A nation's flag has multiple functions directed at both that nation's people as well as to other sovereign peoples. A flag might feature a crescent or a cross to indicate a nation's historical religious identity. A number of flags feature weapons. Some of these are the result of simple heraldic convention within coats of arms, while others express a nation's historical identity with regard to agriculture and hunting. Still others are meant to reflect historical conflicts and triumph.
Below is a list of nations with flags that feature weapons – how many can you name?
Of the four nations already provided below, Bolivia and Venezuela feature weapons in their official state flags. Mongolia's flag features the Soyombo symbol, which includes figurative depictions of an arrow and a spear. The flag of Malta features a very small depiction of St George and the Dragon in which the saint is wielding a sword.
Some of the weapons below are quite obvious, while others are hidden within coats of arms.