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Which country has the flag for the West African states? I know the Saharan States has Mali's flag, but I can't figure out that one.

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Matt620 wrote:
Which country has the flag for the West African states? I know the Saharan States has Mali's flag, but I can't figure out that one.

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What version do you have? I ask because the Deluxe edition, Collectors Edition and the digital version do not have a flag for either of those countries.
 
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The Steam version
 
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Matt620 wrote:
The Steam version


No flags on the Steam or iPad version.
 
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Ummm, there certainly are
 
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I would be surprised if there would be a flag, because "West African States" like "Saharan States" is just the name for a number of states located at West Africa or the Sahara, respectively.
 
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Matt620 wrote:
Ummm, there certainly are


A screenshot would probably be most helpful.
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Ummm, there certainly are



Not on my iPad.....
 
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MD1616 wrote:
Matt620 wrote:
Ummm, there certainly are


A screenshot would probably be most helpful.

There is a screenshot at https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=67100... .

The resolution is low, but it looks like neither Saharan States nor West African States has a flag.
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pijll wrote:
MD1616 wrote:
Matt620 wrote:
Ummm, there certainly are


A screenshot would probably be most helpful.

There is a screenshot at https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=67100... .

The resolution is low, but it looks like neither Saharan States nor West African States has a flag.


As I have said, a flag would make no sense at all. It would be like looking for a flag for the Midwestern States in the USA or whatever other regions there are apart from East Coast and West Coast.
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As I have said, a flag would make no sense at all. It would be like looking for a flag for the Midwestern States in the USA or whatever other regions there are apart from East Coast and West Coast.

Or for the Benelux...
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Matt620 wrote:
Ummm, there certainly are


Digital (from Steam):


Physical gameboard:
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Matt620 wrote:
Which country has the flag for the West African states? I know the Saharan States has Mali's flag, but I can't figure out that one.

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Matt use google .... it will help shrug off the dumb american stigma.
 
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Matt620 wrote:
Which country has the flag for the West African states? I know the Saharan States has Mali's flag, but I can't figure out that one.

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I think the OP is referring to the flag for the Western African States in the Expanded Africa Scoring screen in the Steam App. It is the flag of Western Sahara - or, more precisely the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic - as used by the Polisario Front, an organization that has been fighting for the independence of the territory first since 1971 - first from Spain and, after 1975, from Morocco.
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PSantos wrote:
Matt620 wrote:
Which country has the flag for the West African states? I know the Saharan States has Mali's flag, but I can't figure out that one.

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I think the OP is referring to the flag for the Western African States in the Expanded Africa Scoring screen in the Steam App. It is the flag of Western Sahara - or, more precisely the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic - as used by the Polisario Front, an organization that has been fighting for the independence of the territory first since 1971 - first from Spain and, after 1975, from Morocco.


It never occurred to me that was what he was referring to. I really don’t pay attention to the flags in that expanded screen, just the numbers.

The assumption I made that the OP was referring to the game board was wrong. I stand corrected.
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As I have said, a flag would make no sense at all. It would be like looking for a flag for the Midwestern States in the USA or whatever other regions there are apart from East Coast and West Coast.

Or for the Benelux...


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Benelux
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allensaurusrex wrote:
Matt620 wrote:
Which country has the flag for the West African states? I know the Saharan States has Mali's flag, but I can't figure out that one.

Thanks.


Matt use google .... it will help shrug off the dumb american stigma.


Sorry mate, I found your response neither helpful nor informative. Check Pedro’s subsequent answer. Ele entendeu a pergunta.
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pijll wrote:
PeterBl wrote:
As I have said, a flag would make no sense at all. It would be like looking for a flag for the Midwestern States in the USA or whatever other regions there are apart from East Coast and West Coast.

Or for the Benelux...


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Benelux


Boy, am I happy that I did not mention Benelux. But at least it is inofficial.
 
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allensaurusrex wrote:
Matt620 wrote:
Which country has the flag for the West African states? I know the Saharan States has Mali's flag, but I can't figure out that one.

Thanks.


Matt use google .... it will help shrug off the dumb american stigma.


What, pray tell, did you mean by this?
 
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PSantos wrote:
Matt620 wrote:
Which country has the flag for the West African states? I know the Saharan States has Mali's flag, but I can't figure out that one.

Thanks.


I think the OP is referring to the flag for the Western African States in the Expanded Africa Scoring screen in the Steam App. It is the flag of Western Sahara - or, more precisely the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic - as used by the Polisario Front, an organization that has been fighting for the independence of the territory first since 1971 - first from Spain and, after 1975, from Morocco.

Wow, that seems like a controversial choice.
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Yes, let's say that Morroco will not be happy at all with that.
 
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Benkyo wrote:
PSantos wrote:
Matt620 wrote:
Which country has the flag for the West African states? I know the Saharan States has Mali's flag, but I can't figure out that one.

Thanks.


I think the OP is referring to the flag for the Western African States in the Expanded Africa Scoring screen in the Steam App. It is the flag of Western Sahara - or, more precisely the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic - as used by the Polisario Front, an organization that has been fighting for the independence of the territory first since 1971 - first from Spain and, after 1975, from Morocco.

Wow, that seems like a controversial choice.


Indeed. It is not usually seen in the game, as players rarely drop influence in the West African States - and almost never control them. It's one of those peripheral 2-stability non-battleground spaces in the Mid War regions that are rarely worth the 2 IP - unless you are locked on an all-out battle for domination or control of the region.

Still, quite curious on the rationale for choosing the Western Sahara flag over more widely known ones in the region like, say, Senegal or Guinea. Graphical pattern clash with Mali, perhaps?

Well, while I'm procrastinating this morning, might as well list all the flags the Steam App uses for "bundle" spaces.

- Spain for Spain/Portugal (Booo! But I get it, it's the larger country and more widely known flag).
- Laos for Laos/Cambodia (again, the larger country and the flags are graphically very close).
- The Gulf Cooperation for Council for the Gulf States (odd choice, as the GCC also includes Saudi Arabia).
- Madagascar for the SE African States (another odd choice, as Tanzania would be the largest country and has a very distinctive flag).
- Mali for the Saharan States, as the OP had already written (although Niger is slightly larger in area).

Add the Belgium flag for Benelux - where Netherlands is the largest country - and no clear criteria emerges.
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- Spain for Spain/Portugal (Booo! But I get it, it's the larger country and more widely known flag).


Sorry for that. I promise we did not bribe Playdeck....

Maybe they should have used the Olivenza/Olivença town flag - that way everyone would feel involved [BTW, I would not mind at all that the ownership is shared or whatever - really like Portugal]
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mpappy wrote:
allensaurusrex wrote:
Matt620 wrote:
Which country has the flag for the West African states? I know the Saharan States has Mali's flag, but I can't figure out that one.

Thanks.


Matt use google .... it will help shrug off the dumb american stigma.


Sorry mate, I found your response neither helpful nor informative. Check Pedro’s subsequent answer. Ele entendeu a pergunta.


Apart from the ‘dumb American’ jab I actually thought it was a very helpful suggestion. A google search for “West Africa flags” seems like a much quicker way to get the answer than to ask it in a BGG forum.
 
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Game Knight wrote:
mpappy wrote:
allensaurusrex wrote:
Matt620 wrote:
Which country has the flag for the West African states? I know the Saharan States has Mali's flag, but I can't figure out that one.

Thanks.


Matt use google .... it will help shrug off the dumb american stigma.


Sorry mate, I found your response neither helpful nor informative. Check Pedro’s subsequent answer. Ele entendeu a pergunta.


Apart from the ‘dumb American’ jab I actually thought it was a very helpful suggestion. A google search for “West Africa flags” seems like a much quicker way to get the answer than to ask it in a BGG forum.


...except that he was asking in the context of the game and what's in it.
 
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