Recursive National Flags

The are plenty of flags to be found with other flags on them. Just look at how many flags use the flag of the United Kingdom in their canton, or most naval ensigns, for that matter. Few flags, however, actually display themselves. Because many countries put their coat-of-arms on their national flags, and some of…

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Pan-African Colours

Having previously looked at the Nordic Cross, flags based on geographic representations, and even the Newfoundland tricolour, this article looks on one of the most-widely spread colour sets among national flags of the world: the green-yellow-red arrangement known as the Pan-African colours. Or is that the red-black-green arrangement known as the Pan-African colours? How exactly…

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The Maritime Flags of the International Code of Signals: A Primer

Above are the flags of the International Code of Signals (ICS), the system of signals and codes used by ships and other maritime vessels to communicate with one another. Every letter and numeral in the Latin alphabet and Western Arabic numeral system has an assigned code flag to go with their International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet…

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The Central American Flag and Its Modern Offspring

Anyone looking at pictures of world flags will notice that many countries employ very similar designs in their national banners, most notably members of the Arab League (red/white/black/green) and the many African states employing the pan-African coloursof green/red/yellow (or, alternately, black) inspired by the Ethiopian flag.  Another less-heralded geographic cluster of similarly-coloured flags can be…

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Milk River: Under Eight Flags

When one looks back to Spain’s colonial empire in the Americas, one usually thinks of its possessions that encompasses Mexico, Central America, and South America.  Maybe old California and Texas, or its Caribbean possessions such as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, or Puerto Rico spring to mind.  Canada’s Prairie Provinces don’t exactly scream out ‘Spain’ to…

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International Racing Colours

Have you ever gone to purchase paint and come across the colour British racing green?  You may have wondered what makes dark green so British.  Or racy.  British racing green is a legacy of the first 70 years of organised top-level racing, when race cars were painted in national colours according to the origin of…

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Thinking Pink: The Newfoundland Tricolour

When it comes to national flags, one colour is missing from the palette: pink. There isn’t a single country on Earth with pink in its flag. Even when you drop down to the sub-national level, only one top-level administrative division, the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo, has pink in its official flag. One pink flag, however, has been…

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For the Win: Sports Teams With Maps in Their Logos

As a geographer and as a sport fan, I very much appreciate it when the two comes together inside of a team crest or logo, especially when maps are incorporated into the emblem. I’m not counting league or governing body logos, which regularly include maps in them to demonstrate the area their jurisdictions cover; purely team…

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