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Ponape (Micronesia)

Pohnpei

Last modified: 2005-09-02 by phil nelson
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[ Flag of Ponape] contributed by Jarig Bakker
Proportions: 1:2

1977-1992 flag
[Flag of Ponape, 1977] image by Jaume OllÚ


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Pohnpei

Pohnpei (Ponape) flies a blue flag (blue like the UN flag) with six stars (one for each island: Pingelap, Mokil, Ponape, Ngatik, Nukuoro and Kapingamarangi), a wreath of coconut leaves, and a ceremonial cup called a "sakau" cup made from half a coconut shell. The law allowing a flag was passed in 1976 and a competition was held. The flag was created by a student, Rosendo Alex (his was one of 60 designs submitted in the competition), and it was adopted in December 1977.
Jaume OllÚ, 12 September 1996


I saw two variations of this Micronesian island flag. one version with 11 stars and the other with 6 stars. Which one is the right one?
Dov Gutterman, 08 December 1998


I believe that the design with six stars was the first one. Adopted in December 1977 the six stars were for the six atolls: Pingelap, Mokil, Ponape, Ngatik, Nukuoro y Kapingaramangi. The wreath was different from the current one, and also the shade of blue later changed to the current design (1993) with 11 stars.
Jaume OllÚ, 10 December 1998


Ponape used the flag bearing six stars during 1977-1992 and then Pohnpei (new name) changed number of star from six to eleven in the flag in 1992 to present.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 9 September 2000


Possible flags of municipalities

[flags in the legislative assembly]
Pohnpei legislative website, reported by Gvido Pštersons

Those might be the flags of Pohnpei subdivisions. Despite it's smallness, and judging from the Pohnpei Legislative website, Pohnpei seems to be subdivided into the following 11 subdivisions (municipalities):

  • Kapingamarangi
  • Kitti
  • Kolonia
  • Madolenihmw
  • Mwoakilloa
  • Nett
  • Nukuoro
  • Pingelap
  • Sapwuahfik
  • Sokehs
  • U

We have less than 11 flags visible, but the rest may be off frame.

See: http://www.fm/psec/electoralsystem.htm
Jorge Candeias, 20 April 2005