My entry for
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This flag is actually a combination of two flags, that of the human and automaton factions. That was done as a sign of unity when Alpha created the first Federation. The human faction is on the left and the automaton is on the right. The gears represent the labors of each faction in their contributions to the society, though some automaton-centric scholars claim that the automaton side's gear represents their technological nature. The stars are actually meaningless and were mainly included for the factions to tell each other apart and Alpha thought it would be easier to leave them in place when she amalgamated them. For the human side: red represents the life blood of humanity, white represents the desire for eventual peace, and black represents the darkness of the majority of human history in order to inspire towards a brighter future. For the automaton side: red represents the ferocity of their fighting, white represents their purity of their artificial minds for logical thought, and grey represents the very metals they were crafted from.
As stated before Alpha used this as the symbol of the initial Federation, well when the civil war broke out she used this as the banner of her faction that still held the unity values. Said unity proved successful as she was able to reform the Federation and purge the supremacists, just in time for an alien invasion. Alpha and the Federation originated from Earth, but they colonized another planet after Earth was rendered uninhabitable due to a nuclear holocaust and their new home world was itself invaded by a hostile race. But her formation of the initial Federation caused the aliens to be repelled, and now they returned for a second round. She once again used her united factions to not only defend their planet but also do quite a bit of damage to their invader's planet. The invading race has not been heard from since and most scholars believe that they're extinct and often dance around the reason oddly enough. As a result of the civil war and invasion, Alpha made the Federation much more authoritarian and effectively gave herself absolute power over the Federation for life. One of the things she stresses most is the flag, and highly propagandizes the theme of unity between the human and automaton factions as a valiant fighting force, completely abandoning the original peaceful meaning of the union. Every single time a new colony is made they raise this and sing praise to the Federation and admire it's militarism, and they remain the unchecked power over the galaxy, perhaps even beyond.