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National Liberation Front (Vietcong)

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by Jaume Ollé

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National Liberation Front (Vietcong)

The NLF of Vietnam (Vietcong) adopted a horizontally red over blue flag with a yellow star in the centre. This flag was that of the (communist) Republic of South Vietnam, adopted on 8 June, 1969. It became the only flag of South Vietnam between April, 30, 1975 (when the anti-communist regime collapsed) until 2 July 1975 (when North and South Vietnam were united as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam). Ratio 2.3.
Jaume Ollé - June 1996 and Mark Sensen - 18 September 1997

The "Vietcong" flag was simply a Communist flag with a blue half. The blue half quickly dissolved on May 1st 1975 (not July 2 1975), at the "reunification speech" of Le Duan, then Communist Party's Secretary General, in Saigon. Even founding members of the NLF (e.g. Nguye^~n Ho^.) now admit that they were simply Communist Vietnam (North Vietnam) with a different flag. Nguye^~n Ho^. is now under house arrest for revealing these secrets.
Linh T. Tran - 5 December 1997

I have heard a story (probably apocryphal, but who's to say?) that the vietcong flag indicated unified control (the gold star) over the communist north and capitalist south (red and blue). Once the south was also communist, there was no further need for the blue on the flag. Anyone else know anything about that one?
james dignan - 1997-DEC-10

Yes, you're probably right. The official meaning of the blue stripe of the "Vietcong" flag (or that of the "Republic of South Vietnam" - don't confuse with the Republic of Vietnam with a yellow, three-striped flag!) is "still unliberated area", i.e. the capitalist South. After "liberation" (to remain politically correct, I'll not comment this term) and especially after unification of "both states", the blue color logically disappeared.
Jan Zrzavy - 10 December 1997

I think that the blue stripe in the NLF and later PRG flag is for the Montagnard peoples.
Jaume Ollé - 13 December 1997