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Battlestar Galactica (TV series) [2003]

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The original Battlestar Galactica was a sci-fi show from the 1970-s featuring the escape of the last remnants of humankind in a fleet of spacecraft, pursued by machine enemies, the Cylons. This page refers only to the second Battlestar Galactica series, made more recently. The original didn't have these vertical flags, although some flags were seen, used in the typical manner of "normal" interior flags.
Jorge Candeias, 12 October 2004 & 6 April 2006

A miniseries served as the pilot for the revived series.
Eugene Ipavec, 6 June 2006

The Twelve Colonies of Kobol

[Confederal flag, straight bottom edge, one emblem]
image by Eugene Ipavec,
17 November 2006

Confederal flag

This flag can be seen in the President's office, and in the fighter pilot briefing room, which is why I considered it the confederal flag. It's quite similar to the Colonial ones, except with a flat bottom and no zodiac symbol in the lower half. (detail of screencapture)
Eugene Ipavec 17 November 2006

I think this one might simply be the flag of Caprica or a variation of it: To me, the colours just seem too close to be meant as a distinctive one (which doesn't mean logic as anything to do with it).
Marc Pasquin, 23 December 2006

Coffin flags

In the Fabric Graphics picture a large number of coffin flags can be seen. They all seem to be of the same design, with the same general layout and colour scheme as the flag of the dominant colony, Caprica. However, they don't have emblems for a specific colony, and they're rectangular.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 April 2008

I had thought that the Confederal flag was the same as this coffin flag, allowing for the differences in perceived color.
Eugene Ipavec, 29 April 2008


For the colours for the Confederal flag I used a screenshot from the last episode of season 2 – the main street of "New Caprica" has the flag every few meters (detail). The scenes on the planet were shot as washed out and colorless, though; to suggest alien sunlight I guess and also to match the gloomy mood.
Eugene Ipavec, 14 April 2008

Gloomier than the lighting on the coffins scene, yes; but then again, I get the impression the latter isn't actual film footage and it may be that its too blue.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 April & 8 May 2008

Unless I am deceived by color cast under diffferent lighting, the coffin flag, the flag seen in the President's office and in the fighter pilot briefing room (both on the refugee fleet), in Parliament, and on the streets of New Caprica (appearing in that order) are all the same flag, which I am reasonably sure is the flag of the federation, the "12 Colonies of Kobol."

The image I made of this flag had its colors based on the "New Caprica" scenes, greener than Peter's version, but those were shot under an overcast sky. See the image "Cylons march into New Caprica City" at the Battlestar Wiki. Eugene Ipavec, 8 May 2008

[coffin flag, straight bottom edge, one emblem]
image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg and Eugene Ipavec,
12 April 2008

Council flag

In a first season episode, Colonial Day, in which the government is reconstituted shortly after the war, a huge example dominates the parliament chamber. (Seen at Battlestar Wiki.) That flag is even greener than my confederal flag version.
Eugene Ipavec, 29 April 2008

The reason this huge flag is even greener might be that it's not actually the same design. The confederal flags have the seal on a light background; the council flag has the seal on a dark background. (I do agree that the spot lighting out the flag seems to be a tad yellow; possibly to make the seal stand out more.)
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 8 May 2008

Battlestar Galactica

[Battlestar flag, purpleish with yellow details]
image by Eugene Ipavec,
6 April 2006

The flags of the 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

The Fabric Graphics picture 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, the banner of the Galactica (there should be an inscription to the effect in the empty space between the rings).
Eugene Ipavec, 6 June 2006 & 11 April 2008


From context only, I originally made an assumption that the central banner behind the podium might be the flag of the colonies' confederal body, "The Twelve Colonies of Kobol." A good example of an error disseminating through a system was that Wikipedia at <> later showed the fictional flag of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol from Battlestar Galactica, swiped unacknowledged from FOTW – except that it was this wrongly identified flag.
Eugene Ipavec, 6 June 2006 & 8 & 11 March 2009