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Friday, March 15, 2013

Peacemakers--Distinctive country and flag

"Blessed are the peacemakers...."
Based on world history, they may be called Swiss. There are a few readers of this blog in that neutral country with a distinctive flag to match the country's unusual history and culture. The country has not been in a state of war since 1815, and Swiss Confederation troops have not been in action since the 1500s.
Perhaps that is why Switzerland is one of the wealthiest in the world, with the highest wealth per capita. The Swiss confederation has a long history of armed neutrality. It didn't join the UN until 2002, though now the second largest UN office is located there. Think how much richer we all would be in America, without wars.
 The flag has been used since the 14th century, and shows up on artwork in the 1500s. It began as a badge of identification on troops, first documented in a 1339 battle. It may have first been used in a 1422 battle. The modern design was first used in 1800, and officially adopted in 1889.
The country is the birthplace of the Red Cross. The modern state is the descendant of a confederation in 1291. Citizens speak German, Italian and French, and lack a common ethnic  and linguistic background. Their unity comes from shared values of democracy and federalism. Swiss are often involved in peace keeping efforts around the world.While most people associate Switzerland with the Alps, most of the population lives in a plateau area.




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