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GEHFileBot
10-20-2005, 05:40 AM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile10087/Flags-of-the-World.htm>Flags of the World</a></b><br><br>Hi folks ... <br />
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this set contains all of the flags from the CIA factbook. I choose to place them above the earth so that the images are not in the way when inspecting a place. Besides that, it just looks cool.<br />
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Enjoy this set. And as always: Comments, corrections and suggestions to wonders at mikane.org are welcome <br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/774388flags.jpg>

McMaster_de
10-20-2005, 05:41 AM
I miss Scotland and Wales.

araT
10-20-2005, 05:46 AM
Good spotting McMaster, I hadnt noticed that!

its a great file though! i love it :) great work, wonders :D

T.

McMaster_de
10-20-2005, 06:15 AM
It is small, but is a sovereign principality: SEALAND

http://www.sealandgov.com/

You have also such flags like Isle of Man and Guernsey, so why you don't add Sardena and Corsica?

araT
10-20-2005, 06:21 AM
Wonders; I will be happy to update the .kmz file for you when you add the new flags McMaster has suggested, just let me know :)

T.

McMaster_de
10-20-2005, 06:36 AM
Also miss the rest of the channel islands: Alderney, Sark, Herm. Have a look by wiki, there are the flags.

Azores and Canary Islands also.

I think there are many small islands with their own flag. ;)

maxxxheimer
10-20-2005, 07:08 AM
great idea to make the flags in google earth :clap:
but as it seems you have to make some more updates, heh? ;)

wonders
10-20-2005, 02:29 PM
First of all I'd like to thank you all for your feedback on my contribution.

Also, I would like to appologize for not having included what might seem logical to be included.

I needed some reliable and somehow credible source to base my information on. The most comprehensive and complete source about this planet concerning its countries is the CIA Factbook. While this might seem to be too US centric and many may consider this a "biased" source, it is the only source with well structured content and of good enough quality of information to base this contribution on.

I agree with you that this place or the other may have deserved to be "flaged" in this KMZ but it would lead to constant changes and requests to add this or that place, too. The only place which I left out by intention while being mentioned in the CIA Factbook is the entity of the "European Union".

Please refer to the "Notes and Definitions" section of the CIA Factbook and read their explanation about what is considered an "Entity" which gets listed as such in the factbook.

http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/docs/notesanddefs.html

I did not intend to hurt someones feelings by not including one or the other. I took one single source and made a fun project out of it which by no means was meant to be complete or serve as a reference.

Regarding Sealand I have to say that it might consider itself as an independant country but in fact it is not. The legal status of this piece of metal in the North Sea is unclear and the main reason why they don't get approval is the lack a territory for the state because a man made structure can not be considered as a part of the planet an can therefor not be claimed as a state territory.

Whether this is true or logical or right or political correct or funny or the opposite is beyond my comprehension ;)

Conclusion: As long as there are no real errors regarding the single source I won't update, sorry. Please bear with me ...

wonders

Post scriptum: Technical problems like "Some flags don't show up"

Due to the nature of this set and the technical background I have absolutely no control over the process of loading the flags. I double checked every piece and they are all there and hopefully correct.

It might happen though that the hosting server has a hick-up, your internet connection is choked somehow or some router in between is suffering from solar flares.

Additionaly the network timeout of Google Earth seems to be pretty short.

So it might happen that the flags don't show up at all or only some. If this is the case, don't blame me ;) I was myself cussing once in a while during the creation of this piece ...

Captain Hornblower
10-20-2005, 07:09 PM
It is small, but is a sovereign principality: SEALAND
I am wondering who accepted them as a sovereign principality?! I mean except the "Sealanders" itself.... :confused:

wonders
10-20-2005, 11:27 PM
I am wondering who accepted them as a sovereign principality?! I mean except the "Sealanders" itself.... :confused:

You have asked a rethorical question. You are out. ;)

Wonders

dmacdonell
10-29-2005, 07:07 PM
Great post. I like the way you elevated the flags to make perusing beneath easier.

One thing I noticed is that Anguilla (near the British Virgin Islands and Antigua, etc) showed up as "Google Earth - New Placemark".

Thanks for the excellent post! :clap:

bueth
10-29-2005, 07:15 PM
Is Switzerland the only country with a quadratic flagg?

lol :lol:

Roadsweeper
10-29-2005, 08:09 PM
Thanks for the file. I didn't know that there is one.
I was looking for the file with flags. Thanks mate. :clap:

araT
10-30-2005, 04:56 AM
I'd just like to add that if/when you do an update, just submit it like you did the first and we will replace it! :)

Thanks again! great file!

T.

cowtreky
10-30-2005, 08:53 AM
Excellent Work.

ATTILA
11-01-2005, 10:42 AM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile10087/Flags-of-the-World.htm>Flags of the World</a></b><br><br>Hi folks ... <br />
<br />
this set contains all of the flags from the CIA factbook. I choose to place them above the earth so that the images are not in the way when inspecting a place. Besides that, it just looks cool.<br />
<br />
Enjoy this set. And as always: Comments, corrections and suggestions to wonders at mikane.org are welcome <br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/774388flags.jpg>
HI,

Jolly good staff, looks a little bit like earth acupuncture but fine job

wonders
11-03-2005, 04:20 PM
Thank you all for the nice feedback and the appreciation of this file. Makes a bit more of my day ... which was a confusing and irritating one so far ...

Enough of personal ranting ;)

I have posted a minor update. Don't know when the admins approve the file and how you can differentiate between the two. The original post was on 20th of October so I guess you have to go by file date.

Here's the change history:

The issue of Aguilla being named as "Google Earth - New Placemark" has been corrected
Taiwan has been put into the correct alphabetical order


Regarding the comments:

Yes, I think that Switzerland is the only country with a square flag. Besides that there are two more very unusual flags. The one of Nepal because of its shape. And the one of Libya being the only single colored one - it's just a green piece of cloth/pixels. No stripes, no stars, no insignia ... just green.
Accupuncture? Yes ... I first wanted to call the file "The porcupine globe" but this would have been very misleading ;)


One other annoying thing caught my attention. It appears that sometimes some placemarks change their assigned values for icons and labels in size, color, and transparency. This is not an issue of my file but one of the software. Don't know if this bug has been corrected in the new version or if it is present for everyone. I hope I did not safe the current update with one of those errors ... roughly checked I'd say I did not ...

wonders