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Variations of the U.S. Flag

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Over time, there have been discussions about variations of the U.S. flag as seen in movies, TV serials, cartoons, etc... and some that were used in real life.
Jorge Candeias, 3 March 2001


Variants with stars replaced or moved

50 skulls and bones flag
[U.S. variation - 50 skulls and bones flag] image by Jorge Candeias, 3 March 2001

50 oil drums flag
[U.S. variation - 50 oil drums flag] image by Jorge Candeias, 3 March 2001

50 swastikas flag
[U.S. variation - 50 swastikas flag] image by Jorge Candeias, 3 March 2001

A similar design is used in the cover of the book en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PKD-high_castle-penguinclassics.jpg The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick, as published in 2001 by Penguin Books, where the swastikas are however upright.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 May 2009

Stars piled in corner flag
[U.S. variation - stars piled in corner flag] image by Jorge Candeias, 3 March 2001

Soviet United States of America flag
[U.S. variation - communist flag] image by Jorge Candeias, 3 March 2001

In the 1980s in USA was made the film "Amerika" (fiction about Soviet occupation of USA). I remember two flags: a flag of occupied USA - "Soviet United States of America" - 'Stars and Stripes' with white hammer and sickle in the canton and without stars - and a flag of American communists-traitors - red flag with two white ovals with portraits of Lenin and Lincoln.
Victor Lomantsov, 3 March 2001

Communist flag variants
[U.S. variation - communist flag] image by Jorge Candeias, 3 March 2001

[U.S. variation - communist flag] image by Jorge Candeias, 3 March 2001

This flag appeared in the magazine/comic was "Treasure Chest". See http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2003_11_24.html where it gives a little history of Treasure Chest, and shows an additional image of the USSA Hammer&Sickle flag from the "What a Family's Life Would be Like in a Communist United  States" feature (part of Treasure Chest's "Godless Communism" series, which ran about the same time- the comic carried a written endorsement from J. Edgar Hoover, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation).
Ned Smith, 17 January 2006

Anti-Corporate Flags
[U.S. variation - corporate power protest flag] image by Phil Nelson, 27 June 2001

See also: Anti-Corporate Flags

Christian fish symbol on flag
[U.S. variation - christian fish flag] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 September 2007

I saw in the window of a nearby conservative evangelical bookstore both the familiar "Christian" flag and a new design I had not seen before - the same as the S&S but with a white "ichthys" fish symbol in place of the stars in the canton.
Joe McMillan, 25 January 2002

Copyleft symbol on flag
[U.S. variation - copyleft flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 7 July 2007

Here is a variant of the USA flag I saw on the Web with the white copyleft symbol instead of the stars in the canton can be found on the Web at: www.chrononaut.org/~dm/images/misc/copyleft-flag.jpg. It seems to be the photo of a real flag, although it is not absolutely certain, as I have not seen it anywhere else.
Tomislav Todorovic, 7 July 2007

Hearts on flag
[U.S. variation - hearts flag] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 August 2010

50 white hearts for stars, canton detail used to illustrate the online version of Bono Vox's op-ed in the New
York Times
www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/opinion/18bono.html "Rebranding America" 2009.10.17. This design illustrates the author's idea of well-wishers's view of of "what they wish America to be."
António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 August 2010


Variants with different colored stripes

[U.S. variation - communist flag] image by Jorge Candeias, 3 March 2001

This flag apparently refers to communism.

[U.S. variation - Bad Religion flag] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 November 2004

U.S. punk rock music band Bad Religion shows a red and black U.S. national flag on the cover of its recent album "The Empire strikes first". Red replaces white and, and black replaces blue and red in the normal flag, so the overall stripe pattern still starts and ends with a dark stripe, even though the red gets swapped. (The shade of red seems to be lighter than Old Glory Red, though this might be irrelevant.)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 November 2004

image by Tomislav Todorovic, 15 July 2016

The flag with this design is offered for sale at the BlackBlok.com website: https://blackblok.com/flags/country-flags/usa-anarchy-red-black-flag/usa-anarchy-red-and-black-flag in several sizes, the ratio being either 3:5 or 2:3. The shade of red
is R or very similar. A very similar flag was used at the Black Lives Matter protest in Harrisburg, PA on 2016-07-10: http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/07/after_week_of_mass_arrests_and.html but the shade of red was much closer to R+, while the canton seems to occupy about 1/2 of the flag length. This is the only example of verified use of such design so far.
Tomislav Todorovic, 15 July 2016

[U.S. variation - Anarchism flag] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 November 2004

U.S. anarchists seem to use (when any at all) an upside-down U.S. national flag with the circled-"A" emblem on the canton -- the ring formed by stars.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 November 2004

[U.S. variation - Eco flag] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 2 May 2009

A flag used by ecological campaigners.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 2 May 2009

image by Tomislav Todorovic, 15 July 2016

The US flag on which blue and red were replaced with black and gray, respectively was used in Washington, DC on 2015-10-11 at the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March: https://tellit2mestraight.com/2015/10/11/the-route-to-justiceorelse-2015/
The photo reveals that the ratio was 3:5 or very close.
Tomislav Todorovic, 15 July 2016