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According to official myth, the DPRK is both a young revolutionary state and the only true representative of the five-thousand-year-old race. Although the unity of state and nation is stressed, the former was conceived to inspire loyalty as a political entity in its own right. Thus did the DPRK readily cede to its rival the old yin-yang flag in favor of a new flag with a red socialist star. ~ Brian Reynolds Myers

The flag of North Korea was adopted in 1948 and consists of a central red panel, bordered both above and below by a narrow white stripe and a broad blue stripe. The central red panel bears a five-pointed red star within a white circle near the hoist.

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  • According to official myth, the DPRK is both a young revolutionary state and the only true representative of the five-thousand-year-old race. Although the unity of state and nation is stressed, the former was conceived to inspire loyalty as a political entity in its own right. Thus did the DPRK readily cede to its rival the old yin-yang flag in favor of a new flag with a red socialist star. The DPRK's emblem or seal, a star shining over a hydroelectric dam, also eschews racial symbolism for the state-political kind.

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