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Proposed Country Flags

Can you name each country based on a flag that was proposed at some time in the past?
One country was not independent when the flag was proposed
Quiz by Dekkie
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Last updated: March 28, 2024
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(1992)
(1777)
(1604)
(1870)
(2015)
(1939)
(1949)
(1908)
(1821)
(1957)
(1947)
(2008)
(1948)
(2019)
(1919)
(2013)
(1949)
(1785)
(1962)
(2006)
71 Comments
+55
Level 69
Mar 28, 2024
Wow, most of these are god-awful lmao
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Level 21
May 9, 2024
They are ugly to look at
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Level 38
May 12, 2024
I think most of these we are just not used to seeing tbh, if these were the actual flags i bet we would call our normal flags ugly too lmao
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Level 93
Mar 28, 2024
I echo the comment above - just ugly flags for the most part. Too busy, bad design or just clashing colors/symbols in many cases. Canada's current flag is a prime example of a simple striking design being superior to a more complicated one. Of course, we may just be so used to the current flags that any deviation/alternate design looks strange.
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Level 70
Mar 28, 2024
Some of the other proposed flags of these nations are much better. For example, Canada had a three-headed maple leaf flag proposed in the 60s with blue banners on either side instead of red. A bit jarring, and worse than the flag we ended up getting, but way better than this 1939 mess haha.
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Level 68
May 10, 2024
I guess, most of these flags wouldn't seem strange to us, if we knew them for all our lives instead of the real ones. Anyway, I like some of the newer attempts. We are all used to classic tricolor flags. I wonder, how the "flags of the world" quiz would change, if not all of central and western Africa would be red-yellow-green ;-)
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Level 92
Mar 28, 2024
Surprised that Malaysia is the least guessed. It looks very similar to their actual flag.
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2024
oh wait i'm an idiot lmao
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Level 54
Apr 2, 2024
I said Turkey as my first guess.
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Level 51
May 9, 2024
I kept thinking it was Cyprus. It looks like a hybrid Greek/Turkish flag, but I guess the date wouldn't make sense.
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Level 27
May 13, 2024
I recognized the flag just didn't know which one it was...
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Level 66
Mar 28, 2024
These all look a mess.
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Level 88
Mar 28, 2024
Australia and New Zealand seem like an improvement. But a lot are terrible. Especially that MS Paint Bolivia monstrosity
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Level 55
May 9, 2024
Right? I really like Austalia's.
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Level 43
May 9, 2024
Yeah, The Aussie Flag is wicked
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Level 43
May 12, 2024
What were they thinking with the Bolivia flag, I could of done better 😅...there should be a JetPunk flag!
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Level 61
Mar 28, 2024
Estonia, Bolivia, and Belgium look nice. The rest are made in MS Paint.
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2024
I find it funny how this comment and the comment above it are complete opposites
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Level 39
May 9, 2024
I disagree with Bolivia and Belgium, but I do love Estonia.
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Level 54
Mar 28, 2024
Love the quiz, but that Australia proposal was made in 1992, not 1900:

https://www.flagsaustralia.com.au/designsnewflag.html

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Level ∞
Mar 28, 2024
Fixed!
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Level 58
Mar 28, 2024
bro how was the NZ flag not chosen? It's gas! Also the Australian flag looks too simple. Give me a kangaroo silhouette and now we talking!
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Level 71
Mar 28, 2024
the New Zealand flag would be one of the best in the world if they changed to this proposed one.
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Level 71
Mar 28, 2024
the Bolivian one also has a great idea, but with bad execution. the Whipala is such a great symbol.
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Level 77
Mar 29, 2024
Wiphala.
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Level 64
May 9, 2024
I loved the NZ one but sadly it never came through
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Level 83
Mar 28, 2024
Nice quiz . The only flag here that is an improvement on the present flag is New Zealand it way nicer than the current one.
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Level 76
Mar 28, 2024
Spelling in the instructions: One country was not independent...
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Level 72
Mar 29, 2024
The Belgian and New Zealand proposals are much better than the current flags. The Australian suggestion is good too, however it looks like a scout's insignia.
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Level 77
Mar 29, 2024
I think the Australia one looks like a World Cup logo or something.
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Level 77
Mar 29, 2024
What in the MS Paint was Bolivia doing in 2006?
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Level 83
Apr 2, 2024
Low effort corporate logo vibes.
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Level 21
May 9, 2024
Bolivian here. The flag in the corner is the Wiphala, a flag that's supposed to represent the indigenous/andinean people, so I guess they suggested to incorporate it into the national flag. Hell no, the flag is good as it is now, it includes and represents all of us, there is no need to change it.
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Level 89
Mar 29, 2024
I like the proposed flags for Estonia and New Zealand better than their current ones. I get the symbolism of Canada bringing British (Union Jack) and French (Fleur de lis) settlements together under one Canada (Maple Leaf), but it looks awful. ;)
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Level 77
Mar 29, 2024
There are few current flags which I would consider beautiful (Kazakhstan's is my personal favourite), and this collection suggests that it is harder to design a good flag than I had imagined.
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Level 68
Mar 29, 2024
Great quiz. Due for a U.S. states version?
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Level 70
Mar 30, 2024
Does the Belgian one represent the slow disintegration of the country?
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Level 82
Mar 30, 2024
Spain's looks like someone brought over a png of the insignia and forgot to remove the white background
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Level 67
May 9, 2024
No, it most likely was a jpg as the png has an alpha channel.
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Level 74
Mar 30, 2024
I thought the proposed Malaysian flag was for Cyprus. It looks like a combination of Turkish and Greek flags, which are the two main ethnicities of Cypriots.
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Level 76
Mar 31, 2024
I can't believe you didn't put the laser kiwi flag in this quiz.
+1
Level 88
Apr 2, 2024
Great quiz
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Level 77
Apr 3, 2024
How do 78% of people know the Estonian flag proposal? Not exactly common knowledge!
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Level 21
May 9, 2024
The colors of the Estonian flag are very particular, easy to remember, more for the average JetPunk user. Also, the country is close to the countries that use the nordic cross, so it's pretty intuitive.
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Level 44
Apr 20, 2024
New zealand's, Estonia's and Taiwan's actually look pretty nice
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Level 70
May 9, 2024
Taiwan's looks terrible. The minor outlying islands are disgusting little splotches. The shape is asymmetrical and off-center. It sucks. Their current flag is great and has a long heritage.
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Level 65
May 9, 2024
Dekkie, this is one of the dopest quizzes ever. If there was a Best Quiz award, this quiz should win it. 10/10 quiz.

You get to see some goofy ass flags AND you get to do a quiz at the same time? And there's juuuust enough info to know what country they're all from. Well done sir or ma'am.

It's a good quiz

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Level 65
May 9, 2024
That Belgium flag goes HARD, there's nothing else like it

That should be their real flag

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Level 77
May 9, 2024
According to the designer of the ZX Spectrum proposal for Belgium, the current flag reminds the viewer of the old Francophony. I'd be willing to wager it doesn't.
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Level 40
May 9, 2024
Belgium, NZ and Bolivia go HARD. Australia's can be better, and the rest all are not good
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Level 39
May 9, 2024
no. bolivia flag sucks
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Level 67
May 9, 2024
New Zealand and Estonia look really cool.
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Level 66
May 9, 2024
No laser kiwi flag ? :-(
+1
Level 32
May 9, 2024
I love the proposed Estonian flag! Although I thought it was finland or iceland
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Level 77
May 9, 2024
The comments in this thread go HARD.
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Level 69
May 9, 2024
I'm surprised at how recent these proposals were. Belgium wanted to change its flag in 2008?! Myanmar in 2019??
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Level 47
May 9, 2024
Australia, why didn't they change?
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Level 20
May 9, 2024
They should have put the laser kiwi proposal for New Zealand.
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Level 73
May 9, 2024
I'm from Belgium, aware of the news, and I've never heard about this flag...
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Level 18
May 9, 2024
A couple of these flags are wayyy better but most of them are disgustingly bad. Bolivia... what were you even going for??
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Level 35
May 9, 2024
New Zealand is so pretty
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Level 70
May 13, 2024
So is the proposed flag :-)
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Level 72
May 9, 2024
Was that Estonia trying to look less Eastern and more Nordic?
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Level 18
May 11, 2024
Estonia’s Nordic flag is downright awesome
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Level 44
May 9, 2024
Gonna be honest... Pakistan might be the most heinous. Even if its not as busy as the other flags, the colors with the British flag slapped on the corner is just so awful to look at
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Level 20
May 9, 2024
the Belgian one is sick
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Level 39
May 9, 2024
those random china colors just hurt to look at
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Level 44
May 10, 2024
estonian flagis the only good one of these

but I suppose Australia and nz are improvements

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Level 75
May 11, 2024
Israel's proposed flag is really beautiful.
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Level 18
May 11, 2024
Call me crazy, but I actually kind of do like Canada’s
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Level 61
May 12, 2024
I'm not a fan of this Australian flag. I think both the green and the yellow are pretty ugly shades that don't go well together. I also think the kangaroo is kind of stupid tbh