South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are a group of Islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean. South Georgia is the largest island in the chain, with the many islands of the South Sandwich Islands lying about 420 miles southeast of it. There is no native population on the islands. The only inhabitants are some government officials, scientists, and support staff of the British Antarctic Survey, who maintain bases on the islands. The territory is a British Dependency, ruled by the British government. It does, howeve, have its own flag, albeit a flag containing the British emblem, the Union Jack, on it.
The flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is a blue flag. It has the British Union Jack emblem in the top left hand corner. On the right side of the blue field, is the official emblem which features a badge with a raging lion, holding a torch. The badge is held up by a macaroni penguin to the right, and a fur seal to the left. There is a reindeer on top of the crown. Under the badge is the motto of the territory, which translates to say, “Let the lion protect is own land.” The white and blue estoiles seen in thefield of the badge, are alsoseen in the symbol of James Cook, who found the territory. The macaroni penguin, the fur seal, and the reindeer symbolize the indigenous animals found on South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The lion stands for strength and for the United Kingdom.
The flag is raised at the principal administrative establishments on the island of South Georgia, and the research areas of the British Antarctic Survey. The first flag showed a smaller version of the official emblem on top of a white disk. The flag was modified to the current design sometime between 1999 to 2002.
The current flag was first adopted in 1985 at the time it became a British Dependency. Prior to this time, the islands were a part of the Falkland Islands and flew their flag. There is a special flag that is flown when the Civil Commissioner visits the area since he is also the Governor of the Falkland Islands.
While there are no native inhabitants living on the South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the flag is s still flown at official locations. This flag symbolizes the country’s dependency on the British as well as its own identity.