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[Flag of Chuuk]
by Jaume Ollé

 


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About the flag

The current flag shows 40 stars surrounding a coconut palm. The use of the coconut palm represents the dependency of the residents upon coconut resources. Around 1993, the flag was for Chuuk or Truk was changed. The number of stars was increased to 40 following the creation of two new municipalities.
Jaume Ollé, 13 January 1997


Flag Law

In the references below, references to Truk have been changed to Chuuk in accordance with CSC § 1252.

§ 1051. Flag of the State of Chuuk.

There shall be and there is hereby adopted an official flag of the State of Chuuk, which shall consist of 38 white stars encircling a white coconut tree centered on a field of blue. The width of the flag of the State of Chuuk shall bear a ratio to its length of one to 1.9. The flag may be reproduced for unofficial purposes with different dimensions.

Source: TSL 2-1-7, § 1 (1), as amended by TSL 2-2-2, § 1, modified.

§ 1052. Display of the Flag of the State of Chuuk.

(1) The flag of the State of Chuuk shall be displayed in the open only from sunrise until sunset and during such hours shall be displayed only on buildings, flagstaffs, or halyards.

(2) The flag of the State of Chuuk shall be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

(3) When the flag of the State of Chuuk is flown or displayed together with the flag of the United States, the flag of the Federated States of Micronesia, and the flag of the United Nations on separate masts or staffs, it shall be flown or displayed at approximately the same level with the flag of the United States, the flag of the Federated States of Micronesia, and the flag of the United Nations. The flag of the State of Chuuk shall always be flown or displayed to the immediate left-hand position of the flag of the Federated States of Micronesia when looking out from the building or platform. When the flag of the State of Chuuk is flown or displayed with the flag of the United States and the flag of the Federated states of Micronesia on a single staff or halyard, the flag of the State of Chuuk shall be flown or displayed below the flag of Federated States of Micronesia. The flag of the Federated States may be flown or displayed above or higher than the flag of State of Chuuk, but on no account may the flag of the State of Chuuk be flown or displayed above the flag of the Federated States of Micronesia, nor may the flag of the United nations be flown or displayed above the flag of the State of Chuuk or vice-versa.

(4) When the flag of the State of Chuuk is flown at the same time as by official order the flag of the Federated States of Micronesia is being flown at half-mast, the flag of the State of Chuuk shall also be flown at half-mast.

(5) The Governor may establish rules and procedures for the half- mast display of the flag of the State of Chuuk upon the death of a government or traditional leader or distinguished citizen of the State of Chuuk.

Source: TSL 2-1-7, § 1 (2), modified.

§ 1053. Desecration of the Flag of the State of Chuuk; Penalties.

(1) Any person who knowingly casts contempt upon any flag of the State of Chuuk by publicly mutilating, defacing, defiling, burning, or trampling upon it shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

(2) The term "flag of the State of Chuuk" as used in this Section shall include an official flag of the State of Chuuk, as described in Section 1051 of this Chapter, or any reproduction thereof for official or unofficial purposes and having the same or different dimensions as the flag of the State of Chuuk.

Source: TSL 2-1-7, § 1 (3), modified.
Johnny Andersson, 22 January 2005

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