Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Soviets in the land of Kalevala

Some reflections I posted on Amazon...

This is the flag of the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic, a largely artificial “republic” within the Soviet Union which existed from 1940 to 1956. The flag itself was adopted in 1953. This long-forgotten entity was formed by the merger of the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (also part of the Soviet Union) with the Finnish Democratic Republic, an “independent” state created by Stalin on Finnish territory conquered during the Winter War.

That the “independent” Communist state in southeastern Finland was so swiftly incorporated into the USSR, might perhaps tell us something about Old Joe's designs in the event of a complete Soviet victory over the Finns…

That being said, I admit that the design is pretty good. The green symbolizes the forests and the blue the lakes, both forest and lake being staples of Finnish national identity (or at least national romanticism). This is, in effect, the flag of soviets in the land of Kalevala!

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