What kind of a flag is this?

I have a strange ambivalence about this flag. It’s interesting in its design, but it’s also very strange in a way I can’t name or describe. The previous flag I mentioned here was just amazzing. This one I’m not so sure about…


It is the old flag of the Dutch ruler of what is now Suriname, a land sometimes plagued by military instabilities and overthrows, though not as much as other countries we could mention.

The odd ellipse and the stars are just not normal. It looks like some kind of a corporate logo.

Outrageously colorfull flag from North Africa

I found the beylical flag of Tunisia on FotW1 and then WikipediA as a vector image2. I personally enjoy this flag because it is so outrageous in its colors and symbols and patterns.


I know your initiall reaction is probably of the “Doctor, my eyes!” nature, but take a look at it in detail. I would love to know what the symbolism of the little stars and circles was, and the colors and their patterns. The top and bottom symbols’ colors are not symmetric. Was that an accident? What about the colors on the handle of the sword of Ali in the middle?