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by Zeljko Heimer 07-FEB-1996
Flag adopted 1992-NOV-24, coat of arms adopted 1993-DEC-28
The flag of the Tadzhik SSR was, unsurprisingly, red, with two horizontal stripes of white over green. The white symbolized cotton production, the basis of Tajikistani agriculture, and the green was for other agricultural produce. The Tajikistan flag continues this tradition, being a red over white over green tricolour. On the white stripe is a golden crown surmounted by seven stars. (I do not know the significance of this emblem).
Stuart Notholt 25 November 1995
The colours are the same as the Iranian flag (albeit in reverse order), and the Tajiks are the only one of the former Soviet Central Asian nationalities who speak a Persian-related language than a Turkic one. Could this choice of colours be deliberate - and if so was the Tajik SSR flag similarly inspired? (I'd love to know how they got it past the Communists!)
Roy Stilling 26 November 1995
I have found images of two versions of Tajik flag, differing only in small detail at the top of the crown. I have few pictures showing the top as oval, and few having the wings downwards. I am not sure which is right.
Zeljko Heimer 07 February 1996
Quoted from the Encyclopenia Americana article on flags (written by W. Smith) "The republic's flag was adopted in 1992 and the red, white and green stripes recall the flag of Iran, a nation which Tajikistan has close ethnic ties. The stylized crown and seven stars at the flags center represent Tajikistan's sovereignty, friendship between all nationalities, and the union of workers, peasants and the intellectual classes."
The above doesn't explain why they chose seven stars. Crowns are used by several European countires to represent sovereignty (Poland, Austria, etc.). The red, white green was also used in their republic flag before the fall of the USSR.
Nathan Augustine <.P>
I have found two different COA in the past, one is sun ray and same symbol as national flag surrounded by wreath inside a lion another is similar COA without a lion.
Which one is used actually/formally?
The coat of arms with a lion was used from November 1992 till December 1993.
Nikolay A. Khimenkov, 15 March 1999
The date of adoption of "Law about State COA of Tajikistan Republic" is 28th December 1993.
Michael B. Simakov, 16 March 1999
Before the design of the new flag, Tajikistan used the former soviet colours without the communist symbols.
Joan-Francés Blanc 13 November 1996
Also, I seem to recall that for a while after independence, Tajikistan was still using the old Tajik SSR flag, complete with hammer & sickle. I remember that that flag was used in a 1993 almananac for the country. Does anyone know if that was ever officially recognized by the Dushanbe govt. as the flag of independent Tajikistan, or was it sort of a "default" flag, the govt. being too busy fighting various civil wars to officially make a new one? Did the Tajik hammer-and-sickle-and-green-stripe ever fly over, a Tajik embassy in another country, or at the U.N.?
Josh Fruhlinger 13 November 1996
The Islamic Movement in Tadjikistan uses a white, light green and yellow horizontal flag (transcription of Emil Dreyer)
Jaume Ollé 06 November 1996
Badakhshon (in farsi: Badakhshon) is officially part of Tajikistan but in fact it is autonomous region because of mountainous passes which are opened for a short time during a year. The inhabitants of Badakhshon are dozens of peoples of Dard group (like Kashmiri in India and some smaller ethnic groups in Afghanistan). All of them were called in Soviet era Pamiri Tajiks but Tajiks don't understand they languages at all. They are they are Ismaelites and in opposition to Sunni Tajiks. A lot of Tajik and Pamiri peoples warlords based here. They are in war with central Tajik communist government but not with local authorities. The only real authority for all of them is the spiritual leader of Ismaelites Aga-khan IV who use to visit the region and bring food and other humanitarian help for all inhabitants. I Just this year I saw on TV flag of one warlord - it was Tajik-like but with some text in farsi upon middle stripe. I can't read this language and had no time to copy it.
Sakajev Airat, 24 February 1997