Where wild minds come to rest
A favorite pastime for my day dreams is to go into the really obscure details to make my world seem really real. Since returning home for winter break, I've been designed flags of the Western Union, a country from my day dreams that you can read more about in my other blog posts.
I decided to make flags for each of the Western Union's 26 provinces to give them an identity on the battlefield when I draw battle flags. The Western Union is like the United States insofar that it is a federation made up of smaller units, but unlike the US, the Western Union gives these provinces a little more autonomy. It's like the European Union where countries are still sovereign, but like the US that there is a strong federal government.
I wanted to design each flag with a similar color scheme to show the Western Union's national unity, but the flags are also very distinguishable from each other. I followed all proper flag design to make them aesthetically pleasing. Here are some below:
The Province of Asteria is simple blue representing the sky, and gold representing the expanse of wheat crops. The Laurel Wreath is part of the seal of the Western Union.
Bastille is the Military stronghold of the Western Union and East of the new Wester River which is in blue. The three stars represent the tri cities in the province. The fluer-de-lious is a symbol of the military, which has a officer's academy in the capital of Westerlyn.
Bridgeport is the Southern Capitol of the Western Union and the only province with a substantial shipping industry, which is represented by the anchor. The seven stripes are the seven bridges in and out of the city state.
Cobalt is on the Southern part of the crossroads between the north and the south of the country. Which is represented by the gold cross. It also has a major christian population, which is seen in the white cross. The eight pointed star in the bottom corner is the position of the provincial capital in reference to the trade routes.
Lisle is the only former American city state to be in the Western Union, so this flag was changed from the original red, white, and blue color scheme of the old imperial flag. The snakes are the city's symbol.
Manitoba was a former Canadian province before it joined the Western Union so it borrowed the maple leaf. The Yellow represents the purity and the massive gold mines in region.
Napier used to be ruled by three related clans before the Western Union was created. These three crescents are a common clan symbol for unity.
Troy is the hunting capital of the country so the running stag fit the flag perfectly. The yellow part of the flag is actually a cut off letter "T" for Troy.
I know that these are not all of the flags, but I think you get the idea. What flag was your favorite? Do you like the similar color schemes for flags in the same nation?