Why is every fucking European flag always "LOL 3 COLORED BARS" when Europe has such a rich history and tradition of heraldry to draw from? Its strange.
France should have the fleur de lis. Instead? LOL 3 BARS
Ireland should have the Dublin harp on their flag. Instead? LOL 3 BARS
Look at Lithunia's bad-ass heraldry NOPE 3 BARS FOR YOU!!
Why do Europeans do this????
I asked /pol/ and got "da j00s" so I thought y'all could explain
Because you need to be able to recognize your country's standard from a distance regardless of atmospheric conditions like fog, rain, or smoke.
Plus, adding all sorts of small detail to a flag instead of bold symbolism is shit design.
i think the french one might have been a result of this one time where everyone got real mad at the king but im not actually sure
off the top of my head with no evidence id guess that the more abstract/less herald-like flags are like that because of a shift to nationalism and shit over the rule of noble families
but im not sure at all.
Modern state flags started to emerge from naval ensigns of trade fleet. Before that there was no such thing as a state we know (or at the very least what we understand as a state) and state sovereignty was equalized with the rulers.
After the concept of modern state had spread, people needed something different than royal dynasty or military flags.
the harp isn't exclusive to dublin, it's leinster's flag though
Ireland's flag is the three stripes because
1-green for republicanism and the struggle for freedom since the 18th century
2-white for peace/amnesty/neutrality
3-orange for ulster
This. I wish we just used the coat of arms.
>The US has the tackiest flag
That place is forever reserved for Myanmar.
Belarus is close second.
>why is every flag now easy to recognize with usually 3 colors representing some national values of a country instead of a shittily drawn lion with its tongue sticking out next to 30 symbols that represent some shitty aspect of a ruling family who is shit
fuck you OP
Many flags aren't as simple as they seem. The green in the Ireland flag represents our Celtic history, the orange represents the followers of William of Orange and the white represents the aspiration of peace between us
I still wish Ireland chose this flag used in the 1916 rising though
>Red and fucking green together, there's a reason Freddy Krueger's sweater is like that
>Pattern adds unnecessary detail overload and makes the flag seem unbalanced
They had white-red-white, not amazing, but solid, and they had to go and restore the Soviet abomination of a flag.
>tfw he put my city's flag as an example of a good flag
>their flags don't have so much shit tacked on they can draw them from memory
Everyone in this thread is retarded. This is the right reason.
Great Tricolours: France
Good Tricolours: Belgium, Italy, Estonia, Luxembourg, Mexico
Okay Tricolours: Netherlands (should be Prince's flag instead) Germany (should be imperial flag instead), Ethiopia (should have the lion of judah instead), Ireland, India
Shit tricolours: Russia (should have the imperial flag instead), Lithuania, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, everyone else
The tricolour is the flag of republicanism. It makes sense that European republican democracies would adopt flags that their people already strongly identified with. Germany had a tricolour as far back as 1848 for christsakes. All the colours mean something about the national character, which is more than can be said of a royal crest like the fleur-de-lis, or giant imperial crests. Simple flags draw people together.
None of those states (except Belgium which isn't even a real country, but was created specifically to give Britain influence in the area) adopted a tricolour immediately after the Naploenic Wars.
Literally, everybody in mainland Europe seen revolutionary France as a progressive modern, civilised European nation and copied it to show they too where progressive modern and civilised. That is all really. Even Russia copied it.
SI there any significance in some tricolours being vertical (France, Italy, Belgium) and others being horizontal (Netherlands, Germany, Russia)? Did Germany and Russia choose horizontal flags to distance their flags from France, for example?
Dannebrog was literally a gift from God in recognition of how awesome the Danes were for switching from Viking raids crusades. Then the rest of the north copied us and put crosses on all their flags too.
>every European state