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Federation World (book)

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Federation World, a science fiction novel by James White; publ. Del Rey: 1988.05.12; ISBN:0345352637; 283 p.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 april 2005

Galactic Federation

[flag of the galactic federation]
by António Martins-Tuválkin

The hero, for ceremonial reasons, has to come up with a flag for the Galactic Federation, which he represents. IIRC the Federation did not have a flag, it being an alien concept, but the hero, a human from Earth and therefore familiar with the idea, devised a flag of a black field (for space) bearing a white diamond - which represented the Federation World itself - a vast diamond-shaped artificial habitat, big enough to contain an entire solar system inside it.
Roy Stilling, 10 February 1996

The Galactic Federation flag image as shown is my interpretation of Roy's quote «white diamond». This image was originally sent in 1996 or 1997 and back then my knowledge of English was even smaller than now. Instead of a pentagon representing a profile view of a rose-cut diamond, surely what was meant was simply a lozenge.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 april 2005