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The Anglosphere

A flag design for the Anglosphere: the nations in the world whose chief language is English and share common cultural and historical ties to the United Kingdom, and which today maintain close political, diplomatic and military cooperation. The definition is fairly hotly debated and fluid in terms of which countries 'count' in this list, so I've taken the liberty to produce a flag that mainly represents then ten nations I think most closely meet the criteria:

England, Wales, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.

Notable graphical references to these nations: 

Overall design modelled on the Canadian flag's red field and a white central square, overlaid with a central blue banner with a white eagle (in the style of the US presidential seal), symbolizing the most populous and influential English speaking nation: the USA. The eagle's talons grasp the national flowers of the constituent nations of the United Kingdom, and Ireland: the English rose, the Scottish thistle, the Welsh leek and the Irish shamrock - a reference to the cultural and linguistic roots of the Anglosphere. The crowning star above the Eagle is in the style of the crown above the secretary bird as depicted in the South African Coat of Arms - but in this flag its seven points are also a reference to the Australian Commonwealth Star. The crown represents the Southern Hemisphere nations of the Anglosphere (sorry NZ, you don't get a specific unique reference but you're included in this too). Finally, the eagle's shield holds ten stars symbolizing each of the ten nations.

The United Stans

If all the sovereign nations in the world that end in -stan decided to unify under one banner, what would their flag look like? A flag for the United Stans. Designed by merging elements from all the flags of the Stan countries into one: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. I'd have to have a re-think if Kurdistan ever becomes a legitimized state!

Mouse-hover over the flag to see a more elaborate version involving Kazakhstan's iconic national ornamental pattern.

Secessionist movements in the style of Bangladesh (1971)

The UK without Scotland

And a some long overdue reference to Wales!

This is perhaps what a new flag of the United Kingdom could look like if Scotland exited the Union.

A clean design merging St. George's Cross (England), St Patrick's Saltire (Northern Ireland) and St. David's Cross (Wales).

The Sultanate of Mhelon

A completely fictional flag design for a completely fictional country I created on NationStates.

The Mhelonese are an odd people. They've gone through several major regime changes from hardcore socialism to libertarian democracy to a compulsory consumerist economy with a benevolent dictatorship. They operate with a currency of severed ears. Alcohol is prohibited, nudity is encouraged, you have to get a license to become a parent, and the biggest industry is pith helmet sales. The national animal of Mhelon is the fungus.

North Korea colonized by Patrick Star

Patrick Star may or may not have designs to annex the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea. I can neither confirm nor deny whether I support this eventuality, but if it happens then I humbly suggest this flag might be flown over the occupied territory. 

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