1. (Source: bluestarsaber)

  2. Uzbekistan, since 1991

    I’m surprised I’ve never had an Uzbek flag on here before. There’s a lot of double meaning on the flag. Blue represents water but is also allegedly the colour used by Timur’s empire. Green represents nature and a crescent moon represnts the birth of a new republic, but both symbols can also represent Islam. 

  4. Honduras, since 1866

    Before 1866, Honduras didn’t actually have a legally defined national flag. It kept using the old Central American blue-white-blue tricolour mostly out of inertia. If you look on flag charts from that era they generally just don’t have an entry on Honduras at all. 

    Even after 1866 the five-star flag was only a merchant ensign, officially speaking. Flag charts from that time period, when they do show Honduras, almost always just show a plain blue-white-blue flag (or they get it mixed up with one of its neighbours). It wasn’t until World War I that foreign sources started consistently using the five-star version. In 1949 five-star flag was standardized and made the sole national flag.

    September 1 is Honduran Flag Day.

  5. Japanese, Yugoslavian, and Canadian flags hanging in Berlin during the 1936 Olympics. (They’re in alphabetical order in German.)

  6. Kyrgyzstan, since 1992

    The crossed lines on the flag are a tündük, which is the top part of a Kyrgyz yurt. I’m not 100% positive but I believe that makes this the world’s first and only yurt-based flag.

    As far as post-Soviet flag design goes this is one of the better examples. Apparently the flag was originally supposed to be blue and white, but it was thrown out because in some parts of southern Kyrgyzstan blue is the colour of mourning, and southern MPs wanted to lodge a protest against the all-northern composition of the flag design group. In the end the old Communist red and yellow won out. Would have looked better the other way but still an excellent symbol.

    Apparently there was another proposal for a flag that had “blue, white, orange and green” with the tunduk in the top right corner. How exactly that would have worked I don’t know

    (designers: Edil Aidarbekov, Bekbosun Zhaichybekov, Sabyr Iptarov, Zhusup Matayev, Mamatbek Sydykov)

  7. Kazakhstan at the Tank Biathlon.

    (Source: commons.wikimedia.org)

  8. President of Equatorial Guinea, 1986 proposal

    Equatorial Guinea has never had a presidential standard, but a couple of them were floated in the 1980s. The flag has the silk-cotton tree from the coat of arms, with three stars to represent President Obiang Nguema’s colonel rank.

    (designers: Tomas Rodriguez and Antonio Manzano)

  10. Telanganaunofficial flag reported c. 2002

    This four-striped flag is reported as the “Telenganan national flag” in a book called the Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations. Who specifically designed and used this flag it doesn’t say, and I can’t find any more on it. Wikimedia Commons also has another version that goes yellow-blue-red-green.

  11. (Source: alexcetera)

  12. Little Russia, 1990s proposal

    This was another pro-Russian flag used in Ukraine after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Like the tricolour proposal, it uses purple to represent the Cossacks. Little Russia, or “Malorossiya” was a historical name of Ukraine while it was in the Russian empire. Like the recent proposal for a "Novorossiyan" flag, it seems to be based on the Russian naval ensign.

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  14. Saint Albert, since 1980

    The Alberta town has a very preppy looking flag. It looks like it should be a polo shirt or something. The blue area represents the original Francophone and Métis settlers of the town, while the red represents the Anglophones that came later.

  15. mycameramyrules:

    Photography By: Nicoline Aagesen
    Model: Samantha Vaughn