Symbols used by the slavs of FYROM – An overview

Overview of the various symbols adopted by the Slavs of FYROM over time Skopjian Symbols – Overview of the various symbols adopted by the Slavs of FYROM over time
–>The inhabitants of FYROM have had various flags and symbols both adopted by them and imposed on them beginning in the 19th century. A brief explanation is provided for them here.


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The flag of Krushevo, Ilinden and the VMRO

-The proposed national flag from 1903, during the Republic of Krushevo and Ilinden uprisings. It became a symbol used by both pro-Bulgarian Slavs in Macedonia and Vardar and also the minority of Macedonists who favoured an independent Macedonia. It was the flag of the IMRO (VMRO), the organisation which orchestrated the failed Illinden uprising and which consisted of both Slavs with a Bulgarian consciouness and also Macedonists in the left wing of the group.

-Interestingly the Bulgarian VMRO (a modern right-wing Bulgarian political party) Flag is identical. The colours Black and Red were the colours representing Bulgarian aspirations in Macedonia and are now prevelent colours for the Skopjians. It is important that prior to 1991 and FYROM’s independence and the adoption of a red and yellow national flag, red and black were considered the colours of the Skopjians while still part of Yugoslavia. This can be seen through the fact that A Skopjian soccer club, Preston Lions, had red and black as its colours until 1991 when it changed them to yellow and red.

The Socialist Republic of Macedonia

-The flag of the ‘Socialist Republic of Macedonia’, adopted on 31 December 1946. It was replaced with the red Vergina sun flag in 1991 when FYROM ceded from Yugoslavia.

‘Vergina Sun Flag’

-When independence was obtained in 1992, the flag of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia was retained until it was replaced with the flag with the so-called sun of Vergina. The flag was eventually scraped because of pressure from Greece on the grounds that it violated the rights of Greek Macedonians and falsely lay claim to the Hellenic legacy of Macedonia.

-A note about the Vergina sun and why the Greeks objected:

Vergina is a region of Greece. The Vergina Sun was found on a gold larnax in the main burial chamber of Philip, located at Vergina, Pieria, Greece. The larnax (gold casket) was discovered by Professor Manolis Andronikos in 1977 identified as containing the remains of Philip II had a symbol of a sun or star on its lid, and this Vergina Sun has been adopted as a symbol of Greek Macedonia.

Current Flag of F.Y.R.O.M

-The current flag of F.Y.R.O.M was proposed after the banning of the previous Vergina flag which was found to be violating the rights of Greek Macedonia on 5 October 1995.

-The flag current flag is considered to be a combination of the Vergina Sun and the sun rays found on the communist coat of Arms of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia shown below:

Coat of Arms of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia

-The coat of arms of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia since 1945. The coat of arms is still retained by F.Y.R.O.M and was not changed in 1991 when the flag was changed.

The Skopjian Lion – Adaptation of the Bulgarian Lion

Skopjian Lion

Czech coat of Arms

-A prevailent symbol adopted by the Skopjians is the crowned (and sometimes not crowned) Lion. It is both commonly used by Skopjians and also representative of Bulgaria’s historic aspirations in Macedonia and Vardar. It is falsely claimed by Skopjian revisionists to be a “Macedonian” symbol and the same symbol as the lion of Hercules and Alexander in antiquity. The claim can only be regarded as romantic revisionism for reasons explained below:

-The Lion standing on its hind legs is a common symbol throughout Europe, for example it is almost identical to the lion used in the Czech coat of arms and also the logo used by Holden car company and it is also the same symbol used in Bulgaria for centuries before the emergence of first ‘Macedonists’ who used the term ‘macedonian’ in an ethnic rather than geographic in the 19th century. It is also still a commonly used symbol in Bulgaria today.

-The purpose of this section is not to debate the very first origins of a symbol so commonly found throughout Europe as pinpointing the exact origins and the first “owners” of the symbol would be a difficult task for exactly the reason that its so common. The purpose is to present the fact that all evidence however points to the fact that the Skopjians use the symbol because of their ethnic Bulgarian origins.

-Logically, as Encyclopedia Brittanica cited in 1899 that ‘“Almost all independent authorities, however, agree that the bulk of the Slavonic population of Macedonia is Bulgarian”‘, the lion is considered to have been adopted by the Skopjian Macedonists because of their Bulgarian origin. The Lion was representative of Bulgarian Slavs in Macedonia and the yearn for a Bulgarian Macedonia.

-The symbol became representative of Bulgarian interests Macedonia and was often accompanied by the word ‘Makedonija’ in cyrillic to represent the claim of a ‘Bulgarian Macedonia'(See thumbnails below)

-The Lion is also the symbol of two seperate modern political parties, one being the VMRO of Bulgaria, and the other being the VMRO-DPMNE, a party in modern FYROM. Neither party have a continuity with the original VMRO of the early 20th century, while both laying claim to its legacy. For more information about the VMRO see the page: Skopjian historical revisionism – Rejected by World academia.

Modern political party in FYROM, the VMRO-DPMNE, their website:

Modern political party in Bulgaria, the VMRO, their website:

A graphic showing four different symbols representing the Bulgarian nationalist dream of uniting the four regions, Thrace, Moesia, Moravia and as well as the bottom left crowned lion representing Bulgarian Macedonia

Historical Bulgarian coat of arms compared with modern Skopjian organisation