Weekly Flag Challenge: New Challenges & Previous Winners

FLAG CHALLENGE #148: Round Flag on a Square Pole

Come up with a flag for any sort of entity that is non-standard shaped (i.e. not a rectangle)
This can be a country, subdivision, or even a political party, it just has to not be rectangular

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: 25th July 2016
Voting Period: 26-2 August 2016

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The Winner of challenge 148 is @Xanthoc !

The Japanese Republic


Officially the Republic and Nation of Japan, the Japanese Republic was formed from the occupied islands of the Japanese Empire. After the failure of the Manhattan Project, the United States and the Allied Powers would begin a bloody and brutal campaign to invade and pacify Japan, finally succeeding in 1948. Under constant watch, the culture of the Home Islands was transformed, and the Allied Powers made sure that Imperialism was stomped out forever from the Japanese psyche. For a time, the blue-red ensign, officially the flag of the Allied Occupied Territory of Japan, became the official flag of the Republic. As greater autonomy to the American puppet state was ceded, eventually the Hinomaru, a symbol of the Japanese people, was added to the flag, representing the transition of Japan from its bloody past to a bright new future, the sun rising ever higher. The Japanese Republic is ruled by the President and the Republic Diet, with the Supreme Commander of the Home Islands (formerly the Supreme Commander of the Allied Occupation of Japan) having veto ability and the power to declare martial law. Typically a 'non-biased third party' (read: foreigner), in recent times the SCHI (often referred to colloquially as the Shogun by many Japanese) has since been chosen from the upper ranks of the Japanese Volunteer Defense Force, whose joint operations with the American military ensure that only those with no nationalistic or dictatorial aspirations are ever granted the rank.
FLAG CHALLENGE #149: The Frontier Pushes Back

In every sci-fi setting, Humans are either top dog, or the newcomer species that impresses everyone. But let's be honest; if interstellar politics are anything like Earth, we'd be vassalized by a more advanced galactic power before we even had time to realize it.

But even under an alien jackboot, flags are a big thing for Humans. So there is your challenge. Design a flag for a united, Human, interstellar government that is a protectorate/vassal of another species. Maybe they uplifted us back in the medieval ages, maybe they discovered us early into our years of space travel, maybe they invaded and subjugated us in the modern age. Whatever the case, our status as a part of/subject to a new alien empire should reflected in our flag.

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: 11 August 2016
Voting Period: 12-19 August 2016

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The winner of challenge #149 is @Marc Pasquin!


Ethnic banner of the non-arsenic based sentient lifeforms of Grumf-3. The flag follows the normal pattern of being trifurcated despite the lack of the usual number of legs amongst the natives.

The Colonial Authorities designed the banner with the planet's ocean's colour in mind, although as the natives' eyes are incapable of perceiving K'ga'zmar Blue, that exact shade is perceived as something called "red" by them. Despite repeated requests to change it, so far nothing as been done to address the problem due to the cost involved in changing the flags and the fact that only a minority of the interstellar community has any problem seeing it correctly.
FLAG CHALLENGE #150: Better Genes

In a world where eugenism became not only acceptable but something seen as a public health issue, you must develop a flag from an international "Society for the Betterment of the Human Gene pool" (or similarly named entity) charged with coordinating policies across their national affiliates.

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: 28 August 2016
Voting Period: 29 August - 4 september 2016

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And the winner is:

Flashman !

with his International Organization for the Science of Eugenics- I.O.S.E.

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Since Flashman posted in wrong thread and hasn't picked up on it yet, his challenge is as below:
FLAG CHALLENGE #151: Deus Vult

Make a flag for a theocratic Christian state. God Wills It!

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: 18 September 2016
Voting Period: 19 September - 24 September 2016

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So I won with this little number:

The Divine Protectorate of Righteous Korea (DPRK)


During the Joseon Era of Korea, Christianity faced unprecedented growth in an Oriental nation as a visiting Protestant missionary converted the young and impressionable Prince and later King Cheoljong, sometimes called by his Anglicized name, King Charles Jong I, in reference to both phonetic similarity, and to St. Charles Hyun Song-mun, beginning a tradition of Koreans having two names: their Christian name for private use and their Korean name for public use. While the dynasty would still fall, by the end of the Joseon Era, Korea had gained a predominantly Christian society, particularly in the south. Once occupied by Japan, the Korean Christians would face much persecution, but this would ironically only grow and radicalize the faith, with Christians leading the revolts against the Japanese all the way until proper independence in the southern half of the peninsula. In the aftermath of World War II, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) under Chairman-Secretary Georgy Zhukov occupied the northern half of the peninsula, and the United States of America (USA) under President Franklin D. Roosevelt occupied the South jointly with the German National Socialist Republic under Fuhrer Henning von Tresckow. In the North, due to lessened infrastructural loss and greater agricultural output, the Soviets were able to spin a puppet state first, and created the Korean Workers' Republic (KWR) under Chairman-Secretary Cho Man-sik, which began a hardline stance against religion and especially Christianity: in the North, as the war began to wane the Japanese began using spies in Christian Sermons infiltrating the resistance easily via this method, as well as having collaborators come in as priests and begin preaching that God had decreed the Korean people fight for their righteous rulers. Seeing this as evidence of religion being only a means of control, the Man-sik administration demonized all forms of faith and instituted a tax upon those who officially called themselves any denomination of any faith, with a ban on proselytizing and preaching of all kinds. The religious were deemed not to be trusted, and were the first on the list of suspected "Traitors of the People."

Seeing this persecution, the more religious and anti-communist Germans and Americans began promoting Christianity, hoping that the common connection between all three nations would keep them forever out of the Soviet sphere. This, combined with the already positive sentiment towards Christians in the south, drove the faith's spread to encompass over 80% of the population. While Germany wanted a pluralist fascist state and the US wished to create a democratic republic, the steady path to independence for the rest of the peninsula was already veering towards a theocracy. The Transitional Government of Allied-Occupied Korea was quickly dominated by Christian fundamentalist groups, some merely moralist republicans, others theocrats, some monarchists, even quit a few fascists. As time went on, the Coalition of the Ever Faithful, later the Party of Eternal Faith became the premier power in the TGAK, and when drafting the Constitution of Korea, inserted Christianity as a permanent and integral institution for the Korean nation. After months of deliberation, a fascist theodemocracy was created, with one supreme ruler known as the Patriarch being chosen from the devout military by an unelected board of Christian bishops and ministers. He would have the ability to overrule the Supreme Diet, which would be elected every seven years with staggered elections, though only Christians could run, and eventually only members of the Party of Eternal Faith could run. The Judicial Branch consisted of the Court of the Nation, being elected Christian officials who held the power of Constitutional Interpretation, as well as being able to overrule the Patriarch with unanimous vote that must then be approved by 2/3 vote of the Diet. The first Patriarch was Saul Paik (Korean Name: Paik Sun-yup), succeeded by Charles Park (Korean Name: Park Chung-hee)

In 2012, the death of Patriarch Charles Park saw him succeeded by James Kim (Korean name: Kim Jong-nam), who announced that the Supreme Diet would be suspended until further notice, as investigations revealed that the previous, 94-year old leader had not died of old age, but was rather poisoned by ambitious young officials (allegations that Kim was one of these and has now simply turned in his old conspirators have, of course, been denied). This has not helped the nation's pariah state status, especially following its testing of "Peacemaker" atomic bombs and harsh obedience to Biblical Law, with stonings being televised daily.

The term "Righteous Korea" was used initially to speak of all of Korea as being simply a "righteous nation." However, as the Cold War continued, the term increasingly and quickly came to represent the idea that the southern state was the better of the two, and the one on the correct path. The North has since liberalized, officially becoming the Democracy of Free Korea in 2002. Today, most people refer to the nations as "Free Korea" and "Righteous Korea", which has replaced the old terms of "Red Korea" and "Divine Korea". The new generation have begun a new name trend: "Right Korea" (from Righteous) and "Left Korea" (both as a pun and in reference to its far-left past and current leftist political culture).

And uhm...wow. Just wow. I never expected to gain that many votes. Hell I didn't even think I would win when I saw the other flags. So....I suppose just thank you to everyone. I'll have my challenge up soon.
FLAG CHALLENGE #152: Reich Dead Redemption

The unthinkable has occured. The National Socialist German Reich under Führer Adolf Hitler, alongside his Axis allies, have won the Second World War. Now fastfoward to 2016, in which that Reich, and that Axis of Evil, has reformed.

This is the challenge: make a flag for a democratized/liberalized Axis nation in an Axis victory TL. The flag can be for the Italians, the Germans, the Japanese, some other Axis-aligned state, maybe a successor state after a collapse or one of the breakaway states forever impacted by decades of fascist rule.

The level of Axis victory ought to be explained along with the flag. Is it total world domination? Regional? Is it an ASB Weltreich? Man in the High Castle? Do the Germans only take Bohemia and Poland? Is it only a reversal of Versailles? You decide!

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: 4 October 2016
Voting Period: 5 October - 12 October 2016

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And the winner is.....
@Lapsed Pacifist !

The German Reich

With the death of Adolf Hitler in 1947 from a drug-induced seizure, ironically at the very height of his and Germany's triumph, many outsiders expected his empire to collapse with no leader and nowhere left to conquer, but the Wehrmacht had other ideas. Seizing the opportunity, the army occupied Berlin, declaring martial law, and overseeing a mass purge of the Party, bureaucracy and Schutzstaffel (SS) in a second 'Night of the Long Knives'.

The ever-popular Erwin Rommel was chosen as a figurehead Fuhrer by the conspirators, but the 'Desert Fox' was not see himself as a politician, and after four unsteady years of rule, he handed power to the Reichsminister and armaments wizard, Albert Speer.

In 1955, Speer made his 'secret speech' to a select group of allies and officials, expressing a desire for moving away from Hitlerian principles (such as abolishing the title of Fuhrer one month later), re-opening diplomatic ties with the West and weaning Germany off its unsustainable war economy. He even oversaw the quiet military withdrawal from Reichskommisariat Moskau and the transfer of Ukraine to local rule, reforming the Eastern Territories into a state of economic vassalage instead of outright extermination and colonization (though population transfers and deliberate famine were still carried out in the former Poland and Ostland).
Speer engaged in the dismantling of the bloated, outdated Nazi war machine, investing in a vast and generous welfare state, paid for by the states under his economic control, aka the 'European Economic Confederation', and the millions under serfdom in the East. Access to the American markets was re-opened, in a deal with the unscrupulous Wallace administration. This was not enough to reverse the stagnant state of the German economy, but it likely delayed total economic collapse.

To the surprise of the world, Speer resigned his position in 1968. To succeed him was Kurt Waldheim, an Austrian-born Wehrmacht officer and Minister of War, chosen for his lack of ties to any political faction. Waldheim was primarily a military man who did not choose to identify himself closely with Nazi ideology. His keystone policy was 'Offenheit', an attempt to increase transparency, permitting of a freer, albeit regulated press, and the opening up of important party documents to the public (although it was years before the true extent of German war crimes would be revealed). Waldheim even repealed the Enabling Act of 1933, appointing a new chancellor and retaining the position of Reichsprasident, as well as ending persecution of the Catholic Church (himself a devout member).

But with both these roles largely honorary, this new Germany was rather dominated by a cabal of industrialists, bureaucrats and military officers, and while racial discrimination is still widely perpetrated, the state is closer to an authoritarian oligarchy (increasingly fragile as economic malaise and separatist terrorism rises) than Hitler's totalitarian regime.

One product of the Waldheim era was the wholly original flag of the German Reich, retiring the banner of the Nazi Party (a meaningless entity by this point). The new flag, a break from Germany's recent history, references the Second Reich and Germany's Christian heritage.

FLAG CHALLENGE #153: No Gods, no Masters

Your challenge is to create the flag of a country/society that has embraced Anarchism or any of it's variants (or a similar ideology, e.g. libertarianism, syndicalism) as its main ideal. This should be highlighted in the design of the flag.

In the spirit of anarchism, there aren't any rules except:
  • Be original, don't just copypasta an 'A' symbol or a skull and crossbones onto an already-existing flag.
  • No futuristic/sci-fi stuff.

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: 22 October 2016
Voting Period: 23 October - 30 October 2016

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and the winner is...


Free State of China (Anarcho-Communist Taiwan)
自由邦的中國 - Zìyóu bāng de zhōngguó

History is fragile: if you change even one little thing, things completely spiral away from what we're used to. For instance, what if the Chinese communists from OTL were driven away to Taiwan in some ATL like they did with the nationalists?

In this ATL, the socialist party in china overthrows the Celestial Throne and establishes the Chinese Free Union (OTL People's Republic of China). However, the union becomes corrupt over time, forcing small cracks in the system to split even futher. In other words, several right wing rebel factions group with the nationalist party to overthrow the socialist government, forcing them to retreat to Taiwan. Thanks to US intervention, mainland china becomes (in theory) a capitalist republic. Whether or not this would be true in practice would be hard to say. From what we've seen in OTL Russia, this republic would more than likely become corrupt over time as well.

Meanwhile in Taiwan, the socialists, communists and several anarchist groups form together to become stronger and eventually take over the island. Taiwan was now under a Anarcho-Communist regime. Presumably, the Free State will (like Taiwan in OTL) become a democratic nation through either slow reforms or sudden revolution. This is for a later story, though.

The FSC's flag features the colours of Anarcho-Communism: red, black and yellow. The black border signifies the clear divide of Taiwan from the rest of china and the world (ideology wise) while the yellow and black checkerboard on the left signifies the clear differences between the taiwanese people, e.g. natives and Chinese immigrants, and how they will live side by side in a nation without a leader. A beefed up version of the Kuomintang from OTL Taiwan's flag is present to the right with major differences, e.g. the black and red star and the black outlines. This is done in an effort to change the meaning of the Kuomintang to distance it from its Chinese nationalist roots (like what the Nazis did to the swastika by changing it from a symbol of peace into a symbol of hate). The black globe in the background highlights the efforts of anarchist rebels all over the world to spread their ideology to all nations (like OTL early USSR).

On an unrelated note, I wonder why a lot of my flags end up featuring red, yellow and/or black in some way? Maybe I just subconsciously like this colour scheme. Who knows?
FLAG CHALLENGE #154: Workers of the World, Unite (if you have money)

Create a flag for any nation/society that takes capitalism or related ideologies (propertarianism, etc) to the extreme. The colours or symbolism used in the flag is up to you, but remember to highlight the ideals of capitalism in your flag, e.g. the colour yellow, the Libertatis Æquilibritas, etc.

The only rules for this challenge are:
  • No ASB-like submissions.
  • Keep it modern day / historical, no overly sci-fi stuff. (although you can be a little bit futuristic if you want, not too far into the future, though)
Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: 8th November 2016
Voting Period: 9th November - 16th November 2016

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FLAG CHALLENGE #154: Workers of the World, Unite (if you have money)

Create a flag for any nation/society that takes capitalism or related ideologies (propertarianism, etc) to the extreme. The colours or symbolism used in the flag is up to you, but remember to highlight the ideals of capitalism in your flag, e.g. the colour yellow, the Libertatis Æquilibritas, etc.

The only rules for this challenge are:
  • No ASB-like submissions.
  • Keep it modern day / historical, no overly sci-fi stuff. (although you can be a little bit futuristic if you want, not too far into the future, though)
Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: 8th November 2016
Voting Period: 9th November - 16th November 2016

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Well it seems I've one with this little number!

The Hanseatic Federation of Sovereign Cities


Evolving from the trade organization known as the Hanseatic League, the Hanseatic Federation of Sovereign Cities, or simply "the Hansa", was first of many of Mercantilist Republics. Mercantilism, as a political ideology as opposed to the economic theory, was developed in the 16th Century. The 14th Century onset of the Black Plague in its second and more deadly form had led to the dissolution of several growing states, and economic and political instability was rife. As the disease slowed and eventually vanished, economic theorists proposed that the best way for a nation to succeed in the now very much barren and unstable world was to always export over import, thus maintaining enough wealth to support and defend itself. Nations rushed to gobble up collapsed empires, and the tripartite discovery of Thule*, Hybrasil**, and Al-adn*** only spurred this rush for land and resources further. It was during the plague that the notion of the divine right of kings was questioned; were king and peasant not struck down alike? And was it not the wealthy, both noble and common, who survived? While health and cleanliness was the true reasoning behind disease rates, it was cemented into the minds of Europeans that fortune and God favored the bold, the intuitive, those who made their own wealth. Further more, the loss of numerous noble houses and monopolies had opened up the market, allowing commoners the ability to gain massive wealth. With power being centered in fewer and fewer houses of aristocratic lineage, the notion of societal mobility became widespread. Thus came the next logical question: should those who have earned God's favor and political power through wealth not be those who rule? It was with this question that Mercantilism was formed. It would be the wealthiest families that would rule, creating a representative body in which a voice was given to each main family, similar to the Noble Republics of the past. Eventually, disputes over how many seats each family should be afforded was solved with the universal answer: money. In Mercantilist Republics, seats in legislature are literally purchased, usually with a certain maximum to prevent seats simply being bought up before others could.

The Hansa was the nation where this thought and eventually this form of government originated. It had quickly become one of the premier powers in Europe, and city after city joined in order to share in their wealth and growing resources, with Hansa colonies soon bringing in raw materials for sale. Eventually, they consolidated, becoming a proper state with a capital placed in Gotland. For a while, each city had its own representatives, and over time individual cities began to allow their seats to be purchased by wealthy families, until the procedure became formal in the early 1700s. However, despite the purchasing of seats, there is still a maximum number of seats per city but families may purchase seats in other cities. Today, the Hansa has been eclipsed in power by the United Oligarchies of Hybrasil, but remains a major power.

The flag bears the double-headed eagle of the Holy Roman Empire, representing its place as a hegemon of Europe; clutched in its claws are scales, representing the weighing of gold that symbolizes mercantilism. The three stars represent the three regions of the HFSC; North Germany, the Baltics (Swedish coast included), and Holland. The red and white come from the old penant used by Hansa ships, with a black stripe added both to place the three most used colors in member-city flags, and to represent the commoners, who, along side the nobles (white) ascend into wealth and power, represented by red, being the color of passion and sacrifice.

*North/Anglo America
**Caribbean/Central America
***South America
FLAG CHALLENGE #155: The Great -Ism

This challenge calls for TWO flags from each participant!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create the flags of two superpowers of opposing ideologies that are locked in a Cold War. Any and all ideologies are up for grabs, and "opposing ideologies" only has to mean they don't believe the same things (i.e. two socialist states that define socialism differently are valid).

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: 23rd November 2016
Voting Period: 24th November - 30th November 2016

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