For the most part, the flags of the world’s nations have changed very significantly and rather dramatically since 1898. Some countries have grown larger, others smaller. Some have disappeared, others have been created. Some have had a combination of several of those actions occur in their twentieth-century histories. But, whether these things have happened voluntarily, violently, or otherwise, the flags of the changing (“change” in the sense of evolution—for the better—or devolution—for the worse) country have been similarly changed, matching the image that the leaders of that country want to both project to the outside world and what they want to have its citizens honor and believe about their home.
"Nations on Their Shoulders: How Member Nations’ Flags Past and Present Dictate What Their Jerseys Look Like in the International Ice Hockey Federation,"
Colgate Academic Review: Vol. 2
, Article 13.
Available at: http://commons.colgate.edu/car/vol2/iss1/13