Flagging Frequently Asked Questions
Answered by Atlas Al
Before you look for more Flagging information, it’s assumed you’ve already read the Constitution of Flagging.
Q: How do I use this website?
A: After hooking up with foreigners, you can refer to our website to check the status of your new flag. Although most flags are captured outside of your home country (e.g. while traveling), it’s possible to hook up with foreigners in your own country.
Q: Do I have to be in the flag’s country to capture their flag?
A: No. It doesn’t matter if you’re at home or abroad. Hook up with a foreigner, you get their flag.
Q: Why don’t states/provinces/departments count as flags?
A: Claiming sub-par flags – e.g. flags within greater flags - would merely confuse and water down the whole Flagging concept. It should be a challenge and exclusive to get a new flag considering there are only 193 sovereign states in the world.
Q: Can women play?
A: You have to understand that because The Hunger and I are guys, this website is written from a male perspective. This doesn’t mean women can’t play; women can and should play. In fact, some of the most enthusiastic flaggers I’ve ever met were women.
Q: What if a person is a dual citizen and has two passports?
A: If someone is a dual citizen with or without two passports, refer to the Constitution of Flagging or read Two Passports, One Person.
Q: Where are you from originally?
A: I was born in Los Angeles (Santa Monica), California, lived most of my life in Seattle (Sammamish), Washington, and now I’m all over the world. The Hunger, now all over the world as well, hails from Sydney, Australia.
Q: How many flags do you have and do you see an end to your flagging sexpeditions one day?
A: 19 flags. My goal is 25 flags before I die or marriage; a goal I thought I’d never come close to, but I’m getting closer ;)
Q: Do you want to capture every flag in the whole world?
A: I’m ambitious, but not that ambitious. As stated in a previous question, I’d be happy to reach 25 flags out of the 193 sovereign states out there. Plus, getting every flag in the world would mean that I’d have to sleep with a member of the Vatican, and I believe most of their 800 citizens are male, if not all of them. Although, if you were female, getting the Vatican flag is the best flag you could possibly get: smallest population in the world, and getting the Vatican flag is extremely difficult for obvious reasons.
Updated answer: it’s highly unlikely to capture the Vatican Flag. Please read Vatican Flag Uncaptureable for clarification.
Q: If I hook up with someone who comes from the same country as me, can I claim my own flag?
A: Nope, that’s cheating. Reread the Constitution of Flagging for the definition Flagging. Claiming your own flag – no matter where you come from – would be too easy. I used to think it good to start your travels with at least one flag, a base, something to work with. But it’s too easy and already assumed you can pull chicks from your own country. Flagging is all about hooking up with foreigners. For a more detailed analysis, read Does My Own Country Count As A Flag?
Q: From your experience, what country is the horniest, most promiscuous in the world?
A: I agree with Dr. David Schmitt and his team that conducted a research study on global promiscuity. See God Save the Brits.
Q: Do strippers and prostitutes count as flags?
A: Generally, no. You cannot pay for the flag. However, strippers and prostitutes have private lives outside of their professions. If you hook up with a stripper/prostitute and didn’t pay for the sex, then yeah, you got her/his flag.
Q: What are the origins of Flagging?
A: My first foreign flag encounters happened during my one year study abroad experience in France – I got the Czech flag in the Czech Republic (Nov 2001) and the French flag in France (June 2002). Besides wondering what it would be like to hook up with a foreigner while growing up, this is when my fascination with foreign women began. Over the years, I realized that many people were claiming flags they didn’t deserve to claim. These preliminary conversations/debates laid the seeds to the Constitution of Flagging. Flagging laws and theories were then perfected since 2002 throughout my travels. With each new flag, I added something new to the rules. Flagging has strong roots in the backpacking subculture, however, anyone can flag and most people have been Flagging and never even realized it.
Q: Does anal sex count as a flag?
A: Yes. How do you think gay men flag? If you’re a heterosexual man and you’ve had anal sex with a woman, you get the flag too.
Q: How do lesbians capture flags?
A: Read Lesbian Manifesto for a breakdown on the LGBT community within the flagging community.
Q: How can you support the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization when you insult their members by calling them “Wannabe Flags?”
A: UNPO member states are Wannabe Flags because they want to be an internationally recognized sovereign state. If a group of people feel their government is misrepresenting them or not representing them at all, then they should make their voices heard. We fully support UNPO member states in their struggle for recognition, and hope that by writing about them we bring attention to their cause. Plus, if they get their independence, there’ll be more flags to capture.
Q: You say you’re not a Flag Hunter any longer, that you’re a Flag Collector now; when did this happen?
A: About September 2010 when I wrote a post called Flag Hunter or Flag Collector. The reason I wrote it is because although I don’t flag hunt any more, I know some people that still do and others that would; I wrote the post for them.
Q: Why/How do you think all these crazy thoughts?
A: All of our material comes from first-hand experience, mostly during our travels. Flagging laws and theories were born from some flagging experience.
Q: What flag can I claim if I hook up with a British passport holder?
A: The United Kingdom Flag is the most controversial in the flagosphere. One British Flag or four Home Nation Flags (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland)? For a thorough analysis on the British Flag, read about UK Conundrum Theory in United Kingdom is a Fake Country.