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Ikaria (Greece, 1912)

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History of the independent Ikaria

The island of Ikaria (Icaria) declared its independence from Turkey as a free state at the end of July 1912, and stamps were issued on 8 October 1912. Island was occupied by Greece in support of the new state on 4 November 1912 and overprinted Greek stamps were issued in 1913. United with Greece in June 1913 and Greek stamps were used thereafter. On 14 August 1912 the neighboring islands of Fournoi were also liberated and became part of the free state.

Ben Cahoon, 28 June 2003


Description of the flag

Unfortunately I have no depiction of its flag just a description. It was very similar to the then flag of Greece but the cross was smaller, it didn't extend across the whole field. A couple of flag books published these last years in Greece have failed to include an mention at all for this short-lived state and its symbols.

Ben Cahoon, 28 June 2003

A plate forwarded by A.N. Kollias, shows the name of the state, its dates (17-7-1912 to 4-11-1912), flag, arms, president photo, anthem (music by K. Psachos and verses Fr. Karrer) and five postage stamps. As the source is not stated I don't know how reliable the information about the flag is.
The flag is blue with a white cross not reaching the edges of the flag.

Jaume Ollé, 30 June 2003

A photo taken during those few months of Ikaria's autonomy shows a group of people displaying a large flag of autonomy exactly as described above.

Parren Plytra, 30 June 2003

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