Flags have long been a passion of mine. First it was the flag cards, then it was patches + pins, and then shirts. And then it was shirts with slogans, which led to the activism phase (Free Trans-Dniester!), and the equally annoying snarky phase (Icelander – I barely know her!) etc.
With all that behind us, I’ve now come to a place where I just enjoy flags and flaggery in general (or vexillology if you wanna be fancy about it). “What do the colors mean? Why is that bird there? Is that a crustacean on your flag? That sun with a face is weird.”
It’s all so interesting how nations choose to portray themselves. A flag says what you want the rest of the world to know about you.
Here is a list of a few all-time favorites. Let’s just make this a list of best currently-used flags, as a list of best all-time flags would open Pandora’s Box for every eccentric country/nation-state to ever use the flag medium to make known their most charming attributes.
8. Zambia – I’m sure this flag is rich with symbolism, but it mainly just reminds me of Contra.
7. Turks + Caicos – Fantastic stuff here – you’ve got a mangled looking conch shell, with what appears to be a trilobite and shuttlecock.
There’s a great sub-genre of former colonial possession-flags where the Union Jack hogs like 20% of the flag, so they just fill the rest with a bunch of random indigenous stuff.
6. Tokelau – I’m a total sucker for nautical-themed flags.
5. Northern Marianas – The South Pacific is full of great flags, but we’ll go with this one to honor my granddaddy who served in Saipan during WWII.
4. Uruguay – Creepy? Yes. But those colors are just delightful.
3. Isle of Man – This is like one of those rorshach tests. I feel anxious and confused when I see this flag, but it is visually appealing.
2. Gibraltar – This Bowser-approved flag makes me want to fire up the NES, warp all the way to level 8 and take care of business!
1. St. Pierre + Miquelon – Behold, the fairest of them all.