The Future of Mankind (In Flag Form)

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I found this graphic design project quite a while ago, but I tucked it away until I just re-stumbled upon it now. It’s by a redditor who imagines what it might look like if Earth had a flag. A cool concept in itself, and I think his design above is pretty damn beautiful from a sci-fi perspective.

But he doesn’t stop there. He imagines how the flag might evolve in the future once we get our asses in gear and start actually exploring space. As we expand out into the solar system and the galaxy, the design changes.

Check out the full gallery and evolution process below, complete with descriptors of what’s occurring.

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Humans have settlements on Earth, the Moon, Mars and its moons, and Ceres.

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Two more objects in the Asteroid Belt have been colonized as well as Europa and Venus.

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Humans have settled on every large body in the Solar System. Terraforming is well underway on most planets, and interstellar voyages are beginning.

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Another star system is incorporated into the Solar Federation.

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Another system has been conquered.

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The Solar Federation now has too many systems to show them on the flag – Each circle represents one star system, with the Solar System in the center.

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Yet more systems are being settled.

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Expansion is occurring at a breakneck pace.

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Several different alien races now exist within the Solar Federation, co-existing peacefully with humanity.

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800 years into the future, the Solar Federation is the leading force in the galaxy, with all denizens of our galaxy being given equal representation. Humanity has taken the responsibility to ensure peace and prosperity everywhere in the Milky Way.