1. King of Morocco

    Today is the birthday of King Mohammed VI. His royal standard is a square green flag with the Moroccan coat of arms in the centre. The original drawing of the arms had the Atlas Mountains in between the red field and the rising sun, but nowadays they’ve been replaced with an abstract diamond pattern. 

    While looking up the blazon for this coat of arms, I learned that the technical term for that curvy horizon bar is a “fess embowed”. Those heralds had a weird sounding name for everything.

  3. Mosquito Coast, 1834-1860

    20 August is World Mosquito Day. This has to do with malaria prevention and is completely unrelated to the Mosquito Coast, which was a British protectorate in Nicaragua. There are a bunch of different drawings of this flag with anywhere between six and twelve stripes, and the Union Jack is sometimes shown as a square. After 1860, the Nicaraguan flag replaced the Union Jack.

  4. (Source: artdream)

  5. Afghanistan, 1992-2001

    Afghanistan has only dispensed with its black-red-green tricolour a handful of times since it was first adopted in 1928. There was Bacha-i-Saqao’s unusual red-black-white tricolour from 1929, the red flag of the Khalq government from 1978, and then this flag, which was adopted by the Islamic State of Afghanistan in 1992. The green stood for Islam, the white for purity, and the black for the country’s dark past. Once the Taliban took over they started flying white flags, and after they were forced out of power the old black-red-green was restored.

  6. (Source: vans)

  7. Afghanistan, 1929

    Amanullah Khan introduced the Afghan tricolour in 1928 as part of his modernization program, but his reforms were far from universally accepted. The next year, a Tajik rebel named Bacha-i-Saqao (“Son of a Water Carrier”) usurped the throne and installed a new reactionary government.

    Sources are conflicted about what flags he used during his brief rule. Some say he restored the old 1919-1928 flag while others say he adopted this unusual red-black-white tricolour, allegedly based on colours used by the Mongols in the 13th century. The tricolour also looks suspicious similar to a flag attributed to Abdul Rahim’s largely autonomous government in Herat, which was black-red-white with a white crescent in the centre. And that flag may have actually been the flag of Purdel Khan, a former supporter of Bacha-i-Saqao who led a Tajik revolt in 1930. It’s difficult to sort it all out, and the lack of pictures of flags from this very short period doesn’t help any.

  8. camerabum:

    Protester holding the Assyrian flags at Daley Plaza in Chicago as they protest the attacks on Christian in Northern Iraq by ISIS.

  9. Indonesia, since 1945

    Indonesia’s flag had been used unofficially by nationalists inside and outside of the country since the 1920s, but it was first raised in an official capacity out front of Sukarno’s house on 17 August 1945. This original flag is called the Bendera Pusaka (“Heirloom flag”) and it was sewn by hand by Fatmawati, the First Lady.

  11. Grand Kru County

    I love Liberian county flags! So inventive and colourful. The pattern of gold and green stripes on the edge here is particularly unique.


  12. flaghagz:

    Singapore celebrated its National Day on Friday, commemorating its independence from Malaysia, hard-won in 1965.

    And what better way to celebrate than a human flag?


    Plus they took design liberties to add in a military-green border. How lovely.

    This wasn’t the first time Singapore went in…

  13. Charlottetown, since 1989

    I don’t know who was in charge of drawing all these rectangles but they have some serious explaining to do.

    (designer: Robert D. Watt)

  14. afp-photo:

    PAKISTAN, Lahore : Pakistani workers arrange lights on a giant national flag ahead of forthcoming celebrations for the country’s Independence Day in Lahore on August 6, 2014. Pakistan will celebrate its Independence Day on August 14. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI

  15. North York, 1972-1985 (top), 1985-1997 (bottom)

    The Borough of North York upgraded to the City of North York on Valentine’s Day 1979, and from then on it used the excessively cutesy motto, “The City With Heart”. Hearts featured all over official signage and whatnot, and in 1985 they finally made their way onto the flag.

    Unlike the Scarborough and East York, which still occasionally fly their flags in an unofficial capacity, North York dumped its flag when it amalgamated with the City of Toronto in 1997. Most people probably don’t even remember either of these existed.