Proposed flag of the East African Federation

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Part of my 2009 flag proposal series. SVG files of the flag and its construction sheet are available on request.

Note: My choice of design does not reflect my political views.

The current design

 

flag of the east african community

Current flag of the East African Community

I think the current flag of the East African Community is too cluttered. If/when it federates, it should have something more visually appealing, distinct and memorable. Therefore, here is my proposal.

My proposal

Flag proposal for the East African Federation I made in 2009.

Flag proposal for the East African Federation I made in 2009.

First off, this design is unique enough to be distinguishable, yet simple enough to be remembered by a child.

The black represents the people and the dark parts of the past. The gold represents the mineral wealth of the earth and the sun, and in turn warmth and vitality. The red represents the blood that we all share and that has been shed in the past. The green represents the natural environment, agriculture, the land and hope. These colours are recognisably African.

The star represents the sun, a bright future and the federation as a whole, with the number of points representing the number of states [note: There were only five members at the time I made this design]. It is in the top left corner because that is where the most important parts of a flag should go. When it wears out, the left hand side will be the last to remain. When it is not flying, the top left corner is the part of the flag that is most visible. When it is flying, the eye will be naturally attracted to that region as a starting point since the writing system that we use goes from left to right and top to bottom.

Construction details

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of East African Federation

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of East African Federation

 

 

Proposed flag of the Union State

Flags

Part of my 2009 flag proposal series. SVG files of the flag and its construction sheet are available on request.

Note: My choice of design does not reflect my political views.

The current design

The Union State has no current flag.

My proposal

Flag proposal for the Eurasian Union I made in 2009.

Flag proposal for the Eurasian Union I made in 2009.

First off, this design is unique enough to be distinguishable, yet simple enough to be remembered by a child.

The overall design is reminiscent of the Soviet flag, suggesting continuity and aiding recognition. The red field represents the blood that we all share (suggesting unity) and that has been shed in the past (suggesting a deep history). Red and white are the colours shared between the flags of Belarus and Russia, so these are both present. Also, according to Wikipedia:

The color red  has always been positive in the Russian culture. The word red (красный, krasny) is etymologically related with the Russian words for very good and the best, as well as the word for beautiful. This can also be seen in Moscow’s Red Square and the Russian Orthodox festivity, Red Easter.

The individual stars represent the people and progress. The white colour represents the snow, purity and peace, and the gold/yellow colour represents prosperity and vitality.

With the current membership, the interpretation is “two stars, two states”. The white star represents Belarus in the west (the name means “White Russia”) and the golden star represents Russia in the east (from the Soviet flag). There is also a more general “two stars, two continents” interpretation, where one star represents Europe and the other represents Asia. Regardless of the interpretation, the red field around the stars links them together, and suggests room and welcome for others.

The two stars are in the canton (top left corner) to ensure importance. When a flag wears out, the left hand side will be the part remaining. When it is not flying, this corner is the most visible region of the flag. When it is flying, the eye is naturally attracted to this region as a starting point since the Cyrillic writing system goes from left to right and top to bottom.

Construction details

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of the Eurasian Union

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of the Eurasian Union

Proposed flag of Mozambique

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Part of my 2009 flag proposal series. SVG files of the flag and its construction sheet are available on request.

Note: My choice of design does not reflect my political views.

The current design

Current flag of Mozambique

A problem identified with the current Mozambican flag is that it features an AK-47 (a type of machine gun), which gives the impression that the country is warlike and undemocratic. Also, it was adopted during an era of single-party rule, which is no longer the situation. This has prompted two official contests, however none of the results were deemed satisfactory. Therefore, here is my proposal.

My proposal

Proposed flag of Mozambique I made in 2009.

Proposed flag of Mozambique I made in 2009.

First off, this design is unique enough to be distinguishable, yet simple enough to be remembered by a child.

The individual colours mean:

  • Yellow: The mineral wealth of the country and the sunshine.
  • Blue: The sky and sea.
  • Black: The people, not only those in Mozambique but also in the whole of Africa.
  • Green: The land, agriculture and natural environment.
  • White: Peace and a bright future.
  • Red: The blood that we all share and that has been shed in the past.

The colours are all derived from the current flag, with the addition of blue. This means that any further colour symbolism they have can also be carried over. The blue was added so that the colours of both main political parties are represented. Also, the layout reflects how the land (green) is to the west of the sea (blue), and the sunshine (yellow) comes down onto the people (black).

The sun in general represents warmth, vitality and life. It also represents equality, since the sun shines for everyone, unity, since it is one object, and power, since it contains so much energy. Just like in the coat of arms, it specifically stands for a new beginning for Mozambique; a bright future, positive, optimistic and inevitable. Its ten points represent the ten provinces, with the central circle standing for the capital city (which has provincial status).

The pattern of rays represents hope for peace (white) to every corner of Mozambique. Lastly, the background has four colours in equal amounts, suggesting that despite the differences of the people in the country, they are all equal in terms of votes (democracy) and the law (justice).

Construction details

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Mozambique

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Mozambique

 

Proposed flag of Angola / Proposta de Bandeira de Angola

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This design is part of my 2009 flag proposal series (the flag designs from my old site with the most hits and ratings).
Esse design faz parte da minha série de bandeira para 2009 (a bandeira é projetada em meu site antigo com os hits e classificações mais altos).

Note: My choice of design does not reflect my political views.
Nota: Minha escolha de design não reflete minhas opiniões políticas.

The current design / O projeto actual

Current flag of Angola / Atual bandeira de Angola

Critics of the current Angola flag contend that it is too attached to the past (the emblem was intended to echo the Soviet hammer-and-sickle), is stuck in the old era of one-party socialist state and civil war, and gives a bad impression of the country by appearing violent or pessimistic.
Os críticos da atual bandeira de Angola afirmam que ela é muito apegada ao passado (o emblema pretendia ecoar a foice e o martelo soviético), está presa na era antiga do estado socialista e da guerra civil de um partido, e dá uma má impressão do país por parecer violento ou pessimista.

In 2003, the government planned to adopt a more optimistic design to mark the end of the Angolan Civil War, but that proposal was heavily opposed. Critics condemned the proposal as too similar to other countries’ flags (Costa Rica and North Korea), having no relevant meaning, neglecting the country’s history and appearing ugly and primitive (the sun on that design is derived from a crude cave painting). Therefore, here is my proposal.
Em 2003, o governo planejava adotar um design mais otimista para marcar o fim da Guerra Civil Angolana, mas a proposta era fortemente oposta. Os críticos condenaram a proposta como muito semelhante às bandeiras de outros países (Costa Rica e Coréia do Norte), sem significado relevante, negligenciando a história do país e parecendo feia e primitiva (o sol nesse design é derivado de uma pintura de caverna grosseira). Portanto, aqui está a minha proposta.

My proposal / Minha proposta

Proposed flag of Angola I made in 2009.

Proposed flag of Angola/ Proposta de Bandeira de Angola