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Flag of the Iberian Empire by HouseOfHesse Flag of the Iberian Empire by HouseOfHesse
Just realised I never actually uploaded the flag to go with my Iberian coat of arms!
So here is my flag for a united Iberian state, featuring the Cross of St James. I chose to use the Cross of Santiago, as it is sometimes called, over an amalgamation of arms or colours and the such because no matter how many times I re-jigged it, I thought it looked messy. I chose the Cross of St James as he is the patron saint of Spain and the namesake of a prestigious order in Portugal, demonstrating the strong links between the two regions, and the steadfast Catholicism of the united crown. The remainder of the flag is similar to that of OTL Spain (though looks a bit like Austria).
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hosmich Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Good job! I tried a flag for Iberian Kingdom based on "Union Jack", but this is better, because it doesn't depend on actual composition of the union. Red was always Spanish (Roman vexilloid, Castile, Aragon, Navarre, Cross of Burgundy, Spanish Republic all used red) and white was always on Portuguese flag. Don't mind similarity with Austria, Tahiti is even closer. And Cross of Santiago is the best symbol of Iberia, because Galicia is Brčko of Iberia (but capital, "Brussels" of Iberia could be Olivenza IMHO).
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HouseOfHesse Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou! I've seen a few different designs where people have tried to combine the colours of Spain and Portugal, and it often comes out looking a little garish in my opinion, so I tried a different path. I was rather hoping the Cross of Santiago could be a sort of hypothetical symbol of Iberian unity, I think it looks better on the flag than a coat of arms would.
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hosmich Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Oh, I forgot: Saint James is buried in Galicia, but his cross is in CoA of Aragon as well. Clever and nice!
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Viriathus9 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Hm... As a portuguese, that looks good, but it think its too much like the Austrian flag. It would be better if in center it had your "Greater Coat of Arms of the Iberian Empire" you made. And maybe an eagle. But still looks good, simply and effective.
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HouseOfHesse Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I definitely get what you mean, it's very Austrian-looking for sure. I do love how frequently eagles are features of flags in this period: if in doubt, add an eagle! Laughing 
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konstantinpalailogos Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really like the Cross, one of my favourite cross variations, and it ties the two countries together well.
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Leoninia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
"Santiago" means "St. James".
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NanbanScribe43 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Which, when furthermore translated from its derivation Jacob, means "holy heel grabber"!
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