What is your country's national emblem/symbol?

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  1. Foinikas

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    Does your country have a heraldic symbol?Does it have a long-time emblem that is still used officially or unofficially?

    My country apart from the cross,has as its symbol the double-headed eagle which was used in the Byzantine Empire.Greece as well as Serbia and Russia who can be considered as part of the "Byzantine Commonwealth" have the double-headed eagle as emblems.In modern Greece we mostly use it in the Army and it's on the Church's flags or "unofficial" flags of the Byzantine Empire.

    We also have the Phoenix as our symbol but this emblem lasted from the creation of the modern Greek State up until around 1973 or so.

    So basically it's the Cross that symbolizes our faith in Orthodox Christianity and the two-headed eagle.

    What about your country?
     
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    For The Netherlands, there's a coat of arms:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Coat_of_arms_of_the_Netherlands.svg

    There's a lion there, which is sometimes used to represent the nation. Then, there's the national colours of red, white and blue (flag) and orange (royal family) Otherwise, the Dutch are quite mistrusting towards national symbols. They say that has something to do with German occupation in WWII (they were quite fond of these) - but I am quite sure it's older...
     
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    olivia_the_lamb Moderator Staff Member

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    The bald Eagle or something like that. Idk, I'm American why are you asking me hard questions?

    Here's one of our symbols:

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    Maple leaf, obviously, usually red on white, but other colour schemes have been used historicall. Our next most recognized symbol is likely the beaver. We may be the only country on Earth whose national animal is a rodent. Still, it's a remarkable rodent.

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    This is our coat of arms.
     
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    olivia_the_lamb Moderator Staff Member

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    Today I learned: Everyone else has a cooler emblem than me.
     
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    you know mine is actually a beer label right XD
     
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    Still cooler than an eagle looking like he's on acid
     
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    Okay I actually laughed out loud at that. Man, I love Australia so much.
     
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    acid eagle not looking so bad now huh
     
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    We might be tied
     
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    lmao
     
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    gerb.jpg Unity is strength! :)
     
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    Haha I love the Australian coat of arms. It's definitely not as epic as most European ones though. I've always loved the Welsh flag and Welsh symbols the most.

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    Sorry I forgot to post photos!

    This is the phoenix that was used in the start of the modern Greek State.I think this pic is from a coin or something:

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    However after the fall of the 21 April 1967 military junta and especially after the counter-coupe of that idiot Ioannides who took down the 21 April 1967 coup leaders,the phoenix was taken down as a symbol of Greece.This is how it looked like.This is a coin of the 1967 junta era:

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    Now as for the byzantine empire double-headed eagle.It's not an official emblem,but it is an official emblem of the Church of Greece and the people consider it as part of the Byzantine legacy we have,so yeah we consider it to be one of the national emblems and symbols:

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    Or like this

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    Serbia and Russia are more or less consider the double-headed eagle as their symbols too,because they were both parts of let's say the "byzantine commonwealth".Especially Russia because after the Fall of Constantinople the niece of the last emperor Constantine Palaiologos went to Russia and married Prince(or was it Tsar by then?)Ivan.Thus the Russians considered themselves the successors of the Byzantine Empire and called Moscow the "Third Rome".
    To be honest I LOVE the Serbian double-headed eagle.Not the latest design that...for some uknown reason changed their flags for,but the one here used for decades in Serbia and Republika Srpska and Republika Srpska Krajina in various designs:

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    It's beautiful isn't it? The double-headed eagle with a crown,2 fleur-des-lys and the cross with the 4 C! It means Samo Sloga Srbina Spasava=Only Unity Saves the Serbs

    AND YEAH THE WARHAMMER 40,000 IMPERIUM OF MAN HAS A TWO-HEADED EAGLE AND THAT'S JUST AAAWESSSOMMMEEEEE!
     
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    i want a double headed eagle instead of the stupid emu and kangaroo.....
     
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    Immigration to the great motherland of Russia is your solution comrade :D
     
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