Today in the world there are more than 200 states recognized by the world community. Each of them has its own attributes, including the coat of arms, the anthem and the flag. At the same time, often such paintings are rather eloquent, not just something symbolize, but literally tell the fascinating history of the country. There are flags, which are generally perceived only as works of art. From this variegated variety we have chosen the most unusual such state symbols.
This is the symbol of the Isle of Man. This territory is located in the Irish Sea between England, Scotland and Ireland. The island is the crown of the British Colon. The flag is a rectangular red canvas, in the center of which there is a national symbol – triskelion.
These are three running legs that are connected together and thus form something like a star. In Greek, the symbol means “walking on three legs”. This is one of the most ancient symbols invented by man. Images of Triskelion found in prehistoric caves in the north of Italy, as well as in Greek vases and coins of the 6th-8th centuries. This symbol is found in Norway and in Sicily.
The inhabitants of the Isle of Man claim that the Triskelion came to them from Scandinavian countries. Whatever it was, but since the XIII century it is the national symbol of the island. And the meaning of the local triskelion is best explained by the national motto: “Wherever he throws, he will stand.” In other words, feet running in a circle symbolize development, stability and movement. The flag of this island is considered to be one of the oldest in the world. The last time it changed at the end of the XIII century. Officially, it was approved on August 27, 1971.
Flag looking to the sky.
This flag, like the country itself, appeared relatively recently. The state symbol of Kyrgyzstan was approved on March 3, 1992. Officially it is described as a canvas of red color with a round solar disk in the center.
Forty golden rays depart uniformly from the star. The red monochrome character of this flag expresses boldness and valor, and the sun bathed in its own rays is peace and riches. Forty beams gathered together are forty ancient tribes that have gathered and created a single now state of Kyrgyzstan.
But the most interesting detail of this flag is the red tundyuk inside the solar disk. Translated from the Kyrgyz this word means the roof of the yurt or north. In the dwellings of this people, the tunduk calls a trellised hole at the top of the yurt, which is necessary to get air and light inside. On the flag, this element symbolizes the father’s house in the broadest sense of the word and the universe around us.
The most humane.
The flag of Switzerland is the second in the world among the states, which is not rectangular. This symbol looks like a red square in the center of which is painted a white straight cross. At the same time, the ends of the crossings of the edges of the panel do not reach. Officially, the flag was approved as a national symbol in the XIX century.
The Swiss flag was born from the coat of arms of the canton of Schwyz. He became one of three such associations, which created the Swiss Confederation in 1291. The banner was first seen in this form in 1339 during the Battle of Laupen. Only then the crossings were narrower, reaching the edges of the flag.
It should be noted that the color of the flag of Switzerland has not changed since the time of the Holy Roman Empire, but the form was still being improved. In the time of the Confederation, the flag was triangular, later it turned into a white cross, made up of five identical squares, on a red background. And only in 1889 the flag took its modern look.
It is the Swiss flag that can be considered the most humane. After all, his previous version with a cross of squares became the prototype of the famous symbol of the Red Cross. Just the colors were reversed. Thus, the tribute was paid to the founder of this charitable organization, Swiss citizen Jean Henri Dunant.
The most lost in the ocean.
The State of Guam is located in the Mariana Islands. Its flag is a blue canvas bordered with a red border. Sineva, which is logical, symbolizes the Pacific Ocean, which surrounds the island from all sides. But the red border is the blood spilled by the inhabitants during the occupation by Spain and Japan. First, the version of the flag without the red border was approved, it happened on July 4, 1917. And in 1948, the light saw a modern version of this state symbol.
In the center of the flag is the coat of arms of Guam himself. In form, it very much resembles a primitive basalt tool, which local people used in war and hunting. In the middle of the elongated oval, the bay of Hagatna, the capital of Guam, is depicted. It floats a pro boat, which is very popular among the peoples of Samoa and Polynesia. Also in the center of the flag, looking closely, you can see the shore with a coconut palm, a local river and a rock. In the same place, the name of the country – GUAM – is written in red letters.
It should be noted that the small emblem came out very symbolic. For example, the boat represents the courage of the indigenous people of the island. Once upon a time, the Aborigines bravely plodded the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean. The river flowing into the ocean speaks of the willingness of local residents to share the resources of their land with others. The beach symbolizes the devotion of all the same indigenous population to their homeland and nature.
A rock is a promise of the inhabitants to convey their culture, language and heritage to future generations. Coconut palm, growing on infertile sand, says and the steadfastness and determination of the inhabitants of the island. The curved trunk of the tree speaks of the trials that the citizens of Guam had to endure. The blue color indicates the inextricable connection of the island with the sky and the sea.
The most non-standard flag.
National flags are usually rectangular in shape. But there is such a flag that does not obey the generally accepted canons of vexillology (this science is studying flags and pennants). An unusual symbol belongs to Nepal. It represents two red triangles, one located below the other. All the cloth has a border of blue color.
The choice of colors is completely justified – red-blue is considered the national color of the country, and blue – symbolizes the world. The upper triangle contains a white image of the moon, and on the lower one the sun is depicted. Earlier, these heavenly bodies on the flag were also depicted with faces. The moon and sun depicted here say that the country of Nepal will exist as long as they themselves.
It is said that such a flag is a combination of two pennants belonging to the Rana dynasty. Representatives of this family ruled the country in ancient times. You can also take the triangular shape of the flag as a symbol of the Himalayas. Two triangles can talk about the unity in the country of two great religions – Buddhism and Hinduism. The unusual flag of the country was approved on December 16, 1962.
Horse Chestnut Ohio.
Although this flag is not state, it can easily compete with the Nepalese symbol in its originality. The flag of the US state of Ohio was approved on July 10, 1902. It stands out among the symbols of other states, at least in that the form is not a classical rectangular form. It is difficult to describe at all. The upper and lower edges from the shaft to the edge narrow, at the end of the flag there is an acute-angled notch in general.
But the symbolism is quite understandable. The large blue triangle speaks of the mountains and valleys of the states, the bands are the roads and the rivers, and also the five states of the Northwest Territory, which includes Ohio. 17 stars say that the state became the 17th participant, who joined the union. In the middle of the triangle there is a white circle with a red center, giving the nickname a banner – “Horse Chestnut”. In fact, this is a symbolic representation of the first letter of the state name.
The most vegetative flag.
Self-governing territory Norfolk is located in the Pacific Ocean east of Australia.The flag of this small country is subtly similar to the Canadian one. There are also colored stripes along the edges, and in the middle – a white field. That’s where the main symbol of the country is located. But if in Canada this maple leaf, then in Norfolk on the flag there was a place for the whole tree. There is a local pine, which grows only on this island. A rich local flora is also dedicated to green fields on the sides of the flag.
In modern form, this symbol was approved quite recently – in 1980. But they formed it back in the century before last. At the same time, the peaceful green of the flag rather strongly contrasts with the history of the island. Norfolk was discovered in 1774 by the famous captain James Cook. For a long time, criminals from England and Australia were exiled to the island. As a result, this area turned into one large colony, which lasted until 1854. Then the prison was closed, and on Norfolk from the nearby islands brought already quite peaceful residents.
The most snake flag.
Martinique, part of the Lesser Antilles, has its official flag. The name is a French tricolor, which is not surprising given that it is the overseas department of the European Republic. But the historical flag of Martinique, which now has an unofficial status, is much more original. He was received on August 4, 1766.
The flag is a sea pennant of France of that time – a white cross on a blue background. In the margins there are four letters L, which in this version are stylized as local rattlesnakes. It should be noted that these reptiles found themselves on the flag by chance – on the island they are really quite numerous. And local legends say that the serpents on Martinique were brought in by plantation colonists in order to survive from the forests of runaway slaves.
The most saturated.
This historical flag also belongs to the territory dependent on France. These are the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, located in the Atlantic Ocean. The flag is in fact an heraldic emblem. The main part with the ship means the ocean and the ship of the discoverer Jacques Quartier.
There are three emblems in the shaft section. They remind of the first colonists of these lands – Basques, Brittany and Normans. Accordingly, the banner depicts the flag of the Basque Country and Currinya, part of the Brittany flag “ermine fur” and the symbol of Normandy are two leopards on a red background.
The most international flag.
At first it may seem that someone just took it and joked for the sake of connecting the flags of the UK and the EU in the form of a composition of the American type. In fact, it is the real flag of Cook’s state education. These lands lie in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean. Although the islands were named after the English navigator, he himself was not their first discoverer, calling them the islands of Hervey. And found these pieces of sushi in the ocean the Spaniards.
Its current name of the island was due to the Russian navigator Ivan Kruzenstern. The flag clearly shows that the islands have a colonial past. The British blue naval flag speaks of ties to New Zealand. The Cook Islands enter into a free association with it. The stars are a symbol of faith in God, as well as the power that leads the inhabitants through history. 15 stars are 15 islands of the archipelago. Collecting them in a circle speaks about the strength and unity of the local people.
The most unearthly flag.
If all the unofficial flags represent someone specific, then this one is not tied to some terrestrial territory. It is not yet known when exactly a person will step onto the planet Mars. But it is possible that at that very moment in his hand will be the original flag, specially prepared by earthlings for a new planet.
This laconic tricolor does not exist and yet there can not be any official status. In fact, as long as international law does not allow us to take celestial bodies, so they do not need flags either. But this flag has already been approved by the non-profit organization for the development of the Red Planet.Who knows, maybe it’s the messenger of the Martian community who will go there first?
This unofficial flag symbolizes the future of the planet. The red color is Mars himself, which he is now. Green and blue are the stages of the possible development of the planet by mankind, if we have the strength and patience to do this. I must say that such colors of the flag and their meaning are directly related to the famous trilogy of the American science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson Red Mars “,” Green Mars “,” Blue Mars “. And although the flag has an unofficial status, it is already developing over quite official institutions.
You can see the Martian banner on the Flashin Martian Arctic research station on the Canadian island of Devon and on some sites of the Martian Desert Research Station in the state of Utah. In 1999, the flag has already traveled to space, while only in a near-earth orbit along with one of the American “shuttles.”