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image by Željko Heimer
image by Željko 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 than 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
Željko 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 than certain
(now beat this linguistic construction!) that there is a deep
spiritual significance in the widths of stripes and their colour
arrangement. 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 :-)
Željko Heimer, 25 November 2003
image by Željko Heimer
Among a rare alien flags visible in Voyager series is one of the Enarans (sp?) seen in this episode. Neelix organizes a party in the mess hall where Tom and Kim notice how this culture is colourful – the mess hall being ornamented with numerous mostly blue and green ornaments.
Neelix hints that this are the colours of the Enarans flag that is "especially colourfull". However, the flag itself is not visible. Latter on, in a B'Elana's dream where she dream on the events going on the Enaran home world the flag seems to be visible hoisted as a banner during a ceremony.
The flag is rectangular vertically hoisted ending in triangle,
consisting of unqual strips of green-black-blue-black-green
(approximately 3:1:6:1:3) with an emblem near the bottom:
a horizotal green diamond with blue triangles in the ends (entering
the green stripes) and a white hexagon. (described from memory)
Željko Heimer, 1 November 2004
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:
six-sided (tie-like) hoisted banner, black with yellow emblem of the
Klingon Empire with red ornament around it.
Željko Heimer, 23 November 2003
image by Santiago Dotor
The Star Empire of Epsilon Indii has a nice squarely-swallowtailed flag
the natives call 'standard'.
Santiago Dotor, 16 October 2000
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 Fûrer, 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.
Željko Heimer, 10 January 2003
This flag was seen in an episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise", a series set about 100 years before the 1960's series and 200 years before the three series of the 1980's and 1990's. The United Federation of Planets does not yet exist, and Starfleet is part of some Earth government or union.
In this episode , the Earth embassy on Vulcan was
bombed. A number of people were killed, and we see coffins covered by
white flags with a UN like emblem. The flags are white, and the
emblem shows a circle with map of Earth as is usually shown, not from
above as the UN. There are branches around the circle with the map,
but the orientation seems a bit off- the branches seem to meet at the
side of the circle. The emblem is gold and blue, but I don't recall
which components were which. The embassy was adorned with this symbol
Nathan Lamm, 30 November 2004
the flag was not simply draped over the coffins, but covered
them on all sides like a floor-lenght tablecloth, which would make the
central "Earth & olive branch" logo quite tiny.
Eugene Ipavec, 8 May 2005
The episode, "Demons," of Star Trek:Entreprise featured quite a few flags. Unfortunately, most were on indoor flagpoles, and details weren't clear.
An early scene of an interplanetary conference showed a number of flags behind the conference table; presumably they were those of the attendees. One white or grey with an olive branch showing, perhaps the Earth flag mentioned before.
On the Enterprise itself, the conference room had both a dark blue and
grey flag, perhaps those of Earth and of Starfleet. (I don't think
we've ever seen a ship flag.)
Nathan Lamm, 7 May 2005
image 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 different from 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.
Željko Heimer, 13 April 2003
In an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, there was a shot of the flag of the Terran Empire — the evil, mirror-universe variant of the Federation. During the title sequence it was planted in lunar soil by an astronaut, in a scene meant to resemble the famous Apollo 11 one.
The flag is red, with the Empire's symbol — Earth run through by a dagger — in gold and silver in the center.
The image I used to make the flag came from here.
Eugene Ipavec, 24 April 2005
Here is a screenshot (from scifinews) of the opening credits scene where the flag is shown. These opening credits do have a very militaristic undertone, showing one battle scene after the other, from ancient sailing ships over the world wars to modern combat. Then you can see a Saturn-V moon rocket start, and in the next shot there's this astronaut putting the flag to the moon's surface. Then there come further scenes of space conquest until the Enterprise appears.
Michael Metzler, 12 July 2005
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