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Gray
177128.  Wed May 23, 2007 9:04 am Reply with quote

All countries' flags are designed with the flagpole's intended position on the left of the flag, except for those of Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia which imagine theirs on the right.

Source: Complete Flags of the World, Dorling Kindersley

 
Gray
177129.  Wed May 23, 2007 9:06 am Reply with quote

Only one country's flag is all one colour: that of Libya - it's dark green.

 
Celebaelin
177135.  Wed May 23, 2007 9:20 am Reply with quote

Gray wrote:
All countries' flags are designed with the flagpole's intended position on the left of the flag, except for those of Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia which imagine theirs on the right.

Source: Complete Flags of the World, Dorling Kindersley

Why don't the Chinese suspend their flags from the top edge? That way you'd see the design best when there was little or no wind.

 
costean
177200.  Wed May 23, 2007 11:56 am Reply with quote

Not being a fully paid-up vexillologist, I must confess to being a little confused as to what the Dorling Kindersley people are on about.

Surely the handedness of a flag’s hoist (for want of a better way of putting it) depends upon the viewer’s perspective or which way the wind is blowing.

If the flag has a symmetrical design (with the axis parallel to the flagpole) the obverse and reverse will be identical so it does not matter from which side it is hoist; eg Holland, Germany. In the case of the likes of Japan and Switzerland the flags are symmetrical in the flagpole axis and the axis perpendicular to the flagpole, so left/right and top/bottom do not matter.

Some flags with a complex design would require separate obverses and reverses especially if they have text on them. Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia have flags with text on them; could this be what they mean? But then again so does the flag of French Guiana and there may be others.

Incidentally, Scotland’s Saltire is the oldest national flag still in use, traditionally dating back to C900.

Nepal has the only non-quadrangular national flag; it has got five sides. It definitely matters which side this is hung from.

Switzerland and The Vatican City have the only flags which are square.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Saltire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Nepal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Vatican_City
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Switzerland

 
mikeyfone
177206.  Wed May 23, 2007 12:09 pm Reply with quote

Gray wrote:
Only one country's flag is all one colour: that of Libya - it's dark green.


You seem to be forgetting the French flag.

(sorry, couldn't resist)


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Sergei
177208.  Wed May 23, 2007 12:15 pm Reply with quote

Celebaelin wrote:
Why don't the Chinese suspend their flags from the top edge? That way you'd see the design best when there was little or no wind.

The Chinese flag is only a cluster of stars though, it'd make little difference.

(Why that cluster, is it a particular constellation or something more abstract? I realise I've no idea.)

The Belarusan flag is the only one that has a lacy border! (Well okay, looks like it has...)

 
suze
177258.  Wed May 23, 2007 3:32 pm Reply with quote

The stars on the Chinese flag don't represent anything visible in the night sky. The large star is usually held to represent the leadership of the Chinese state.

There appears to be a multitude of explanations for the four smaller stars. Among the more prevalent:

the four political parties allowed to exist beside the Communists (there are actually eight, so this seems to be wrong)
workers, peasants, petty bourgeois and patriotic capitalists (this one seems to be well known in China, but I can't see how Mao Zedong would have gone for it)
workers, farmers, students, soldiers (this one crops up quite a lot on the Internet, but is apparently unknown to Chinese)
Manchurian, Mongolian, Muslim and Tibetan (with the large star representing the ethnic Chinese; this one has been mentioned in official Chinese publications)

The hammer and sickle is absent, because the Chinese wished to make the point that they were Maoist rather than Marxist-Leninist.


The ornamental design on the hoist side of the Belarusian flag was apparently designed in 1917 by one Matrena Markewicz. The pattern is also used for a kind of towel called a rusznik, which has ceremonial significance in Belarus.

While it may be the only flag decorated with a pattern from a towel, the flag of Turkmenistan depicts a carpet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Turkmenistan

 
AlmondFacialBar
177261.  Wed May 23, 2007 3:37 pm Reply with quote

but then turkmenistan was of course led by an autocratic headcase up to a very short time ago. and belarus still is. though i like the idea of a towel inspiring a flag, it's nicely hitchhikeresque...

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
BigHairyMonster
177332.  Wed May 23, 2007 5:58 pm Reply with quote

There must be a Klaxon to be got from the correct naming of the Union Flag, surely?

Not to mention naming its constituent parts.

And the well-known distress signal of flying it inverted - wonder if any panellist would spot it from a really big, obvious picture?

 
dr.bob
177410.  Thu May 24, 2007 4:09 am Reply with quote

Wales and Bhutan are the only countries to have a dragon on their flag.

Although not everyone in Wales is happy about it. Recently, the Welsh Christian Party called for a referendum suggesting that the traditional red dragon be replaced with the cross of St David. Their leader, the clearly sane and well-balanced Rev George Hargreaves, said of the red dragon:

Quote:
This is nothing less than the sign of Satan, the devil, Lucifer that ancient serpent who deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
No other nation has had this red dragon as its ruling symbol.
Wales has been under demonic oppression and under many curses because of this unwise choice.

 
Neotenic
177414.  Thu May 24, 2007 4:36 am Reply with quote

I'm just wondering where the EU got the idea for their flag. Maybe this was an inspiration;

 
getmeaguiness
177415.  Thu May 24, 2007 4:41 am Reply with quote

The flag of Cyprus is the only flag with a map of the country it represents on it.

 
suze
177431.  Thu May 24, 2007 5:49 am Reply with quote

That is correct, although the flag of Tuvalu sort of does. While many South Pacific flags depict the Crux Australis in one way or another, that of Tuvalu depicts the nine islands which make up the nation. They are shown as stars rather than as pieces of land, but they are in the correct geographical arrangement.

Now then, which country yielded to diplomatic pressure and ceased to depict a vergina on its flag in October 1995?

 
96aelw
177449.  Thu May 24, 2007 6:10 am Reply with quote

A Vergina-style sun, I think. There is, to the best of my knowledge, only one Vergina.

 
suze
177459.  Thu May 24, 2007 6:29 am Reply with quote

You are right of course 96. Vergina is a place of special significance to many people, including - or so it claimed - Philip of Macedon.

That depicted on the flag was actually a Vergina Sun (or Star of Vergina, as it's also known), but the question wasn't funny that way ….

 

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