john cleese, on Aug 10 2006, 02:23 AM, said:
if you take a look at the flags. The blue flag has four fluerdelise which are symbols associated with france and french colonies, as is the white cross. Where the red striped flag of the red coats has a british royal crown. I beleive this provides us with enough proof that the red coats and blue coats were intended to be british and french respectively.
More important, I think, is that both the blue and the red flags have the same crossed cannon/crowns on them. It's pretty clear that LEGO intended them both to be on the same side, since the catalogs show sets like Lagoon Lock-up near the Imperial Trading Post, and Governor Broadside of the blue soldiers has been linked to the Imperial Guard-era sets. Which side that is, is up for debate. In my mind, it's pretty definite that the two forces are allied, and that rather than being definitely French or British, they are from an unspecified Lego equivelent of England or another country in Europe, and aren't intended to be any more historically accurate than the coat-of-arms in the castle sets. Of course, some of this stems from the fact that I don't have enough Imperial Guards or soldiers to stand against all the pirates on their own... :-D But, as always, the great thing about Lego is that you can make whatever you want out of it!