The Coolest Flags in Human HistoryS

A flag embodies the hopes and aspirations of a country or state. It's more than just an emblem — it's a grand statement. So it's too bad so many flags are kind of boring. Here are some flags from throughout history (plus a few current ones) that bring some serious pizzazz.

Above: the flag of Mozambique between 1975 and 1983.

Most Serene Republic of Venice or Republic of Venice (697-1797)

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Isle of Man (13th century-)

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The Kingdom of Ireland (1542-1801)

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Burma (1752-1885)

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The Bowman Flag of Australia (1806)

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The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1816-1848; 1849-1860)

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State ensign of Siam (1817-1855)

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Gran Colombia (1819-1820)

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Peru (1821-1822, created by José de San Martín)

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Swedish merchant flag (1844-1905)

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Kingdom of Hungary (December 21, 1867 - November 12, 1918)

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Republic of Formosa or Republic of Taiwan (1895)

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South Africa (1912-1928)

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First flag of the Republic of China (1912-1928)

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Naval Ensign of Austria-Hungary (1915-1918)

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(via Hugh Jass)

South Africa (1928-1994, known as the Oranje-Blanje-Blou)

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Flag of the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1939)

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Japanese occupation of Cambodia (March-October 1945)

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Eritrea (1952-1962)

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Herm, the smallest of the Channel Islands open to the public (1953-)

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Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic (1953-1990)

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French Sudan (November 24, 1956 - April 4, 1959)

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British Columbia, a province of Canada (1960-)

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Burundi (1962-1966)

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Gozo, a small island in Malta (1964-)

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Papua New Guinea (1965-1970)

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Rhodesia (1968-1979)

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Zaire (1971-1997)

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Northern Territory in the central northern region of Australia (1978-)

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Flag of Aragon, an autonomous community in Spain (1982-)

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Sicily, Italy (1990-)

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Abkhazia, a territory that is fully recognised by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru and Tuvalu (1992-)

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The only Buddhist region of Europe: The Republic of Kalmykia, Russia (1993-)

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Veneto, Italy (1999-)

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Christmas Island, a territory of Australia (unofficially adopted in 1986, but made official only in 2002)

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The Mari El Republic, a federal subject of Russia (2011-)

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(via Urmas)

Pereira, Columbia

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Pernambuco, a state of Brazil

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Ceuta, an autonomous city of Spain in Africa

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Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, a province of central Ukraine

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Bonus: A Flag of the Governor-General of India (1885-1947)

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