Why do the flags of the Arab states* look so alike? Is there a story behind this? Yemen: 🇾🇪 Egypt: 🇪🇬 Iraq: 🇮🇶 Syria: 🇸🇾 Jordan: 🇯🇴 Palestine:🇵🇸 Sudan: 🇸🇩 Kuwait: 🇰🇼 Yes, there is. Here's a thread on what happened.
1. *Arab states = Middle East and North Africa (MENA) For the purposes of brevity, I've only chosen the 8 flags that bear the most resemblance to each other.
2. First: The colours. The Arab flags comprise black, red, white and green. It all began with one common flag they all shared, given to them by Britain. Britain wanted to unite the Arabs under one state (pan-Arabia) to defeat the Ottoman Empire. Here was the flag of that state: https://t.co/UQNX64xbA3
3. The Ottoman Empire Also known as the Uthmaniyyah or Turkish Empire. It controlled a big part of the world, from West to East, and became most powerful in the 15th-17th centuries.
6. Arabs in the Turkish Empire became alienated and excluded from power due to Turkish nationalism. This later became the Ottomans' downfall.