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North Macedonia: Erroneous reports of the national flag

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Note: Macedonia was renamed North Macedonia in 2018. References posted before 2018 generally use then name "Macedonia".

Flag with a gold star and sun

Erroneous report

Erroneous flag of Macedonia - Image by António MArtins, 13 June 2016

The Dorling-Kindersley Pocket Flag Book [rya97] claims that at independence in 1992 Macedonia retained the red flag but added a gold star in a gold sun, which was soon changed to the "Sun of Vergina". In fact, there was no interim flag matching that description.

Nozomi Kariyasu & Željko Heimer, 18 November 1999

The flag with a red field with a yellow sun inside voided-sun motif, involving a red roundel voiding the center off a large 32-point sun to accomodate a smaller 16-point sun inside, was seen in The NBC News/Rand McNally World Atlas & Review, published in 1993. The pointed rays of the larger 32-point sun are rotated 11.25 degrees counterclockwise, so that the gaps between the rays of the smaller 16-point sun border up with 2 rays on the large sun each. The small sun has its rays as normal (like a compass).

Robert Lloyd Wheelock, 22 October 2005

Flag with a blue mountain

Erroneous report

Erroneous flag of Macedonia - Image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 22 June 2004

Atlas Universal (Vox, Barcelona, 1993) shows a map for each country of the world, with basic data and the respective national flag. For Macedonia, it shows a red flag with a five-pointed blue mountain in the canton.

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 22 June 2004

This flag is purely an invention of the editor of the Atlas or his source. I assume that the author of this imaginary flag most likely used the mountains from the Macedonian coat of arms.

Jovan Jonovski (President of the Macedonian Heraldry Society), 24 June 2004