Yap, Micronesia

Yap, Micronesia

Yap, Micronesia

Most people know Yap as “the island of Yap,” although Yap actually consists of four islands connected by a  common coral reef. Yap, part of the Federated States of Micronesia, is home to just over 6,000 people within 36 square miles who claim a world record: owners of the biggest money on Earth. This 12-foot-diameter coin is carved of stone that isn’t foung on Yap – it had to be shipped by outrigger from as far away as Papua New Guinea. Not all Yapese money is this large, but many coins are taller than a person.

This all makes me wonder – the Yapese people certainly aren’t lazy. To bring these rocks, known as Rai to Yap, carve them and roll them around the islands as they are exchanged – that takes a heck of a lot of effort. So much effort, I guess, that they didn’t have the time to devote to creating a good flag. Seriously, this one is just awful. The blue water is a little obvious for an island. Nothing embarassing in that, but overdone. The white parts, though, are way off. It’s supposed to be an outrigger canoe with sail unfurled, carrying a large Rai. That has a star in the middle. Instead, it looks like a compound miter saw with a bent wang hanging off the end. Some may tell me to shut my Yap, but that’s just how it is.


2 responses to “Yap, Micronesia

  1. Ms. Islandladee

    First of all, the person that created this blog and talking smack about our “bad flag” is straight stupid and doesn’t know jack about our Flag. I am from Yap and yes everything about our flag is meaningful. Let me break it down for you “Blogger!” “The blue water is a little obvious for an island” that you were right about. The white ring with the blue circle in the middle symbolized our “Stone Money” see picture on this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Yap_Stone_Money.jpg. Tthe white part in the middle symbolizes “an outrigger canoe with sail unfurled,” is actually our canoe facing you and if you know what our canoe looks like then it would make sense to you now, see canoe on link http://www.arcticphoto.com/results.asp?image=PAC0033-08&imagex=5&searchnum=5. I apologize if I insult your intelligence, but you need to know what you are talking about before insulting our FLAG! PLease, remove it from your “Bad Flag” website! Our flag does not belong in this criteria.

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