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''Flatgermany'' - the Noordlandflagg by Bikad ''Flatgermany'' - the Noordlandflagg by Bikad
"Flat German" [Low German or Low Saxon (Plattdüütsch, Nedderdüütsch, Platduuts, Nedderduuts; Standard German: Plattdeutsch or Niederdeutsch; Dutch: Nederduits)] is one of the West Germanic languages. It did not go through the High German consonant shift. The terms "Nedderdüütsch" and "Neddersassisch" (Nedersaksisch) are also often used for "Plattdüütsch".
The official language code according to ISO 639-2 is nds. In the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany "Plattdüütsch" was included into the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
I asked myself whether there is a flag for the Low German language area. So I searched for one and I even found one (it's the green one) however the Vepsians (Finnic people) have a nearly identical flag and there has been criticism that the green-gold-blue flag doesn't really represent the Low German language area in a distinguishable way at all anyway.
Now I have (tried to) make own designs for a Noordlandflagg.

explanation for the new colors:

white - in the netherlands national flag, in every German Federal state and every dutch province which are somewhat part of this area (except for Overijssel, Gelderland and Saxony-Anhalt) white has a central role in the flag. So I chose it as the grounding for most of my own flag variations.

gold - represent grain fields; is a color in the flags of Germany (<- in several eras), Overijssel, Gelderland and Saxony-Anhalt; connection to the Holy Roman Empire

black - I have seen a black Saxon Steed before; (goes also for white: ) connection to Prussia and/or the German Empire; color in the flags of Gelderland and Saxony-Anhalt

blue - North Sea/Baltic Sea; also: to make it less historical-political and more about nature


1. nordic cross - to keep close to the original

2. 3:5 - to keep close to the German/Dutch flag. Variation with the Saxon Steed can be applied to any design; white-blue-gold hasn't got white as the grounding anymore but instead symbolises sky(lotta clouds up there)-water-fields while still fitting somewhat into the chosen color scheme.

3. prussian - just to make a subtle connection to Prussia again


I wanna place a flag like this onto my page to say "Ey! I know a few words in Low German!" but I can't decide on which to take ._.
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MacX85 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
"Mok de dör tau, dat treckt!" Hat mien Omma immer sächt :D

Wäre eine Farbkombi aus den Hansestädten nicht irgendwie logischer?
Bikad Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ach das is ja leicht ^^ da brauch man ja nur einen streifen über oder unter (oder neben oder hinter :P) dem weiß in rot einfärben. Das Gold oder Blau aber würde ich persönlich drin behalten. Oder man macht ein auf Österreich-Ungarn und macht so halbe halbe mit den Farbkombinationen.. so viele Möglichkeiten :D (Um es simpel zu halten, wäre es mir persönlich nur wichtig nicht alles Mögliche in ein Design zu packen um es simpel zu halten. :P)
19North95 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All för Nedderdüütschland!!! :)

Schöne Flaggen, es gibt aber noch andere Vorschläge und Variationen wie eine Flagge für die Plattdeutschen Gebiete aussehn könnte……
Bikad Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So viele Entwürfe *-*

Ich werd mich bei Zeiten mal in Familienkreisen umhören, mal gucken was die mit Plattdeutsch und Norddeutschland verbinden und was die von meinen Designs und denen diese Bloggers halten. Dann werd ich versuchen das mit ein bisschen Geschichte und ein bisschen Heraldik zu verbinden und das was dabei raus kommt für mich selbst so ganz inoffitschell nutzen :P
konstantinpalailogos Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The blue-white-gold, or the gold-white-horse look best, I think.  I like the use of the black horse; it's even older than the Prussians, it was used by the pagan Saxons before Carl the Great invaded (and as such, it can be found in England as well).  Supposedly it was Widukind's personal standard.
Bikad Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D

Also: since Low German is a descendant of the Old Saxon language I figured that the horse would fit very well :D
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
Great overview I love all the flags!
Bikad Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Weest bedankt, Kumpel! :D
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