature shows that opinion on the inevitability or not of three competing caliphates arising in what are now Turkiye, Greater Hejaz and Syria is split roughly 50/50. Only a very small minority postulate that the restored Kingdom of Antioch and Jerusalem had a chance of surviving longer that it actually did - a mere four years. Conversely, there is almost unanimity of opinion that the creation of the new Israelite nation was a historical inevitability.
    The Jewish diaspora had provided strong support to the victorious powers in the 12 Years' War, with Zionist battalions in all of their armies (even, ironically, in the otherwise fully-Muslim Persian army). As a result, all the Great Powers supported the 1875 New Zion Congress resolution calling for the establishment of a modern Israelite state. Over the next few years, the borders of the new state were negotiated with the Great Powers, finally being agreed in early 1879, almost exactly where they remain today. On 16th August 1879 (27th of Av 5639 in the Hebrew calendar) the new state was proclaimed, under the leadership of the new Sanhedrin, elected by members of the 1879 New Zion Congress, which was simultaneously dissolved.
    The flag of the new state had been the subject of fierce debate over the previous years. Whilst the use of the Magen David as a central element was uncontroversial, representing Solomon's shield (or seal, or both), various groups advocated for other symbols and/or different numbers of symbols on the flag. According to the minutes of the 1879 Congress, it was Rabbi Eli Mechoulam who proposed, on 1st June that year, a compromise suggestion combining many of the proposals into one.
    The background colour of the flag is blue, the same as the tekhelet colour in the Jewish tallit (or prayer shawl), which reminds the Israelites of the blue sky and God in Heaven. The other main colour is white, symbolising silver to represent holiness.
    The only symbol used is the Magen David star, which appears 26 times, this number symbolising the name of God. There are three main groups of stars, with three representing love and holiness - one-third of the three (the central group) symbolises the Holy of Holies at the centre of the ancient Temple which comprised one-third of the Inner Temple, with the other two-thirds representing the rest of the Holy Place. Each group contains a central star with six stars surrounding it, making seven. Seven was the symbol of the Jewish covenant with God and considered the divine number of completion, linked to the Sabbath, the Sabbatical year, the year of jubilee and to periods of mourning and purification. The remaining five stars to make 26 represent semi-completion, showing that the earth-bound nation could not be fully completed by people alone (that is, without God's help). The top-most star is gold and white, with gold being the glory of God, the celestial light.
    The final element of the flag, and the justification for using multiple stars on a background representing heaven, is the phrase 'Like the Stars in the Sky' in Hebrew. At the Second Battle of Gaza in 1867, a Zionist battalion broke through the Ottoman lines, taking horrendous casualties in doing so, but not stopping. After his surrender, the Ottoman commander reportedly said that the battalion seemed to have endless men, "no matter how many we shot down, there were always more." The most senior survivor of the battalion, Colonel-Major Moshe Lipkin, responded that this was in accordance with God's promise to Abraham and Israel, to make of their descendants a great people, innumerable 'like the stars in the sky.' After this was reported in the press, Zionist battalions facing difficult battles started to use it as a battle-cry. Ottoman soldiers grew to fear Jewish fighters who stormed towards them crying, "like the stars in the sky," (often in Arabic!), knowing that it meant the fighters would keep going even in the face of near-certain death.
    The flag has attracted significant criticism over the decades. Vexillologists remain divided, with some viewing the patterns as far too complicated and others praising them as clever inter-leaving of multiple symbols into one overall picture. More seriously, the use of blatantly Jewish symbolism on the flag of what is now a multi-religious, multi-cultural, liberal democracy, has been stated by critics of the Israelite government to discriminate against non-Jewish citizens (ironically, opinion polls in the Islamic Kingdom of Syria show that its citizens think highly of Israel for holding true to its religious roots, which probably contributes to the continuing alliance between these two nations). Notwithstanding these and other criticisms, the 'Stars in the Sky' flag is famous world-wide as a symbol of Israel, adorning such diverse items as coffee mugs, swimsuits and roofs of cars. It is unlikely to be changed any time soon.

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    OoC: All of the symbolism (numbers, etc) comes from Wikipedia. The Hebrew phrase is from Google translate. Any misrepresentations of religious belief in this fictional history are unintentional.

    Edit: after posting, I realised that the gold in the top star makes it look a little bit like the yellow stars forced upon Jews in the Third Reich. This is emphatically NOT my intention; the gold is meant to represent, as stated in the text, the celestial light and glory of God - I sincerely hope that this is not offensive to anyone.
     
  6. The Professor Pontifex Collegii Vexillographiariorum

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    The poll is up!