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The flag of the Republic of Georgia was amended following the presidential elections of 4 January 2004 that brought Mikhaïl Saakashvili to power. The new national flag adopted on 14 January by the Georgian Parliament resumes the drawing of the flag of the winning party, the National Movement. The crosses remind the Christian religion.
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Republic of Iraq
On the occasion of the return of the Iraqi sovereignty on 28 June 2004, Saddam Hussein’s flag was replaced by a slightly modified version. Only the type of writing changes, the shahada, now in Kufic writing, recalling that Iraq is the cradle of mankind writing.
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The Afghan flag defined in the Constitution of 4 January 2004 was replaced in 2006. The slightly modified coat of arms extends now beyond the 3 bands.
The date shown is 1298 (1919) (date of the Treaty of Rawalpindi, on 19-8-1919, which recognized independence).
Islamic republic of Aghanistan
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The Republic of Montenegro united with Serbia in the state of Serbia-Montenegro has adopted a new flag: it takes the ancient royal coat of arms in gold on a dark red field bordered by a gold border. Adopted by the law of 12-7-2004, the official drawings were published only on 15-9-2004.
The Republic declared itself independent from Serbia on 3-6-2006.
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On 12 March 2006, President Chavez decreed a new flag with an extra star (representing Guyana). The two stars at the bottom are straight. Coat of arms slightly modified: the horse turns its head to the left and inscriptions República bolivariana de Venezuela and 19 de abril de 1810.
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
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Republic of Malawi
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Republic of the Union of Myanmar
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Since 23 August 2011, the National Transitional Council (NTC) has been standing in Tripoli. On 3 August it had issued a provisional constitution of the Libyan Republic where Article 3 specified the new flag was that of 1951 at independence, confirmed on 27 February 2011 by the NTC. It was officially hoisted at UN headquarters in New York on September 20, 2011. The country has adopted the long form Libya.

Libya
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The Republic of South Sudan was born on July 9, 2011, by separation from Sudan. This proclamation has followed the referendum held from 9 to 15 January 2011 (98.83% in favour of independence).

The flag deployed today is inspired by that of the Popular Liberation Movement of Sudan.

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Autonomous State of Sint-Maarten (Netherlands)
The island of St. Maarten (Dutch part) comes from the breakup of the Netherlands Antilles on October 10, 2010. The flag was adopted on 13 June 1985. The ratio is 2: 3. It includes the Dutch colours with a white triangle at the flagpole bearing the coat of arms of the country: building of the former Court of Justice, sage bunch and monument of Friendship on blue shield bordered gules. Motto "Semper pro grediens".
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Autonomous State of Curaçao (Netherlands)
The island of Curaçao comes from the breakup of the Netherlands Antilles on October 10, 2010. The flag was adopted on July 2, 1984. The ratio of the bands is 5: 1: 2. The two stars represent the islands of Little Curaçao (at the top) and Curaçao (the largest). Blue symbolizes the loyalty of the people. Yellow symbolizes the         
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Burma changed  its official name, flag, anthem and seal on Thursday, October 21, 2010. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has replaced the Union of Myanmar. These changes were already provided for in the Constitution adopted in 2008, but were not yet in force.
The Republic of Malawi changed its flag on Aug. 7, 2010 according to the will of the government. The colours are the same, but the half-sun of origin which evoked the dawn of freedom gave way to a full sun representing the country's development since independence.
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Tokelau (New-Zealand)
Tokelau, overseas Territory of New Zealand, officially hoisted its flag on 22 October 2009. It was adopted in February and endorsed by Queen Elizabeth. It will be handed over to Tokelauan authorities in Wellington on 7-9-2009. It shows a gold Tokelauan canoe and the silver South Cross on a blue background.
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Republic of Kosovo
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The Republic of Kosovo was self-proclaimed on 17 February 2008. On the same day a blue flag was hoisted with a yellow silhouette of the map of the country, topped by six white stars in an arc of a circle representing the different ethnic groups of the country.
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Republic of Iraq
Iraq has changed flags again (22-1-2008) by removing the previous 3 stars that reminded of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party. It uses the phrase " Allahou Akbar " ( Allah is great ) , and slightly modifies its writing ( Kufic and darker green). This flag was declared  valid at least one year, pending an agreement between communities.
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Great-Duchy of Luxembourg
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.On 6 July 2007, Luxembourg adopted an alternative national flag to the usual red-white-blue one which is confused with the flag of the Netherlands (which has the same colours with only a darker blue). This flag is actually the current flag of skippers.
Kingdom of  Lesotho
The Kingdom of Lesotho changed its flag on 4-10-2006. It has been the third flag since independence. It reuses the colours of the previous flag, blue for rain, white for peace, green for prosperity, with the bands in a 3-4-3 ratio, the central band wearing the traditional Basotho hat in black.
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The Republic of Serbia, independent since the secession of Montenegro on 3-6-2006, adopted its flag on 12 August 2004. It reuses the former coat of arms of Serbia, especially the crown although the country is a republic. The civil flag flies without arms.
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A new flag was introduced by the Constitution of 18-2-2006. It is founded on the 1963-1971 flag but  blue is clearer and the red band has a thinner red border and its position on the field is changed.

Republic of South Sudan

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After the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, Malawi took its first flag again, that of independence, on the initiative of the new President Joyce Banda who argued that there was no consultation of the people. Considering that there was no reason to change the flag, the new one being otherwise unpopular, the Parliament passed a law on 28 May 2012 reintroducing the previous flag which took effect in July 2012 (July 6, anniversary date of independence?).

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The Republic of Belarus has adopted its third flag since the dissolution of the USSR. It was officially announced  on February 20, 2012. Only the typical decorative panel of White Russians was expanded by removing the white stripes on the sides. However a thin red stripe was added along the hoist.

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Republic of Cyprus

The Republic of Cyprus quietly changed its flag on 20 April 2006. It remains fundamentally the same  but the map of the island is more detailed and enlarged while the olive branches were redesigned. In addition, the colours were officially defined in the Pantone system, green being darker and the island colour more coppery.

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By decree of 15 July 2013 the Republic of Paraguay has abolished the changes introduced (but never regulated) by A. Stroessner. The red and blue rings disappear and the letters become black, both on the obverse and on the reverse.

 

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