Georgia has a flag. It is very beautiful. It was adopted a few years ago and is a reference the existence of a medieval Georgian state aligned in some way with the medieval Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem. The design is that of the "cross of the five wounds," the Jerusalem Cross. This was the symbol of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
Georgia has a coat of arms. The blazon features St. George (a personal favorite for me). This is another medieval reference to Georgia’s alignment with the crusader states. St. George is the patron saint of the Palestinian Christians. He was a Byzantine saint, well known throughout the region in the medieval period and still to be seen in decorative house art throughout Palestine.
The present state of Georgia has little to do with that period of Georgian national life. Georgia in its present de jure boundaries, including; Ajara, Abkhazia and South Ossetia was created in the 1920s by the USSR, largely through the influence of Josef Stalin, an ethnic Georgian.
The Ossetes, Abkhazians and Ajaris are, for the most part, not ethnic Georgians. Their primary languages are other than Georgian. They were "shoehorned" into today’s Georgia by the USSR.
We Americans have not yet learned the difference between "state," and "nation." That lacuna in our mentality cost us dearly in Iraq.
"Popular sovereignty" anyone? pl