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As your resident co-vexillologist (and mainly because I can't sleep and have to be at work at 10 AM), I hereby present to you the best, the good, the mediocre, and the worst. Flags are judged on cleanliness, recognizability, symbolism, and the ability to be viewed from far/high distances. Basically, the best flags are ones that are devoid of clutter, instantly recognizable as "hey, that's ____'s flag", and use symbolism/historical significance to portray that state/country. Ye olde generic blue flag with the name slapped on is automatically the worst.

The top 5 US flags (in order):

1. New Mexico

2. Alaska

3. South Carolina

4. Arizona

5. Hawaii

The good. Not bad at all, but not top 5 material (in no particular order):

Alabama, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas

The mediocre. No need to change, but could be better (in no particular order):

Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington, Wyoming

The worst. Get a better flag, stat! (in no particular order):

Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

The top 3 Canadian flags are, in order, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan in a very distant third. With no disrespect to the country, the rest of the flags are quite bad.

Best National Flags:

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Denmark, Dominica, France, Greece, Guyana, Iceland, India, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Macedonia, Malawi, Nepal, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Slovakia, South Africa, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Togo, Tonga, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe

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At the other end of the scale, the vast majority of U.S. state flags are ugly. They are nothing but a blank field with a seal in the middle. Boring!

Doesn't that define what 2 of the 3 flags you picked are?

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