|Flag of The Netherlands
|The flag of The Netherlands, as it could be seen on r/place 2023.
|Usually on top of the canvas.
The Dutch flag represented the Dutch people on the canvas. At the start of each edition of r/Place, the flag manifested on top of the canvas. It acted as a backdrop for Dutch related artwork. And it was the most recognizable work made by the community of PlaceNL on the canvases of r/Place.
- Main article: Orange Pennant
The flag of The Netherlands has always been drawn on r/Place with an orange band on top of it, and is thought of by the PlaceNL community as an essential part of the flag.
The red-white-blue flag with an orange pennant was flown when The Netherlands regained its independence and the Prince of Orange returned from exile. But some where convinced another flag design, with orange instead of red, was the true flag that represented the country. To end the discussion, a royal decree in 1937 established the colors of the Dutch flag:
The colors of the flag of the Kingdom of the Netherlands are red, white and blue.
—Queen Wilhelmina, translated from Dutch.
It would go into history as the shortest decree ever issued in The Netherlands.
The official flag displays three horizontal stripes in bright vermilion, white, and cobalt blue in order of top to bottom.
Each band of color in the Dutch flag holds some symbolism for the country. The red band symbolizes bravery, strength, valor, and hardiness; the white band, peace and honesty; and the blue band represents vigilance, truth, loyalty, perseverance, and justice.
The False Start
As of July 20th 13:00 GMT, the start of r/place 2023, the color palette available to participants was limited. After expansions of the palette, PlaceNL would revisit their choice of colors of the top and bottom bands of the flag.
As of July 22nd 2:30 GMT a darker shade of blue was included in the palette. This change provided the ability to differentiate between the flag of Luxembourg, and that of The Netherlands.
The True Dutch Flag
As of July 25th 13:00 GMT a darker shade of red was included in the palette too. PlaceNL was from then on satisfied with the appearance of the flag. And these colors remained until the end of r/place 2023.