Sunday, October 11, 2015

Flags in Blade Runner - 1982

One vexilloid appears in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner 1982.  It is not a traditional flag but rather an ornament upon a chess piece.  To be specific it is a black lance pennon.  It appears in the bedroom of the CEO of Tyrell Corporation - a powerful holding industry that manufactures humanoid cloned organisms that are bonded to the serve the pleasure of mankind. 

Blade Runner is a science fiction movie that carries on the themes of Frankenstein with real projections for the future of genetic engineering.  Before the 21st Century is over, the conjunction of technology, labor demands, and genetic engineering will see that some fraction of the future portrayed in film Blade Runner will indeed come to light.  Strange as this world may seem, persons and lawyers have already tired to copyright the human genome for their own private ownership, while other industries have copyright patents in legal effect with food materials and crops, that millions have already consumed and use in their daily lives.  Although 'replicant' humans are yet to be uncovered, 'replicant' crops are already making a deep impact in the agriculture and farming industries.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

International Seabed Flag

International Seas are classified as "International Jurisdiction Per Common Heritage of Mankind."   Likewise there is International Airspace.  Finally there are International Seabeds, which will become very important in the next 50 years.  As a life aquatic will be a real driving force for the energy economy. 

The flag for areas unclaimed by the nations for International Seabeds is composed of four colours: red, orange, yellow, and green.  Note that mining operations along the seabed are much cheaper and easier to access than hair-brained schemes to mine asteroids in outer space.  Also mining in International Seabeds is already a current activity and a billion dollar industry.

International Airspace Flag

International Airspace is another area of the planet that is an ill defined frontier zone, where the laws of the nations dive into the gray ambiguous zone.  This flag represents International Airspace and is composed of the colours black, white, violet, and yellow.  It has dark colours so it can seen during dark and bight sky conditions. 

International Airspace is still in its infancy and will be regulated and more structured as the years progress.  A low estimate puts this barrier at 19 miles above the Earth, since this is the highest airplanes and balloons can fly.  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

International Waters Flag

The International Waters Flag is composed of four colours - red, white, navy blue, and indigo.  It is represents the unclaimed high seas that are beyond the jurisdiction of the nations.  It has a swallowtail design.  Once you have sailed to these deep blue waters, you can fly this flag.  This area of the Earth is the last unclaimed and vast expanse where national laws are ambiguous. 

The design of the flag takes elements of the two scuba diver flags - the 'metric' blue and white 'alpha' and the red American Diver Down. Currently International Waters begin 12 nautical miles from the lowest point of a low tide, directly out to sea. 12 nautical miles is about 14 miles or 22km.

Famous places flagged under International Waters include the wreck of the HMS Titanic at 41°43'55" North 49°56'45" West, the North Pole, and where the Prime Meridian meets the Equator at 0°0'0" North/South 0°0'0" East/West.  Finally the return of the first mission from the Moon unto the Earth, landed in International Waters, just beyond the waters of Johnston Island.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Flags for the Years 1900- 2015

Flag for #1900
Metric Flags are based upon the modified rainbow colour to number coded system.  It allows for higher order of numbers by flags to be easily created and recognized.