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People's Republic of Albania (1946-1992)

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[People's Republic, 1946-92]by Jaume Ollé

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National flag

For recognition of Hoxha's government the Allies required elections which took place on 2 December 1945 when 80% voted for the National Democratic Front coalition lead by the Communists. On 11 January 1946 King Zogu I was declared deposed (the Italian occupation and the proclamation of Vittorio Emmanuele was considered an illegal act) and the People's Republic of Albania was proclaimed.

On 7 March 1946 a new constitution came into effect which established a new national flag with the yellow-bordered red star.
The shade of red became darker again, though not reaching the pre-1934 shade.

Jaume Ollé, 15 July 1996

Considering proportions, the 1946 flag was 5:7, and the ensigns 2:3.

Zeljko Heimer, 14 July 1996

Presidential flag

[Presidential flag, 1946-92]by Jaume Ollé

The presidential flag was identical to the national flag, except for the proportions.

Jaume Ollé, 15 July 1996

Civil ensign

[Civil ensign 1945-92]by Mark Sensen

The previous merchant flag is very much alike in type with the former Yugoslav flags, being horizontally red-black-red with a golden bounded red star. The star is only in the black band and does not touch all three bands as in the Yugoslav flags. This star was added in 1945 to the merchant flag in use since 1913. So from 1913 to Second World War, I think the flag was plain red-black-red.

Mark Sensen, 4 October 1995

A new post-war constitution was established at 7 March 1946. The shade of red of the Albanian flags was again darkened, though not reaching the shade previous to 1934. As civil ensign was adopted the old one in proportions 2:3, adding the star.

Jaume Ollé, 15 June 1996

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