Hrm... it's kind of... flat looking. Could you do it up all metallic and highlighted on the crescent part, and glowy on the cross part like in this one:
Which is quite good?
i don't like the idea of breaking the logo, as you did. imo it only works if we keep it as it is to remain the balance.
Nor do I, hence my saying that my demo sucked... I'm just hoping a similar looking logo that does work in a less wide space can be made. I have no idea how it should look though...
the 16x16 version is really tough. maybe the logo is too complex to work on this resolution. i failed at creating it first. but i'll try again and paint it pixel by pixel.
I'm not sure, but I'd suspect that the 16x16 is just a 32x32 icon that's been shrunk automatically...
I checked the page source of the FreeCiv site, and found this file in the html:
When downloaded, it's a 32x32 icon, but it shows up as 16x16 in the browser address bar, so it must be being automatically shrunk.
So I suggest making a 32x32 that has the O-star filling up all the space, without the document background thing (as per Tyreth's comments, and more like my 48x48 demo), which hopefully will still look ok scaled to 16x16...
Though I could be wrong... is it possible to make a 16x16 icon, and if so, would it show up unscaled in the address bar?