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originally posted by: reldra
a reply to: jude11 These flags are the same upside down:
Federated States of Micronesia
For hundreds of years inverted national flags were commonly used as distress signals. However, for some countries’ flags it is difficult (e.g., Spain, South Korea, the UK) or impossible (e.g., Japan and Denmark) to determine whether they are inverted. Other countries have flags that are inverses of each other; for example, the Polish flag is white on the top half and red on the bottom, while Indonesia's and Monaco's flags are the opposite—i.e., top half red, bottom half white. A ship flying no flags may also be understood to be in distress. If a flag is available, distress may be indicated by tying a knot in it and then flying it upside-down, making it into a wheft.
- SourceDISTRESS SIGNAL FLAG: This orange flag has a black square over a black circle. It is the duty of any boat operator observing such a flag to stop and render aid. This signal shall not be displayed unless assistance is needed.