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Flag of Alaska
Flag of Alaska (Russian America)
Name Звёзднопоясной флаг
Starry Belt Flag
Proportion 3:5
Adopted 1929 (original)
1994 (current)
Design A horizontal triband of white, blue, and red; defaced with 18 white stars within the central blue field.
Designed by Frantsiska Meals
Naval Ensign of Alaska (Russian America)
Proportion 3:5
Design A blue saltire and a red cross on a white background.

The flag of Alaska, also known as the Starry Belt Flag (Russian: Звёзднопоясной флаг, Zvyozdnopoyasnoy flag), is the national flag of the Alaskan Democratic Federative Republic. This flag is a triband comprised of white, blue, and red bands (ordered in a 1:2:1 ratio). The central blue field is defaced with 18 white five-pointed stars placed in varying rows of three. The stars represent the 18 current governorates of Alaska.

The flag was designed by Frantsiska Meals (Франциска Милс) of Kenai. The first version of Alaska's flag was adopted in 1929 (initially consisting of three stars). Additional stars have been added upon the admission of new governorates, with the current version being adopted in 1994. The general design of this flag was inspired by the tricolor of the Russian Empire. The Starry Belt Flag also shares similarities to the flags of the Russian-American Company and the United States of America.

The naval ensign of Alaska consists of a blue saltire and a red cross, both overlaid on a white background. The ensign was heavily inspired by the Russian-variant of Saint Andrew's Cross, which was used as the naval ensign of the Russian Empire. The inclusion of Saint George's Flag is meant to signify the British naval history of Alaska.

A common misconception about Alaska's flag is that its colors were meant to represent the three factions of the Alaskan Wars. The Whites were for conservatism and nationalism, the Blues were for democracy and liberalism, and the Reds stood for communism and socialism. It's generally believed that the blue field was purposely inflated to send the message that the new Alaskan state would not tolerate the radical beliefs of the White émigré and the Soviet Union.

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