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The Album 2000 [pay00] says:
1. National Flag. 2:3Green-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.
Flag adopted 19 September
1983, coat of
arms adopted 16 February 1967 (motto changed 19 September 1983).
It is commonly stated that the two stars symbolize the two
islands, but in fact they stand for hope and liberty (source:
[poe90]) In addition, Eve
Devereux’s Identifying flags
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
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 stkittsnevis.net
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
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
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