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 Post subject: Re: Terran Mandate Flag?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:26 am 
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New flag, with which I'm more satisfied.


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 Post subject: Re: Terran Mandate Flag?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:38 am 
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And the flag of the "New Terran Mandate", a post-Mandate polity in my Alkonost sector which sees itself as legitimate heir to the old Mandate (a military dictatorship set up by an old Mandate naval officer who survived the Silence while in cryo-sleep and then used his ancient battlecruiser and star-marines to impose his rule over the world of Kedesh and eventually other worlds). I'd imagine that the eagle, of Roman flavour (the Mandate might have fancied itself to be the heir of Pax Romana and Pax Americana) was a symbol of the old Terran Mandate Military.


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 Post subject: Re: Terran Mandate Flag?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:01 pm 
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Very Nice.
I'd personally lose the leaves as the definition of the word Mandate implies that it forced itself on cultures or polities that weren't willing to play ball. The centre globe of Terra leaves it in no doubt who's calling the shots.

I like your New Terran Mandate concept and use of the eagle. Again, I'd lose the leaves as I can't see this guy being anything other than "I bring you peace and unity on my terms".


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 Post subject: Re: Terran Mandate Flag?
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Why orange? Usually colours on flags symbolise something (e.g. blue = ocean)

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 Post subject: Re: Terran Mandate Flag?
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I was looking for a colour which was more "sinister" than blue. Maybe I should switch to crimson/purple - the colour of emperors and kings? Blue looks too benign for this regime.

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 Post subject: Re: Terran Mandate Flag?
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Yeah, I think darker colours are definitely more sinister. Orange just looks... Dutch (and they're not the first things that spring to mind when I think "sinister" :) )

Crimson would look nice on a flag, I think.

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 Post subject: Re: Terran Mandate Flag?
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I'll go with crimson, then.

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 Post subject: Re: Terran Mandate Flag?
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Brass Jester wrote:
Very Nice.
I'd personally lose the leaves as the definition of the word Mandate implies that it forced itself on cultures or polities that weren't willing to play ball. The centre globe of Terra leaves it in no doubt who's calling the shots.

I like your New Terran Mandate concept and use of the eagle. Again, I'd lose the leaves as I can't see this guy being anything other than "I bring you peace and unity on my terms".


The leaves look like a laurel wreath to me - the sort Roman generals wore during their triumphs (and which Julius Caesar is constantly wearing in Asterix). On the flag they could symbolize the firm yet benevolent hand of the current supreme person in charge of things.

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 Post subject: Re: Terran Mandate Flag?
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New version of the Terran Mandate Flag.

Symbolism:

Crimson background - the color of royalty, empires and rule in general.

Globe - Terra

Laurels - symbols of peace and benevolent rule, but also of empire and victory.

Concentric rings surrounding it - representing the three expansion phases, as well as the protection of the Mandate.


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 Post subject: Re: Terran Mandate Flag?
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New flag for the New Terran Mandate. The concentric circles, representing the expansion phases, were removed, as now there is a new expansion phase, and an eagle representing the old Mandate Navy was added. Terra is still central despite the NTM being many parsecs away from earth, as it sees its mission as liberating Terra from whatever usurper rules it and restoring the Mandate.


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