Monday, April 9 ~~ Nauru and Pennsylvania
Tuesday, April 10 ~~ Nepal and Puerto Rico
Wednesday, April 11 ~~ Netherlands and Rhode Island
The flag of the Netherlands is a horizontal tricolor of red, white, and blue. Variants of the flag have been in use since 1572 and in 1937 the flag was officially formalized as the national flag of the Netherlands and of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The horizontal fesses are bands of equal size in the colors, from top to bottom, red (officially described as a "bright vermilion"), white(silver), and blue ("cobalt blue"). The flag proportions (width:length) are 2:3. The first stadtholderof the Dutch Republic was William I of Orange, who joined with Dutch nationalists and led the struggle for independence from Spain. Partly out of respect for him, the first flag adopted by the Dutch was a horizontal tricolor of orange, white, and blue. It became known as the Prinsenvlag("Prince's flag") and was based on the livery of William of Orange. The orange dye was particularly unstable and tended to turn red after a while, so in the mid-17th century, red was made the official color. The flag has flown since then, but was confirmed by Royal Decree only in 1937, at the same time the color parameters were exactly defined. As the first revolutionary flag, it has had a seminal influence throughout the world, particularly on the Pan-Slavic colors of Russia. Until about 1800, in the case of both the orange- and the red-striped versions, the number of stripes and their order frequently varied.
The flag of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is white and consists of a gold anchor in the center (a symbol for hope) surrounded by thirteen gold stars (for the original 13 colonies and Rhode Island's status as the 13th state to ratify the Constitution). A blue ribbon below the anchor bears the state's motto in gold: "HOPE." The flag is frequently depicted with golden fringe around the edges of the flag.
Thursday, April 12 ~~ New Zealand and South Carolina
Friday, April 13 ~~ Nicaragua and South Dakota
Saturday, April 14 ~~ Niger and Tennessee
Sunday, April 15 ~~ Nigeria and Texas
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