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[Star Trek, Next Generation flag]
by Zeljko Heimer

[Star Trek, Next Generation flag]
by Zeljko Heimer

The DS9 episode "Rapture" is built up around the ceremony for the admission of the planet Bajor into the Federation. On several occasions the ceremony hall is shown decorated with a set of 3 flags which might be Bajoran:

In the center right to the UFP is a multicoloured striped flag that might then be Bajoran: top to bottom stripes are yellow, black, white, green, red and light blue with relative widths something like this: yellow 3 black 2 white 4 green 4 red 1 light blue 14.

The rightmost flag is light green with an orange canton (shorter then high) that include a dark green emblem which is hard to entangle from the folded flag.

The leftmost is never clearly seen, only is lower hoist part seems to be yellow over dark red diagonally divded (the rest in not shown in the scenes).
Zeljko Heimer, 23 november 2003

An interesting pattern. Is there a deep numerological or mathematical reason for this odd arrangement??
Albert S. Kirsch, 23 november 2003

Regarding the "odd mathematical arrangement" in the first flag - if that is indeed the flag representing Bajor, and knowing the Bajoran societly being deeply religious, it is probably more then certain (now beat this liguistic construction!) that there is a deep spiritual significance in the widths of stripes and their colour arrangament. At least here the colour order follows (mostly) the basic heraldic rules (in vexillology turned to "contrasting colours" rule). Now, this is far from saying that the writers of this ST episode had grasped the spiritual concept behind it :-)
Zeljko Heimer, 25 november 2003

The Klingon Empire

[Klingon flag version 1]   [Klingon flag version 2]
Both images by António Martins

The Klingon flag has a distinct "nazi" look; an image from the web confirms the ratio 3:5. Of interest is the flag of the real-life Klingon Language Insitute.
António Martins, 4 June 1999

The DS9 episode "Rapture" is built up around the ceremony for the admission of the planet Bajor into the Federation.

In Quark's (the bar) is organized a less formal ceremony also including the hoisting of a flag. Incidentaly, Quark makes an error and hoists a Klingon banner instead of that of the UFP, but he soon replaces it. Luckily for us, we get to see both: Klingon banner: six-sided (tie-like) hoisted banner, black with yellow emblem of the Klingon Empire with red ornament around it.
Zeljko Heimer, 23 november 2003

The Star Empire of Epsilon Indii

[Star Trek, Next Generation flag]
by Santiago Dotor

The Star Empire of Epsilon Indii has a nice squarely-swallowtailed flag the natives call 'standard'.
Santiago Dotor, 16 octobre 2000

Nazi planet from episode "pattern of force"

In this episode, the Enterprise visit a planet where the inhabitants, lead by a Federation "observer" virtually recreated the Nazi society of the mid-20th century Europe.

In one scene, behind the Fürer, both on his left and right are standing two squarish banners, hoisted from crossbars. The flags were vertically divided red-white-red with black swastika in the middle of the white stripe in the usual 45 degrees rotation. It seemed that black border or fringe was around the three edges. I don't think that these are "valid" for the real Nazi Germany we had on Earth.
Zeljko HEIMER, 10 january 2003

Future United States Of America

[Star Trek, Next Generation flag]
by Tom Aylward-Nally

A fictional flag from the Star Trek Next Generation TV series was the 52 Star US flag. The set designers wanted a flag from the viewer's future, and was concerned that people with VCRs would stop and count the stars. What I noticed about the flag (without stoping the tape) was that the blue canton rested on a red stripe instead of a white one.
R. Nathan Bliss, 19 February 1996

From Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 2, episode 38 (episode 12 of the season): The Royale

USS Enterprise commanded by Jan-Luc Picard finds debris of 21st century Earth interstellar vessel found in orbit around planet 8 of the unexplored system Theta 116, that is painted with the 52-stars US flag above which is red NASA acronym.

Latter in the episode they find a uniform - a space suit, with the equal US flag shoulder patch (with yellow edge trimming, as usual for the patches I guess), and Riker identifies it as the US flag as used between years 2033 and 2079 AD.

As Nathan noticed, the canton is differnet then usual, i.e. "sitting" on a red stripe covering only the top six stripes. The stars appear in staggering rows of 4x7+4x6 (so noticably the bottom row has only 6 stars). The ratio of the flag appears as 2:3 both on the debris and on the shoulder patch.
Zeljko HEIMER, 13 april 2003