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Saint Kitts and Nevis

Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Saint Kitts and Nevis
image by Željko Heimer, 01 Jan 2003
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Meaning of the flag

The Album 2000 [pay00] says:

1. National Flag. CSW/CSW 2:3
Green-red flag divided by a rising black diagonal bend fimbriated with yellow bearing two white five-pointed stars. Judging from the image in the Album and using 1/20 of hoist as unit, the width of the bend is 5 and fimbriations 1 unit each. The stars are inscribed in circle of 4 in diameter. Distance of the centers of the circles is 16 units.
Željko Heimer, 01 Jan 2003

Flag adopted 19 September 1983, coat of arms adopted 16 February 1967 (motto changed 19 September 1983).
Nozomi Kariyasu

It is commonly stated that the two stars symbolize the two islands, but in fact they stand for hope and liberty (source: [cra90] and [poe90]) In addition, Eve Devereux’s Identifying flags [dev94] gives further that green is for fertility, red for the liberation struggle, black for the African heritage and yellow for sunshine. The white stars express hope and freedom.
António Martins, 20 May 1998

The national flag of St. Kitts & Nevis features green for our fertile lands, yellow for our year-round sun-shine, black for our African heritage, and red for our struggle from slavery through colonialism to independence. It also displays two white stars on a black diagonal bar, symbols of hope and liberty.
Dov Gutterman, 24 June 1999, quoting

November 1985 flag of St-Kitts-Nevis was changed according Flagmaster 49 [flm] and Vexillinfo 70 [vxf]. The stars are push pointed up. I assume that, if the info is exact, same pattern was reproduced in the ensigns and Nevis flag. Seems that the change, if exist, was shord lived and some days or weeks after, the stars recover their initial position.
Jaume Ollé, 22 Jan 2000

Position of the stars

I think that the stars should be directed towards upper hoist (or, more correctly, axes of the stars’ upper points should be perpendicular to the axis of the diagonal stripe)… and some people interprets it as «stars pointing up» while other as «pointing down». In the Czech vexillological periodical Vexillology [vex], even the changes of SKN flags were reported in the 1980s.
Jan Zrzavy, 08 Aug 2001

Governor-General (since 1983)

SKN GG flag
image by Graham Bertram and Željko Heimer, 24 Mar 2003

The Album 2000 [pay00] shows a 1:2 blue flag with the royal crest in the middle and the motto "County Above Self" on a yellow ribbon below it. Apparently this is the only GG flag of this type that has no country name on the ribbon but a motto. I guess that this might be for two reasons, the latter more “probable” then the first: length of the name and two possibilities for the first part of the name.
Željko Heimer, 01 Jan 2003

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