Missing flag emojis?

Doug Ewell doug at ewellic.org
Wed Sep 23 12:10:42 CDT 2020

Marius Spix wrote:

> I would rather prefer
> 🏴nlbq1✦ for Bonaire
> 🏴nlbq2✦ for Saba
> 🏴nlbq3✦ for Sint Eustatius
> because the entity “Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba” is no state.

"Heard Island and McDonald Islands" is not a state either (these remote, uninhabited islands are administered by Australia), but there is an ISO 3166-1 code element, which is the criterion for these sequences.

In principle, the "bq" and "nlbq" sequences should both render the appropriate flags.

> Also, according to IANA the TLD .bq is not used (they use .nl
> instead).

Country-code top-level domains are also not the criterion for these sequences. The Soviet Union has not been a state for almost 29 years, but there are still more than 100,000 domains under ".su" (Wikipedia). Meanwhile, ".uk" has completely swamped ".gb" as the preferred TLD for the United Kingdom, although "UK" has never been an assigned ISO 3166 code element.

Doug Ewell, CC, ALB | Thornton, CO, US | ewellic.org

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