Concerns written here of the addition of stars to the US flag. History buffs are free to correct me, but I can’t think of circumstances in which people routinely counted the number of white stars on the blue background of my nation’s flag, then finding something different than expected, complained.
Since Independence Day 2008, the US flag has gone the most years ever without an official update. The longest previous period of stasis was between the admittance of Arizona and Alaska (1912-1959). Curious thing about 1959: the US did have a 49-star flag for a brief time. I have a boyhood memory of a miniature. Wish I still had it.
Last month one of my facebook friends was musing about California’s proposed split, which would add two stars, not three to the upper left constellation.
Perhaps more likely than a Left Coast split is the addition of Puerto Rico. For history buffs, it would be the single biggest addition in terms of population and Congressional representation in US history.* Plus it would break the 59-year-plus streak of the same star design. I presume a staggered-row pattern would be adopted, but this circular version, left, is intriguing. Despite what you’ve seen in Revolutionary War enactments, I don’t think the circular design of 13 stars was ever an official act of federal heraldry. But if went with that circle of stars, people would certainly notice a difference.
*Even the admission of Texas and California produced a Congressional delegation of four each in the 1850s. Puerto Rico, if admitted to statehood, would get five representatives in the House, plus two senators. Today, Texas and California combine to send 93 people to Congress.