View Full Version : Fun With Flags: Round 2 - Group I

09-22-2014, 06:38 AM
Please vote for the best flags; you may choose up to four flags. The top four will be moving on to the next round. This is NOT a vote for which country is "better". We are strictly voting based on the aesthetics and the design of each flag, not taking into account any geopolitical issues. Below each flag you'll find a link to the Wikipedia article about that flag, if you're curious to find out more about its history and symbolism.


Papua New Guinea (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Papua_New_Guinea)


Turkmenistan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Turkmenistan)


Brazil (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Brazil)


Iceland (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Iceland)


Tajikistan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Tajikistan)


New Zealand (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_New_Zealand)


Saudi Arabia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Saudi_Arabia)


Bolivia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Bolivia)

09-23-2014, 03:58 AM
Turkmenistan's flag is nice - the stripe reminds me of a carpet we had at home when I was a little girl (I think, almost all Soviet families had at least one carpet with similar design :))

Also voted for Papua New Guinea and Iceland.

09-23-2014, 05:12 AM
Apparently that's a Persian carpet design. I too went with Turkmenistan as well, plus Brazil, Iceland, and Tajikistan.

09-23-2014, 05:45 AM
Papua New Guinea

09-23-2014, 05:47 AM
I think you are right, pablo - many of these (now) independent states had been parts of larger empires in the past, so no wonder they share culture. It's just funny how little things bring back childhood memories :)

In my mind, the Brazil flag is so firmly associated with soccer that I see it as a "soccer flag", really :D

09-23-2014, 05:53 AM
In my mind, the Brazil flag is so firmly associated with soccer that I see it as a "soccer flag", really :D

The crazy thing about Brazil's flag, as many people know is:


The stars, whose position in the flag reflect the sky over Rio de Janeiro on November 15, 1889, represent the union's federated units – each star representing a specific State, plus one for the Federal District [...] Professor Paulo Arajo Duarte of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, bears this out, saying "In truth, the creators of our republican flag intended to represent the stars in the sky at Rio de Janeiro at 8:30 in the morning on 15 November 1889, the moment at which the constellation of the Southern Cross was on the meridian of Rio de Janeiro and the longer arm [of the cross] was vertical." Another article, citing "O Cu da Bandeira (The Sky of the Flag)", by J.R.V. Costa, says the exact time was actually 08:37. This last article includes the designer of the flag's explanation of his intentions regarding the stars.

09-23-2014, 06:25 AM
Wow, how interesting! It's so much fun to read about the history of flags and significance of their elements.

09-25-2014, 06:51 PM
I always took Brazil's flag to be "looking globally."

09-28-2014, 05:38 AM
Iceland and Bolivia are tied for the last spot. Can we break the tie before the poll closes?

09-29-2014, 06:53 AM
The poll has closed.

The following three flags are moving on to Round 3:

Papua New Guinea (72.73%)
Brazil (63.64%)
Turkmenistan (54.55%)

The following two flags will face-off in a tiebreaker for the last two spots to move on:

Bolivia (27.27%)
Iceland (27.27%)

And the following three flags are eliminated:

New Zealand (9.09%)
Saudi Arabia (9.09%)
Tajikistan (9.09%)