The flags of all the world’s nations are competing in a competition on Facebook through the World Flags Tournament page.
However, what should have been a survey in light vein has been taken seriously by the Maltese, so much so that the Maltese flag has polled the highest ever number of votes ever received by a flag on this page, even exceeding that of Costa Rica.
A short time ago the Maltese flag even managed to win the latest competition, against the Nepalese flag, with 54% of the votes going to Malta against 46% for Nepal.
The Maltese unite and are also divisive
Whilst the Maltese were uniting behind the Maltese flag, even going all out against citizens of other flags, they also managed in some way to be divisive among themselves.
Numerous emojis were posted depicting lemons as well as numbers in thousands by which we would emerge victorious over our adversaries, but at the same time this ended up in references to local political parties and to the votes thy would poll at election time. A number of political slogans used in the past electoral campaigns were also mentioned.
In reference to comments by the Maltese against their foreign adversaries, a number of humorous comments were noted, whereas others included text with a racist slant aimed at the personal names of adversaries, their culture, or the fact that they came to work in Malta.
Others even dared to declare they would be voting for their adversary’s flag, simply because it is nicer – something which brought forth an expected reaction.
Administrators allege there had been attempts to bribe them
Late yesterday the administrators of the World Flags page alleged a large number of persons had tried to bribe them so that a particular flag would win. Whilst not specifying the origins of these attempts, the statement was released at the height of voting between the Maltese and Nepalese flags.
The administrators clarified that the page had been created as a means of entertainment, and was not a political election. They added that they had never imagined it would come to this, and appealed that instead of resorting to bribery, participants should encourage their friends to vote.
“You re ruining the competition when you become patriots”
Those who commented in the competition against Nepal included a Frenchman who asked why the Maltese flag is always winning.
Following a barrage of comments, this Frenchman appears to have understood the situation and admitted that the Maltese were ruining the very scope of the competition when they become so nationalistic, instead of voting objectively.
How do you think you should vote? Just post your comments on Facebook…