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The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici), also known as the Order of the Temple and Knights Templar, was a Latin Christian military order. Closely tied to the Crusades, the Order was granted a papal charter in the early twelfth century. It constituted some of the fiercest fighting units in the Crusader armies, built fortifications, regulated vast European finances and protected Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land. The Order largely lost its raison d’être following the end of the Crusades and was ultimately destroyed by the schemes of the French King Philip IV, who was heavily in debt to the Order. From 1307, many of the Order’s members were arrested on largely false accusations, tortured and burned at the stake. Philip IV then bullied Pope Clement V into disbanding the Order in 1312. The Order’s importance, history and abrupt destruction have kept the Templar name alive and well into the present era and is the subject of many tales and legends.

One of the banners used by the Knights Templar displayed a red cross on a white field, which was also incorporated in the personal arms of its noble members.

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The Honourable East India Company, originally known as the Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading into the East Indies, was an English (and British from 1707) joint-stock company formed by a royal charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1600. The Company came to rule vast swathes of India starting in 1757, with its own private armies and administrative powers over which the British government had only indirect control. A century later, the British Crown assumed direct control of India as a result of the Indian Rebellion (1857) and the subsequent Government of India Act (1858). The company was formally abolished in 1874, its administration and armies having been absorbed into the British Empire and the government of British India.

The Company’s flag originally consisted of a varying number (usually thirteen) of alternating red and white stripes with the red cross of Saint George featured in the canton, representing England. The creation of Great Britain in 1707 saw the original Union Flag appearing in the canton, which was in turn replaced by the modern design following the Acts of Union in 1801.

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The USA, formally known as the United States of America, emerged from the original Thirteen Colonies established by the British between 1603 and 1733. Its disputes over increased independence and representation within the British Empire (‘no taxation without representation’) led to the formation of a Continental Congress and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The new USA staged the world’s first successful independence war against a colonial empire. Throughout the nineteenth century, the USA embarked on a massive campaign of expansion, conquering ever more lands, displacing or liquidating native tribes and establishing new states. By 1900 and despite a devastating civil war (1861 – 1865), the USA extended from the Atlantic to the Pacific, boasted the largest economy in the world and was confirmed as a military power in the Spanish-American War and World War I. It became a super power (along with the USSR) following World War II and, despite the resurging power of China and post-Soviet Russia,  has retained much of its power and influence at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

The original flag of the USA, known as ‘Betsy Ross’, was first flown in 1777. It consisted of thirteen horizontal stripes of alternating red and white, with a blue canton displaying a circle of thirteen stars to represent the country’s founding states. The design was similar to that of the British East India Company and was in use until 1795.

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The Electoral Palatinate (German: Kurpfalz) was one of the electoral member states of the Holy Roman Empire. Established in the late eleventh century, its electoral dignity and strategic position on the Rhine made it one of the most important imperial states. The Palatinate was mauled by Napoleonic France in 1803 and ceased to exist with the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806.

The Palatine coat of arms originally consisted of only a black field with a gold lion, a design which dates back to the year 1156, when Conrad of Hohenstaufen became count palatine. The coat of arms was eventually quartered with that of the House of Wittelsbach, which inherited the Palatinate in the mid fourteenth century.

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The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem or Knights Hospitaller (Latin: Ordo Fratrum Hospitalis S. Ioannis Hierosolymitani, Fratres Hospitalarii) was a Latin Christian military order. Founded in the early eleventh century as caretakers of a hospital in Jerusalem, the Hospitallers were granted a papal charter following the Christian victory in the First Crusade (1099) and became a military organisation in charge of defending the Holy Land and protecting Christian pilgrims. Following the Crusades, the Hospitallers became sovereigns of Rhodes in 1309 and remained there until the Ottoman conquest in 1522. The Order subsequently moved to Malta, which it ruled until Napoleon Bonaparte arrived in 1798.

One of the banners used by the Knights Hospitaller displayed a white cross on a black field, which became a red field following the Order’s takeover of Rhodes. The cross was adopted as the Order’s official emblem under Grand Master Raymond du Puy de Provence (r. 1120 – 1160) and was called the ‘Maltese cross’ in later times.

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The Confederate States of America or CSA was a confederacy of seven American slave states which declared their secession from the United States of America upon the election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860. Four more states joined the CSA after the outbreak of the American Civil War in April 1861. Kentucky and Missouri were also added to the Confederacy, although neither was ever controlled by Confederate forces or officially seceded from the Union. The CSA was never recognised as an independent state and was destroyed by the USA in 1865, after which the seceded states were readmitted into the Union. The first and only Confederate president was Jefferson Davis, the most famous Confederate commander was Robert E. Lee.

The CSA adopted three successive flags during its five years of existence. The first was known as the ‘Stars and Bars’, as opposed to the ‘Stars and Stripes’ of the USA, and consisted of three horizontal bands of red-white-red with thirteen white stars on a blue field in the canton. The flag was replaced with the so-called ‘Stainless Banner’ in 1863; a white field with the famous Confederate battle flag in the canton. This design was modified in the final months of the CSA, in March 1865, adding a red bar on the fly side of the flag and renaming it the ‘Blood-Stained Banner’.


Original excerpt from the Flag Act of 1865:
‘The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, that the flag of the Confederate States shall be as follows: The width two-thirds of its length, with the union (now used as the battle flag) to be in width three-fifths of the width of the flag, and so proportioned as to leave the length of the field on the side of the union twice the width of the field below it; to have the ground red and a broad blue saltier thereon, bordered with white and emblazoned with mullets or five pointed stars, corresponding in number to that of the Confederate States; the field to be white, except the outer half from the union to be a red bar extending the width of the flag.’
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The United East India Company (Dutch: Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC), also known as the Dutch East India Company, was one of the first multinational corporations in the world. It was established by the Dutch Republic (United Provinces) in 1602 and given a twenty-one year monopoly on colonisation and exploration in the Indies. The company was one of the most profitable ones in history and operated as a ‘state within the state’, possessing extensive governmental powers, the ability to raise armies, declare war, negotiate treaties, coin money and develop colonies. For nearly two centuries, its profits were unparalleled and second to none, leaving the English/British East India Company, its strongest competitor, far behind. However, increased corruption and mismanagement gradually dragged the company down throughout the eighteenth century, until it was formally dissolved in 1800. By then, the United Provinces it served had been defeated by the French revolutionaries and replaced by a French vassal state, the Batavian Republic. The VOC’s empire was turned into the Dutch East Indies.

The VOC flag was identical to that of the United Provinces, a horizontal tricolour of orange-white-blue but with the company’s emblem in the centre. However, the company changed the colours to red-white-blue by 1660.

HERE is a picture of the VOC flag in the Dutch Period Museum in Colombo, Sri Lanka (former Dutch Ceylon).

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The Free French Forces (French: Forces françaises libres) were established by Charles de Gaulle in 1940, following the French defeat by Germany. It consisted of individuals or military units who joined Free France (French: la France libre) with the purpose of continuing the battle against the Axis Powers and liberate France from the Germans and their Vichy French puppet state.

The flag used by Free France consisted of the French blue-white-red tricolour with a red Cross of Lorraine in the centre, as opposed to the fascis displayed in the Vichy French flag. The Cross of Lorraine became a symbol of French patriotism following the French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (1870 – 1871), the Prussian annexation of Alsace-Lorraine and the creation of the German Empire. France regained Alsace-Lorraine after World War I but lost it again in 1940. As such, the Lorraine Cross came to symbolise the commitment of the Free French Forces to the liberation and restoration of France, realised in 1945.

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A screenshot of the unique Horizon Trailer. Here you have a [link]
I'm really excited to see these tattoos... what could they signify?
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