Uzbekistan's Stellar Flag

On September 1, 1991, Uzbekistan declared its freedom from the Soviet Union - a full three months before the USSR collapsed. The newly independent nation then became the first Central Asian country to absolve itself of the old Soviet symbols and adopted a new flag.

Finding a crescent moon adorned on the nation's flag lacks surprise - nearly 90% of all Uzbeks practice the Islamic faith. However, the given reason for the crescent moon is that it represents the nation's post-Soviet rebirth.

Star-spangled flags are also common, but Uzbekistan's twelve stars may not represent something as mundane as the number of states/districts (Uzbekistan does consist of twelve districts.) Instead, many propose those twinkling across Uzbekistan's banner represent the twelve months and constellations of the Uzbek calendar. 

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