Proposed flag of Earth

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The current situation

We need an official flag of Earth. We live in an unprecedented times where all the people of the world are connected together and aware of global issues, but are at risk of being divided. The planet itself under threat from destructive forces. Ecosystems around the world are dying, collapsing and on fire. We have a flag for every single place, except for the place that is most important of all. We have a flag for every single homeland, except for the land that is home to every human being. We have a flag for every single cause, except for the single largest cause in the history of our whole species. We have no consistent symbol for our entire home, yet we clearly need to express that right now.

When we want to represent global co-operation, what flag do we use? When we protest the planet’s environmental issues, what flag do we fly? When we celebrate events like Earth Day, what flag emoji do we use in our message?

There are a few options but they do not cut it. The most famous global flag is the flag of the United Nations but that represents the organisation and not the whole planet. Some people use a photograph of the planet Earth but that is not appropriate for a flag. There are other proposals but they are messy or unintuitive. We need a good, simple, catchy flag to represent our planet.

Therefore, here is my proposal.

My proposal

Proposed flag of Earth

Proposed flags of Australia

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SUMMARY

Here are all the Australian flag designs I made over the years. Like my New Zealand flag proposals, I put in a lot of effort researching and designing these proposals. This time, James Fitzmaurice was only indirectly involved. Australia has not had an official flag competition or referendum yet but I’ll be ready once it happens!

Proposed flags of Australia by Brian Cham.

Proposed flags of Australia by Brian Cham.

INTRODUCTION

As with all design, the how and the why is more important than the what. I used the same process as my New Zealand flag designs so I’ll just summarise that here.

After that, the article lists each of my proposals.

Proposed flag of Hong Kong

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The current design

Current flag of Hong Kong

Current flag of Hong Kong

The current flag of Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region of China) consists of a bauhinia flower and five stars on a red field. Although this design was created by a local and contains a native flower, it was adopted under strict oversight by the Chinese government. The dominance of the colour red and the five stars, all borrowed from the Chinese flag, are a result of this. The relationship between Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China has come under growing scrutiny, so many Hongkongers feel that their flag reminds them more of China’s power than Hong Kong’s identity and no longer represents them. Therefore, here is my proposal.

My proposal

Proposed flag of Hong Kong

Proposed flag of Hong Kong

Proposed flag of Fiji

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The current design

Flag of Fiji

The current flag of Fiji

The current flag of Fiji is almost unchanged from its colonial predecessor, a defaced British Blue Ensign. Since becoming a republic, the prime minister Frank Bainimarama called for a new flag design to reflect a new, genuine, confident Fijian identity without inheriting old colonial symbols. The Fijian government called for submissions throughout 2015 and 2016 but this plan fell through. This was the proposal designed by myself, James Fitzmaurice and Rachael Radhika-Hart.

Our proposal

Proposed flag of Fiji by Brian Cham, James Fitzmaurice and Rachael Radhika-Hart.

Proposed flag of Fiji by Brian Cham, James Fitzmaurice and Rachael Radhika-Hart.

Proposed flag of Chad

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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

The flag of Chad

The flag of Romania. The only difference is the shade of blue, and it’s a miniscule difference.

Chad’s flag is so similar to Romania’s that Chad asked the UN to inspect the issue. However, as Romania rightfully pointed out, they have had their design for longer, so Chad should be the one to change. Therefore, here is my proposal.

My proposal

Flag proposal for Chad I made in 2009.

Flag proposal for Chad 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 layout represents the geography of Chad. In the south is fertile land, in the north is desert and in the west is part of Lake Chad, which is important to the country. The eight pointed star represents the sun, warmth, vitality and hope for a bright future. The eight points represent the eight directions, referring to the vast size of Chad. Its location ensures its importance, as the left hand side will be last part of the flag to wear out.

Construction details

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Chad

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Chad

Proposed flag of Mars

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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 de facto flag of Mars

I think that the current de facto flag of Mars looks horrible and mainly represents terraforming which is only a small aspect of the planet Mars. Therefore, here is my proposal.

My proposal

Flag proposal for Mars I made in 2009.

Flag proposal for Mars I made in 2009.

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

I will not explain the design because I think that I have made it intuitive enough. The design is neutral so that it can represent the planet Mars in any aspect. Note that I have not included symbolism of terraforming and/or space exploration because they represent terraforming and/or space exploration, not the planet Mars.

Construction details

 

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Mars

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Mars

 

Proposed flag of Utah

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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 Utah

The current flag scored a 3.47/10.00 in NAVA’s North American flag survey, which makes it the 15th worst rated flag.

My proposal

Flag proposal I made for Utah in 2009.

Flag proposal I made for Utah in 2009.

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

This design incorporates features of the current flag, the Mormon pioneer flag and the national flag. The thirteen stripes are from the national flag, in the colours of the Mormon pioneer flag, aiding recognition and suggesting a connection with both. Indeed, the majority of Utahns are Mormons, who form a significant part of Utah’s history. This design is also similar in that the main emblem is in the top left corner.

This emblem retains the blue field and golden circle from the current flag. The circle represents unity, the star represents the sun and the hexagon represents a beehive, the symbol of Utah. The twelve points of the sun reference the twelve hours, the twelve months, the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve regions in Utah; twelve is often seen as the number of perfection. The hexagon references Utah’s official nickname, “Beehive State”. The inclusion of only one beehive unit, in conjunction with the star, sends the message that every individual shines.

Its location in the canton (upper left corner) ensures its importance. When a flag wears out, the left hand side will be the last to remain. When it is not flying, that corner will be most visible part of the flag. When it is flying, the eye will be naturally attracted to that region as a starting point since the writing system we use goes from left to right and top to bottom.

In terms of colours, the blue represents the sky, the white represents salt and the gold represents the sun, vitality, life, warmth and power. The colours are all present on the current flag, so any further symbolism they have can be carried over as well.

Construction details

 

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Utah

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Utah

Proposed flag of New Hampshire

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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 New Hampshire

The current flag scored a 3.18/10.00 in NAVA’s North American flag survey, which makes it the 10th worst rated.

My proposal

Flag proposal of New Hampshire I made in 2009.

Flag proposal of New Hampshire I made in 2009.

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

Inspired by the state quarter, the overall scene depicts the “Old Man of the Mountain”, a well known symbol of New Hampshire, against the sky, which is in the same shade as the blue on the national flag. On the sky is a circle of nine stars in an arrangement echoing the historic Betsy Ross flag and the recent flag of New England.
There are nine stars because New Hampshire was the ninth addition to the United States. The blue background with the circle of stars, strongly suggesting the national flag, is the dominant part of the design, to represent how New Hampshire was one of the original thirteen states. By representing the Old Man of the Mountain, New Hampshire’s official nickname “The Granite State” is also accounted for, as the Old Man was composed of granite. The colours are all present on the current flag, so any further symbolism they have can be carried over as well.

Construction details

 

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of New Hampshire

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of New Hampshire

Proposed flag of Louisiana

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

This particular flag was rated the best of my proposals 🙂

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

The current design

Current flag of Louisiana

The current flag scored a 4.98/10.00 in NAVA’s North American flag survey. Not the worst, but could be improved for sure, and I had a great idea I couldn’t wait to try out.

My proposal

Flag proposal of Louisiana I made in 2009.

Flag proposal of Louisiana I made in 2009.

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

The background layout of this design echoes one of the most recognisable flags in the world, that of France. Indeed, Louisiana was colony of the French Empire and its French legacy and influence is still visible today. However, instead of a stripe, the white divison is a fleur-de-lis, another reminder of French historical connections, but from the royal era. As an old French symbol, it featured on many early flags that flew in that region. It is also significant in modern times. For example, it was frequently used as a reminder in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and was made an official state symbol in 2008.
The star in the top left corner, in conjunction with the blue, reinforces Louisiana’s status as a U.S. state. It does this by echoing the pattern in the top left corner of the national flag, where each white star on blue represents a state. In fact, the shade of blue is the same as the one on the national flag.

The blue stands for the sky and sea. The white stands for the coastline and peace. The red stands for the blood that we all share and that has been shed in the past. The colours are all present on the current flag, so any further symbolism they have can be carried over as well. Additionally, blue and white are official state colours.

Construction details

 

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Louisiana

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Louisiana

Proposed flag of Idaho

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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.

10th anniversary update

This proposal has taken on a life its own and gone viral since 2009! It was adapted for regicollis’ DeviantArt project and Ben Karnell’s list of best US state proposals. In its original form, my design was also directly plagiarised and claimed by a user on the Vexillology Wiki (not cool!). I’m pleasantly surprised – I never promoted these pages anywhere else, and I never expected this particular design to get popular. A good design is adaptable, spreads on its own merits and is worth imitating, so I’m happy that this design is proven to be good on such terms.

The current design

Current flag of Idaho

The current flag scored a 3.17/10.00 in NAVA’s North American flag survey, which is the 9th worst rating.

My proposal

Flag proposal for Idaho I made in 2009.

Flag proposal for Idaho 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 depicts mountainous terrain underneath a blue sky, which is in the same shade as the blue on the national flag. The eight pointed star represents the sun, vitality and life. Its brilliance reflects the official nickname “The Gem State”, with the whole design echoing another nickname, “Gem of the Mountains”. It also represents the high aspirations and achievements of Idaho. More generally, the blue represents the sky and the ocean, the white represents the snow and the green represents the land. The colours are all present on the current flag, so any further symbolism they have can be carried over as well.

Construction details

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Idaho

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Idaho