There are flags with flowers, animals, trees, stars and what not. But which country flags are so badass, that they feature weapons? Our top 5 based on the badassness (is that even a real word?) of the weapons depicted.
Kenya is a country in Eastern Africa, and its capital is Nairobi. The country has over 55 million inhabitants divided over many different ethnic groups. The country is well known for it’s large tourism sector, and the country has over 30 national parks.
The Flag of Kenya is a tricolour of black, red, and green, with two white stripes to divide the tricolour. The color black represents the people of the Republic of Kenya, red for the bloodshed during the fight for independence, and green for the country’s landscape and natural wealth. The white fimbriation was added later to symbolize peace, honesty, purity, and innocence. The shield is a typical Maasai flag and symbolizes, together with the shield, the willingness to defend the country.
The long shield and spears are a true African symbol. In our opinion it’s more a symbol of culture and heritage than a symbol of being badass. It’s a good looking flag with a true African vibe.
Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a country on the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia and one of the largest countries of Asia. It is well known for it’s absolute monarchy, and is ruled by a king of the House of Saud since 1720. The Saudi royal family has over 15,000 members.
While the country’s flag only features one sword, the royal standard of the king, features two. You can only assume the Saudis really love their swords. The sword on the flag stands for the strictness in applying justice. The color green represents Islam and the words on the flag is the Islamic declaration of faith. It basically translates to There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.
Choosing a sword as a justice symbol is definitely a different approach than choosing a gavel, a scale or a blindfold. Not really surprising when capital punishment is a legal penalty for ‘crimes’ like homosexuality, adultery and blasphemy. Practices that are not even considered crimes in most of the western world.
Angola, officially the Republic of Angola, is a country on the west coast of Southern Africa. It’s the 7th largest country of Africa with a population of almost 35 million people. It is the second-largest Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) country in both total area and population. Brazil is first in both cases. The biggest export products are diamonds and oil. After the Angolan civil war (1975-2002) the country became the fastest-growing economy in Africa and one of the fastest-growing in the world. In the period 2001-2010, Angola had the world’s highest annual average GDP growth, at 11.1%. Let’s just say they’re doing pretty well.
Angola gained independence in 1975 and that was also the year the current flag came into use. The red upper half of the flag signifies bloodshed and the black lower half symbolizes Africa. The gear represents industrial workers and production, while the machete represents peasantry, agricultural production and the armed struggle. The star symbolizes international solidarity and progress. The flag has a real communist/marxist vibe, but that was intentional. The main party fighting for independence in Angola was the MPLA, an organisation with a strong far-left ideology.
All together a cool looking flag with a badass weapon, a machete. Ofcourse a machete is an agricultural tool, but probably most people associate the tool with violence. Danny Trejo’s nickname wasn’t Machete in the movie because he was a peaceful farmer.
Guatemala is a small country in Central America bordering Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. The capital is Guatemala City and is the largest city of Central America with a population of close to 3 million. The country itsself has an estimated population of around 17.2 million. From 1960 to 1996, Guatemala endured a bloody civil war, and saw some economic progress since then. Still, Guatemala remains a relatively poor country and ranks 31st of 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries in terms of the Human Development Index.
The flag of Guatemala, nicknamed “Azul y Blanco” features two colours; sky blue and white. The two blue stripes represent the fact that Guatemala is a land located between two oceans, the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean; and the sky over the country. The white signifies peace and purity. The center of the flag features the Guatemalan coat of arms. It depicts a Queztal, a scroll with the date of independence from Spain and a laurel.
The weapons depicted are two crossed swords, representing honour. Next to swords there are also two crossed rifles. What it stands for is unknown, but we just assume it stands for the fact that Guatemala is a badass country. Or maybe it stands for the willingness to defend the country, who knows? We do know it’s one of only four countries in the world that feature actual firearms on their flag. Two even! And for that reason Guatemala is nr. 2 on our list.
Mozambique is the second Lusophone country on our list. The country is located in Southeastern Africa and bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east. It has a population of just over 30 million and the capital city is Maputo. Mozambique is endowed with rich and extensive natural resources but still remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Just like Angola, Mozambique became independent in 1975 and almost immediately a civil war broke out, which lasted until 1992.
The flag of Mozambique is pretty unique. Not because of the shape or the colours, but mainly because it features a firearm. And not just any firearm, but an Avtomat Kalashnikova, better known as an AK-47. The AK-47 stands for defence and vigilance. But the flag has some other symbolism too. It is a tricolor flag with white fimbriations and a red triangle. Teal stands for the riches of the land, the white fimbriations signify peace, black represents the African continent and yellow symbolises the country’s minerals.
The red triangle represents the struggle for independence. The hoe represents the country’s agriculture, and the star symbolizes the spirit of the international solidarity of the people. And the open book symbolises the importance of education.
We’re glad about that open book thing. It gives the flag a civilized touch in contrast to the AK-47. By far the most badass weapon ever to be found on a country’s flag. No wonder Mozambique’s flag made top spot on our list!