Some of the most awesome flags in human history (23 Photos)
Flags are iconic. From the Union Jack to Old Glory, flags are not only symbols of national unity but often the design themselves says something about the great (and not so great) nations they represent.
Unfortunately, most flags are also very boring.
Here are some of the coolest and most striking flags that exist or have existed in the history of mankind.
Gozo, an island in Malta
Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, province of Ukraine
Swedish Merchant Flag (1844-1905)
Maryland State Flag
Papua New Guinea (1965-1970)
The Republic of Kalmykia, Russia (Only Buddhist region in Europe)
The Mari El Republic, a federal subject of Russia
The Kingdom of Ireland (1542-1801)
Isle of Man
Republic of Taiwan (1895)
Early flag of the Republic of China (1912-1928)