1. Guinea-Bissau Armed Forces

    Man, once you take away those yellow and green stripes, the flag of Guinea-Bissau flag looks a whole lot more sinister.

  2. From Maritime Flags of All Nations by Alphonso Figsbee (1856)

    (Source: openlibrary.org)

  3. Balochistan

    Is it me or is that camel very precariously positioned?

  4. (Source: beneaththepool)

  5. Swedish-Danish Icebreaker Service

    Around World War II, Sweden and Denmark teamed up to form a Scandinavian icebreaking dream team. Their ships flew this triangular pennant made up of both their national colours. Much like the ice they once cleared, the two countries have since broken up.

  6. craftjunkie:

    Ribbon Flag {Tutorial}

    Found at: thinkcrafts

  7. Colombian Air Force, ensign

    Bet you can’t guess Colombia’s national colours.

  8. Okay does anyone have any idea what two flags these are supposed to be? They’re obviously not the Flemish and Walloon flags we’re familiar with.

  9. Russia, 1858-1883

    It’s hard to imagine (non-communist) Russia using anything but the current flag, but they actually had quite a different one for a while there in the 18th century. The black and gold colours came from their coat of arms, and the white stripe was added to distinguish it from what was then the flag of Austria. The flag was designed under German influence and never really caught on with the Russian public.

    The old tricolour (often called the “Tsarist” or “Romanov” flag) is probably way more popular now than it ever was back in its heyday. Hardline radicals and nationalists have embraced it as some kind of symbol of Russia’s glorious past or something. There’s even a proposal to restore the flag to its former status as the national flag. Probably won’t go anywhere, but it’s certainly a sign of the times.

  10. creese:

    Michael Creese, Arizona (2014), oil on canvas.

  11. Santa Cruz de Mompox

    Okay come on now Mompox, you and I both know where you got the idea for this one.

  13. Amazonas Department, since 1974

    The flag of this Colombian department perfectly captures the eternal struggle of Man vs. Jaguar. There they sit, immortalized, each preparing to kill the other, but neither ever reaching their prey. What majesty. What ferocity. What grace. Also there’s a star on it.

  15. Champa, 1964 proposal

    The Kingdom of Champa flourished in Southeast Asia for around a thousand years, but hasn’t existed for centuries. In 1964, Cham nationalists tried to reestablish their country by declaring independence from Vietnam, but the South Vietnamese army took control of the region the following year.