Papua New Guinea

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Young student Susan Hareho Karike,designer of the flag, chose red and blackbecause of the widespread use of thesecolours in traditional native art. TheEmpress of Germany's bird of paradise(Paradisaea raggiana augustae-victoriae) ispeculiar to the island of New Guinea. Thefive stars form the constellation of tdheSouthern Cross, symbolizing therelationship with Australia and alsoreferring to a local legend about five sisters.The flag was only for use on land from1971 to 16 September 1975, when thecountry became independent.