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  5. Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla (1967-1983)

    The United Kingdom decolonized six of its largest Caribbean colonies in one go when it passed the Associated Statehood Act 1967. The flag of the associated state of Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla was part of an attempt by the British College of Arms to create a family of blue yellow and green flags for the West Indies. Between the colour scheme and the palm tree emblem, the flag looks exactly like what you would get if you asked someone from a cold rainy climate to design the flag of a generic tropical paradise.

    After Anguilla officially became a separate territory in 1980, the union was renamed “Saint Christopher and Nevis”. Three years later it became independent under the local name Saint Kitts and Nevis and dumped the green-yellow-blue in favour of a flag based on the Pan-African colours.

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    Grenada (1967-1974)

    This was the other flag in the short-lived family. (There was also a proposed flag for Saint Vincent but it was never adopted.) Like Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada also adopted a flag based on the Pan-African colours when it became independent. These flags are a clear example of what you get when you try to define a nation from outside instead of allowing a nation define itself.