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[ART] Flags of Fenspace - Malaclypse the Seeker

May. 13th, 2010

03:20 pm - [ART] Flags of Fenspace

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It's been a while since I've done an art post, and the last couple of days have been halfway decent creativiity-wise, so without further ado I present a bunch of images & some text to go with them. All of this is Fenspace-related work, so if you're confused hie yourself over to the FenWiki for context.

That said, are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin.

First on our tour is the flag of the Fenspace Convention, the half-UN, half-Confederation of North America metagovernment of the greater Solar System:
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This one's still a work in progress; I have an idea of where I want to go with it, but at this point it's still a little muddled. The five stripes symbolize the five major settled areas in Fenspace (from left to right): Venus, Luna/cislunar, Mars, the Main Belt and Jupiter. As colorstripe flags go, it's pretty solid. Still, I keep thinking it needs something. What, I have no idea. I put together an alternate version here,
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which looks a little better, but... yeah. Still lacking something. I'll probably end up putting the Convention flag to a vote on the forum.

Next up is the flag of the Crystal Millennium, also known as the flag of Venus:
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The Millennium is made up of magical girls & wannabe magical girls (seriously, look it up on the wiki), so there's significant Japanese influence on the flag. The symbol in the center, called a mon, is the coat of arms for the current Venusian royal family. When the inevitable revolution comes the mon will get removed in favor of a blank space, or whatever ideological symbol the revolutionaries prefer. The colors of the flag are pretty simple; the tan represents Venus as it is, and the green represents Venus after terrraforming in the far future. The white doesn't really symbolize anything, it's just a nice blank spot to put the crest.

Following up on this, we have a few flags representing the Nonaligned Fen. The nonaligneds make up a voting majority of the people in Fenspace, but because of their unorganized nature they don't really have the star power that the other fen factions can bring to bear. There are a few One-Worlder movements where the larger nonaligned populations live, though.

The first one, and the one most likely to succeed, is the Republic of Luna:
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Unlike Venus or Jupiter, the Moon isn't claimed by a single faction. The lunar colonies are generally controlled by minor factions (such as the Supers in Kandor City) or fendanes (in Port Luna). The idea of pooling resources to present a strictly Lunar view to the Convention as a whole is compelling; as Luna is the largest population sink in Fenspace and will be for some time to come, that would catapult them from a gaggle of minor factions to the big dog. Still, even minor factions are loath to give up autonomy, and so the Republic of Luna remains a pipe-dream. The flag does come out every now and then at astroball games, though.

Next up is the Free Mars flag:
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Mars is always a contentious place. Unlike Luna, Mars is the home base of the biggest single faction in the Convention (the Trekkies) and most of the other majors have a significant colonial presence in the area. However, there is still a significant nonaligned and fendane population, especially in the Port Lowell and Port Phobos area. Partisans of an independent Martian government fly the Free Mars flag as part of the long struggle to not let the factions walk over them politically. The struggle continues.

Design notes: The current pan-Martian flag on the wiki is the old RGB flag the Mars Society is so fond of. I started out trying to acknowledge that in the flag design, with a red-green-blue cross motif, but in the final analysis it just looked awful, so I went with the pinstripe version you see here. No real idea what it's supposed to symbolize, but a voice in the back of my head calls it the "St. Marvin's Cross," so make of that what you will.

The youngest of these One-World movements is the Cislunar Federation Association:
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Fueled by the potential of large space colonies, the CFA would like to band all the nonaligned space stations at the Lagrange points together in harmony. So far, they aren't working out so well; though there are rumors that Greenwood Unltd. might take the CFA flag as their own should the petition for Greenwood to join the United States as a territory go through.

Design notes: The design here is pretty simple, alternating blue and green stripes on black, meant to evoke the feeling of an O'Neill cylinder colony. Simple yet effective, IMO.

Last on today's flag roundup is an alternate flag for the Coalition of Independent Moons, also known as the Browncoats or Whedon-Zombies, who infest the moons of Jupiter. When I first started putting together the wiki, I went diving for a flag or symbol used by the Browncoats in the original show or the secondary source material. Eventually, I found the "official" flag of the Browncoats hiding on one Firefly wiki or another, and well...

good lord that's ugly. So I decided to see if I could come up with an alternate flag that looked better than that gaudy monstrosity. Diving into the major theme of the Browncoats in Fenspace - that they'd taken over Jupiter - and taking into account Firefly's "space Western" (and let's be honest, "space Lost Cause") background, I came up with this:
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The design is evocative of the Texas state flag as well as some of the earlier Confederate flags. The bars are various shades of orange in order to symbolize the cloud bands on Jupiter. The canton has 62 stars in a 7x9 grid, representing the moons of Jupiter - minus Europa; the Browncoats adhere to the ancient covenant that says all these worlds are theirs except Europa.

...and that wraps up today's glimpse into the mind of a hopeless vexillology addict. Hope you enjoyed the tour.

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