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Flag used in a video game
image located by Tuan Nguyen, 07 February 2012
I have just found a page:
http://fedefutbol.net/confed.aspx?id=AFC It has a flag of Guangxi Zhuang.It
is not clear so I sent an e-mail to this web administrator to ask more about
it.Until now,there is no reply from the owner of this web.
Tuan Nguyen, 07 February 2012
Zhuang is one of 56 officially recognized ethnicities in China, the majority
of whom live in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Southern China.
I have my doubt about the authenticity of the so-called Guangxi Zhuang flag. Provinces and Autonomous Regions in the PRC do not have their own flags (only Special Administrative Regions do, i.e. Hong Kong and Macau), and I cannot see the Zhuang ethnic group adopting their own flag, since they are not known for any separatist activities within the PRC.
Miles Li, 07 February 2012
I can shed some really specific light on this, weirdly.
I did a mod for this PC game Hearts of Iron III where I made more historically correct versions of the in-game flags. The game is set during World War II and includes multiple Chinese warlord factions, including the Guangxi Clique. Now this Clique didn't have any unique flags, but I still wanted to have some kind of vaguely historical symbol in there to distinguish them in game. After a lot of searching I found that the Guangxi Air Force actually used a slightly different roundel with a red border. I slapped the symbol in the centre of the flag and put ten blue and white stripes in the background (another aircraft marking. On the fin if I remember correctly.)
Again, this was just for a video game. I wasn't trying to pass it off as a real flag or even a plausible one, and certainly not as a flag of modern Guangxi, but these things have a way of happening on the internet.
Unfortunately I seem to have deleted my local copy of the mod and the online one is hosted on megaupload, so I can't find the original image, but that is definitely my flag resized into a tiny icon. I've redrawn the design here: http://i.imgur.com/kk9Ll.png
For obvious reasons, if this flag DID exist (and it doesn't!) it certainly would not be permitted in the People's Republic of China.
Brendan Patrick Hennessy, 16 February 2012