Woodrow Wilson said, "The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history." World flags are a testament to this saying and sometimes we need to look deeper than just the colors on a nation's flag.
Many national flags, including New Zealand, Australia, Falkland and Cook Islands all include the British Union Jack as a testament of British Colonialism, but Hawaii also features the Union Jack even though it was never a part of the British Empire.
Yellow stars on a red background are the identifiers of communism. China and Vietnam fly these flags, but Russia's flag, adopted in 1993 now features white, red and blue stripes.
Another flag with deep political and cultural symbolism is from South Africa. Implemented in 1990 after the release of Nelson Mandela, the flag represents the blending of cultures and of the old and new governments.
The oldest continuous flag is Denmark's "Dannebrog" featuring a white Scandinavian cross on a red background. Though officially adopted in 1625, it has been used by royalty since the 14th century.
Only one national flag is non-quadrilateral: Nepal's flag features two overlapping red triangular pendants with a white sun and crescent moon and was adopted in 1962 with the new constitutional government. And Switzerland's square flag is the only non-rectangular flag in the world.
Mozambique's flag is the only flag containing a modern assault rifle, which symbolizes the nation's fight for independence.
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