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Re: Package Maintainers Flags policy

On Tue, 2009-05-19 at 15:47 +0100, Ewan Mac Mahon wrote:
> On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 10:25:23AM -0400, Colin Walters wrote:
> > 
> > A list of current countries doesn't solve the problem.  Let's take for
> > example Freeciv, which was cited earlier as having flags as a core
> > part of the experience (I'd disagree, but anyways).
> >
> The problem with FreeCiv is that the only distinction between a city or
> unit of one nation and one of another is the flag[1], so there doesn't
> seem to be any simple way to remove them. They could be replaced with
> different flags graphics, but they'd all have to be distinct; you
> couldn't just use (e.g.) the Fedora logo for every nation.
> There's also the fact that FreeCiv in particular contains Tibet as a
> playable nation; even if the flag were removed, I don't think refering
> to the Tibetan nation would pass muster in China. That being the case
> we're either going to need to go a lot further than removing just flags,
> or accept that generic Fedora won't be 'China safe', in which case we
> might as well leave the flags alone.
> Ewan
> [1] e.g: <http://freeciv.wikia.com/wiki/File:Big_window.png 

That's a pretty big reason why games such as FreeCiv should stick to
fictional countries and fictional flags.  It avoids all of these issues.

Jesse Keating
Fedora -- FreedomĀ² is a feature!
identi.ca: http://identi.ca/jkeating

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