Thanks for the explanation, @im not a robot.yes.. i am in awe. this is the kind of activity easily driving me up walls. it has been suggested to me that i take pictures of my stove before leaving the house. so chances are i will never ever be able to check whether all 158 pieces are indeed in their right places :)
but to give some context for those not in the know: this stem is based on rem koolhaas' proposal for a flag of europe, this is the original design of 2004 (?), personally i think this is brilliant in a lot of ways:
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with the # of memberstates changing, it is obviously outdated by now, and it can be a bit taxing doing an image search on this & trying to find the most current version (including the u.k. obviously), they all look very much alike:
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just to give a little more weight to what it really means when @phattpiggie says he had to "check, recheck, check and recheck then check again".
i cant wait to see this stem in person, looks like a masterpiece from here.