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See also my Simplistic Project in imgur here.

Arizona

This redesign has just a little change in the color and on position of the star to avoid color clash. The silver is related with the origin of the name "Arizona", which initially applied only to an area near the silver mining camp of Planchas de Plata, Sonora.

Arkansas

This is just a simplification of the current good flag of Arkansas. Just one star for statehood, no letters and I put the white diamond behind the blue one to avoid color clash.

California

Just a simplification for California (this flag is already great though). The colors of this flag represent the different environments of the state: green for the forests, red for the desert and white for the urban areas. The bottom band represents the plains and the green triangles represent the state's mountain ranges. The star represent the unity of the state. The color scheme also alludes to the Mexican past.

Connecticut

The grape bunch comes from the current coat of arms and has 13 grapes to represent Connecticut as one of the original colonies, being an influential state for the development of the union. That tone of beige on the background (desert sand) recalls an old paper, an allusion to the nickname "Constitution State".

Delaware

I keep the design from the current flag, but instead of the seal, it carries one big star to represent Delaware as the "First State" and other 12 stars to represent the others original colonies that follow Delaware joining the Union.

Florida

Theese redesigns are based on HansLN's modification of the Rebranding America proposal. On the first, I modified the colors of the pales to blue because I thought the flag needed some soft color. The two blue pales represent the seas of the two coasts of Florida - Gulf Coast and East Coast. On the second redesign, the sun is on a blank background as the old 1868 Florida Flag.

Georgia

Georgia's Flag has changed a lot throughout history, so I didn't wanted to make big changes. The canton's height is bigger than its width for the flag look more retangular and fly better.

Hawaii

This redesign for Hawaii brings a shield in the style of the Kanaka Maoli Flag. I put a star on it to not look the same flag with just different colors and also can represent Hawaii as US state.


Idaho

"Red Gem Flag" - mt first redesign carries a red gem to represent Idaho as the "Gem State", the green chevrons represent the mountains ranges. The chosen colors were the official state colors: gold, red and green.

In my second redesign, the star is based on the Star Garnet, the Idaho's state gem, found only in two places of the world, India and Idaho. The white pale represents the Snake river plain and valleys; the two green pales represent the mountains and hills that surround the state. The colors also represent the main natural resources of Idaho: the dark purple-red is for the mines, the green is for the forests and wildlife and white is for the farmlands. This design is also related with the Idaho's nickname: The Gem State.

Illinois

The first redesign for Illinois is based on the current flag of Chicago. The three stars represent the three main divisions of Illinois (North, Central and South) and they sum 21 points to represent the state position as 21º joined to the Union. The blue band represent the rivers and lakes of the state and the two red stripes alludes to the US flag and represent the various highways that pass in the state and its prime location in the midwest region.

The second version intend to unlink to the Chicago flag and to propose official colors for Illinois: Blue, Green and Black.
Dark blue is a reference to the color of Union uniforms in the civil war, inspired by a verse of the state song - "Pitting Gray against the Blue, there was no one braver than you, Illinois."
Green is a reference to the state nickname - "Praire State".
Black is a reference to another nickname - "Land of Lincoln" - and to national mourning because of his murder.
The stars and their symbolism were keeped.

Iowa

"The Eye of the Hawk Flag" - this flag has a representation of an eye of a Hawk for the state's nickname - "Hawkeye State". The star represent Iowa as the 16th state after the original 13. I thought better to put pales in the same colors of the eye and they represent the two rivers that border the state.

Kansas

This flag has a geometrical version of a Sunflower, as Kansas is the "Sunflower State". The red is for "Bleeding Kansas", the yellow is for the state's wealth and the brown is for the agricultural tradition.

Kentucky

"The Blue Moon Flag" - this flag is based on the two state's songs of Kentucky. The blue circle on the black backgroung is based on the state's bluegrass song ("Blue moon of Kentucky"). The gold circle represent the Kentucky's sun and is based on a verse of the state's song "My Old Kentucky Home" ("The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home"). The green is for the state's nickname "Bluegrass State" and the star is for statehood.

Louisiana

This redesign is based on the 1861 Louisiana Flag. I put just five stripes representing the state as the 5th state after the original 13. The colors come from the french flag and the fleur-de-lis also represent the french past. The striped design is related with the present USA statehood.

Maine

This flag is based on the First Flag of Maine. I put an anchor to represent the sea culture of the state and the Gulf of Maine. The pine tree repesent the land and it has a geometrical looking to also represent an arrow pointing to up, in reference of the state's motto - "I lead". The star is on the right top to represent the geographic position of Maine in the United States.

Massachusetts

The first redesign is based on the RottenAli Proposal. It has 6 stripes representing the state as the 6th colony that joined to the Union: 3 white stripes and 3 stripes with the official state colors (cranberry, blue and green). The pine comes from the state's naval ensign.

The second redesign flag also has the official state colors: blue, green and cranberry. The blue shield is based on the current flag and on the reverse of the 1908-1971 state's flag. The pine tree is also based from the current Massachusetts Naval Ensign. The third proposal is a little modification on the reverse of the old 1908-1971 state flag. See other MA proposals on imgur here.

Michigan

The two green triangles represent the two peninsulas, blue is for the lakes and the star is for statehood.

Minnesota

This flag made for Minnesota assembles the white of the snow and the blue of the water, since the state has the nickname of "Land of 10,000 lakes" and the word Minnesota means "clear blue water". The star is a reference of the State's Motto: "L'Étoile du Nord". The counterchanged design alludes to the "Twin Cities", the largest metropolitan area (Minneapolis-Saint Paul).

Mississippi

This simplified redesign is a merge of the two first flags of Mississipi: it carries a white star in a blue background like in the "Bonnie Blue Flag" and also a vertical red stripe like in the "Magnolia Flag", from which it was based mainly. (It's like the Magnolia Flag whitout the tree and with a stretched blue canton). I think is a flag that all mississippians can appreciate, putting togheter who likes the Confederation (because it's based on flags of the civil war time) and who doen't (because removes that controversial southern saltire).

Missouri

Missouri: "Gateway Arch Flag" - this flag made for Missouri features a representation of the Gateway Arch monument, representing the state as the Gateway of the West and its nickname "Mother of the West". The star is for statehood and the colors come from the current flag.

Montana

"Shining Mountains Flag" - this flag features two gold and silver mountains that form an "M", based on the state motto "Oro y Plata" (gold and silver) and on the name "Montana" (mountain in spanish). The gold and silver mountains are also related with two state's nicknames: "Treasure State" and "Land of the Shinning Mountains". The color of blue on the top is for other state's nickname: "Big Sky Country". The star is for statehood.

Nebraska

This flag made for Nebraska uses the colors of the current flag. The silver stripe represent the "Platte River" that cross the state and the star is for statehood.

Nevada

This flag features the official state colors - blue and silver - plus this rusted orange to represent the desert. The silver chevrons represent "Sierra Nevada" and form an "N" for Nevada. The star is for statehood.

New Hampshire

This red and blue cross comes from one of the flags of the Second New Hampshire Regiment, who fought in the American Revolutionary War. It represents the revolutionary spirit of New Hampshire, since it was the first of the British North American colonies to establish a government independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain's authority. It is also related with the state's motto - "Live Free or Die" - since the phrase was adopted from a toast written by General John Stark, New Hampshire's most famous soldier of the American Revolutionary War.

I think the flag with just the cross in the middle is a symbol distinct enough and amazingly simple, especially because of its unusual color scheme and its different display.

New Jersey

The first redesign is based on Aryq's proposal, but it features the official state colors. The two diamonds represents the two regions of the state - North Jersey and South Jersey. The diamons togheter also remember the shape of the state.

In the second redesign I chosen a vertical triband based on the state's tricentennial flag, with a lighter side of buff. The blue band represent the Delaware River, once it is related with the fact that New Jersey was the site of several decisive battles during the American Revolutionary War, in reference of one episode of the Battle of Trenton: the George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River. The three stars represent New Jersey as the 3rd state, the buff star represent New Jersey itself and the two blue stars represent the two first states - Delaware and Pennsylvania - both borders New Jersey in the other side of Delaware River.


New York

This redesign is a simplification of the Alternateuniverse proposal. The color come from Prince's Flag representing the dutch past, the wave represents the Hudson River and the Erie Canal, orange means wealth and power, blue for the sea and the star represents statehood.

This flag could be the flag of New York City too, but in that case the five-pointed star represents the five bouroughs.

North Carolina

This redesign is based on the 1861 Flag. I chosen change it into a chevron design to look less with the Texas Flag. I chosen this design because it allows to display the official state colors (red and blue) predominantly and it also has some similarities with the traditional southern flags of the civil war.

North Dakota

"The Peace Garden Flag" - the colors are based on the state's current coat of arms and the three 13-pointed stars represent the state's order of admission (39th). This inverted Y shape is taken from the Peace Symbol and the stars also look like flowers in reference of the International Peace Garden located in North Dakota, the "Peace Garden State".

Oklahoma

This flag features the official state colors (white and green), with a simplified version of the shield like in the new Tulsa City Flag to represent Native Americans forcefully relocated to the Indian Territory. The star is for statehood.

Oregon

The beaver from the current flag's reverse should be on the obverse too, so that is. (with a bigger beaver for better visibility)

Pennsylvania

The first redesign assembles the colors of two main cities of the state: the gold and blue from Philadelphia and the gold and black from Pittsburgh, representing the unity of the different urban areas of the state. Besides of that, it carries a gold version of the William Penn's coat of arms, the state founder. The bottom blue band represents the Atlantic Ocean and the top blue one represents the Great Lakes, alluding to the state location.

The second redesign assembles the color scheme (blue, white and gold) from the state's vehicle registration plates and the orginal white and black William Penn's Coat of Arms. It also have the colors of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Rhode Island

For Rhode Island, I chosen to represent its position as 13th state with stripes instead of the stars to look more distinct. The shield carries the anchor from the traditional state's heraldry.

South Dakota

"Black Hills Flag" - this flag features small black and gold chevrons to represent the Black Hills, the gold sun and the blue background come from the current flag.

Utah

"Industry Flag" - this flag features a gear to represent the state's motto - "Industry" - the gold and black are the official state's colors in reference of a beehive. The blue background is for the vast amount of lakes in Utah.

Vermont

"The 14th Star Flag" - this flag is based on the Green Mountain Boys Flag, the 13 little stars are arranged in a way that remember a natural pattern, but in a more organized display. The big star in right top represent Vermont itself and its position as 14th state, first after original 13. The chosen colors were green and gold as proposed in 2007 to be the official state colors.

Virginia

The chosen colors of this redesign are based on a proposal on reddit - the blue over purple represents Virtus triumphantly standing over Tyranny (referring to Virtus' and Tyranny's tunics in the state's seal). The "V" is for Virginia and also an arrow pointing to the south. The star is for statehood.

Washington

The first redesigned flag is a green and gold stylized version of George Washington's coat of arms. The bars were tranformed into chevrons that point to west (Washington is the most western state in contiguos US). Just one star to represent statehood.

The second redesign is based on the George Washington's personal flag, featuring seven six-pointed stars to represent the state's order of admission (42th). Now with a green background in reference of the nickname "Evergreen State".

West Virginia

In the first redesign I kept the blue border of current flag and used the official state colors (old gold and blue). The red flowers were based on the family arms of Francis H. Pierpont, the "Father of West Virginia" - an idea from a HansLN's redesign. The seven flowers with five petals represent the West Virginia's order of admission (35th).

In the second redesign I changed the background to a white one and now the flag have the national flag scheme color (blue, white and red). In the current flag the blue border represents the Union and the white represents purity, so in this redesign the flowers can represent the state itself.

Wisconsin

The gold and black color scheme of this redesign comes from the shield of the state's coat of arms. The "W" is for Winconsin and is white and black for the state's nickname - "Badger State". The gold is also a reference of the "America's Dairyland" nickname.


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