I put a map for the background to go with "story map." However, when I showed it to my colleague to preview she asked me, "Why do you have a flag in the background?" Hahah....SO it might come across looking like a flag:) You can just decide for yourself if you would like to use one!
I posted the two that I made...one being simpler than the other! You can download them both FREE here. Have a great night!!