Flag of Abkhazia
|Variant flag of Republic of Abkhazia|
Abkhazia is claimed and controlled by the partially recognized Republic of Abkhazia, which considers itself to be an independent Abkhazian state. Georgia considers Abkhazia to be part of Georgia, legally governed by the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia.
Republic of Abkhazia
The flag of the Republic of Abkhazia was created in 1991 by V. Gamgia. It was officially adopted on 23 July 1992. 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!". 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.
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.
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Woman wearing dress modelled after the Abkhazian flag
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Children waving miniature Abkhazian flags
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Helicopter towing the Abkhazian flag
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Parade exhibiting Abkhazian flags
Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia
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Socialist Soviet Republic of Abkhazia
The flag of the SSR Abkhazia was adopted in 1925 when the SSR Abkhazia ratified its constitution. It was used until 1931, when the SSR Abkhazia was transformed into the Abkhaz ASSR with a different flag.
Abkhaz Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic
This flag of the Abkhaz ASSR was introduced in 1978 and used until the collapse of the Soviet union in 1991. The previous flag used between 1931 and 1978 was identical to the flag of the Georgian SSR, and in 1978 the name of the Abkhaz ASSR was added written in the Abkhaz language and script.
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23x15px Flag of the Socialist Soviet Republic Abkhazia (1925–31)
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23x15px Flag of the Abkhaz ASSR introduced in 1978
- 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)
- "Abkhazia (Georgia)". FOTW Flags Of The World. 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
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