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Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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Flag of Republika Srpska - Image by Željko Heimer, 6 September 2000

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Flag of Republika Srpska

The symbols (flag, coat of arms and anthem) of Republika Srpska are prescribed in Constitutional Law Ustavni zakon o zastavi, grbu i himni Republike Srpske, published in 1992 in the Republika Srplska official gazette Slu,beni glasnik Republike Srpske, No. 19.
The use of the symbols is prescribed in Law Zakon o upotrebi zastave, grba i himne, published in 1993 in Službeni glasnik Republike Srpske, No. 4.

The flag is illustrated in the document Izvornik (etalon) grba i zastave Republike Srpske sa grafičkim standardima za primenu, ilustrovani prilog, published in Službeni glasnik Republike Srpske (date unkonwn).
The flag is in proportions 1:2, horizontally divided red over blue over white. When hoisted vertical the red stripe should be on the observer's This is the only official national flag of Republika Srpska.

Željko Heimer & Pascal Vagnat, 30 January 2007

Unofficial variants of the flag of Republika Srpska

The several other reported variants of the flag of Republika Srpaska have no official status, though they have been reportedly used in official purposes more than once. It seems that such variations are tolerated; the variant flags were sometimes also hoisted side by side with the official flag.

Znamierowski [zna99] shows a wrong flag for "Serbian Republic". The unofficial flag with the traditional Serbian arms is shown and described, rather than the plain tricolour, and the flag is illustrated at 3:5 whereas the correct proportions of 1:2 are given in the text.

Another commonly reported flag, with the Serbian Cross, had in the 1990s a kind of informal status as the flag of the Serb nation, irrespective of political boundaries. It is indeed the official flag of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The Flags of Aspirant Peoples chart [eba94] lists a Serbian tricolor flag charged with a white eagle under:
Srpska Bosna Hercegovina (Serbian state of Bosnia-Herzegovina)
War flag

Željko Heimer, Chris Southworth & Ivan Sache, 30 January 2007