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The Red, White and Black by JP-Talma The Red, White and Black by JP-Talma
Fractal thingy 598

It's the flag of Trindad and Tobago (with a darker red than normal) in fractal version. It is a manipulation. Originally it was just a red fractal full of swirls and the colours for the stipes were manipulated in photoshop.

I was very particular about getting the proportions right. In school we used to draw and colour the flag for art class. It wasn't thrilling and at the age of 8 we often made lots of mistakes (stripe the wrong way, mixing up the white and black, or too thick/thin)...l still, I'm glad I never had to draw an American flag with those 50 stars and 13 stripes.... It would have taken forever to colour.... Either way with Wikipedia's help I read that the portortions can be either 3:5 or 1:2 (this is 1:2) and the stripe is supposed to be one fifth the length of the flag, with each white stripe being 1/30 the length and the black one 2/15..... Easy enough.

The colour red represents the warmth and energy of the sun, the vitality of the land and the courage and friendliness of the people. Red is essentially the national color. If someone what's to reorient Trinidad they wear red. Also our national flower (the chaconia) and the national bird (the scarlet ibis) are both red. White represents the sea that separates the two islands from each other and the continent. Also it is the purity Of our aspirations and the equality of all men and women under the sun. The black represents the dedication of the people linked by one bond and their strength. It also represents the wealth of the land.

We always had these symbols drilled into us during social studies class, but I always loved it. I think it is important to know what their countries symbols mean.

Just some basic facts about Trinidad and Tobago

Population : 1.3 million
Area : 5128 km sq
Language : English

Ethnicity : 39% Indian (South Asian), 38.5% African, 20% Mixed (with various other races), 1.2% white. Minorities of Carib (natives of the region), Chinese, Lebanese, Syrian.

Religion : 29.6% Roman Catholic, 34.4% Protistant (including 8.9% Anglican, 8.2% Baptist, 7.8% Penticostal, 4.5% Seventh Day Adventist, and a few others), 25.6% Hindu, 6.6% Muslim, 1.8% Jehovah's Witness.

For the most part the different groups get along qute well. There are some families that don't like intermarriage between certain religions. But you don't hear about hate crimes occurring. Churches, temples and mosques can coexist. Also the government is interracial and multi religion. Our current Prime Mininster is an Indian, Hindu woman and the previous one was an African, Born Again Christian man. Cristian holidays like Christmas and Easter are celebrated. But the government also give public holidays for the Hindu festival Divali and the Muslim Eid ul Fitr.

Climate is warm all year round (highs of 35 Celsius during the day and lows of 20C at night) with lots of rain at all times(but mostly between June and December). Since was connected to Venezuela during the last ice age, it's biodiversity is more similar to that of South America than to the rest of the Caribbean.

Well today (August 1st) is a public holiday too. It's Emancipation Day, to celebrate the abolishing of slavery on August 1st 1834. And this year on August 31st will be the 50th year of independence from the British Empire (we are a baby country).
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Ruru-Kenny Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! Usually I'm not a huge fan of swirls, but in this case it gives a firework-illusion, and fireworks are always a great thing to go along with a country's flag.

I really like the the sound of Trinidad and Tobago. I wish in the U.S. there was wider recognition of Holidays existing in other religions, that way maybe our government would stop pushing for secularization so much (like how we aren't supposed to have nativity scenes on public ground during Christmas time, but I think if we celebrated other Holidays and other religions would be allowed to display their celebratory symbols on public ground for their Holidays, then this ridiculous dispute might finally end). Also I'd like to be able to celebrate other religious Holidays, it gives a reason to celebrate something that's important to other people, and brings different religions closer together.
For such a young country, it seems to be very comfortable with its people and identity. It really sounds amazing with how well everyone gets along with such diversity, and how even though it's primarily Christian it doesn't seem to decrease the chance of a public official being elected who isn't Christian, which demonstrates the lack of bias.
However, I don't think I could take the heat. @_@ I absolutely can't stand high temperatures.
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JP-Talma Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is pretty nice. The Hindu population in particular are very willing to invite others to participate in their festivals. And it's true, I never understood how around Christmas time I'd see on the USA news stories about Jewish populations complaini about malls being to Christmas decorated.

The country is still very far from perfect. Though racial hate crimes aren't widespread, gang violence has been a big problem for years now (some people actually blame it on the fact that Trinidadians went to the US and learned about gangs from there, then brought it back, but that sounds like a conspiracy). The crime is just frustrating since no one seems to know how to fix it.

Then politics....ok I'll admit we were all super happy that the gender card seemed to be overcome... But the race card is alive and well. The parties are polarized in who in the population they have interest in helping (essentially the African party and the Indian party). The only reason they both win is because they are equally useless and the racial composition of the country is split down evenly. It's not so much racial hate but rather looking out for your families and who you think will vote for you again.

I wish we would evolve a little bit. Sure we are "comfortable"..... Unfortunately so comfortable that the government doesn't want to change things. I don't know sometimes I lookat the US and think that some parts are better. If countries wanted to learn from each other maybe none of us would have problems :D
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Ruru-Kenny Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As far as I know, most of the people who complain about Christian symbols aren't even Jewish (I think some people use the Jews as an excuse, simply because Jews also have a Holiday around the same time, but I've never known them to care about store decorations). Actually, I'm not really sure who complains, I think it's politicians trying to make things politically correct and "equal" (and there are many people who simply dislike Christians so will use the excuse of "government staying out of religion" to ban things, such as banning prayer in public schools which of course ends up affecting more than just Christians). There's somewhat of a battle between the government and religion currently, and recently it's come to light more than ever before.

Of course no country is perfect, but it's still good that in your country there is opportunity exists for peace among those who are different, which I think is most important. And as for the gang violence, it speaks better for a country if problems are the result of decisions of free individuals rather than the government screwing everyone over (just as it also speaks well for a country if it's successful based on the efforts of the citizens; at least, that's how I see it). So even though violence itself is bad, I think overall it only affects the morals of individuals rather than the morals of the whole country. And there are gangs in most countries I think.

We still have yet to get a female president, but really I don't mind not having a female president until a really smart candidate comes along.
When it comes to "looking out for who will vote for you again", that's basically how our presidential campaigns work. It's tug-o-war for the Hispanic vote, the middle-class vote, the working-mom vote, the black vote, etc, and thinking of new ways to appeal to them and make them think you're their best friend. It's crazy.

Sure, every government has it's good parts. I do like some things about the US system, even though the system sometimes causes things to happen that I don't like, but what I do like about my country is that it's very focused on protecting the right of free speech, even when those with the free speech are a minority saying things most people don't like. Again, the system allows things I don't like (for example, the KKK still existing) but I still like what the system stands for and what it protects. Unfortunately, I don't really like the party system, I think it's caused a lot of division, Republicans and Democrats think horribly of each other, it's like a label to be in a party.

For being so young I thing Trinidad and Tobago are still pretty well off, and they'll develop in time. True, it would be good if countries learned from each other. I think it's good to look at what works well for others or has worked well in the past and then apply it. If your government doesn't want to change things, hopefully a time will come when the right people are in office who do want to change things for the better. It always comes down to "time" and being patient I guess, unless you try to change it yourself.
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JP-Talma Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, time is what will determine what happens to Tinidad, the USA and all other countries in the world turn out. There is always a new generation to become politicians and fix things.... Or mess it up more :p (I hope they/we fix it).
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