Weekly Flag Challenge: Discussion & Entries

Central parts of the (Sub-) Continent of Occidentalia has been inhabited by Great Werewolf Clans since time immemorial. However they were pushed back into deepest of forests and highest of mountains as Mankind established its rule over the area. By the 900th year of the Southern Empire Calendar a great empire of Man was founded. This was the Holy Empire of the Forests, Mountains and Rivers (das Heiliges Reich der Wälder, Berge und Flüsse), which ruled almost entirety of the are with 4 exceptions; Coastland (Küstenland), Black Forest (Schwarzwald), Überwald and the region that would eventually be known as Burgenland (Castleland). All these lands except the Black Forest were somewhat tamed by men in time but we are only concerned with history of one region. That is Überwald.

It was in the 13th century of the Southern Calendar that a large force entered the forests and mountains of Überwald to tame it. Many a nobleman was involved in it but Konrad the Silver was the most notable as he discovered a large and clear lake deep in the forest with two islands close to the shore. One was large and mostly flat while the other was rocky and high. He was made the Count of Überwald (Graf von Überwald) by the Emperor and given overlordship of the entire region. He named the lake Mondsee (Moonlake) and built a castle for himself and his family on the rock which came to be known as Konradshöhe and a town grew on the larger island. The town became known as Mondstadt (Moon City) while the castle became known as Burg Mondstadt (Castle Mondstadt). Konrad's descendants also took up the name "von Mondstadt" as their surname. The land grew richer as more people settled there and more castles were built, eventually only 9 clans of werewolves remained in the from the original 24. House von Mondstadt grew in prestige and were raised to Herzog von Überwald und Graf von Mondstadt (Duke of Überwald and Count of Mondstadt). As a show of prestige in 16th century the Mondstadt Cathedral was built and the Castle was renovated to look more impressive on the inside and the outside.

Reign of Mankind over Central Occidentalia was not to be uninterrupted however as by 17th century SE the nobility was steadily infiltrated by vampires and through the century most of the nobility (including the von Mondstadts) became vampires. This was the end of the Holy Empire and the birth of the Midnight Empire (Mitternacht Reich). This was a definitive positive for the werewolves as they became recognized vassals and even expanded into region from which they had been pushed away from. Some clans became vassal to local vampire lords (such was the case in Überwald, where they became vassals to the Duke or in the March of Burgenland, where each of the 7 clans were attached to one of the 7 castles with its vampire lord) while others became Reichsklane (Imperial Clans), sworn directly to the Emperor. Küstenland and Black Forest became special cases. Küstenland became the Freiheit Küstenland (Freedom of Küstenland), a confederation of 10 Werewolf Clans and the honorary "11th Clan" the Human city of Gröning (formerly Reichsfreistadt Gröning, Imperial Free City of Gröning) and other human settlements. Black Forest was organized into the Eidgenossenschaft Schwarzwald (Confederation/Oath Commonwealth Black Forest), a confederation of 13 Werewolf Clans. In the 19th (and late 18th) century universities and abandoned castles in the empire soon became homes of "Mad Scientists". These "geniuses" were known for their capacity for the creation of many machines and creatures.

However even this powerful realm was eventually destroyed by humans. Only few remnants of it are left in the 20th Century SE. Namely; Küstenland Republic (Werewolf-Human), Schwazwald Confederation (Werewolf), March of Burgenland (Vampire-Werewolf), Free University City of Heidelberg (Mad Scientist) and the League of Überwald (Vampire-Werewolf-Mad Scientist). The old Duchy has been reformed into a confederation; made up of Vampire Counties, Burgraviates, Baronies (17 with the status of self ruling member of the League) and 9 Werewolf Clans and 3 Republican Cantons run by Mad Scientists under an oligarchical system. The League took a tricolour of Black-Gold-White as its flag with the Black representing the Night ruled over by the Vampire Aristocracy, Gold representing the lightning powering many of the creations that the Mad Scientists make and White representing the Moon and the metal Silver that are deeply connected with Werewolves. The old arms of the Duchy (Castle on top of the snow topped mountain flanked by a pine tree on each side, on a blue background with the crescent moon on the top left; all these carried on a single shield on the chest of the Imperial double headed eagle) were modified. In the shield itself the flag of the League was added on a flagpole on the mountaintop castle. The Eagle saw far more changes. Its wings were replaced with bat wings for the vampires and one of its heads was replaced by a wolf's head and its natural talons were replaced by mechanical ones.

Flags of the Members of the League of Überwald were somewhat standardized into fields that were the colour of their type (black for Vampire Lordship, gold for Mad Scientist Canton and white for Werewolf Clan). With a distinct flag for each member in the canton of the flag. Here the example is the Flag of Grafschaft Mondstadt (County of Mondstadt) which is a black banner with a banner of arms of the von Mondstadt dynasty and the County itself on the canton.
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The distinct flag of the county itself in the canton is a silver crescent on a blue field, above which a gold five pointed star, on the star a pair of Dandelions one in the forms of a yellow flower and the other in the form of the white seedhead. Both blazoned as "proper".

The County is the unofficial leader of the League and it's Cathedral in its namesake city serves as the meeting hall of the League Assembly.
(I tried to draw the "dandelions" myself, not really confident on them)


As a bonus, and not part a part of the challenge, the coat of arms for the League. Which was originally drawn on a desk in February 2017 and adapted into a digital medium in the May of that same year (completely drawn by hand... well, mouse):
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Red is not part of it but is there as a background colour.
 
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Sorry for the delay everyone, my computer broke recently and I'm still without a replacement. Using a mobile device to create the poll thread was difficult and I honestly forgot to do it yesterday while I was busy trying to fix my PC.

Anyways, the POLES ARE OPEN (on the field!)

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Flag Challenge #237: No humans allowed

Seeing how the last challenge was Fantasy inspiried it seems only fitting the next one would be Sci Fi inspiried.

The challenge is to design a flag for a nation or organization that is run solely by non-humans. Anything goes, sentient AIs, robots, aliens, intelligent animals, etc. You can get as creative as you want. Maybe a society of mutants that are mostly human but are not seen as such by normal humans? Or a group of brains that were once human, but chose to ditch their bodies.

The only rule should be that whatever entity you are creating should be sentient, but shouldn't make you think "that's a human" at first glance. (pop culture settings allowed)

Submissions Open
Submissions Close: December 4th
 
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The Brock Confederation is the nonhuman polity inhabiting/dominating the Meles star system.
The Meles system is unusual for its highly lagrangian set up with the Gas Giant Meles II-prime having terraformable planets/moons in its lagrangian points and was therefore assigned a priority settlement sleepship following discovery by the Terran Union.
Unfortunately, like most Gamma Class Sleepships the primary AI, the crew, and most of the genestocks, perished on route and the secondary AIs were forced to improvise uplift from their remaining supplies. With the system having the name Meles, badgers were designated the main stock to uplift from.
Successful colonies were established upon the trojans Meles II-L4 "Taxonia" and II-L5 "Wisconsin" which later colonised the remaining terraformed worlds including Meles II-L3 "Antimele" and the future capital moon II-L1 "Milly" which housed most of the AI and tech.
 
Poleepkwa
Known on Earth by the derogatory term "Prawns", the Poleepkwa made first contact with Humans in 1982, when one of their large carriers arrived over Johannesburg in South Africa. Accepted in South Africa as "interstellar Refugees", the Poleepkwa we allocated housing in an area call "District 9". Unfortunately, the allocated area was little more than a shanty town rife with crime, drugs and cat food. After 20 years living on Earth, the Poleepkwa seemed of have overstayed their welcome, with the local human population demanding they are removed from the city with civil disturbances between humans and the Poleepkwa growing in intensity with Specieist overtones.

In 2002, Christopher Johnson, a native born Poleepkwan manages to repair a dropship using the Poleepkwan "Black Liquid", a mysterious substance and return to their home planet of Poleepkwa and arrange for a rescue mission for his fellow Poleepkwans stranded and mistreated on Earth.

The flag of Poleepkwa is based on the "Black Liquid" with the planet Poleepkwa surrounded by its seven moons. A stylised design of a Poleepkwan is also shown on the planet itself. The text on the right hand side simply says Poleepkwa their native text.

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Union of Uplifted

In the middle of the 21st century there were many advances in genetics and bionics. These advances were used to uplift animals for work, military, and companionship. One of the uplifted was a dog by the name of Dan l75. Grateful for being uplifted, he still realized
that those like him needed rights. Through a group of like minded uplifted he called a union, they would get the rights to be full members of society, instead of just intelligent tools. This was done ten years after his death from accelerated uplift age problems.\

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Congrats @The Professor for winning WFC #237!
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The Brock Confederation is the nonhuman polity inhabiting/dominating the Meles star system.
The Meles system is unusual for its highly lagrangian set up with the Gas Giant Meles II-prime having terraformable planets/moons in its lagrangian points and was therefore assigned a priority settlement sleepship following discovery by the Terran Union.
Unfortunately, like most Gamma Class Sleepships the primary AI, the crew, and most of the genestocks, perished on route and the secondary AIs were forced to improvise uplift from their remaining supplies. With the system having the name Meles, badgers were designated the main stock to uplift from.
Successful colonies were established upon the trojans Meles II-L4 "Taxonia" and II-L5 "Wisconsin" which later colonised the remaining terraformed worlds including Meles II-L3 "Antimele" and the future capital moon II-L1 "Milly" which housed most of the AI and tech.
 
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Flag Challenge 238: The Republic of Cityhaven

Design a flag for a city state that did not exist OTL and that espouses some ideal civic tenet.


Submissions Open
Submissions Close: 18 December 2020, 23.59 GMT
Since the polls will close on Christmas Day festive entries welcome (I couldn't think of a better challenge than the last holiday one!)
Questions and Suggestions welcome - I fear it is too vague!
 
Umm... for example?...
Well, no "every good Citizen wears a fake head" sort of thing. Unless it obviously springs from their religion of the Big Giant Head of course.
Generally I'm after believable "Good Citizen" ideology even if it's not actually followed like "The American Way" or "Revolutionary Republican" or "Soviet Worker".
Doesn't have to be blatant and can just be mentioned in passing.
Does that sense?
 
Well, no "every good Citizen wears a fake head" sort of thing. Unless it obviously springs from their religion of the Big Giant Head of course.
Generally I'm after believable "Good Citizen" ideology even if it's not actually followed like "The American Way" or "Revolutionary Republican" or "Soviet Worker".
Doesn't have to be blatant and can just be mentioned in passing.
Does that sense?
I think I understand, I guess, thanks.
 
Multicultural Free State of Hong Kong

China went bust during Cultural Revolution, and rival revolutionary committees became a bunch of rival states.

The new Chinese confederacy in the 1980s had a steep cultural change, and justified themselves with provincial self-determination.

Hong Kong was not free from the influences on the Mainland. With the influx of refugees, provincial identities became more prominent in Hong Kong as well.

The new free-state of Hong Kong, having gained independence in 1997, had a new flag: with prominant buildings symbolizing Hakka, Hokkien, Hunan, Sze Yip cultures, and the Bombax flower Cantonese culture.
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