Nationalism, patriotism and pride are concepts and social forces that have created unity and strength in nations throughout the world. But history has shown that from time to time they have also lead to divisiveness and political dominance. Every nation has national symbols that, for most of its citizens, represent the essence of the nation and its values. National flags are the most common of such symbols, but in addition to representing a national identity, they have also been used in such ways as claiming "new" territory or leading forces into battle. What should national symbols be? Should they be used and if so, how and for what purpose? These are the fundamental questions that this story examines.