I created this on my iPad mini with the Procreate app and a Wacom stylus. First, I imported an image of the OTL Kalmar Union flag to eyedrop its exact colors, hid it, created a new layer, and painted the entire canvas yellow. Next, I pulled up the OTL flag and eye dropped its red, hid it, created a new layer, and painted part of the canvas so that, when I drag it to the other side of the canvas, the brushie part will be cut off, creating a rectangle. I dragged the red rectangle to the middle, and imported an image of the Iron Cross on a new layer, placing it in the first third on the left. I lowered its opacity and created yet another layer, and painted a splotch of red under the see-through Iron Cross image. I carefully erased all the red around the Cross, and moved the Cross to the middle third, where I did the same thing as before, only with yellow. After that, I duplicated the cross from the first third and dragged it over to the far right third, and did my best to line everything up to make it look pretty. I exported it to iPhoto as a JPEG, uploaded it to DeviantArt, and the rest is alternate history.
LOL, it's not how you spell "democracy", either. I wasn't sure whether to say this is a flag of a French-style, Novgorod-style, or Venetian-style republic. State religion's probably still Catholicism, though - at least until the Reformation hits. That'll be fun.
I've never actually experienced life in a kingdom before. I only lived in England from birth to age 3, but I was too young to actually understand anything. I'd love to go back and visit one day, though.
Now that you mention it, yeah, I guess the Reformation wasn't so bad in the North. I was probably thinking about the wars of religion from c. 1524 to 1648.
Didn't mean to come off as an ignorant American. ^^
My parents do have an odd story or two regarding life in England, though. For instance, one time, they had to pay an additional tax just because one of the types of flowers in their garden was "the Queen's flower", and there were two water faucets in each sink instead of one: one scalding hot, the other deathly cold. No such thing as a single warm faucet.
Oh, and there were no telephone operators. They just told you to walk to the building of the business you wanted to call and get the phone number yourself. LOL
But that was 21 years ago. Surely at least some villages have progressed a bit by now.