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Kazakhstan flag, one of my favs

Niiiiiiiiiice...

...Sorry, had to make a Borat reference

I figured if i didn't make it, someone else would

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MARYLAND

JAMAICA

No contest.

Honorable mention to:

Colorado

Arizona

California

UK

US

Swahili

Canada

Sweden

This man knows the score 110%.

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States:

Ohio

California

Missouri

Countries:

USA

Canada

Soviet Union

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States:

Arizona

Florida

California

Maryland

Provinces:

British Columbia

Manitoba

Yukon Territory

National:

Union Jack/Flag (I biased so what! :P;) )

Canadian Maple Leaf

Australia

Norway

Historical:

Canadian Red Ensign

Original 13 states Flag

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States:

Arizona

Florida

California

Maryland

Provinces:

British Columbia

Manitoba

Yukon Territory

National:

Union Jack/Flag (I biased so what! :P;) )

Canadian Maple Leaf

Australia

Norway

Historical:

Canadian Red Ensign

Original 13 states Flag

surely if you like the west island criminals flag, you must like ours in enzed?

theyre practically the same.

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My 2 cents

Best Countries:

#1. US (the famed stars and stripes)

#2. Ghana (dig the colors and strength in the black star)

#3. UK (classic)

#4. Jamaica (rasta mon)

#5. Belarus (always have liked it idk y)

HM-Greece, China, Barbados

Worst Countries:

#1. Libya (make an effort at least)

#2.Bosnia & Herzegovina (just no)

#3. Lebanon (reminds me of Stanford)

#4. Uganda (too many stripes)

#5. Dominica (lots of colors in parrot)

Best States:

#1. Maryland

#2. Texas

#3. New Mexico

#4. Colorado

#5. Arizona

HM- Tennessee, South Carolina, Alaska

Worst States:

#1. Ohio (I HATE THE PENNANT)

#2. Oregon (different on each side???)

#3. Wisconsin (No Bias can help that)

#4. TIE- All states like mine that stick the seal on it (worse if you add the name and/or year to it)

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States:

Arizona

Florida

California

Maryland

Provinces:

British Columbia

Manitoba

Yukon Territory

National:

Union Jack/Flag (I biased so what! :P;) )

Canadian Maple Leaf

Australia

Norway

Historical:

Canadian Red Ensign

Original 13 states Flag

surely if you like the west island criminals flag, you must like ours in enzed?

theyre practically the same.

Sorry not entirely with you on that. :huh:

Do you mean the New Zealand Flag?

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All in no particular order...

States/Cities

Chicago, IL

New Mexico

Ohio

Maryland

Texas

Countries

USA

Ireland

Northern Ireland (Red Hand of Ulster)

France

Brazil

Mexico

Scotland

Bhutan

Israel

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My favorite National Flags are-

Number 1- Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes. As the U.S. athlete said at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm after refusing to dip The Colors to the Swedish King, "The Stars and Stripes bow to no earthly monarch!" And she NEVER will! Amen, bro! Long may she wave!

Number 2- The Red Ensign. Canada should still be using it.

Number 3- The Union Jack, paying homage to my British heritage.

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All in no particular order...

States/Cities

Chicago, IL

New Mexico

Ohio

Maryland

Texas

Countries

USA

Ireland

Northern Ireland (Red Hand of Ulster)

France

Brazil

Mexico

Scotland

Bhutan

Israel

Chicago has the best flag of any US City.

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Maybe i'm feeling a little dissed on the India flag by some, or people just don't understand the meaning behind the flag...which is how i picked the flags i like, but here's just some info on it. So people understand what it means.

A few days before India became independent on August 1947, the specially constituted Constituent Assembly decided that the flag of India must be acceptable to all parties and communities.[1] A flag with three colours, Saffron, White and Green with the Ashoka Chakra was selected. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who later became India's first Vice President, clarified the adopted flag and described its significance as follows:

? Bhagwa or the saffron colour denotes renunciation of disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. The white in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends. The "Ashoka Chakra" in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag. Again, the wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.[2] ?

A widely held unofficial interpretation is that the saffron stands for purity and spirituality, white for peace and truth, green for fertility and prosperity and the wheel for justice

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Maybe i'm feeling a little dissed on the India flag by some, or people just don't understand the meaning behind the flag...which is how i picked the flags i like, but here's just some info on it. So people understand what it means.
A few days before India became independent on August 1947, the specially constituted Constituent Assembly decided that the flag of India must be acceptable to all parties and communities.[1] A flag with three colours, Saffron, White and Green with the Ashoka Chakra was selected. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who later became India's first Vice President, clarified the adopted flag and described its significance as follows:

? Bhagwa or the saffron colour denotes renunciation of disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. The white in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends. The "Ashoka Chakra" in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag. Again, the wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.[2] ?

A widely held unofficial interpretation is that the saffron stands for purity and spirituality, white for peace and truth, green for fertility and prosperity and the wheel for justice

Wasn't the wheel placed on the Indian flag to remind people of the struggles that Indians went through during the times of colonialism? Didn't it represent the homespun cloth that the Indian people wove in defiance of the British?

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There are a few explanations about the Wheel in the middle of the Indian flag...The Ashoka Chakra is what we have now, but before it was the Charkha..which is...

[edit] Charkha

Flag of the Provisional Government of Free India, displaying a charkha.A charkha (etymologically related to Chakra) was both a tool and a symbol of the Indian independence movement.The charkha, a small, portable, hand-cranked wheel is ideal for spinning cotton and other fine, short-staple fibers, though it can be used to spin other fibers as well. The size varies, from that of a hardbound novel to the size of a briefcase, to a floor charkha. Mahatma Gandhi brought the charkha into larger use with his teachings. He hoped the charkha would assist the peoples of India achieve self-sufficiency and independence, and so used the charkha as a symbol of the Indian independence movement and included it on earlier versions of the Flag of India. The tabletop or floor charkha is one of the oldest known forms of the spinning wheel.

The charkha works similarly to the great wheel, with a drive wheel being turned by hand, while the yarn is spun off the tip of the spindle.The floor charkha and the great wheel closely resemble each other. With both, the spinning must stop in order to wind the yarn onto the spindle.

The Chakra:

The spoked Ashoka Chakra in the center of the flag replaced the Gandhian spinning wheel to add historical "depth" and separate the national flag from that of the Indian National Congress.

This Dharma Chakra depicted the "wheel of the law" in the Sarnath Lion Capital made by the 3rd-century BC Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. The chakra intends to show that there is life in movement and death in stagnation.

The Wheel of Law's 24 spokes are said to represent each hour of the day, as well as the endless circle of life

A little more on the Flag...

To address Mahatma Gandhi's concerns, another new flag was indeed designed. This tricolour featured white on top, green in the centre and red at the bottom, symbolising the minority religions, Muslims and Hindus respectively, with a "Charkha" drawn across all three bands. Parallels were drawn with the fact that it closely resembled the Flag of Ireland, symbol of the other major freedom struggle against the British Empire.[1] This flag was first unfurled at the congress party meeting in Ahmedabad. Although this flag was not adopted as the official flag of the Indian National Congress party, it was nevertheless widely used during the freedom movement.

However, there were many who were not satisfied with the communal interpretation of the flag. The All India Sanskrit Congress that convened in Calcutta in 1924 suggested the inclusion of saffron or ochre and the "gadha" (mace) of Vishnu as the symbol of the Hindus. Later that year, it was suggested that geru (an earthy-red colour) "typified the spirit of renunciation and symbolised an ideal common to the Hindu yogis and sanyasis as well as the Muslim fakirs and darveshes." The Sikhs also stepped up the demand to either include a yellow colour that would represent them, or abandon religious symbolism altogether.

In light of these developments, the Congress Working Committee appointed a seven member Flag Committee on 1931-04-02 to sort out these issues. A resolution was passed noting that "objection has been taken to the three colours in the flag on the ground that they are conceived on the communal basis." The unlikely result of these confabulations was a flag featuring just one colour, ochre, and a "Charkha" at upper hoist. Though recommended by the flag committee, the INC did not adopt this flag, as it seemed to project a communalistic ideology.

Later, the final resolution on a flag was passed when the Congress committee met at Karachi in 1931. The tricolour flag then adopted was designed by Pingali Venkayya. It featured three horizontal strips of saffron, white and green, with a "Charkha" in the centre. The colours were interpreted thus: saffron for courage; white for truth and peace; green for faith and prosperity. The "Charkha" symbolised the economic regeneration of India and the industriousness of its people.[1]

At the same time a variant of the flag was being used by the Indian National Army that included the words "Azad Hind" with a springing tiger in lieu of the "Charkha" signifying Subhash Chandra Bose's armed struggle as opposed to Mahatma Gandhi's non-violence. This tricolour was hoisted for the first time on Indian soil in Manipur by Subhash Chandra Bose.

A few days before India gained its freedom in August 1947, the Constituent Assembly was formed to discuss the flag of the India. They set up an ad hoc committee headed by Rajendra Prasad and consisting of Abul Kalam Azad, Sarojini Naidu, C. Rajagopalachari, KM Munshi and B.R. Ambedkar as its members. The Flag Committee was constituted on 1947-06-23 and it began deliberations on the issue. After three weeks they came to a decision on 14 July 1947, being that the flag of the Indian National Congress should be adopted as the National Flag of India with suitable modifications, to make it acceptable to all parties and communities. It was further resolved that the flag should not have any communal undertones. The "Dharma Chakra" which appears on the abacus of Sarnath was adopted in the place of the "Charkha". The flag was unfurled for the first time as that of an independent country on 15 August 1947.[6]

The other flags we've had can be seen here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_India

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Some of the people that are posting the flags should give a brief history on it...it's what makes the flags that much more significant...like the US' flag, most people don't know what the 13 stripes stand for (the war, civil to be exact, or against the brits etc)...

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Some of the people that are posting the flags should give a brief history on it...it's what makes the flags that much more significant...like the US' flag, most people don't know what the 13 stripes stand for (the war, civil to be exact, or against the brits etc)...

The 13 stripes in Old Glory each represent one of the original 13 states. The war against the British was the Revolutionary War. We don't see that conflict as a "Civil War." That term applies to the War Between the States (1861-65), or as Southerners refer to it, "The War of Northern Agression." And each star represents a current state in the Union. The Revolutionary War overthrew British control of "The Colonies." BTW- The U.S. forces invaded Ontario and actually held Toronto (Fort York) for a few days. The Brits were then able to retake control of the area.

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EDIT: Nevermind again

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Hey, the flag thing and american told me, the guy was from Baltimore...so don't get so choked at me.

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I always found it odd when the Civil War was referred to as a "Civil War" because it wasn't. A civil war is when two parties from the same country go to war for control of the government.

The South wanted no such control, only to form their own country. It was a war of separation, not a civil war in the definition sense.

Back on topic with flags!

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