Weekly Flag Challenge: New Challenges & Previous Winners

FLAG CHALLENGE #259: Forget Columbus

The year is 1425 and the first ship of Zeng He's massive expedition has made landfall in the OTL's Puget Sound, USA. The settlements that follow establish the Chinese as the "Discoverers of the Americas". The Confucian teachings instilled in these early explorers lead them to value cooperation with the native tribes as opposed to conquest. This cooperation leads to the rapid modernization of America's natives. Among these modern ideas were forging, mining and construction techniques, weaponry, military tactics, farming practices, and medical advancements (viral inoculation being key). Because of this massive divergence in timelines, the late 15th century European explorers encountered exponentially different native cultures across the Americas than those of the OTL.

The task is to create a flag from this NEW New World. It can be a nation, a tribe, a city-state, a kingdom, or... whatever from 1500-Present. Allow your imagination to run wild with the possibilities of two continents where none of the OTL boundaries or governments ever existed.

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: Monday, November 29th, 15:00 GMT

Please remember to review the RULES, especially concerning flag size. For an image in a single-flag entry, the shortest side must be 600 pixels or less, and the longest side must be 1200 pixels or less.
 
FLAG CHALLENGE #259: Forget Columbus

The year is 1425 and the first ship of Zeng He's massive expedition has made landfall in the OTL's Puget Sound, USA. The settlements that follow establish the Chinese as the "Discoverers of the Americas". The Confucian teachings instilled in these early explorers lead them to value cooperation with the native tribes as opposed to conquest. This cooperation leads to the rapid modernization of America's natives. Among these modern ideas were forging, mining and construction techniques, weaponry, military tactics, farming practices, and medical advancements (viral inoculation being key). Because of this massive divergence in timelines, the late 15th century European explorers encountered exponentially different native cultures across the Americas than those of the OTL.

The task is to create a flag from this NEW New World. It can be a nation, a tribe, a city-state, a kingdom, or... whatever from 1500-Present. Allow your imagination to run wild with the possibilities of two continents where none of the OTL boundaries or governments ever existed.

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: Monday, November 29th, 15:00 GMT

Please remember to review the RULES, especially concerning flag size. For an image in a single-flag entry, the shortest side must be 600 pixels or less, and the longest side must be 1200 pixels or less.
Deadline for submission has been extended to December 6th, 15:00 GMT.
If no other entries are submitted Born in the USSA will be the default winner.
 
Looks like I won this round!

The Eagle Banner: The Haudenosaunee

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Here's a flag for an expansive Iroquois Confederacy that forms an increasingly close alliance with a second Viking attempt at a Vinland settlement to better fortify themselves against those they consider uncivilized savages to their south and west. The Eagle Banner is a war flag combining the bald eagle common to the region, the Norse Raven Banner and the tree and wampum belt of the Belt of Hiawatha. At their height the Haudenosaunee had ironfisted control of everything from the St. Lawrence seaway to the Great Lakes.
 
Flag Challenge 260: Let Your Freak Flag Fly!

Have another nifty future history challenge, this one inspired by Transmetropolitan! Because the times they are a changin' and social attitudes with them your challenge is to create a pride flag for some future ethnic group or social minority. Maybe it's something too small scale or cutting edge now to have a cohesive identity to rally around or maybe it's some wacky scifi thing that can only spring up in the coming future? I leave it up to you all, but for the sake of propriety and good taste please value interesting design and backstory over some desire to shock and offend your fellow members- I don't feel most people here need to be told this but I want to make sure all the bases are covered. All that fussiness out of the way just have fun and try to give it your all!

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: Monday, December 20, 10:30 PM Central Standard Time Extended to that same time Friday if there aren't at least 3 entries by Monday, with the option to extend it past the holiday if necessary

Please remember to review the RULES, especially concerning flag size. For an image in a single-flag entry, the shortest side must be 600 pixels or less, and the longest side must be 1200 pixels or less.
 
CONGRATULATIONS to Born in the USSA for winning this week's challenge!
Apologies for the delay and a big thank you to BitUSSA for charging ahead with the new challenge!
 
And the winner is @TwiliAlchemist!

"What Once Was Dead Shall Live Once More": The Rise of Neo-Orphism
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Neo-Orphism is a eclectic neo-pagan movement that grew to power in the later 2020s. It's rise can be traced to the various climate accidents of the 2020s including the 2023 Gulf Coast Floods, Hurricane Lucio in 2025, and the 2028 Midwest Tornado Season. Various doomsday cults rose during this time, the Millenarianist Church of Dixie, the Sovereign Order of the Xanthic King, Gaia Liberation Army, the Atlantean Esoteric Society, the Order of Knights of the Barracks of Saint Daniel of Jerusalem and Babylon, and the Children of Thanos. Neo-Orphism was originally seen as a doomsday cult, but it eventually grew into a religion that now has a large amount of converts in the nations of Cascadia, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Spain, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Panama, and Cuba.

Theologically, Neo-Orphic adherents believe that death and rebirth are a natural part of life. To this end, follows appeal to the psychopomps (Hermes, Orpheus, Anubis, Charon, Valkyrie, and Saint Peter) to take them to the afterlife and into the Court of the Zagreus (Zagreus decides where you end up in the postressurected world, judging you for your life and deciding what you will be reborn.) and they appeal to the Gods of Death and Rebirth in his court, including Osiris, Persephone, Hades, Jesus, Dionysus, and Baldr, to appeal to Zagreus' judgement.

Neo-Orphism is actively suppressed in various nations around the world, including in the People's Republic of China, Italy, Grece, Turkey, Kurdistan, South Africa, Hungary, the United States, the Nordic Union, Greenland, the Vatican City, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Russia.

The chief "rival" of Neo-Orphism is Ragnarökism, which is a Norse Neo-Pagan religion that has most of its adherents in the Scandinavian nations and worships Baldr, Hoenir, Magni, Modi, Njord, Vidar, Vali, and Hod. It believes that the world is in a Post-Ragnarök state and the people of the world must act accordingly.

The flag of Neo-Orphism contains four colors. The Purple represents the Court of Zagreus, the Red represents the blood of those who are being reborn, the Black represents death, and the White represents life. The harp represents the psychopomps that bring the living to be reborn.
 
FLAG CHALLENGE #261: Ad Diaspora Per Astra

"They looked back towards their city. Thousands were fleeing from the burning husk of their homeland. They only carried a holy book, their personal belongings, and their young sister. They turned and continued to run towards the nearest town. They were going to survive."

Your goal is to create a flag for a diaspora group. They can be the result of migration, exile, war, or internal restructuring (e.g. the Inca or the Soviets). It does not need to be an OTL culture or religious group. It can be any time period or setting. Please be respectful.

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: Saturday, January 15th, 11:59 CST (GMT-6)

Please remember to review the RULES, especially concerning flag size. For an image in a single-flag entry, the shortest side must be 600 pixels or less, and the longest side must be 1200 pixels or less
 
FLAG CHALLENGE #261: Ad Diaspora Per Astra

"They looked back towards their city. Thousands were fleeing from the burning husk of their homeland. They only carried a holy book, their personal belongings, and their young sister. They turned and continued to run towards the nearest town. They were going to survive."

Your goal is to create a flag for a diaspora group. They can be the result of migration, exile, war, or internal restructuring (e.g. the Inca or the Soviets). It does not need to be an OTL culture or religious group. It can be any time period or setting. Please be respectful.

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: Saturday, January 15th, 11:59 CST (GMT-6)

Please remember to review the RULES, especially concerning flag size. For an image in a single-flag entry, the shortest side must be 600 pixels or less, and the longest side must be 1200 pixels or less
You have my attention, but just to clarify, is it possible for the flag to represent a nation-state or subnational division created by said diaspora, such Jewish Autonomous Oblast in Russia (despite it being 99% non-Jewish by now).
 
FLAG CHALLENGE #261: Ad Diaspora Per Astra

"They looked back towards their city. Thousands were fleeing from the burning husk of their homeland. They only carried a holy book, their personal belongings, and their young sister. They turned and continued to run towards the nearest town. They were going to survive."

Your goal is to create a flag for a diaspora group. They can be the result of migration, exile, war, or internal restructuring (e.g. the Inca or the Soviets). It does not need to be an OTL culture or religious group. It can be any time period or setting. Please be respectful.

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: Saturday, January 15th, 11:59 CST (GMT-6)

Please remember to review the RULES, especially concerning flag size. For an image in a single-flag entry, the shortest side must be 600 pixels or less, and the longest side must be 1200 pixels or less
Since no one has submitted anything by the date, I will extend it until Friday January 21st, 11:59 CST (GMT-6).
 
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