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I saw this flag, consisting of a field of 13 blue and white horizontal stripes, with a blue canton containing 50 white stars, as one of about two dozen flags flying over a booth selling flags in the US. What, if anything, does this flag represent?

I've found that a traditional or blue-and-white American flag with an extra light-blue blue stripe across the middle represents support for law enforcement, but nothing about this flag. Does it have a meaning, or is it just a manufacturing error?

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    Do you have some context? Where did you see this flag?
    – divibisan
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 21:59
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    @divibisan, saw it as one of about two dozen flags flying over a booth selling flags. So, no meaningful context beyond it being for sale in the United States. (Hence the suggestion of it being a manufacturing error -- someone might have a stack of a hundred oddball flags they want to get rid of.)
    – Mark
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 22:05
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    @ItalianPhilosophers4Monica Flags are by definition political. If someone saw a flag that resembled the flag of Micronesia, except differed in the colors used, then yes, it would be on topic to ask whether there is a political meaning to the flag. Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 0:55
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    @ItalianPhilosophers4Monica We handled many vexillological questions before and most of them received interesting answers.
    – Philipp
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 9:01
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    You can buy flags for US sports teams that render the Stars and Stripes in the colour of the team, although usually with a logo - here's the Oakland Raiders I don't know enough to say who's the most likely blue and white team.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 11:52

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I don't believe this flag has any particular meaning or significance. The only use of it that I'm aware of is as an unofficial hybrid version of the flags of the United States and Greece, as used in this advert for a language education company. As H2ONaCl mentioned in a comment, the US Army authorises the wearing of a 'subdued tactical flag insignia' while soldiers are deployed in AR 670-1 21-19, but this is generally olive or black, not blue and white.

The only other possibility I can think of is that possibly due to how the flag was hanging when you saw it, it could have been possible to mistake the design of one of the following similar flags:

  • The Kimball/Maguire Flag, as reconstructed from a written description of a flag used to represent the Deseret Territory - a provisional state of the US proposed by Mormon settlers - is similar, but with a large star in the canton surrounded by a circle of smaller stars.

  • The flag of the Society of the Cincinnati again has thirteen blue & white stripes, but the canton contains a circle of fourteen white stars surrounding an eagle.

  • The flag of Ambazonia, a self-declared state internationally recognised as a part of Cameroon - probably less likely given you saw the flag for sale in the United States. This consists of nine blue & white stripes, with a dove in the canton surrounded by a circle of gold stars.

  • Wouldn't have been any of your alternatives: the stars were clearly in a grid pattern, not a circle.
    – Mark
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 23:31

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