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Questions tagged [national-symbols]

For questions relating to the symbols associated with a specific country or nation.

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How did gold come to symbolize lower ranks than silver in the United States Air Force?

In the United States Air Force, including the Air Reserve Component (Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard), gold represents the lower form of a rank. A gold bar ranks below a silver bar. A gold ...
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Why was the bald eagle chosen as the national bird of the United States?

The bald eagle is a grand and beautiful bird of prey that once frequently soared majestically through the skies of the American wilderness. It is also very important in American Indian culture (See: ...
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Why do central European nations use the color black as their national colors?

We all know that national colors exists, often associated directly with the flag of a nation. Red and white for example are one of the most frequently used colors world wide by many nations (Austria, ...
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Why did the maple leaf become associated with Canada?

One of the national symbols of Canada is the maple leaf, it is even on our flag, yet, unlike the Moose or the Beaver, Maple trees are more common in the states than in Canada. Which made me wonder, ...
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Why does some Califate money feature crosses?

Why does some Muslim money feature crosses? Like the following ones: Was the cross an early Muslim symbol?
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When did people start saying about the US that “it's a free country”?

Confronted with lack of permission, Americans sometimes reflexively claim that "it's a free country". Obviously, the truth is more nuanced, with degrees of freedom, competing definitions of freedom, ...
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Why does the rooster symbolise France? [closed]

The Gallic Rooster is widely used as a symbol of France. However, there are a number of conflicting sources on how it originated. The French embassy in the USA states that the rooster originated ...
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What is the earliest known “one arrow is easily broken but a bundle of arrows is not” story?

The "parable of the arrow/sticks", as described in the title, is frequently repeated amongst many nations and civilisations, even though many of them have not come into contact with each other. One ...
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What is the backstory behind the White Sun of Angola?

I was reading some history of Angola and came across this symbol, for which the filename was "White Sun of Angola". I was unable to find anything that explains its origin with some simple google ...
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Have national symbols often acquired partisan meanings?

In the U.S. today the Republican Party and its partisans use much more patriotic imagery than its opposition. Conservatives highly value loyalty (see Haidt's moral foundations theory). The national ...
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Is the expression “Seal of” on the Seal of the POTUS redundant? [closed]

Is the expression "Seal of" on the Seal of the President of the United States redundant, or does it bear some historical heritage of some sort? To me, it's like writing "Flag of the United States" ...