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Eastern Commonwealth

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By lostamongstshelves   |   
Published: August 29, 2012
© 2012 - 2020 lostamongstshelves
This is the Eastern Commonwealth flag I drew for the contest being held by Marissa Meyer for her upcoming release, Scarlet. The contest required the creation of a flag following World War IV for the newly bordered countries. More information can be found here: [link]

I decided to go with a red and white background, red representing the blood shed and sacrifice during World War IV by the Eastern Commonwealth soldiers and white representing the purity their country conveys. Both colors are common in asian flags and I wanted to keep that tradition alive in this futuristic flag.

The dragon is symbolic of strength, power, and often viewed as a representation of the emperor. They are fierce and intimidating creatures, sometimes even related to magical properties, which would be a very dynamic and forceful talisman for the Eastern Commonwealth. The dragon is a very common creature found in asian art and culture, so I wanted to integrate the past into the future by making it the center of the flag.

However, instead of breathing pure fire, I've made the dragon breathe red and white cherry blossoms, a common and popular flower in asian cultures. I used these flowers to represent the beauty and compassion rooted in the Eastern Commonwealth culture. Following World War IV, and the emergence of a deadly and contagious sickness, the cherry blossoms are a reminder of the preciousness of life.

Finally, I've bordered the flag with a gold pattern to represent the presence of the Emperor and his royal family in the Eastern Commonwealth. I made the border surround the flag to signify the Emperor's integral part of all aspects of its people and its duty to protect its country.
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Congrats! It's awesome! :love: