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Country Flags with the Southern Cross

Can you name the countries whose flag depicts the constellation Crux, also known as the Southern Cross?
The picture shown is the constellation as it appears on the flag
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Last updated: November 28, 2017
First submittedSeptember 14, 2015
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Crux
Country
Australia
Brazil
New Zealand
Crux
Country
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
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level 77
Sep 14, 2015
micronesia?
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level 70
Sep 14, 2015
Stars in that flag represents islands, or states
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level 61
Nov 27, 2017
Please accept New Guinea for Papua New Guinea
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level 46
Nov 28, 2017
Or PNG would be great.
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level 67
May 18, 2018
New Guinea is the island, containing both Indonesian Papua (or West Papua), AND Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is the country.
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level 72
Sep 14, 2015
New Zealand is voting in referendum in March 2016 to decide whether to change its flag.
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level 70
Sep 14, 2015
I like second one
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level 76
Aug 9, 2017
Jerry's link no longer works, but (spoiler alert) they voted to keep the long-standing design.
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level 72
Aug 9, 2017
The proposed flag looked like this, but, as Freestatebear says, it lost against the current design by 43% to 57% in the referendum. I voted for the new design.
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level 59
Aug 13, 2017
Isn't that the Hearts of Iron; Kiwi Empire?
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level 70
Nov 27, 2017
The Kiwi with the green laser shooting from its eye was my favorite design.
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level 62
Nov 28, 2017
My brother wears a t-shirt with that one.
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level 74
Jul 8, 2018
The blue and black with the fern and Southern Cross would have been one of the most recognizable flags in the world. Instead? A navy blue flag. With the British flag in it. Two of the biggest let's-blend-in, unrecognized, no-identity choices in a flag. Oh yeah, and it's basically identical to Australia's as if there isn't already a lot of unintentional confusion between identities.
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level 79
Jan 1, 2019
Both of the links above are dead, so you can check out Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockwood_silver_fern_flag. If I lived in New Zealand, I definitely would have voted for the new one.
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level 77
Aug 9, 2017
Can you accept New Guinea for Papua New Guinea since it is accepted on most other quizzes?
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level 76
Aug 9, 2017
Why doesn't "New Guinea" work for Papua New Guinea?
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level 62
Sep 6, 2017
New Guinea is the island on which Papua New Guinea is located. It is shared with Indonesia. Not sure why this is an accepted answer in some quizzes...
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level 70
Oct 24, 2017
and it's much quicker to type PNG anyway...
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level 64
Nov 27, 2017
It is a standard type-in though. It threw me off for a moment because I usually exploit type-ins to save time. I don't have a problem with not having it as a type-in, but continuity should be kept so no one misses answers because they thought they were wrong when it wasn't accepted.
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level ∞
Nov 27, 2017
Standard type-ins have been applied. Sorry about that.
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level 44
Nov 27, 2017
How is Brazil the least guessed one?
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level 40
Nov 27, 2017
I know right
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level 56
Nov 28, 2017
Because the Brazilian flag has lots of stars, with the Southern Cross being only a small part of the detail. You have to actually study the flag to see it.
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level 69
May 19, 2018
This - I can easily pick the Brazilian flag, but have never studied it close enough to notice the SC.
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level 29
May 28, 2019
Well, I forgot about Samoa and started trying countries with lots of stars, I figure most would do the same. I'm still impressed about just 25%.
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level 57
Mar 5, 2018
Could someone answer why the Southern Cross on the Brazilian flag seems to be flipped over, in comparison to the other four?
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level 84
Jul 20, 2018
That's actually an interesting answer. Imagine the stars aren't giant balls of gas burning billions of miles away, but instead are fireflies, stuck in a big bluey black mess surrounding the earth. If you wanted to map all the fireflies--a flat map isn't going to do you much good, as you're mapping all around a globe. Instead you might try to condense all the stars to points on a sphere that surrounds the earth. This is called an Armillary sphere, and they were used in conjunction with globes by explorers, such as the ones who visited/mapped/colonized Brazil. If you look at that sphere from the outside, the constellations will be reversed from how we would see them from earth (the conceptual 'inside' of the sphere). The stars on Brazil's flag are positioned as they'd appear on an Armillary sphere. The sphere is also used in the flag of Portugal and other former Portuguese colonies.
Bonus fact: the 27 stars on Brazil's flag each also represent one of its states.
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level 77
May 28, 2019
Why do the Australian stars have more points than the others?
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level 70
May 28, 2019
It is probably symbolic. Also, New Zealand has one star less then others.
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level 46
Oct 13, 2019
brazil is so mean