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Principality of Badakhshan
Of the various splinter states to emerge from the sideshows of the Second Russian Civil War, few had captured the imagination than the 'Ruby of the Pamirs'. Dubbed the 'new Alamut State' by overenthusiastic journalists, the Principality of Badakhshan was, until recently, one of many unrecognized separatist entities vying for control against the established state governments of the former Soviet republics. For Lali Badakhshan (translated as Rubies of Badakhshan), separation from the pro-Russian Tajik republic was not just a matter of self-determination, but the survival of the Pamiri community as a whole. Fighting alongside a coalition of opposition groups ranging from liberal democrats to Islamists, the future of the Pamiri independence movement hung in the balance as Red Army remnants reinforced the pro-Russian regime of Rahmon Nabiyev. To that end, they appealed to the one man they believed had the power to help, the fourth Aga Khan.
However, for the spiritual leader of the Nizari Ismaili Shi'ites, supporting the Pamiris was hardly that simple. Having held no political power since the time of his great-grandfather and his ancestors, any attempt to lend his voice to the Pamiris' bid for independence, much less an attempt to organize military assistance, was deemed be a step too far. The ramifications of becoming a virtual warlord were too grave. But as Leninabad loyalists began advancing into Gorno-Badakhshan and enacting widespread massacres against the Pamiris, the Aga Khan's hesitation proved too much for his eldest son, Rahim, to take. On May 1992, he disappeared from his American school in Andover, Massachusetts, as a mysterious sage emerged months later among the Pamiris in their darkest hour. Known only as the Old Man of the Mountain, he quickly reorganized Pamiri resistance with the help of Ahmad Shah Massoud's mujahideen. Drawing inspiration from the infamous Hashashin Order, Pamiri resistance was radically transformed into a dangerous spy network, supplying the mujahideen and friendly Western intelligence agencies with vital information on pro-Russian loyalists and other threats in the region. Decapitating the local Red Army and pro-Russian leadership with startling efficiency, foreign news agencies were quickly awash with sensationalist articles on their successes and mythos. Such was the infamy of the new Hashashin that the Taliban warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was reportedly personally intimidated by an agent for his attempt on Massoud's life. Slowly, as intense fighting in mainland Russia drew to a close, the so-called Assassins made their final move, expelling the Russians and Tajik regime from Gorno-Badakhshan in late 1997. It had taken five agonizing years, at the cost of tens of thousands of dead and forced out, but the total collapse of the Tajik republic and the post-war Treaty of Moscow had rewarded the Pamiris with their long-sought freedom, raising the Ruby Banner on their new national capital of Khorugh for the first time in December 1997.
As for the Aga Khan, many had expected the Pamiris to feel betrayed for his inaction. Despite the Aga Khan's efforts to assist refugees trapped in Pakistan, he had not once lent his support to their independence movement, though he had refrained from opposing it either. Thus, when the Aga Khan was offered the position of Princely Head of State by the newly convened government, many observers expressed surprise. But Pamiris had a ready answer, pointing to the worn, battle-hardened leader of the reborn Hashashin that had fought for them for so long.
'He sent his son' was their answer, as Rahim Aga Khan emerged from his mountain stronghold, his youth drained by years of fighting, replaced by the wizened gaze of the Old Man of the Mountain.
True to its name, the Ruby Banner is emblematic of the Nizari Shiite faith that dominates the Pamiri people. Defacing the green and red banner of Nizari Ismailis, the Rub-el-Hizb is stylized in the form of a gem, a homage to the writings of the Sufi pirs that brought the faith to the Pamir mountains so long ago. While many felt the overt religious imagery might be indicative of far darker intentions for the sizeable Sunni population in Badakhshan, the Aga Khan had nonetheless attempted to assuage such worries.
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Yazidistan, officially the Radiant Sultanate of Yazidistan, is a theodemocracy located in western Asia between Byzantium, the Arabian Caliphate and the Persian Empire. The heartland of the Yezidi religion, the nation has for much of its history remained closed to its neighbors owing to widespread ethnoreligious tension at this junction of major religions. With their unique faith system decried as heretical or even satanic by Christian and Muslim sects throughout history the Yazidi ethnoreligious group organized early on to repel incursions from hostile neighbors, creating a tightly knit and well defended nation state in the sixteenth century that has persisted to the present. Historically ruled by a an absolute monarch who also serves as head of the faith, the nation chose to modernize its institutions in the nineteenth century, eventually establishing a representative republic organized along the theodemocratic principles pioneered but never implemented by President Joseph Smith.
As such, there are no religious barriers to voting or running for political office, with a balance achieved between a unicameral legislature that forges policy, an executive branch under a president to implement it, and a supreme court to rule on constitutional and religious questions. One innovation in the theodemocratic system is that the Sultan, as head of the faith, is able to override the legislature on certain matters through divine revelation. Despite this extraordinary veto, the Sultan has transitioned into a purely religious rather than political office over time, with the power rarely used and the monarch more often serving a ceremonial function as the nation's head of state.
With God in the Yazidi cosmology taking a remote position from creation, the flag of Yazidistan instead directly references the angel Melek Taus who was entrusted to manage it, with a seven-pointed gold star to represent divine emanation and the "Seven Mysteries" central to the faith, red to symbolize martyr's blood, and the combination of green, sky blue and indigo to suggest a peacock, an animal traditionally associated with Melek Taus and the nation more generally.
Commonwealth of the Antarctic
The Commonwealth (Comnäl Änhartis) is a semifeudal confederation of the settlements in the Stanley Isles principally derived from the original settlement on Rennishold.
The Commonwealth is lead by the Gyphnon appointed by the Council from among the settlement Chiefs. Civil governance in the state has a strong matriarchal bent deriving from the importance of women to growth in the settlements, all women automatically have a right to vote on the Council and additionally the right to choose the father of their next child (albeit from the approved list of those least related to them). The need for population maintenance and growth has also given the settlements a strong obsession with genealogical cleanliness.
A Brief History
The original documents have been lost but the accepted history of the Commonwealth is based on the founding of Rennieshold by the marooned ship of the first Gyphnon Rennie having survived what are now called the transportation storms. Rennie was due to become Gyphnon of the Falcon Land prior to encountering the storm and it was many years before he and his compatriots gave up hope of rescue and turned their settlement permanent, learning to live off the plentiful but unusual fish and the strange swimming birds named later as oroc.
Over the following decades other ships would arrive and the survivors added to them, these included the first women who inspired the first rebellion and established the laws against sexual slavery and woman led temporary marriages to produce offspring.
Over the next centuries the original Ha'Nglis speech would mostly give way to the Lå'Nglis, influenced by languages brought by other strandees, and further settlements would be founded.
Expeditions would eventually be sent to the more distant shorelines bringing back tales of weird beasts and odd ruins, suggesting that other people could be found oneday.
The flag is suggested to be derived from that of Rennie and is commonly known as the Enzuun.
It bears the black and white oroc pattern with a single gold compass star to represent the hope of never getting lost again.
Congratulations, we look forward to your challenge!Hail, Pendragon! Hail, Arthur! Hail, Britannia!
On another earth, in another timeline, warlords of nascent kingdoms warred across the breadth of Britain. From Cornwall to Londinium to Wales to York, men sought to seize what power they could, to rule from the forts and castles they hastily built. The discipline of Rome had left with its legions, and the countryside became wild and lawless. From that chaos rose Uther the Pendragon. Unlike the warlords and petty kings, Uther sought no slaves. He did not loot the common folk, nor did he suffer those who did. Rumors abounded that Uther had been a soldier in the legion, still other whispered stories claimed he was the bastard son of the Roman Emperor himself. More common were the stories of Uther as only half-human, the other half descended from the fae folk themselves, blessed in battle by uncanny magic. Uther had united half of Britain under his rule before he was struck down by an assassin's poisoned arrow on a battlefield in Wales.
Uther was prepared for burial, and his retainers found within his tent a massive stone. In the stone was Uther's sword, rumored to be of fae construction. The king's advisor, Merlyn, proclaimed that Uther had not left his kingdom without a king. The scion of Uther would prove himself by pulling the sword from the stone and take his place on the throne of his father. A ceremony rapidly developed where a prospective claimant would approach the stone, kneel, and placing their hands on the hilt of the sword, they would pledge their blood to the one who would eventually pull the sword free. After three days and three nights of near constant attempts to pull the sword from the stone, a soldier from the north named Artorigios approached. He knelt and placed his hands on the hilt. Before he could say the pledge, the sword slipped from the stone. Stories recount how he exclaimed to Merlyn that he had not wanted the sword, but only to serve the one who owned it.
Artorigios was accepted immediately by all, and embraced by his bloodsworn legion, the many who had tried and failed to move the sword. He continued the unification of the realm, and was named by his Welsh enemies as High King Arthur, son of Pendragon.
This is the flag flown by the high king and Uther Pendragon before him, and it flies still today over the High Kingdom of Britannia.
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The Tuared Empire
Long considered an object of myth, the Tuared Empire is a small absolute monarchy located in East Africa that has only taken definitive steps to enter the international community in the past sixty years under contentious circumstances. Previously believed to have been an offshoot of nearby Ethiopia, recent scholarship has thrown that claim into doubt. For their part, the royal family of the hermit empire has claimed for its entire existence to be a wayward cadet branch of the French Merovingian dynasty, which may at least explain the apparent basis of the written Tuared language in a variant of the Gallo-Roman script rather than some variant of Amharic. The earliest history of the foundation of the Empire is still an object of speculation by mainstream scholars, but many believe the apocryphal figure of Prester John to be a gloss applied by Medieval writers conflating several generations of Tuared rulers into one quasi-mystical figure. Keeping to a self-imposed isolation for much of its more recent history, the Empire frequently employed discrete foreign agents to learn of events in the wider world under the auspices of a Tuared secret society known as the Priory of Sion. One of these agents would expose the Empire to international scrutiny in 1959 following his detention in Japan on suspicion of identity theft and traveling under a false passport. Forced for the first time in centuries to interact more visibly with the wider world, the Empire began a crash course in military modernization, with the Priory itself transitioning from a secret society to a secret police force. Despite advancing the dubious theory that the Merovingians, and therefore the Tuared Emperors, were direct blood descendants of Jesus, the Empire has nonetheless been able to establish a solid working relationship with both the neighboring United Arab Republic and the Ethiopian Empire.
I decided to split the difference between a Tuared near France and one near Ethiopia, and this wonderful melange of medieval apocrypha, urban legends and conspiracy theories is the result The flag of the Tuared Empire combines the gold Merovingian bee and red of the alleged Merovingian standard with the black and the cross symbol taken from the supposed flag of Prester John. I decided to go with "Tuared" instead of "Taured" because the latter is apparently a typo in some versions of the story and that's just the sort of thing that would crop up about a mysterious hermit kingdom.
The Republican-Democratic Party (not to be confused with the Democratic-Republican Party dissolved in 1834) is a centrist party created by so-called Republicans In Name Only (or RINO, pronounced to sound like "rhino") and Democrats In Name Only (or DINO). This party became a traditional kingmaker and junior partner in American politics during the Eighth alignment of the American Party System.
Triceratops, a rhino-like dinosaur, was chosen as the party's symbol. The party's official color, purple, is also a mix of Republican red and Democratic blue.
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Slovaczech Olympic Committee flag
In early 1984, with the death of Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chernenko came to power. Unlike in our TL, Chernenko’s health was slightly worse and after only a month as General Secretary he also died. He was still seceded by Mikhail Gorbachev, with the strong support of Andrei Gromyko. But at this time there was a bit more hesitancy and backroom infighting before he was voted in by the Politburo.
Because of the infighting in the Soviet Union, reformists in Czecholslovakia pushed for stronger changes. Gustáv Husák accepted a few of those changes.
While the Soviet Union would still not send athletes to the 84 Olympics, Husák was pushed into sending Czechoslovakian athletes to the games under a flag similar to the concept of the Taipei flag that Taiwan used. Calling newly organized group the Slovaczech Olympic Committee their athletes would attend the 84 Olympics games with their Romanian compatriots.
The Slovaczech Olympic Committee flag is carried with a vertical hoist to help further differentiate it from the flag of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. The overall design is similar to the CSR flag in elements. The five-ringed symbol of the Olympic Games in blue sits near the hoist, while the coat of arms of Slovakia sits beneath within the shield of the Czech coat of arms. Red, gradiated vertical stripes are in place to invoke the CSR flag but also represent motion of their athletes.