Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Interstellar Warfare Wednesday: Banner for the Stars

So apparently some Swede drew up a flag that's supposed to represent all of Earth, and it's taken off like mad because it pushes all kinds of hope'n'change peace and togetherness motifs.
Bullshit. Representing humanity with a flag preaching togetherness? Blatant misrepresentation of the species. We're warlike assholes, and without a good bit of genetic engineering or a LOT of time, that's not going to change. As we advance unto the stars, we can at least be honest about our nature. Any interactions with humanity if we can get to the stars on a reliable basis will give up the ruse anyway, might as well be up front about it. "Hey, we're kinda jerks, but we've managed to work together enough to get THIS far, so, uh, just be aware alright? We're trying, but we're kind of evolved angry apes, so there's only so far we can go with it..."

Thankfully, there are plenty of examples I've seen that serve much better as a representation of humanity.
The Halo series provides the space command branch logo of a future UN that's actually halfway useful.

The Terran Dominion, while rather dystopian on founding as with most of the governments of  Humanity, both on earth or in the Coprulu Sector, has a sweet logo that leaves no questions about the species militaristic nature.
The United Earth Directorate is the Starcraft world's current gov of Earth. Rather dystopian, but the flag is remarkably similar to that of the UNSC
And finally, the Aquila of the Imperium of Man. Makes the dystopias of other settings look darn Utopian.
The only thing they're missing is the Pale Blue Dot. A friendquantaince mentioned that he thought the Mexican flag would serve as a reasonable base for a space-flag. I'd say something like the Flag of Mozambique would also serve adequately as a basis.

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