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Flag of Nagorno-Karabakh

Nagorno-Karabakh
Ratio 1:2
Adoption 1992
Design A horizontal tricolor of red, blue, and orange with a white sideways zig-zag chevron in the fly. [0]
Colors
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History

On June 2, 1992, the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, a de facto independent republic claimed by Azerbaijan, in the South Caucasus region, adopted a flag derived from the flag of Armenia, with only a white pattern added. [0]

Meaning

Nagorno-Karabakh Republic's flag heavily borrowed from that of the Republic of Armenia. Similar to the Armenian flag, the red stands for the blood of the 1.5 million Armenians killed in the Armenian Genocide, blue is for the Armenian pure sky, and orange represents the country's courage. Artsakh uses this flag because a majority of its inhabitants are and consider their nation to be Armenian.

The white pattern symbolizes the current separation of Artsakh (the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) from Armenia proper and its aspiration for eventual union with "the Motherland". This symbolizes the Armenian heritage, culture and population of the area, and represents Nagorno-Karabakh as a separated region of Armenia by the triangular shape and the zigzag cutting through the flag. [0]