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Sucre State (Venezuela)

Estado Sucre

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by Pascal Gross, 1 October 2001

by Pascal Gross, 1 October 2001

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The Flag

Sucre State Flag is the oldest in Venezuela . In its time, when Venezuela was heavily centralised, it caused some stir. Still, it has remained not only as a very characteristic flag, but also as a beautifully designed one (although it's hard to see when flown). A two-colour field (white, light-blue; these divided diagonally), serve as bed for the State's badge on the white half (upper, lying on the hoist side); and for eleven, white, five-pointed stars (one for each of the State's municipalities;  their number changes accordingly).
White is the colour of purity and nobility, as well as the reflection of Sucre's white sands and production of salt. Light-blue stands for bravery and generosity, as well as for the pristine and clear waters of its sea.
Guillermo Aveledo, 3 October 1999

Concering Guillermo Aveledo image of the Sucre State flag , it should be moted that some  other  flags of this state were published in my Bulletin (issue 2) , but they were not too good images. later I made six more accurate images of these flags.
Good source for this flag is "Los simbolos del estado de Sucre" by Oscar Prieto Ruiz (Rio Caribe 1984)
According Gaceta de banderas (1989) the flag has 14 stars; in W. Smith (1975) the flag has 10 stars. The image from Guillermo has 11 stars so it must be from around c. 1980.
Jaume Olle', 3 Novemner 1999

Since the number of municipios is very fluctuating, I merely rounded up an average of the different versions I had . I assume that the number may vary, and that they actually might change in the near future.
Guillermo Aveledo, 4 Novemner 1999

Has the number of stars on the flag of Sucre (Venezuela) changed again?
I think that the answer is yes if we look at the following page In the accompanying text, it is said that the number of stars depends on the number of districts (today municipalities) which belong to the state. At, it is said that the number of political divisions is now 15 municipalities (Andre's Eloy Blanco, Andre's Mata, Arismendi, Beni'tez, Bermu'dez, Boli'var, Cajigal, Cruz Salmero'n Acosta, Libertador, Marin~o, Meji'a, Montes , Ribero, Sucre,Valde'z) so there's some good reason for the number of stars to be now 15. There are two versions of this flag at the following URL's (one with CoA and one without CoA).
Pascal Gross, 1 October 2001

Flags with 11 Stars

by Guillermo Aveledo, 3 October 1999


Sucre state flag in is differ in the stars combination and the CoA from the above flag.
Dov Gutterman, 24 june 2001

Coat of Arms

by Guillermo Aveledo, 3 October 1999

According to 1981 edition of "Los Simbolos Sagrados de la Nacion Venezolana", by Francisco A. Vargas: "Sucre CoA dates from 1910. Sucre's CoA measures (according to the rules on it) 60 cm high and 47 wide. It exhibits a field divided in three quarters. The upper-left one, red or burgundy (it's, how strange, not specified: I've seen it both ways!!) a golden inverted cornucopia appears, as emblem of abundance, flowing out of its realms rich and varied fruits. Inside the upper-right one, on limpid yellow, evocative of the prosperity and happy destinies of the region, a cocotero (coconut tree) rises, fruity and lone, representing one of the State's main crops. The ample lower quarter, light blue, concentrates a wide range of symbols: the pale blue of the heavens, the amplitude of the seas, flowing calmly beyond the horizon. The golden coast exposes itself, breaking its lines to the right where we can see small hills and dunes; to the left, a fisherman and fish can be seen, symbolising, what else, the fishing trade. Below the field, centered, a yellow band ties two twigs, one of  blossomed tobacco (right), and the other of ripe coffee (left). Above the field, a laurel crown sits: inside this crown, amid sunrays (not shown; they are used alternatively) the victorious profile of the Great Mariscal of Ayacucho, General Sucre, can be admired."
Guillermo Aveledo, 3 October 1999