A flag for a reborn/reorganized Earth
This is for an online flag contest on Reddit's Vexillology sub forum entitled:
THIS MONTH'S THEME: Earth and the Environment - Take that as you will. Perhaps a flag to represent us to alien ambassadors? Perhaps something to rally the conservation movement? Perhaps just a flag to say "we're all people on a sphere in space, let's get along."
The symbolism of the flag goes as follows. A United Earth rests in the above center of the flag. Not in the exact center but slightly above to show movement skywards. The color is gold so show how valuable and precious the planet and all it's land is. No hemisphere is predominant, rather all continents are shown centered on the Prime Meridian. I preferred this projection over the Polar Projection the UN flag uses because I wanted no to use any of its symbolism. The globe of the Earth rest on/ is cradled by a fiery Phoenix that carries it on its shoulders and wings but is no longer touched by its fire. This is the most obvious symbol of a "reborn" united world that came out of the ashes of some major event. The thick bands behind denote the white plumes of rocket exhaust, forcing the eye to move skyward on a dark blue background. The same color as if the viewer were following the launch of a rocket into the Wild Blue Yonder. The Latin motto "AD ASTRA PER ASPERA" is an often copied motto meaning "To the stars through adversity"... adversity being the fiery phoenix event that marked the beginning of this new unified world and common destiny.