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Republic of Abkhazia
Flag of Abkhazia.svg
Proportion 1:2
Adopted 23 July 1992
Design Seven horizontal stripes alternating green and white; in the canton, a white open hand below a semicircle of seven five-pointed stars on a red field.

There are currently two entities claiming to be the government of Abkhazia, the partially recognised Republic of Abkhazia and the pro-Georgia Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia.

Republic of Abkhazia

The flag of the Republic of Abkhazia was created in 1991 by V. Gamgia.[1] It was officially adopted on 23 July 1992.[2] The design of the red canton is based on the banner of the medieval Abkhazian Kingdom. The open right hand means "Hello to friends! Stop to Enemies!".[3] The seven stars in the canton have since been reinterpreted to correspond to the seven historical regions of the country - Sadzen, Bzyp, Gumaa, Abzhywa, Samurzaqan, Dal-Tsabal and Pskhuy-Aibga.[4]

The seven green and white stripes are based on the Mountainous Republic of the Northern Caucasus, which Abkhazia considers itself to have been a part of after World War I. Seven is a number sacred to the Abkhaz and the green and white stripes represent the tolerance that allows Christianity and Islam to cohabit.[citation needed]

Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia

Flag of Georgia used by the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia

The pro-Georgia Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia has not yet adopted a flag and uses the flag of Georgia.[5]

See also

References

  1. Аргун Ю.Г. (Argun Yu. G.), О Государственном флаге (On the state flag (XLVIII итоговая научная сессия (11-13 мая). тезисы докладов. - Сухум: АбИГИ, 2004, с. 3-4)
  2. "Abkhazia (Georgia)". FOTW Flags Of The World. 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  3. http://www.ahakuytra.com/abhazya-sehitleri/247-abhazya-bayraginin-anlami.html
  4. Государственные символы
  5. http://www.abkhazia.gov.ge/

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