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Battlestar Galactica (television series) [2003]

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Introduction

It should be stressedthat the flags on this page were seen only in the second Battlestar Galactica series, made recently. The original, from the 70s, didn’t have these vertical flags, although some flags were seen, used in the typical manner of "normal" interior flags.
Jorge Candeias, 6 April 2006


The Twelve Colonies of Kobol

A picture of Commander (later Admiral) William Adama speaking with the flags of the 12 colonies displayed behind him can be seen here.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


In the series I believe the Colonies are joined in a kind of loose confederal system, cooperating mainly in defense and otherwise enjoying near-total autonomy — and even that modest degree of centralization is in the series’ timeline a recent development. Odd, then, that all of these banners are essentially identical except for slight color variations and the zodiac symbols — it suggests an almost Soviet-republic kind of uniformity, improbable for what had not long ago been independent states.

I’ve seen the 12 flags used quite a lot as background props. Oddly, I haven’t noticed a flag for the confederal body, "The Twelve Colonies of Kobol."
Eugene Ipavec, 6 April 2006


Putative banner of the central body

hanging banner, slanted bottom, 2 golden logos
by Eugene Ipavec , 7 June 2006

here is a picture of the flags on the set. The text almost sounds like the picture is from the original 70s show, but this is clearly from the new (Vancouver filmed) incarnation.
Dean McGee, 4 June 2006


The screenshot is from the conclusion of the miniseries that served as the pilot for the revived series. Of note is the central banner behind the podium, which may be the missing flag of the colonies’ confederal body, "The Twelve Colonies of Kobol."

This is however an assumption from context only; I could be wrong about that. This flag makes no appearances that I’ve noticed in the series itself, in the places where one would expect it — in the president’s office, say.
Eugene Ipavec, 6 June 2006


Aerelon

hanging banner, slanted bottom, 2 golden logos
by Eugene Ipavec after an image sent by Erik Bell, 6 April 2006

A colony that correspond to the earth constellation of Aries.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


Aquaria

hanging banner, slanted bottom, 2 golden logos
by Eugene Ipavec after an image sent by Erik Bell, 6 April 2006

A colony that correspond to the earth constellation of Aquarius.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


Canceron

hanging banner, slanted bottom, 2 golden logos
by Eugene Ipavec after an image sent by Erik Bell, 9 April 2006

A colony that correspond to the earth constellation of Cancer.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


Caprica

hanging banner, slanted bottom, 2 golden logos
by Eugene Ipavec after an image sent by Erik Bell, 11 April 2006

A colony that correspond to the earth constellation of Capricorn.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


In the series, Caprica is the most important of the 12 colonies, and the most prominently featured.
Eugene Ipavec, 11 April 2006


Gememnon

hanging banner, slanted bottom, 2 golden logos
by Eugene Ipavec after an image sent by Erik Bell, 12 Apr 2006

A colony that correspond to the earth constellation of Gemini.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


In the series, Gememnon is the center of colonial religion.
Eugene Ipavec, 12 April 2006


Leonis

A colony that correspond to the earth constellation of Leo.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


Picon

hanging banner, slanted bottom, 2 golden logos
by Eugene Ipavec after an image sent by Erik Bell, 16 April 2006

A colony that correspond to the earth constellation of Pisces.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


Sagittaron

A colony that correspond to the earth constellation of Sagittarius.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


Scorpion

A colony that correspond to the earth constellation of Scorpio.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


Tauron

A colony that correspond to the earth constellation of Taurus.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


Unnamed Colony

A colony, not yet mentioned on the show, that correspond to the earth constellation of Libra.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


Virgon

hanging banner, slanted bottom, 2 golden logos
by Eugene Ipavec after an image sent by Erik Bell, 6 Jun 2006

A colony that correspond to the earth constellation of Virgo.
Erik Bell, 20 February 2006


Original flags of the colonies

A rare bit of vexillological exposition in a work of fiction occurs in the TV series Battlestar Galactica, episode "Home, pt.2" (excerpt from script at Twiz TV) :

Kobol – Tomb of Athena (?) Open Field
==============================================
There are 12 monoliths set in a circle, each with gems set in the stone in a constellation pattern, with the actual 
constellation visible above each monolith.
 
Billy: Uh... where the hell are we?

Roslin: I don’t know. Tomb of Athena, I think.
 
Adama: I thought we were already in the tomb.

Starbuck: I think that was the lobby.
 
Roslin: Again the ancient symbols. These patterns ...were on the original flags of the 12 colonies back in the days 
when the colonies were called by their ancient names: Aries... Taurus... Gemini... Cancer... Leo... Libra... Virgo.

Not enough detail is given for a reconstruction, however.
Eugene Ipavec, 20 September 2006


Ships Flag

The flags of the ships Battlestars Galactica and Pegasus are also shown — they are black with the same badge in white and the ship name and serial number inscribed around the ring.
Eugene Ipavec, 6 April 2006


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