Micronesia; officially the Federated States of Micronesia, is made up of several islands in the western portion of the Pacific Ocean including the states of Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae and Yap. Micronesia’s flag features a light blue background with four stars forming a diamond shape set in the center of the design. This current version of the flag was adopted on November 30, 1978.
The light blue color which makes up the majority of the flag symbolizing the Federated States of Micronesia is representative of the vastness of the Pacific Ocean which surrounds the islands which make up Micronesia. This shade of blue was inspired by the official flag of the United Nations. The four white stars refer to the four states which make up the federation; Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae and Yap. The use of symbolic stars to represent states is similar to the stars found on the official flag of the United States of America.
The official flag that currently represents the Federated States of Micronesia was inspired by the design on the region’s previous flag which was used from 1965 to 1978. This flag represented the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and featured six stars situated in a circle pattern. These stars not only represent Micronesia but also the Marshall Islands and Marianas.
Before adopting its current flag Micronesia was represented by the flag of the Territory of the Pacific Islands. From 1947 to 1965 the region also flew the official United Nations flag which featured the emblem of the international organization set in the center of a blue background. From 1944 to 1986 Micronesia was also represented by the flag of the U.S.
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