The Flag of the United States of America is the banner that was used on Earth to represent the United States of America in a variety of situations. The flag was also known as the Stars and Stripes or Old Glory.
The flag consisted of 13 equal red and white horizontal stripes that represented the original 13 colonies that broke away from Great Britain. The canton portion of the flag featuring a blue rectangle with five pointed stars for each of the states that made up the United States. From July 4, 1960 to the early 21st century there were 50 states in the Union, thus there were fifty stars on the flag. By 2033, two more states joined the Union and the number of stars increased to 52 stars. (TNG episode: "The Royale")
In addition to be woven into cloth, as was traditional, the flag was also painted on to the sides of American aircraft, naval vessels, and space vessels. The flag was also part of the uniforms for military and police forces.
- The TOS novel: A Flag Full of Stars tells us that the USA would have 56 states (and presumably 56 stars on the flag) by the year 2271. The Star Trek Encyclopedia version shows a standardized arrangement with the blue canton field resting on a white stripe, while the two depictions of this flag in the episode "The Royale" show an alternate arrangement with the blue canton field resting on a red stripe.