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to download or to copy?
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Question: Is it possible to
order original flags made of textile fabric?
Answer: www.flaggenlexikon.de recommends over the Button "Flaggenprodukte"
and over some flag depictions a proper palette of flag articles (also flag made of
textile), and helps in contacting the manufacturers. But over www.flaggenlexikon.de itself
goes no sale. These recommending pages are written only in German. It is better to use the
e-shops in your homeland.
Question: Is it possible to
purchase the Flaggenlexikon in some format?
Question: How real are the
illustrations of the historical flags?
Answer: In principle they are real, but one must take into consideration, that laws
for uniformity in flag design were passed only for the first time in the 19th century,
when it was possible to fabricate flags through mechanical means and in large quantities.
Due to this the flags of the earlier centuries are different in their details.
Question: How many countries
The answer ist not so simple because first of it all is the question: What is a country?
An independent state? Or is also a dependent territory a country (e.g. French-Guyana)? Is
now to ask better: How many states actually exist? But what is a state? Is it the best way
to count the in the UNO present states? What is about states which really exist but are
not members in the UNO e.g. South Korea? The first thing is to limit! The best way is to
take the number of the in the UNO present states. This will result a passably credible
number. In 2005 this were 191 states. Now add that number states which are not members in
the UNO but valid as recognized: Vatican City, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan
(Republic of China). This results a number of 195 states.
Now you have to think about the following fact: There are a lot of in reality existing
states which are internationally not or only partially recognized, e.g. Kosovo,
furthermore is fully open the status of countries like Anjouan, Bougainville, Somaliland
or Puntland. Furthermore there is at least one state which is partially recognized but
actually not exists: Republic of Sahara.