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The Soviet flag was created in 1918 in accordance to the Soviet
Constitution (art. 6), written by Sverdlov. The hammer and sickle
itself, originate from the unique Russian unity of the peasants (the
sickle) with the workers (the hammer) who together formed the Soviet
Russian state. The Red field is symbolism of the blood that has been
spilt by workers the world over in the fight for their emancipation, and
was directly inherited from the red banner flown at the Paris Commune;
the original and hitherto "base" symbol of a worker's government flag.
The single yellow star is both the representation of the life and
immense energy of the sun, empty because within is the blood or
production of workers struggle; and also the five points of the star
symbolize the single unity and international representation of the
government — each of the five points is representative of the five (up
to then known/recognized) continents.
Brian Basgen (Marxists Internet Archive Director), 07 Jul 2000
Soviet flag with hammer, sickle and star was not created in 1918! It was
adopted in 1923. Flag of Constitution of 1918
was red with yellow letters "RSFSR", without hammer, sickle and star. The
star on the flag was red with yellow border (not plain red). Only the coat
of arms and some military colours were with hammer and sickle in 1918.
Hammer and sickle existed in soviet symbolism since 1917.
Victor Lomantsov, 08 Jul 2000 and 09 Jul 2000
The state emblem of the Soviet Union (corresponding to a
coat of arms) had the Earth superimposed
by the hammer and sicle.
Elias Granqvist, 25 Nov 2000
Two bundles of corn ears heavily draped with a scroll, reading in all
the 15 SSR languages the motto «workers of the world, unite thee»; the
bundles encirle an earth globe (viewed approx. from the vertical of the
Black Sea) showing solid continents and coordinate lines in 20 deg.
intervals. On it a hammer and a sickle, crossed per saltire, in
naturalistic look. Under the globe a rising sun with alternating long
and short rays made of single lines (approx. 30 visible rays); above the
globe a double fimbriated dense star.
António Martins, 05 Aug 1999