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German Empire by rockanatic German Empire by rockanatic
Official flag of the 2nd German Empire, founded by Otto von Bismarck in 1871.

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:iconadmiralterrencehood:
Gute Arbeit.
Heil, Kaiser, Dir
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:iconpleromase:
I like this. What's the story behind it?
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:iconrockanatic:
rockanatic Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What story do you mean?
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1LoveDrew Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, could you explain why the colors are arranged in this manner? I'm curious. :D
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rockanatic Jan 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Of course =)

Black and white: The black-white has a strong connection to Prussia's history (Prussian flag here: [link]). The Teutonic Knights already had a white shield with a black cross. The first few lines of the Preußenlied (The Prussian Song, the national anthem of Prussia) are:
"I am a Prussian , do you know my colours?
The flag floats black and white before Me
That for freedom's sake my fathers died To that know it hint my colours."

White and red: The red-white combination are very popular heraldic colors in the German-speaking areas and it's neighbor countries and in Europe in general (examples: Denmark, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, England, etc. have white-red flags and th Netherlands, France, Norway, Italy, Latvia, Island etc. have white-red in their flag as well).
Furthermore the city arms of most German Hanseatic cities have a red-white flag or red-white-black flag such as Hamburg and Cologne (here: [link])

I hope that's enough information =)

Regards
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1LoveDrew Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, thank you. :D
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:iconheimatland:
Saubere Arbeit!
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rockanatic Oct 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Danke :)
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