The Commonwealth of Independent States is a loose association of the states which were part of the erstwhile Soviet Union.
The official flag of the organization was adopted on January 19, 1996. The flag has a dark blue field with a yellow sun. The sun is held up by eight bending poles that represent the eight CIS member states which signed the New Union treaty on December 21, 1991 -Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
The white arcade like design in the CIS flag represents the desire for collective effort, unity, and cooperation.
Commonwealth of Independent States
January 19, 1996
8,533,183 square miles