1. 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.

     
  2. Saint Kitts and Nevis Coast Guard, since 1967?

    St. Kitts has a designated “naval ensign”, but no navy per se. The coast guard flies it instead, and even then only on the two largest of its five vessels. So I guess that means there are only two of these flags flying in the world?

    The design is on the model of the British white ensign: White field, red cross, and the national flag in the top left quadrant. This stretches the national flag out to a kind of ridiculous 4:9 ratio, which kind of messes up the star placement.

     
  3. Vilches, since 2009

    "Vilches, The City of Quilters."

     
  4. 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.

     
  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. 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.

     
  7. 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)

     
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    Metropolitan Toronto (?-1997)

    Before Amalgamation, Toronto was a two-tier municipality, with Metropolitan Toronto being the upper level. Metro’s logo was made up of six interlocking rings, representing Etobicoke, YorkScarborough, North York, East York, and the old City of Toronto.

    I’m not quite sure when this flag was adopted, but I live like ten minutes from the city archives so I could probably figure it out if I wasn’t such a lazy jerk.

    Update! This flag was adopted in the year 1978. The more you know.

     
  9. Dervish State, attributed c. 1910, likely erroneous

    Wikipedia has for some time identified this as the flag of the “Dervish State”, the movement led by Mohammed Abdullah Hassan that fought against British and Italian imperialism in Somalia. The blog Flag Hagz did a post on it the other day which got me thinking: where did this image actually come from? It’s not on any reputable vexillology site I’m aware of.

    The svg was drawn by a user named “Fallschirmjäger”, who based it on a jpg by the user “Scoobycentric”. The jpg was in turn based on an image from the Weekly Italian news magazine La Tribuna illustrata,. After a bit of search I believe I’ve found the original source, and oh man what a mess.

    Firstly, Scoobycentric clearly misread the image. The flag in that picture is green, not teal. And the Wikipedia image is quite a bit more elongated than the squarish flag in the drawing. Secondly, there’s no indication of what this flag is actually supposed to be. Is it some kind of state flag? A religious flag? A personal standard? A battle flag? A random banner of no particular significance? From the context it could be any of these.

    But most importantly, this is a drawing, one that was obviously exaggerated for dramatic effect. The artist may have indeed seen a flag that looks like this, but they could have also been misremembering an entirely different flag, or the whole thing could have just been a flight of fancy. For all we know they weren’t even in Somalia at all!

    Misattributions like this happen all the time, especially on free encyclopedias that anyone can edit. And once these errors happen, they tend to be sticky. I’d wager people will be seeing this thing cropping up in infoboxes for quite some time.

     
  10. Leeward Islands, French Polynesia

    Someone on Wikipedia has incorrectly labelled this as the flag of the Society Islands, but if they had been an attentive French speaker they might have recognized that ISLV stands for “Îles Sous-le-Vent”. The Leeward Islands are the western half of the Society Islands chain, where Bora Bora is. The other half is the Windward Islands (“Îles du Vent”), which includes Tahiti.

     
  11. Amman, since 2009

    City flags aren’t very common in the Arab world, so it’s nice to see that the Jordanian capital has such a cool and unique one. It’s more logo-y than flaggy to be sure, but I think it works.

     
  12. Vanuatu, since 1980

    Vanuatu has what’s known as a “flag of convenience”, meaning its national ship registry is open to foreigners that want to avoid higher fees or stricter regulations in their home countries. A full 94% of ships registered in Vanuatu are from overseas, most notably the QE2.

    Vanuatu became independent from joint Anglo-French rule on 30 July 1980.

    (designer: Kalontas Mahlon)

     
  13. Balochistan

    Is it me or is that camel very precariously positioned?

     
  14. 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.