Weekly Flag Challenge: New Challenges & Previous Winners

@FriendlyGhost wins this round!
This popped into my head earlier today, but I had to wait to get home to do it:

The Anarchic Sea
Although anarchism, almost by definition, does not have one overriding symbol or colour, the one which has been used the most by its adherents since the mid 19th century is the symbol of dark blue waves under a light blue sky. Its origin is disputed, with some claiming it was first designed by an early anarchist group from the west coast of France, inspired by the chaos of the Bay of Biscay, whilst others claim that it originated in either Poland or Prussia, inspired by storms on the Baltic coasts. Regardless of the exact origin, it is universally acknowledged that the chaos of the sea, which cannot be tamed by any human intervention or government dictat, is a perfect analogy for anarchism. Critics who point out that putting light blue and dark blue together violates the normal rules of flag making generally receive a response similar to "dude, that's the whole point"...
Flag Challenge 275: United Crowns 👑

This challenge is inspired by having seen the Royal Standards of the late HM Queen Elizabeth and HM King Charles so many times over the last 10 days, first the standard in Scotland and then the different standard used in England.

Create two or more royal standards for the monarch of two or more countries which have just been united in personal union, one for each of the countries ruled over by the monarch. The countries can be OTL or AH. The royal standard for each country before union can also be OTL or AH.

Submissions close in a week's time: Monday 26th September 2022, 9:00pm GMT.

Please remember to review the rules, especially concerning flag size. For each image in a multiple-flag entry, the shortest side must be 400 pixels or less and the longest side must be 600 pixels or less.
And the Winner of Challenge № 275 is... drum roll... @Kruglyasheo - congratulations!
Royal Standard of the Franco-British Union

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The Royal Standard used in the territories which were joined in 1940. (fmr. French Third Republic)​

The second and third quadrants represent France and contain the Gallic rooster on a red background. The first and fourth quadrants represent the British Isles and contain the saltires of St Andrew and St Patrick and the lion on a blue background, respectively.​

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The Royal Standard used in the other territories.
The first, third and fourth quadrants represent the British Isles. The first and fourth quadrants contain the lion on a red background and the third quadrant contain the saltires of Saint Andrew and Saint Patrick. The second quadrant contain the Gallic rooster on a blue background.​
As you can see, one flag can easily be turned into another by simply rotating it 90 degrees.​
Flag Challenge #276: Vichy Earth

Create a flag for Earth, which has become a client state of alien invaders.

Submissions Close: 09:00 GMT 11th October

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.
And the winner is @Sovereign12.
Earth - Fef Colonization Administration

The Fef were literally little green men.

At least on the outside.

Inside the Fef are a combination of nanotech and organic biologic systems from a high gravity world near the center of the Milky Way. The Fef had been created as tools by the Meer over 200 million earth years ago to escape the growing maelstrom of the ever increasing singularity at the center of the galaxy. The Fef had been sent ahead to find and prepare worlds for the Meer to temporally live on until the next suitable system was found. While the Fef were spreading throughout the galaxy the Meer would eventually go extinct as they came to rely on their machines to do the thinking more and more.

The Fef meanwhile began to evolve themselves while still retaining their core programming of saving the Meer. Finding more and more habitable worlds with sentient and sapient life, the Fef altered their initial mission to also rescue and expand those races throughout the galaxy. Whether they wanted to or not.

As some of these races fought against the Fef’s forced deportations and colonizations to other worlds, the Fef came to the conclusion that those species were not suitable for saving. The decision was made to lock these species to their home planets until the Maelstrom caught up to those portions of the galaxy.

That brings us to Earth.

At first, humans were both fearful and awed by the Fef. When we were offered another planet some nations took the chance at heading to the stars. But others, realizing that they would only be shuttled to planets and not out exploring and claiming worlds for themselves eventually struck at the Fef. The war took over 50 Earth years, but the Fef either destroyed those humans or imprisoned the humans back on Earth.

Some of the Fef have come to the conclusion that not all humans fought and should be given another chance at rescue from the Maelstrom. So, Earth is on probation now. Depending on the behavior, intelligence, and civility some humans may be saved and recolonized on a planet further out on the Orion Arm of the Milky Way.

Flag: The Fef created flags, statutes, sound Idolism, and other symbols on many of the home worlds of the imprisoned planets for their respective sapient to have a symbol to attain the new planets initially offered them. In the case of Earth, the wide use of flags as national/tribal symbols was decided as the best way to give hope to those humans worthy of recolonization. The flag itself is based off of Fef/Meer cosmological measurement for travel within the Milky Way. The six pointed star with the white spot is an ancient symbol of the Meer home world. The locations of the dots throughout the flag are the positional coordinates of the Sol system in the Milky Way.
Flag Challenge #277: Swedish Chef goes to Manhattan

Create a flag for an independent nation based on the Swedish and/or Dutch colonies in North America. In this scenario, for whatever reason you can come up with, the British never took over the colonies of New Sweden or New Amsterdam. Create any history you like, but eventually it leads to these countries gaining their independence from their controlling country.

Submissions Close: 09:00 GMT 1st November

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.
Okay, I wasn't happy with the challenge I decided on, but I think I came up with something more interesting.
Will have the replacement challenge up as soon as I can.
Okay, I think I came up with a more interesting challenge:

Flag Challenge #277: Joan the Maiden

Create a flag for an organized religion or nation based around the concept that Joan of Arc was the second coming of Jesus Christ. Any possibility for her theosis or deification could be the cause. (examples:After her remains were thrown in the Seine, she was seen rising up into the heavens. Or the fire would not ignite at the pillar of her execution, or with her wearing men's clothing once again, the observers of her execution swear she grew a beard and took on the appearance of Jesus Christ...)

As Thanksgiving is coming soon in the US and some people are getting ready for finals, I figure to give this a two week deadline for submissions.
Submissions Close: 09:00 GMT 30th November

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.
Okay, I won round 277 by default.
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Although plenty of witnesses watched as Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in the marketplace in Rouen, her status as a revered military and religious figure encouraged people to believe that she hadn’t actually died. At first, a story circulated among the populace that someone else had been burned in her place and that the real Joan had fled. Others said it was Joan in the flames, but she’d been spared by God and escaped. Finally, rumors began to emerge that Joan was none other than the second coming of Christ, and therefore could not die. Within a few years, women began to appear around France pretending to be Jeanne d'Arc, such as Jeanne de Sermaise, Jeanne de Férone, and Jeanne de La Rochelle. However, by far the most famous and successful was a woman whose name was Claude (Aka Jeanne du Lis; Aka, after her marriage to the knight Robert des Armoise, Jeanne des Armoise).

In May 1436, Claude des Armoises met Joan’s brothers, Pierre and Jean, and convinced them that she was their departed sister - or at least, got them to publicly agree to the idea. In a similar way she met successively with various friends of Joan (not all, of course) and they identified her as La Pucelle whom they had known a few years earlier. “Joan” spent three weeks in Marieulles with a noble family of Metz. Then she went on a pilgrimage to the shrine of the “Black Madonna” in Liesse. From there she went with “her” two brothers to Arlon, to the court of the Princess Elizabeth of Luxembourg (The Duchess Elisabeth von Görlitz).

During her stay in Arlon, Claude found herself in the center of the dispute over the investiture of the bishopric of Trier. There were two candidates for the episcopate: the favorite of Rome, Raban von Helmstatt, and an excommunicated nobleman, Ulrich von Manderscheid. The Duchess of Luxembourg and Ruprecht, comte de Virnenbourg, supported Manderscheid. Comte de Virnebourg was said to have fallen in love with Claude (as Joan) and put her in charge of a mercenary military unit to be sent to Cologne for the purpose of supporting Manderscheid.

Finally, Claude was called to meet King Charles VII himself. The French king had heard about this alleged Joan, but he was suspicious. So he decided to set up a test for her. At the palace, Claude was met by a man claiming to be the king, while the real Charles watched from afar. But Claude knew - perhaps from royal gossip - that the real king wore a soft boot on his ulcerated leg, which this man did not. She called his bluff, going to the true king instead. Charles was astounded. According to the later report of chamberlain Boisi, the king asked her about the secret they had talked about during their last meeting. Since one of the people she had met before was Jean Pasquerel, almoner and confessor of Joan of Arc, she was able to pass this test as well.

The Duchess Elisabeth von Görlitz had no heirs, so Duke Philip III of Burgundy and Elizabeth of Luxembourg, queen consort of Germany, Hungary and Bohemia, disputed each other's rights to the Duchy of Luxembourg. In 1440, when negotiations were once again deadlocked, Elisabeth von Görlitz unexpectedly announced that she was adopting Joan the Maiden and making her full heir to the duchy. Charles VII of France, who also claimed the duchy as a great-grandson of Bonne of Luxembourg, bought the rights to the duchy and ceded his title of Duke of Luxembourg to Joan of Arc in gratitude for the help that the latter gave him.

Thus a new dynasty was established in Luxembourg. In later centuries Joan of Arc was canonized, but folk belief continued to consider her not just a saint, but an intermediate coming of Christ, which, although contrary to all church dogmas, was still tacitly supported by her heirs, for it made them descendants of Jesus, virtually the modern Merovingians.

The national flag of Luxembourg is based on the coat of arms of Luxembourg. Ten white and blue stripes serve as the field for a golden chalice. According to unofficial interpretation, it is a stylized image of the Holy Grail, and the two faces matching its contour correspond to both incarnations of Jesus Christ.
Flag Challenge #278: Continental Flag

Your task is to draw a flag for a continent. This could be the flag of a continental alliance that includes the vast majority of the continent's states. Or it could be the flag of a country that includes the entire continent. Or even an abstract flag - a combination of the flags of different countries on a continent. Anything you can think of, even the flag of Pangea, why not?

Submissions Close: 10th December, 10:00 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.
@Ekg won the 278th round by default.
Flag of the Estados Unidos de Austrália

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In this timeline, the Iberian union holds out longer before it implodes. The colonies of Brazil, Peru and New Granada develop under the same joint colonial administration. Colons from both Castile and Portugal moves in these colonies alike, the cultural divide became less entrenched, and the political questions which will end the union do not really matter in the eyes of the local settlers who feel more in affinity with their compatriots than with the European administration.

The political turmoil that rocked Europe and led to the fall of the union leaves the South American people free of colonial government , and give them nationalists and republicans ideals. As such, Austrália is born, a confederation of states united by a common catholic, mestizo and latin culture. Even though the nation's history is not without its hardships, with slavers, Portuguese-influenced states causing unrest in the mid-19th century, or radical ideologies in the 20th, Australia still holds on and grows to to the status of a great world power, a rich and dynamic nation the size of a continent.
The flag blend spanish and portuguese colors, with a burgundy cross surronded by a portuguese blue also symbolising the continent encircled by the oceans.

Your task is to create a flag for a political entity that is not based on earth. Said entity could be a martian colony, a collection of spaces stations or the first settlement around another star. Be creative !

Submissions Close: 26th December, 10:00 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.
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Neo Tortuga (aka Pluto–Charon system)

Modern-day Vikings, Adventurers, Rebels, Slavers, Mercenaries, Smugglers - you can call them whatever you want, but they are still the classic Space Pirates. The exact number of permanent inhabitants of the double planet is not known, but it is estimated at no more than a million. The bident and the oar symbolize Pluto and Charon, respectively.
@Kruglyasheo won the 279th round
FLAG CHALLENGE #280: Democratization

Create two flags for the same country: one that existed under an authoritarian regime and one that was adopted after democratization.
Both flags should be your own creation. Be aware of the size limits.

Submissions Close: 7th January, 10:00 GMT

Please remember to review the RULES, especially concerning flag size. For each image in a multiple-flag entry, the shortest side must be 400 pixels or less, and the longest side must be 600 pixels or less.
@PolishMagnet won the 280th round by default.
In the wake of the Great War, the Ottoman Empire fell into turmoil. Robbed of the popular secularist leadership of the man who would have been known as Ataturk, reformists gathered under the leadership of Islamic Socialist radical Ethem Psheu. After fighting and defeating Hashemids in the Levant, though losing Hijaz and the city of Mecca, Psheu consolidated his control and declared the creation of a new state which embodied his vision. The People’s Caliphate (Turkish: Halkın Hilafeti, Arabic: الخلافة الشعبية) was a radical dictatorial state, and planned to use Imams as an ideological vanguard. Adopting a new flag showing “Zakat” and a one-fingered salute to represent the Tawhid (oneness of Allah), it clearly showed its Islamic roots.


After the Second Great War, the British played the biggest role in dismantling the People's Caliphate and instituted an occupation zone over most of Anatolia. The territory was later reorganized with a local government, which eventually adopted a British-style constitution (forced on them by occupation forces) on 22 July 1963. The new Turkish Republic was an ethnically homogenous state, with a solid 98% of the population speaking Turkish as their first language. The new flag was cast in blue and white in an attempt to harken back to the Seljuk dynasty (avoiding the Ottomans) while maintaining the star and crescent.

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(this is taken partly from my timeline CPCW and the second flag is from the planned postwar chapters which I never finished)
FLAG CHALLENGE #281: Anniversary

Create a flag marking the anniversary of a country's founding (like the Canada 150 flag)

If the flag is for a fictional country (or alternate country), submit both the country's flag AND the anniversary flag.

Submissions Open: Now
Submissions Close: 1:50:49 pm GMT | Tuesday, January 24, 2023
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