Weekly Flag Challenge: Discussion & Entries

OK I swapped the designs of two US states.


One of the good US State flags, still a blue sheet but has an actual simple symbol instead of a complex State Seal. Maybe not the best one but still quite good.


Might not be the worst one (in fact better than just a circular seal). But still not one of the good ones.

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A new flag for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, one which is far more distinct and easily recognizable. Could have been better but it is a style swap. The Keystone State now has a keystone on its flag.

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Poor South Carolina loses its distinctive Crescent and Palmetto Tree to become another Blue Sheet with Seal. Such is life.
Flag to redesign: Nanjing, China
The flag isn’t ugly per se, in reality, I’d say by placing its emblem in the center of the red section, it’s displayed the majesty of the medieval capital of the Chinese empire quite well. The problem, however, is the colour.

Not only the red-and-green combination unpopular in Chinese aesthetics, it also had little relevance to the local culture. The combination of “Red = blood of the martyrs who died for the freedom, Green = New life, vegetation, ecology” could be used for every city around the world. Only the white line for Yantze River is relevant.

In addition, its complex emblem of Bìxié, while beautiful, is hard to draw. In the light of the central government’s hostility to cities having their own flags, we need the flags to be easily memorable in order for it to survive as a part of local identity.

So I decided to give it an easy-to-draw floral emblem, topped on an easy-to-remember colour combination. In search for an example, I found the flag of Ehime, Japan.

Example flag: Ehime, Japan
Wiki:“Yellow stands for happiness, green for peace and white for simplicity and purity. The mon represents orange blossom, the prefectural flower.”

It’s colors are very are well-coordinated and pleasing to the the eye, while it’s floral symbol could easily be drawn by a child. No wonder it’s re-adopted in 1999 after a 1989 abolition.

New flag of Nanjing

Purple and Gold alludes to the “Purple-Gold Mountain” north of the city, while six plum blossoms (City flower of Nanjing) symbolizes the status of Nanjing as an imperial capital during the Six Dynasties period.

If you wonder, red is chosen for the plum to commemorate the Ming Dynasty, while gold, associates with water in Fengshui, could also mean the Yangtze River.

New flag of Ehime

Red for the Japanese sun, green (peace) and yellow (happiness) from the original flag, while the central figures are the three famous castles of Ehime, a majestic emblem, but tedious to draw. ( but even this design is better than the 1989-1999 Ehime flag.)
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The new challenge has been posted
Weekly Flag Challenge 227: Liberty Guides Our Steps

In celebration of the upcoming French National Day, with a PoD no later than 8th July 1815, create a flag for an AH country organized under Revolutionary French influences. The country must show certain level of revolutionary ideals on its flag.

It could be a more successful Republican France itself, or
1) the French army marching into a country they didn’t conquer IOTL, and set up an AH Sister Republic, or
2) the OTL French allies organized differently into an AH country, or
3) a French-style revolution breaking out where they didn’t IOTL, under the DIRECT influence of the French Revolution.

Republican government isn’t compulsory, the country can be Napoleon’s creation, but it mustn’t have a monarch from Napoleon‘s family.

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: 14th July 23:59, Paris Standard Time
( or 21:59 GMT)