Flag of South Ossetia
|Design||A horizontal triband of white, red and yellow. |
The flag of South Ossetia has identical colours to the flag of North Ossetia-Alania, but slightly different proportions (being narrower horizontally).
Under the Soviet Union, North Ossetia had a predominantly red flag with a blue trim on the left edge, the hammer and sickle and the words "North Ossetian ASSR" in both Russian and Ossetian. Shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was replaced with the present flag, which was adopted on October 2, 1991. 
The colours symbolize moral purity (white), martial courage (red), and wealth and prosperity (yellow).
The flag is also said to represent the social structure of ancient Ossetian society, which was divided into three social groups forming an organic whole: the military aristocracy, the clergy, and ordinary people.