South Ossetia Flag

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South Ossetia

South Ossetia is an unrecognized country in the Caucasus region. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, South Ossetia was internationally recognized as part of neighbouring Georgia.

The country successfully secured its sovereignty with Russian backing during the Russo-Georgia War in 2008 and remains as such today.

It is in fact the most secluded and least-visited of all unrecognized countries. This is because of its location deep in the Caucasus Mountains, its strict entrance policy and its closed border with Georgia.

South Ossetia Flag

The flag of South Ossetia and North Ossetia in Russia is a tricolour flag, top to bottom white, red, and yellow.

The flag is 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 Ossetian people.

The white portion of the flag symbolizes moral purity, the red - martial courage and the yellow - wealth and prosperity.

The flag was created by South Ossetian historian and former independence movement leader, Alan Chochiev and the flag was first used as an emblem of the movement.

The flags of North Ossetia-Alania in Russia and the unrecognized country of South Ossetia are almost identical, the only difference being the shades used.

During the dissolution of the Soviet Union, current official flag of South Ossetia replaced its Soviet counterpart with the present flag. It was officially adopted on October 2, 1991.

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