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In wandering around the National Gallery today, heading for Trafalgar Square, where there was a demonstration taking place by supporters of Somaliland - the former British Somaliland that declared independence from the rest of Somalia about 10 years ago. I think they were demanding that the UK and other countries recognise it or something, and they were playing Somali pop music which sounded ... odd.
Anyway, there were *lots* of Somaliland flags being waved, and I noticed the following variations
Most of the flags did not have the shahada on them. Those that did had it written in a line along almost the whole length of the green stripe, rather than in a rectangle in the centre of the green stripe.
Most of the flags had the black star "upside-down" i.e. with two points upwards.
What was interesting was that the flag being displayed by where the speakers were, on the podium at the base of Nelson's Column had no shahada and an "upside-down" star.
Roy Stilling, 15 October 2000
These are the variations of the Somaliland flag as described by Roy Stilling. Each is the same ratio as the official Somaliland flag.
From what information that I have been able to find, the red is usually has an orange tone, although there is the possobility that it may be slightly exaggerated, there are many variations in color and I have seen the official flag in both red and orange.
All of my information for these variations as well as my knowledge of these self-declared countries and their flags come from books as well as photos of various happenings relating to them. Unfortounately, I haven't been able to recall any of the titles of the books and some of the photos were given to me by some people I knew. I believed that these flags were the result of problems with processing the pictures until I noticed that they matched the description by Roy Stilling.
Michael Hanson, 19 Mar 2002