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

 

Proposed flag of Transnistria / Предлагаемый флаг Приднестровья

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

Этот дизайн является частью моей серии предложений флагов 2009 года (дизайн флагов с моего старого сайта с наибольшим количеством просмотров и рейтингов).

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

Примечание: мой выбор дизайна не отражает мои политические взгляды.

The current design / Текущий дизайн

proposed flag of transnistria
Civil flag of Transnistria

The civil flag of Transnistria is exactly the same as the flag of Russia but longer. The reason was to emphasise closer ties to Russia, but surely there are ways to achieve that without copying the same design! People would find it very difficult to tell them apart. Therefore, here is my proposal.

Гражданский флаг Приднестровья точно такой же, как флаг России, но длиннее. Причина заключалась в том, чтобы подчеркнуть более тесные связи с Россией, но, безусловно, есть способы добиться этого, не копируя тот же дизайн! Людям будет очень трудно отличить их друг от друга. Поэтому вот мое предложение.

My proposal / Мое предложение

Flag proposal for Transnistria I made in 2009.
Proposed flag of Transnistria / Предлагаемый флаг Приднестровья

First off, this design is simple enough to be remembered by a child, yet distinctive enough to be identified at a distance.

Во-первых, эта конструкция достаточно проста, чтобы ее запомнил ребенок, но достаточно отличительна, чтобы ее можно было определить на расстоянии.

This design features the colours of the Russian flag (the Pan-Slavic colours) to emphasise the closer ties with Russia and achieve the same aims of the current civil flag. Because of this, all colour symbolism in the Russian flag can be applied to this design as well.

В этом дизайне использованы цвета российского флага (панславянские цвета), чтобы подчеркнуть более тесные связи с Россией и достичь тех же целей, что и нынешний гражданский флаг. Благодаря этому вся цветовая символика российского флага может быть применена и к этому дизайну.

The stripes of the flag represents Transnistria’s geography. The Dniester River is the western boundary of Transnistria (the name itself means “beyond the Dniester”) so the leftmost stripe is blue. The white stripe represents the river bank. The big red stripe stands for the nation itself, with the red colour signifying the blood that has been shed for it to exist. The colour of the main stripe, along with the form of the star, echo parts of the current Soviet-inspired flag. This suggests continuity and reflects its history whilst still remaining unique. The white star represents peace and the people of Transnistria, and the circle around it represents unity.

Полосы флага представляют географию Приднестровья. Река Днестр – западная граница Приднестровья (само название означает «за Днестром»), поэтому крайняя левая полоса синего цвета. Белая полоса обозначает берег реки. Большая красная полоса обозначает саму нацию, а красный цвет означает кровь, которая была пролита за ее существование. Цвет основной полосы, наряду с формой звезды, перекликается с частями нынешнего флага в советском стиле. Это предполагает преемственность и отражает его историю, оставаясь при этом уникальным. Белая звезда представляет мир и народ Приднестровья, а круг вокруг нее представляет единство.

Vector files available on request.

Векторные файлы доступны по запросу.

Mock-ups of the proposed flag of Transnistria / Макеты предлагаемого флага Приднестровья
Construction sheet of the proposed flag of Transnistria / Строительный лист предлагаемого флага Приднестровья

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 / Предлагаемый флаг Союзного государства

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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).

Этот дизайн является частью моей серии предложений флагов 2009 года (дизайн флагов с моего старого сайта с наибольшим количеством просмотров и рейтингов).

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

Примечание: мой выбор дизайна не отражает мои политические взгляды.

The current design / Текущий дизайн

The Union State, the union between Russia and Belarus, has no current flag. Vladimir Putin has recently been pushing hard for tighter integration and if this union becomes more prominent, it will need a flag.

Союзное государство, союз России и Белоруссии, не имеет действующего флага. Владимир Путин в последнее время активно добивается более тесной интеграции, и если этот союз станет более заметным, ему понадобится флаг.

My proposal / Мое предложение

Flag proposal for the Eurasian Union I made in 2009.

Proposed flag of the Union State / Предлагаемый флаг Союзного государства

First off, this design is simple enough to be remembered by a child, yet distinctive enough to be identified at a distance.

Во-первых, эта конструкция достаточно проста, чтобы ее запомнил ребенок, но достаточно отличительна, чтобы ее можно было определить на расстоянии.

The overall design is reminiscent of the Soviet flag, suggesting continuity and aiding recognition. The red field represents the blood that we all have in common (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. Red is also a very prestigious colour in the Russian culture.

Общий дизайн напоминает советский флаг, предлагая преемственность и содействие признанию. Красное поле представляет кровь, которую мы все имеем вместе (предполагая единство) и которая была пролита в прошлом (предполагая глубокую историю). Красный и белый цвета являются общими для флагов Беларуси и России, поэтому они присутствуют. Красный также очень престижный цвет в русской культуре.

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.

Отдельные звезды представляют людей и прогресс. Белый цвет представляет снег, чистоту и мир, а золотой / желтый цвет представляет процветание и жизненную силу.

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.

При нынешнем членстве, интерпретация «две звезды, два состояния». Белая звезда представляет Беларусь на западе (название означает «Белая Россия»), а золотая звезда представляет Россию на востоке (от советского флага). Существует также более общая интерпретация «две звезды, два континента», где одна звезда представляет Европу, а другая – Азию. Независимо от интерпретации, красное поле вокруг звезд связывает их вместе, и предлагает место и приветствие для других.

The two stars are in the canton (top left corner) to ensure importance. This is the most visible part of the flag when flying or at rest. When a flag wears out, this is the last part remaining.

Две звезды находятся в кантоне (верхний левый угол), чтобы обеспечить важность. Это наиболее заметная часть флага во время полета или отдыха. Когда флаг изнашивается, это последняя оставшаяся часть.

Vector files available on request.

Векторные файлы доступны по запросу.

Mock-ups of the proposed flag of the Union State / Макеты предлагаемого флага Союзного государства

Mock-ups of the proposed flag of the Union State / Макеты предлагаемого флага Союзного государства

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of the Union State / Строительный лист предлагаемого флага Союзного государства

Construction sheet of the proposed flag of the Union State / Строительный лист предлагаемого флага Союзного государства

Click to see merchandise: Masks, T-shirts, hoodies, stickers and more. Нажмите, чтобы увидеть товары: маски, футболки, толстовки, наклейки и многое другое.

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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