Donetsk Republic (proposed), since the 1990s
This is the other flag that’s been flying around Donetsk lately, and it too predates the current crisis. The colours are clearly based on the Russian model, but they’re given different meanings. Black for coal, blue for the Sea of Azov, and red for the memory of the 1918 Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic.
Wikipedia identifies a plain version of this tricolour as the flag of the that short-lived state, but as far as I know the flag was invented in the 90s. I can’t find any evidence of this flag being used as far back as 1918. And when you think about it, it wouldn’t really make sense. Why would a Soviet Republic use a flag based on the old Russian tricolour instead of a red flag? Why would the red stripe represent Donetsk-Krivoy Rog if the entire flag was based on that old republic’s flag?
Weirdly, the emblem on the shield in the centre of the flag is the Archangel Michael, which is most famously the emblem of Kiev. It’s weird how all the separatist flags have Ukrainian symbols embedded within them.

Donetsk Republic (proposed), since the 1990s

This is the other flag that’s been flying around Donetsk lately, and it too predates the current crisis. The colours are clearly based on the Russian model, but they’re given different meanings. Black for coal, blue for the Sea of Azov, and red for the memory of the 1918 Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic.

Wikipedia identifies a plain version of this tricolour as the flag of the that short-lived state, but as far as I know the flag was invented in the 90s. I can’t find any evidence of this flag being used as far back as 1918. And when you think about it, it wouldn’t really make sense. Why would a Soviet Republic use a flag based on the old Russian tricolour instead of a red flag? Why would the red stripe represent Donetsk-Krivoy Rog if the entire flag was based on that old republic’s flag?

Weirdly, the emblem on the shield in the centre of the flag is the Archangel Michael, which is most famously the emblem of Kiev. It’s weird how all the separatist flags have Ukrainian symbols embedded within them.

Donestk Oblast, since 1999
If you’ve been following the unrest in Eastern Ukraine at all you’ve probably been seeing photos of this flag. Somewhat ironically given its use by separatists, it features a rising sun in the Ukrainian national colours. The bottom half of the flag represents the Black Sea.
(designer: Nina Shcherbak)

Donestk Oblast, since 1999

If you’ve been following the unrest in Eastern Ukraine at all you’ve probably been seeing photos of this flag. Somewhat ironically given its use by separatists, it features a rising sun in the Ukrainian national colours. The bottom half of the flag represents the Black Sea.

(designer: Nina Shcherbak)

simonstern:

Cap

simonstern:

Cap

President of Gabon, 1960-1990
Like a medieval European monarch, the President of Gabon used to fly a square banner of his arms. The modern standard is the national tricolour with the coat of arms in the centre.
(designer: Louis Mühlemann)

President of Gabon, 1960-1990

Like a medieval European monarch, the President of Gabon used to fly a square banner of his arms. The modern standard is the national tricolour with the coat of arms in the centre.

(designer: Louis Mühlemann)

President of Fiji
There isn’t always a President of Fiji, what with all the suspended constitutions and coups d’état, but when there is one they fly a dark blue flag with the Fijian coat of arms in gold. Beneath the arms is a tabua, or whale’s tooth.

President of Fiji

There isn’t always a President of Fiji, what with all the suspended constitutions and coups d’état, but when there is one they fly a dark blue flag with the Fijian coat of arms in gold. Beneath the arms is a tabua, or whale’s tooth.

Ilinden, since 1996
For some reason a bunch of Macedonian municipalities have vertical flags. The shape at the bottom of Ilinden’s flag is the letter И, which is the municipality’s initial in the Cyrillic alphabet

Ilinden, since 1996

For some reason a bunch of Macedonian municipalities have vertical flags. The shape at the bottom of Ilinden’s flag is the letter И, which is the municipality’s initial in the Cyrillic alphabet

Lithuania (naval jack), 1927-40
There was a set of pre-war naval flags that weren’t readopted when Lithuania regained its independence in 1991. They all featured the double cross from the Lithuanian coat of arms. The state and naval ensigns had the national tricolour with a white cross on a red shield. This naval jack was a lot more distinct.

Lithuania (naval jack), 1927-40

There was a set of pre-war naval flags that weren’t readopted when Lithuania regained its independence in 1991. They all featured the double cross from the Lithuanian coat of arms. The state and naval ensigns had the national tricolour with a white cross on a red shield. This naval jack was a lot more distinct.

Brunei, since 1959
I’ve always thought the hands on this flag kind of look like they’re shrugging. Like “I dunno, have a parasol I guess.”
Brunei is one of only two countries in the world to have a yellow background on their flag. (The other one is Niue.)

Brunei, since 1959

I’ve always thought the hands on this flag kind of look like they’re shrugging. Like “I dunno, have a parasol I guess.”

Brunei is one of only two countries in the world to have a yellow background on their flag. (The other one is Niue.)

floralemporium:

S.O.S Venezuela

floralemporium:

S.O.S Venezuela

Halifax, since 1999
April 12 is Halifax Day, although weirdly enough in North Carolina and not in Halifax. The four arrows represent the four former municipalities that were merged into the Halifax Regional Municipality in 1996.

Halifax, since 1999

April 12 is Halifax Day, although weirdly enough in North Carolina and not in Halifax. The four arrows represent the four former municipalities that were merged into the Halifax Regional Municipality in 1996.

vehicularmanslaughter:

'put a fucking flag on that bitch'
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vehicularmanslaughter:

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