This is the flag of Ecotopia. It comes from a world where man-made climate change were not reversed. Rising sea levels and changing weather patterns took their toll on many nations, but in particular the United States. Climate change, resource wars, civil unrest and general strife strained America's resources to their limits. Eventually, it got to the point where various regions began to declare independence, with the federal government being powerless to stop them. A rump United States still exists, and some regions still claim to recognize its authority. However, these regions are mostly self-governing and are independent in all but name.
That brings us to Ecotopia. It was one of the first nations to declare independence. It comprises Northern California, Oregon, Washington state, British Columbia and the Alaskan panhandle. As its name would suggest, it was founded to be a more sustainable and environmentally minded society. Almost all of Ecotopia's energy is produced by sustainable and renewable resources; such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro-electric. It's capital city, also named Ecotopia, was built to serve as an example of the sustainable cities of tomorrow.
Ecotopians eat a largely pescatarian diet, with meat being reserved as more of a luxury and treat. Insects are also a staple of the Ecotopian cuisine. Hunting is allowed, though tightly regulated, and cattle drives have made something of a comeback. Most buildings have rooftop gardens and poultry roosts built into them. Those that don't usually have solar panels or wind turbines instead. Most cities have plenty of parks and other green spaces. The prevailing architectural philosophy is to work with nature, not against it. Most Ecotopians drive electric cars, though most cities have plenty of public transportation options. Cities are also built with walkability and biking in mind.
Secularism is rather prevalent, but Buddhism remains the most practiced religion. However, Ecotopian Buddhism tends to place more emphasis on environmentalism than it does on breaking free from the cycle of reincarnation. There's also a rapidly growing neopagan movement underway. In fact, all religions are legal in Ecotopia...within reason, that is. For example, Christianity is legal, but the Bible has been banned due to promoting violence and bigotry. Recently, the Koran has also been put on the list of banned books.
Ecotopia has a thriving art scene, but all works of art and literature must be submitted to government boards for approval. After all, wouldn't want any "problematic" themes infiltrating the artistic world and corrupting the youths. Hate speech is considered a serious crime, and there are harsh penalties for any caught perpetuating bigoted opinions. There have been grumbling about the definitions of hate speech getting broader and broader. Though, officially, the Ecotopian government maintains that it supports free speech...within certain boundaries.
It's not all fun and games, however. Ecotopia has a large standing army, and they're certainly not afraid to use it. In their early days, they got into quite a few skirmished with the Mormon Republic of Deseret. These days, both nations have something of an uneasy truce with each other. Ecotopia's biggest foreign intervention, however, hardly required any military action. The Republic of SoCal gets most of its water from North California. Therefore, whenever SoCal gives them trouble, Ecotopia just has to turn off the tap until they come around. SoCal, much to its chagrin, is also quite dependent on Ecotopia to supplement its food supply. This has, effectively, turned SoCal into an Ecotopian colony.
The SoCalians are splits about what to do. Some favor formally joining Ecotopia, while others suggest going to war over the former Northern California. Still others suggest slowly working to find solutions, such as desalinization plants, that would reduce their need for Ecotopia. In more friendly relations, the Republic of Hawaii is quite close diplomatically with Ecotopia. The two nations share similar philosophies, and there is talk of a possible merger of the two nations. Admittedly, many are skeptical that it will get off the ground, but hope springs eternal.
Despite these problems, Ecotopia is looking towards a brighter future. Despite their isolationist beginnings, in more recent times Ecotopia has begun to open itself to the wider world. Trade relations have been established with several nations of East Asia. Ecotopia is quickly become a hub of trade, bringing to goods of Asia to the North American continent. A sea wall project is currently underway to reclaim coastal lands lost to rising sea levels. Ecotopia hopes to learn from the mistakes of the past to build a better tomorrow. Let's just hope they don't become the monsters they seek to fight.
The flag reflects Ecotopia's environmentalist philosophy. The brown stands for earth, the blue stands for water and the green stand for plant life and sustainability. The phoenix represents Ecotopia rising out of the ashes of the old world to build a better tomorrow.