Why did the L'Manburg flag show up at London's "freedom" rally?

Eve Edwards July 25, 2021
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You might be curious as to the history and meaning of the L’Manburg flag after it was spotted at “The Worldwide Rally For Freedom” in London.

The rally took place in the UK capital on Saturday, 24 July 2021. Thousands gathered in Trafalgar Square to protest against lockdown and the Covid-19 vaccine.

The thousands in attendance also carried flags with them, some spouting support for former US President Donald Trump and other homemade emblems signalling their anti-lockdown, anti-vax viewpoints.

In amongst these more recognisable and understandable flags was the L’Manburg flag. Once it was spotted by an eagle-eyed social media user, the term L’Manburg started trending on Twitter. Let’s take a look at its meaning and why it showed up at the “freedom” rally in London.

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What is the L’Manburg flag?

L’Manburg, also known as L’Manburg, was created by YouTuber and gamer Wilbur Soot. He is a member of Dream SMP, a Minecraft server.

Minecraft fans will know about L’Manburg and the nation’s flag. But for those who are just being introduced, let’s do a quick rundown of what the flag is and what it means.

L’Manburg was created as a separate nation in the wake of the Drugs War in order to separate the Europeans from the Americans of the server. It was created by Wilbur Soot, who became the president. Tubbo was appointed as the new president after winning the war, with Wilbur and Vice-President TommyInnit both banned.

Tubbo worked on creating the flag. It was revealed on 31 July 2020. The flag features three stripes of red white and blue, overlapped by a black half-moon shape with a yellow outline. There are three crosses in the centre, two red and one yellow.

It has been reported that the blue stripe stands for freedom and liberty, the white for peace, and the red to commemorate the blood spilled while fighting for independence. The yellow and black accents are to denote the walls of L’Manburg. Finally, the three crosses are taken from Amsterdam’s flag for Fundy, another Dream SMP member, who is the only Dutch resident in L’Manburg.

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Dream SMP’s flag shows up at London’s “freedom” rally

Inevitably, once the internet caught hold of the Dream SMP flag’s presence at the rally, it was the talk of Twitter.

One Twitter user reacted: “i never thought the day would come where i’d see the l’manberg and trump 2024 flag side by side but here we are”

Even L’Manburg President Tubbo chimed in commenting “L’Manburg” on a picture of the rally. Tubbo’s tweet has since been liked over 19,000 times.

But just why was it there?

The general thought is that the person who carried the L’Manburg flag to London’s “freedom” rally did not know what the flag actually represented.

When one searches ‘freedom flag’ on Google Images, the L’Manburg flag is the first image to show up. The image is linked to a L’Manburg flag for sale on Amazon, called “L’Manburg Freedom Flag.”

Although unconfirmed, it is likely that the person carrying the Minecraft-associated flag at the rally did not know its origins. They could, on the other hand, just be Minecraft fans who supported L’Manburg’s sentiment of independence.

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