Here’s your lexicon and here’s my previous examples. Have a stab at interpreting it. Extra credit for including color psychology.
This example comes from one of the therightstuff.biz’s podcasts.
There’s certainly something resonant about Cascadia….
Never having been there, it nevertheless resonated; I researched lots and even tried to put together a story about it once (“The Defenders of Cascadia”). The story as eventually conceived ended up less about war or even ecology as it was about a struggle between paganism and Christianity over the future of a society. Fitting the resulting opus into a late-21st-centry alternate history was impossible, though. I think I had a massive sea level rise and the Great Salish Dike Works to stave it off and act as a justification for how a nation with single interests came into being. And 3d printing of weaponry, and all kinds of SciFi stuff in that vein for the sole purpose of making a more Tolkienesque scale of war seem possible again.
The legend goes that bad blood between the oil sands guys and the local tribes eventually produced an extremely bitter young man who prayed to the mountains to take revenge on the oil barons. The mountain-gods said they would grant the request and raise up out of the land mighty defenders, but it is not wise for the lesser gods to follow the whims of mortals, however great the sorrow. They would grant the request, but very little happiness would come of it.
Defenders are eventually raised in the form of a somewhat-unified Cascadian nation, focused on culture rather than pumping resources, and in a (diplomatically tenuous) symbiotic relationship with incredibly red-pilled pirates who are gifted at wreaking havoc and violence in places (mostly) other than Cascadia. The bulk of the second part of the story was focused on a prophetess who goes around getting the pirates to tone their activities down a notch, and her attempts to install a King in Cascadia whose law the pirates will respect, before the whole arrangement collapses into chaos. You can see this turning into a similar thing as Lord of The Rings.
In reality, of course, Cascadia is currently known as the home of yuppish snobbery (British Columbia, slogan: “the best place on earth!” + overpriced real estate), Portlandia, Boeing, and Microsoft. Politically, it is beneath the side of the 700-pound gorilla that is the US, so it was terribly difficult to imagine a route from point A in present-day reality to point B as depicted in the story. Even if faced with a massive sea level rise, it is very hard to imagine any society centred on Seattle and Vancouver joining to build Great Dike Works and defend their cities. Everyone would just move further inland while writing despairing news articles about how much damage the Sweetwater Deluge has caused to the real estate market.
Anyways, what the triangular Cascadia symbol signifies to me is the pagan mountain-gods whose invisible influence (hypothetically) turns it into a nation. If visualized, they are triangular-shaped entities intricately formed of thousands of smaller, organic (curved) living beings, the whole thing being reminiscent of Nature but in a form rather alien to the human experience. They are benevolent, but their intervention in human affairs in my story was rather inept and ham-handed (and they were sorrowfully aware of this, hence their warning that little good would ultimately come of it unless the Most High God also did something). Mountain-gods are more equipped to handle forests, not human societies. Acting through invisible influence, the type of hierarchy they create in Cascadia is not top-down (statist, enforced by self-aware Great Leaders) but organic and unplanned, though nevertheless extremely obvious and codified in its own way (enforced e.g. through standards of dress rather different from 20th century fashion, and tied heavily to social role — enhancing differences of function and different ways of thinking that combine to support a civilization, like non-intersecting species in a forest). Like a Gothic spire, the whole arrangement stretches desperately towards heaven (the true “mountain-worlds”) but remains infinitely far below it.
In light of all this, it would probably be more correct to write “Harmony” instead of “Solidarity” in the composition.
That’s way deeper than I went with it. Level 99 internet analyst.
Read this comment at 9:11 am, date 3-4 adds up to BUILDING SEVEN.
Yellow only works to signify a high status connection with Westerners, and only then in very small amounts — if you do too much of it, the other prevailing Western archetype for yellow colour is that of dishonesty.
Oh, but deep techno-blue doesn’t do it for you at the top of the mountain of aspirations? Well, whatever, we’ve got the green earthers at the bottom to back you up, Upwardly Mobile Microsoft Man!
The tree makes me wonder if the intent was to resemble the REI logo, however …
Tree is for tribe, that’s good enough for me.
In the primitive state of early man, the only yellow things were the sun and, very occasionally, flowers, fruits, or bees. Therefore yellow is high-energy.
I like the color gradient from green to blue too. If you have ambition, you can climb to high abstraction and class distinction, but if you want to be a grass-eating hippie that’s also available.
BTW, you may not be aware of this, but the image embed requires some of us to solve something called a “captcha” at another site …
More discerning cognoscenti may refer to this as “Raven’s Matrices Meant To Be Solved By Mass Sentiments Of The Clueless, Ignorant, And Stunningly Stupid” instead. :-)
Didn’t know that, that sucks.
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