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Slovene-Croat hybrid flag, as represented in a cartoon - Image by Željko Heimer & Eugene Ipavec, 19 June 2010
There is a maritime border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia in the Bay of Piran (map). The largest of a slew of petty acrimonies between the two countries, it stems from the fact that the former Yugoslavia was not terribly rigorous in demarcating the internal borders between its constituent Republics. Even though the dispute is literally a tempest in a teapot, it has been a consistent nuisance since both countries' independence in 1991 (history).
There are periodic efforts to resolve the issue, none of which have gone anywhere, amounting to what the media have called a "interminable diplomatic soap opera". An effort currently underway elicited a political cartoon in the Slovene weekly Mladina, which supports the arbitrage process. The cartoons features a Slovene flag with a field of Croatian checkerboard replacing thewaves (symbolizing among rivers and sea) at the foot of mount Triglav, andthree old soldiers supposed to be three senior national figures (France Bučar, Tine Hribar and Boris Pahor) who have condemned the current arbitrage process in strident terms, as an "act of collaboration". I believe the flag in the caricature is supposed to impute a somewhat hyperbolic expansionist sentiment to them, that is "Croatia's sea is Slovenian".
Eugene Ipavec, 20 June 2010
Slovene-Tahitian hybrid flag, as represented in a video - Image by Željko Heimer & Eugene Ipavec, 22 September 2010
A variant of the Slovenian flag appears in a comic web video entitled Gdje je nestala Slovenija? ("Where Did Slovenia Vanish Off To?"). The video is a mock news report starring Croatian singer and actress Severina Vučković as an anchor covering the overnight disappearance of Slovenia, which is eventually found to have been mysteriously moved to the Pacific Ocean, south of Tahiti. The inhabitants decide that they like the new location more, because the surfing is great, and the new flag is superimposed over the end credits: as present but with a palm tree.
Eugene Ipavec, 22 September 2010
Slovene crossflag, as represented in a cartoon - Image by Željko Heimer & Eugene Ipavec, 24 September 2010
A variant of the Slovenian flag appeared on a November 2005 cover of the
weekly Mladina to illustrate a cover story
on what the magazine considered to be the undue influence of the
Catholic Church on the 2004-08 center-right government.
The variant adds two blue squares to either side of the blue stripe, transforming it into a wide Latin cross. The coat of arms is moved down, to its vertex.
Eugene Ipavec, 24 September 2010