In July, the Emoji Mashup Bot account gained popularity on Twitter : the algorithm combined different emojis and thus created new ones. Unusual combinations liked users, and the bot for a month and a half scored nearly 250 thousand subscribers.
This bot inspired the 21-year-old Spaniard under the nickname ntoniw to create his own bot. In late August, a student programmer wrote an algorithm that “crosses” the flags of different countries and comes up with new countries on their basis. Profile he called Flags Mashup Bot.
The principle of the bot is simple: two flags are taken, colors and elements are combined, a new flag is obtained. Sometimes in this way quite bizarre combinations are created.
Sometimes a bot combines not modern flags, and takes examples from history.
Sometimes it turns out that the system selects two identical flags. In this case, the algorithm changes colors to random.
The artist Andrei Tramvaev made several illustrations based on the work of the bot. For example, he depicted what a Ugan warrior might look like (Uganda + Sweden).
However, the author of the bot did not take into account that countries are not least questions about history and geopolitics. The algorithm does not take into account tensions between states, wars and conflicts. This led to several controversial and awkward situations: for example, the bot “crossed” Israel and Palestine.
Great Britain and Ireland
The author of the bot noted that “he never saw so much madness in the comments.” Tensions between Great Britain and Ireland last for many years, including the war of independence. Therefore, a bitter discussion unfolded under the tweet.
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Me and and the boys looking at this post pic.twitter.com/oqJBo5RdrM— marz115 (@marz1151) 27 August 2019
The boys and I are looking at this post.
amazing, i think this flag pisses off just about everyone— tom collins 🏴 (@inalonelyplace_) 27 August 2019
Surprisingly, I think this flag infuriates just about everyone
China and Hong Kong
The boat crossed the flags amid protests in Hong Kong, which are not only not ending, but are becoming increasingly fierce.
Bad Timing— Daniel Alfano (@DanielAlfano122) 28 August 2019
At a wrong time
Bro, you posted the shameful and lose points in the social credit system
Germany and Poland
On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Shortly before the 80th anniversary of this date, the bot mixed the flags of these countries.
Poland: pic.twitter.com/Up2iL6aFUp— Donnie (@DonnieN42) 27 August 2019
Serbia and Montenegro
The problem is that such a state already existed from 2003 to 2006.
Russia and Ukraine
Not only that, the bot united Russia and Ukraine – so it also turned the state into Poland.
ODDAJCIE LWÓW KURWY— Michał (@Michal_R11) 31 August 2019
JESZCZE POLSKA NIE ZGINĘŁA— ᵐᵏ ᴵᴵ (@mchlkzmn) 31 August 2019
ух, сколько слоев.— чайный гроб (@Gallowglass_89) 31 August 2019
Canada and Saudi Arabia
Many noted that the flag of the state of marijuana should look something like this.
The combination of Chad and the Virgin Islands seems to be nothing unusual. In addition to the fact that the resulting name Virgin Chad refers to the popular meme ” Virgin Against Chad .”
Bonus: countries “reached the hand of Russia”
Sierra Leone + Sint Maarten