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I love the little flags above everyone’s avatar that show where they’re from. They make me feel all well rounded and multi-cultural without ever having to leave civilization.

I do have an occasional problem, though. Here are some flags that I think could use some change to avoid confusion.

I understand that decades or centuries of tradition are wrapped up in these flags, and I’m sure there are some who like their flags the way they are, but as with the new BGG menus, I’m sure they’ll get used to it.



Note to the reader: This list may be offensive to some. I suggest that only Americans read this list. Others should simply thumb the list and move along.

2nd note to the reader: Apparently we have been flagged at least 25 times. I didn't mean any offense and I think most of us had fun on this geeklist. I can't disagree with the flags as some of the discussion got a little heated and that's not what I like about BGG.
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Belgium - Every time I see this flag I think, “Has Germany invaded Belgium again?”
My message to the Belgiumites (Belgiomians? Belgs?): You deserve your own flag. Don’t be constrained by the Black Gold Red of tradition. Branch out and find a flag that is truly unique.
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Ireland and Italy – This is worse than the original Settlers colors. I simply can’t tell these flags apart. New flag ideas: a Leprechaun for Ireland and a Pizza for Italy, but I’m open to suggestions.
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Malaysia?!?! Seriously?!?! Am I the only one who notices a passing resemblance to another well known flag? How can America consider itself a superpower if we let Malaysia steal our flag? Something must be done.
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France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Russia - Come On! Trying to keep these flags straight is just never gonna happen. I understand that everyone wants to use Red White and Blue, but show some originality!
* France, you were better off with the Fleur de Lis.
* Holland (or the Netherlands) - You can do better than that. Your country has 2 names. You deserve a unique flag.
* Russia - I wasn't a big fan of the Hammer and Sickle, but at least it was an iconic flag. This flag just blends in. You deserve better.
* Luxembourg - You’re OK. I don’t really have anything better for you and once we change the other guys, your flag will be just fine.
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Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia – Actually, these flags are fine. I can’t keep these countries straight, so I don’t mind if they all share a flag.
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Argentina - This flag’s OK at full size, but when it’s small it looks a little too much like the Israeli flag
. I like both these flags a lot, but somebody needs to change.
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England, Denmark, Switzerland– We don’t really need this many red crosses.
* England, you have the Union Jack; use it.
* Switzerland, you probably need something more neutral. Maybe a grey cross or perhaps solid white.
* Denmark, you're just fine.
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Scotland – William Wallace is cool and I really liked Braveheart, but you lost! When you lose, you don’t need your own flag anymore. Your flag was incorporated into the union jack specifically so you wouldn’t need a flag anymore.
Note to BGG Admins: I really don’t mind Scotland having it’s own flag if you’ll let me use a Texas flag.
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This has got to be some sort of copywrite violation. All they did was make one minor change to the Texas flag. I know that Texas has a great flag, but you can’t just take our flag and hope we won’t notice.
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I noticed this during the Olympics:




Latvia and Austria are just a shade off (and some size difference). I got confused on several occassions.

Additionally, when they put people's flags in a circle instead of a rectangle, I got these two flags confused with a DO NOT ENTER sign :S
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You want confusing? Tell the Australian flag from the New Zealand flag.





Edit: Yes, I know the difference... I lived in Australia for three years!
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I don't recall ever seeing a BGGer from there, but how about Libya's flag?



Seriously, it's like they're not even trying. You could at least stick a big eye right in the middle, make your flag look like this: goo
Now that would be halfway respectable.
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Florida Flag


Alabama Flag


Cross of Burgundy Flag (used by Spain 1506-1701)


Saint Patrick's Flag (symbol of Ireland incorporated into the British Union Flag)


Flag of Jersey before 1981

"X" marks ... something......
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Probably the worst set out there:



They're totally different. See? The length to width ratios are quite diverse.
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Congo

Guinea

Lithuania

Mali


I mean at least SOME countries are trying!

Rawanda

Senegal

Benin

Cameroon

Ethiopia
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The Bonnie Blue Flag was the flag of the Republic of West Florida which existed for 90 days in 1810.

The flag was also used as an unofficial flag during the early months of the Confederate States of America in 1861.

From wikimedia, "HMGS-South (a chapter of the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society) uses the flag in reference to the organization's location and appreciation of history especially for activities related to miniature wargaming"

A nearly identical yet unrelated flag, portraying a single star on a blue field, is normally displayed during U.S. military ceremonies indicating the presence of a United States Navy rear admiral (lower half) or an Air Force brigadier general.



Ancient Mapuche flag



Naval Jack of Chile



First Republic of Texas Flag



The Burnet Flag, the Second Republic of Texas Flag



The flag of Somalia.



The flag of the Maakhir, a de facto autonomous region of Somalia.



The flag of the Vietcong (1960-75).



The flag of Vietnam.
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Flag of India



Flag of Niger



Flag of Columbia



Flag of Ecuador
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How about the flags of

El Salvador


Honduras


Nicaragua



Seriously, guys...could you at least come up with different COLORS?
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Hei how a thing typical German: Föderalismus...yes, try to pronounce it XD

I don’t have anything against my German brothers, but now I’m living in a different part of Germany ...and the people here (Rheinland) are just a little weird

My home is Frankonia ...and sadly it is a part of baveria...for all the people listening to me: WE ARE NO BAVERIANS!!

they just annexed us cry

Frankonia


Bavaria


you see the difference

P.S.: No real offence against my baverian mates...we both love beer don´t we?cool
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The Middle East doesn't make it easy:

Egypt:


Iraq:


Jordan:


Kuwait:


Palestine:


Syria:


UAE:


Yemen:


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