Friday, September 9, 2016

Flag Friday: Directorate Regime of China by KuboCaskett

The artistic talent found in the alternate history community isn't just used for our own divergent timelines. Occasionally we put it to use in genres outside of our favorite one. For example, check out this flag:
This is the flag of the Directorate Regime of China and was designed by KuboCaskett. I linked to his DeviantArt page because I have been criticized in the past for not doing enough to promote the authors of whose works I feature...because being one of the few people who recommends good alternate history art is not doing enough (I'm not bitter, you're bitter). So please help silence a few detractors by clicking on the link.

Anywho, the flag is from Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by by P. W. Singer and August Cole. I haven't read the book, but given the description, it seems to be a techno-thriller about some sort of near future world war involving the USA, Russia and China. It seems interesting, so I've added to my want-to-read pile on Goodreads, but I'm hear to talk about the flag, not the book.

I actually love the look of this flag. I always enjoyed the color black in flags and the...I'm going to say "eagle" the center is pretty awesome and looks almost fascist in its symbolism. If it is on that part of the political spectrum, I'm going to guess China is the bad guy in Ghost Fleet. Overall an awesome flag that introduced me to a new book and allowed me to express some frustrations apparently...sorry about that.

What do you guys think of the flag and has anyone read Ghost Fleet? Let me know in the comments.

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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a blogger for Amazing Stories, a volunteer interviewer for SFFWorld and a Sidewise Awards for Alternate History judge. When not exploring alternate timelines he enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the day when travel between parallel universes becomes a reality. You can follow him on FacebookTwitterTumblr and YouTube. Learn how you can support his alternate history projects on Patreon.

1 comment:

  1. Creator of the featured flag here, and I would thank you for showing off this flag and I appreciate it. Anyway, the "eagle" on this flag is actually a phoenix of the Chinese variety called the Fenghuang and it's one of the icons of Chinese culture; really fitting for a flag from China.

    And yeah, there needs to be more artistic input into Alternate Timelines for the sake of spicing them up since I'm not much of a wordy person.


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