Creating a Flag

Flag's hold particular importance in the life of a nation. They symbolize that country to itself and to the world. When people see the flag, they think of the values that nation holds dear.

Flags are simple in design, and bold in colour.

The Colours of the Canadian Flag

In Canada's case, our flag is red and white. Heritage Canada explains it:

History records that in the First Crusade Bohemund I, a Norman lord, had red crosses cut from his mantles and distributed to the 10,000 crusaders, who wore them as a distinctive badge on their garments.
In subsequent crusades, each nation was distinguished by a cross of a different colour. France long had a red cross on its banners while England used a white cross. In the course of history, red and white alternated as the national colours of France and England.
Red and white were approved as Canada's official colours in the proclamation of her coat of arms in 1921.
In 1957, the colour of the maple leaves on the shield of the Royal Arms of Canada was changed from green on a white ground to red on a white ground in recognition of Canada's official colours.
- National colours - red and white

The Maple Leaf

A stylized maple leaf forms the center of the Canadian flag. Heritage Canada indicates that the maple leaf has served as a symbol for Canadians as early as the 1700s.

In 1834, the St. Jean Baptiste Society made the maple leaf its emblem.
In 1836, Le Canadien, a newspaper published in Lower Canada, referred to it as a suitable emblem for Canada.
In 1848, the Toronto literary annual The Maple Leaf referred to it as the chosen emblem of Canada.
By 1860, the maple leaf was incorporated into the badge of the 100th Regiment (Royal Canadians) and was used extensively in decorations for the visit of the Prince of Wales that year.
Alexander Muir wrote The Maple Leaf Forever as Canada's confederation song in 1867; it was regarded as the national song for several decades. The coats of arms created the next year for Ontario and Quebec both included the maple leaf.
The maple leaf today appears on the penny. However, between 1876 and 1901, it appeared on all Canadian coins. The modern one-cent piece has two maple leaves on a common twig, a design that has gone almost unchanged since 1937.
During the First World War, the maple leaf was included in the badge of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Since 1921, the Royal Arms of Canada have included three maple leaves as a distinctive Canadian emblem. With the proclamation of Canada's new flag in 1965, the maple leaf has become the most-prominent Canadian symbol.
In 1939, at the time of World War II, many Canadian troops used the maple leaf as a distinctive sign, displaying it on regimental badges and Canadian army and naval equipment.
In 1957, the colour of the maple leaves on the arms of Canada was changed from green to red, one of Canada's official colours.
On February 15, 1965, the red maple leaf flag was inaugurated as the National Flag of Canada.
- The Maple Leaf

Your assignment

For the nation we have created, design a flag. It should have colour (at least one) and a symbol of some sort.

  1. What sort of values does your nation hold?
  2. What colour represents those values?
  3. What symbol best represents those values?
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