Monday, November 14, 2016

Flag of the Aztec Empire

This is the flag of the Aztec Empire.  It comes from a world where the Aztecs defeated Cortez and his troops.  This was partially due to Montezuma II having a bit more sense and not being quite as superstitious.  Smallpox still ravaged the Aztecs, but due to the more limited exposed they were able to recover by the time the Spanish sent additional expeditions.  It soon become obvious that the empire would need to reform itself if it was going to survive the European colonization of the Americas. 

The first reform was the structure of the empire.  The provinces became much more centralized in their organization.  The emperor still ruled over all, but each province sent a group of delegates to represent the needs of the province in a special council in Tenochtitlan.  The priests and priestesses also began to slowly phase-out human sacrifice from the traditional religion of the Aztecs.  Trade relations were established with multiple European nations both to gain access to European technology and to play the various powers off of each other. 

For the next few centuries the Aztecs would be prosperous and would have good relations with their neighbors.  They provided troops to the Federated Provinces of Cabotia during their rebellion against the British Empire.  To this day the two nations remain close allies to this day.  The Aztecs also maintained good relations with the Incan Empire, which also managed to avoid European conquest.  The Aztecs went on to expand their territory to stretch from the American Southwest to the tip of Panama, and even managed to nab a few islands of the Caribbean. 

The next major wave of reforms occurred during the 19h century.  The Aztecs, much like Japan during the Meiji Restoration, underwent a Westernization process.  Though from the Aztecs points of view the term would more accurately be Easternization.  Industrialization began to take off, and Western clothing and customs were slowly introduced to improve relations with the great powers of Europe.  However, the Aztecs did not completely turn their backs on their traditional culture.  Aztec clothing still remains very colorful and incorporates many traditional designs, and nose rings are still somewhat popular for men and women.  More traditional clothing is usually reserved for special ceremonies and occasions, such as religious festivals and the emperor's birthday. 

The Aztecs also still worship their old gods, and many temples and shrines can be found throughout the empire.  On the other hand, secularism is on the rise, and many people only perform the old rituals out of habit and tradition.  What was once an empire known for its bloodlust is today known as a thriving center of technology and innovation.

The flag features the colors red and green, which are traditional Aztec colors.  The maze pattern is a common feature in Aztec artwork.  The red snake is the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl, god of the winds and one of the most important gods in the Aztec pantheon.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Flag of Fascist Britain

This is the flag of Fascist Britain.  It comes from a world where the Central Powers won World War I.  Following the war Britain and France were placed under a series of harsh reparations just as Germany was in our world.  Britain didn't face reparations nearly as bad as France did, but nevertheless it put considerable strain on the nation.  As a result the Fascist Party, led by Oswald Mosley, began to gain traction.  The Fascist promised revenge against Germany and the Austro-Hungarians for the humiliation Britain had suffered following the war.  

A surprise terrorist attack on Parliament was the opening the Fascists needed to cement their control on the British government.  It has been speculated by historians that this attack may have been staged by the Fascists themselves; but whatever the cause it was enough for most of the British people to get behind the new government.  The Royal Family fled to Canada and set up a government-in-exile to oppose the Fascists.  

The British colonies typically had one of three responses to the coup.  Some happily swore alliance to the new government, others chose to follow the government-in-exile and a few declared their independence.  Although authoritarian, Fascist Britain wasn't outright genocidal towards minorities like France was.  For instance, there was at one point a bill in Parliament that would have severely restricted the rights of Jews, Catholics and Atheists.  Thankfully it failed, albeit just barely.  Fascist Britain can be thought of as more similar to Mussolini's Italy than Nazi Germany. 

Despite a grueling Second War World eventually the Entente powers were defeated by combined German, Austro-Hungarian, Japanese and American forces.  Before long the Mosley regime was overturned and the rightful government returned to the British Isles once again.  

The flag is a modified version of the English St. George's flag.  The black stands for Fascism and in the center is the symbol of the British Union of Fascists.