What symbols do virtually all countries, along with most states and provinces, have? What’s the first kind of symbol you think of?
For me, the answer is “flag!” Most countries also have official coats of arms, though the 50 U.S. states are represented primarily by seals.
National mottoes and national anthems are also common fixtures in the political arena. They have their counterparts in state mottoes and songs.
I loosely describe these seemingly essential trappings of statehood as symbols of state.