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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:
AdmiralTerrenceHood Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Gute Arbeit.
Heil, Kaiser, Dir
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PleromaSE Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
I like this. What's the story behind it?
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:iconrockanatic:
rockanatic Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What story do you mean?
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1LoveDrew Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, thank you. :D
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Heimatland Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Saubere Arbeit!
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rockanatic Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Danke :)
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GoldenFalchion Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Sehr gut
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jackwolf14 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
guten tag P:
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