Dvalin's Flag Pack Version: 1.0 Includes custom flag textures, interface buttons, and border colors for all Beyond the Sword nations--all made by hand from scratch and manipulated using various graphic sources across the internet. The buttons show what each flag looks like below. Underneath is a grid of all the custom colors, each square is matched with the button in the corresponding position. There may be bugs or errors present, but very little. Feedback is most welcome About the design choices: Since national flags were a late invention and the game covers a vast period of time, all flag designs were chosen for historical significance, variety, diversity, and aesthetics. Too many blue flags or red flags was not desirable so I aimed for a certain balance. I wanted to create a variety somewhere in between the default symbolic-iconic flags and real historical vexillology and symbolism. About the color choices: With dozens of civs in BtS it was a meticulous process isolating a unique color and shade for each one. I think though I have differentiated them well. All flags and colors are subject to change in future version based on feedback. If you would like to make a request for a custom flag you feel would better suit your purposes in Civ IV feel free to ask, and I will make it for you along with color. An expansion pack with extra alternative flags will be released at some point in the future. Instructions: Extract and overwrite to your My Documents\My Games\beyond the sword\ folder. It is advised that you backup any previous flag/button/color modifications/files if you wish to restore them for any reason. Button Preview Poland at the bottom right is a placeholder. Color Preview Note: Colors can vary depending on monitor, only 18 civs per map so like-colors is a minor problem, and it seems there is more difference in-game than seen above. DOWNLOAD! Thanks to asioasioasio for making the Civ4 Flag Button Maker template Special thanks to Bad Ronald for pioneering custom flags, buttons, and colors. Flag specific notes America: The flag chosen is the one used up until the end of the civil war. While it is true that flag law indicates vertical US flags are to be inverted with the canton on the left, I decided it was less disorienting to look at by turning it 90 degrees like the others. It's just a game anyway. Aztec: I found this symbol on a website claiming it to be the flag of Mexico at some point before the colonial period or just before independence. I doubt the accuracy of this claim but I felt it was a terrific symbol to use for the Aztecs, with appropriate colors and symbolism from Aztec mythology. Babylon: The flag of consists of a blue field and a gold lion taken from the walls of the Ishtar Gate of Babylon. Carthage: I did not want to use the same old Tanit symbol so after a tiresome amount of searching I found a symbol used at some point by the Carthaginians on flags, shields, and coins: The horse and the palm tree. Celtia: I considered using a triskelion or a sun cross for the Celts, but I love horses and I felt this was fitting for the civ. China: Red and yellow fit well for China's flag colors, but rather than go with any specific historical design I felt the characters for China (Zhong Guo) would work well. Egypt: The blue field symbolizes the Nile river, the the green bars represent the fertility and agricultural power that comes from the Nile, the gold Ankh symbolizes life and the authority/glory of the Pharaoh. Greece: The coat of arms of Greece with minor modifications on a blue field. The laurel hearkens back to Ancient Greece (see Alexander's head) Native America: I created an American Indian chief's headdress symbol on a earth/clay-brown field. Ottoman Empire: I chose one of the naval flags of the Ottomans for its aesthetic value and its variation from the modern Turkish flag. Rome: The SPQR in laurels has been done, so I wanted to find something else suitable for a Roman emblem on the flag. The common golden Roman eagle within a wreath on a red field. Sumer: A colorful Star of Ishtar on an indigo field, the prized royal color discovered by ancient civilizations. Vikings: The Nordic cross based on Iceland's flag with black instead of blue.