attempting to intimidate as a way of masking its own fragility?
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Is it not that one common visual prop is the use of flags and a set of communal recognised colour pattern?
Given the fragility of the entities involved, it seems also that these illustrate how the amount of flags is a sort of indication how a regime, an entity, feels and senses its own reality.. The more prominent the symbols are – perhaps the weaker their supporters actually are, or fear to become..