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Hello I created this thread for people who like flag design and maps and herlady please enjoy posting creations I will be posting my Creations as well.
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I like it! Cogwheel and laurel look great.
If I were to make a critique, the lack of contrast between the background and the green stripe at the bottom make is look a little hard to distinguish (posted the grayscale so you can better see what I mean). Made the stripe a little brighter which, although a small chance, makes a big difference imo




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Here's some progress I made. I followed your advice and made the green stripe a bit lighter. I experimented a bit and tried to make a pattern that looks a bit more like wheat, which one looks better according to you? As a bonus, here's also my attempt to make a military shoulder patch of this emblem, similar to Soviet Army ones.

For the record, "СФРМ" is for "Союз Республик Федералных Механистов", Russian for "Federal Union of Mecanist Republics". Well, I don't know if that name sounds good in Russian, I just picked something that has the same vibe as the English one. If any Russian-speaking anon could suggest a better name, feel free to do so!
In fact, if anyone has a better English name for it, just tell me ^^


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I like em, first and third one look the best in my opinion, military patch also looks really neat. I like the little pentagon on top more than just the star. Though one issue you run into when designing flags is you want them to be instantly recognizable from a distance, so while you might notice the wreath of wheat by zooming in, from a distance or zoomed out it's really hard to make it out since the wheat kernels are so small. Picked some quick design examples to see what I think would look good and make it easier to distinguish and fit with the geometric style you're going for, though you shouldn't be too afraid of playing around with shapes and see what sticks.
Also, and this is less a design suggestion and more of a personal opinion, I feel like playing around with colors is half the fun of designing stuff sometimes, so you shouldn't be wary of using colors that pop out more. I like the subtle shade you chose for the background, but if all the colors on the flag are desaturated you run the risk of the eye completely glossing of the flag whereas flags are usually made to be eyecatching, not to mention that realistically desaturated and darker colors are harder to do on a flag. Just a thought though. I like the way you're going with your fictional universe though, worldbuilding is fun as fuck and honestly when I have the time, I'm probably also gonna put the ideas I have knocking around in my noggin on paper to see what comes out.


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Does WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT YOUR CHAINS! or the star count as historical references?
Here's the cursed UN flag, made in 10 minutes lmao


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So, basically, I shouldn't be afraid of using brighter colors is what you're suggesting? I see. I usually prefer dark colors, which is why the flag of the Mecanist Union started off with a very dark green stripe.

Thank you for your support regarding worldbuilding! I have a bunch of ideas regarding this one, is there a thread about worldbuilding? Furthermore, this thread is also about maps, but I don't know how to make one (well, a pretty one). I hope I'll figure out how to!

Also, some more stuff.
<another version of the Mecanist flag (hopefully the wheat is a bit easier to identify from afar, plus more saturated stripe)
<an improved Mecanist military patch with the new logo design
<the flag of this universe's analogue of the USA (it's an old design, maybe I should find something better? Also, funky colors and look)
<the flag of a mysterious organization that calls itself… well, the Organization. Their origins and exact goals are unknown but they are obviously evil omnicidal maniacs, hence the Nazi colors and edgy, evil-looking emblem

I might post more later. If I figure out how to, I might try to add… draping? I mean the kind of cloth you find on the wheat like in your 3rd pic. Or even better looking wheat? I'm not very good at small details.


>that cursor


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Nice job, they look great. I especially like the faux-America flag, looks like a real flag you would see in history, not to mention the colors you picked for it look really really good together.
>is there a thread about worldbuilding?
Not to my knowledge, there's a writing one and a bunch of art ones. It'd be a pretty uneventful thread given that worldbuilding is pretty niche, and even then it's usually tied to a bigger project like a book or a game rather than worldbuilding for fun


this is pretty cool and palatable



Ultra kek





would make a great patch


Gotta be embroidered, not not transfered though.


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>flags, above all, must be simple

>But why?

to quote Chairman Mao
<Where do correct ideas come from? Do they drop from the skies? No. Are they innate in the mind? No. They come from social practice, and from it alone; they come from three kinds of social practice, the struggle for production, the class struggle and scientific experiment.

This Idea also didn't drop from the skies but derives from the practical purpose of flags i.e. warfare. The main practical purposes of flags and standards in warfare are
1. Identification - who is friend? who is foe?
2. Orientation - from a soldiers perspective: where is my commander? In which direction am I supposed to go? from the perspective of a commander: where are my troops? where are there going?
3. Communication - lowering the flag indicates giving up a position, raising the flag taking one.

There is a reason why for example in the American civil war the flag bearer was always the one leading a charge, it was cause this is a simple and effective way to let the soldiers exactly know in which direction to charge.
Getting your flag knocked down is not just a disgrace to the honor of the particular unit and the troop as whole but also a serious military disadvantage leaving your soldiers disoriented and confused leaving them to be an easy target for the enemy.

If you keep these things in mind the reason why flags should be simple and easily distinguishable become obvious.
If flags are to complex it's harder to identify them on the battlefield especially at a distance which could lead to serious mistakes on side of both commanders and soldiers. Be it soldiers which fell behind being unable to find their units during the Battle or the commander or a messenger mistakes unit X for unit Y and give them the orders meant for unit Y which could lead to high causalities and eventually defeat.
The consequences of mistaking the enemy for your own troops or the other way around should be even more obvious.
Just imagine a new American civil war fought with the current US state flags.
Bad flag design kills.

As for communist vexillology re-using the same colors and symbols over and over again:
this serves the first practical purpose of flags and standards in warfare Identification, especially in a civil war scenario not uncommon in revolutionary communist history.
Volunteers of communist militia A will think twice before opening fire on communist militia B if communist militia B waves a red flag and the other way around even if these militias have no ties at all or don't even know of each other.




Simplicity doesn't always nor necessarily mean that flags are easy to distinguish - try distinguishing between an Chad and Romanian flag, a Indonesian and Monaco flag, and the flags of Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Simplicity is a second-rate characteristic of flags, flags can be complicated and easy to distinguish.

In modern civil wars this is flourishing - a lot of the niche battalions and brigades on the Russian and Ukrainian sides have chosen flags with complicated designs to fight under.


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Trying out some stuff.


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Dixie but worse




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Russian Red Army flag I made.

PS: Not a member of the CPUSA, I just like their variant of the H&S


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fuark Australia is hard :|



The flag of the Lugansk Peoples Republic in the style of the RSFSR flag


reddit man finally did a video 'grading' US state flags


he's deeply wrong about california and colorado btw. I don't know what it is about NAVA's design codes that makes these people treat them like written gospel. there's something to be said about the eurocentrism implied there too, especially with the 'no lettering' rule. maybe I should give the actual pamphlet a read again sometime (it's been forever); here it is for those curious: https://nava.org/good-flag-bad-flag


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>he's deeply wrong about california
this fucken shit is just rage inducing tbh; only a midwit would find this clever https://nitter.net/cgpgrey/status/1643259508083286016


What with this and Utah, I feel like every modern vexillologist thinks more about how their flag would work as branding on a screen instead of an actual flag in the wind


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flag for christo-fascist burger town (old one but reposting ITT)


A good flag should be easily adaptable to many brand formats, to be honest. I'm sure if you visited a tourist shop in California, Arizona or New Mexico, their flags would be on everything. I know for a fact it's the case with cities like St Louis, Chicago. and DC though. Utah has always been big on the beehive imagery due to its significance in Mormonism, which, hmm..


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Skinny star or fat star?


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California's flag is pretty cool aesthetically, but still it's the lesser version of the "come and take it" flag. Just celebrating jacking it from the Mexicans, but California's story is just boring in comparison.


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When it comes to Texas, I've always been more partial to the Goliad Flag.




Skinny; fat star would look better if the sun were also fat.


I love the fat star one in particular but both look good. Different vibes tho imo: the skinny star looks more militaristic or austere or sinister to me, the fat star looks more friendly and lively and protagonistic to me. I think the fat star type is much rarer in vexillology than the first type. As far as irl examples I think star number 1 has been used in both soviet and american symbology. Star number 2 brings to mind the Chinese communist partisans old symbology and south american revolutionaries like the shining path


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also the fat one looks both more "lively" but also more plant like to me. It looks like a piece of starfruit or san pedro cutting I think. or a nice fat starfish for that matter


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Sharing twitter user @blagojevism's redesign of Illinois' state flag that incorporates the Piasa bird from Native American mythology.



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Might take a crack at redesigning Missouri's state flag in a similar vein using images from the Warrenton picture cave. Get a load of this 'large serpent with antlers and toothy mouth' dating back to 1000ad lol.



literally me


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