The flag of the Czech Republic consists of two equal horizontal stripes, with the top stripe being white and the bottom stripe being red. At the hoist side of the flag, there is a blue isosceles triangle that reaches two-thirds of the way up the flag. Inside the blue triangle, there is a golden, five-pointed star that is tilted to the left. The white and red stripes represent the historical lands of Bohemia and Moravia, which are now part of the Czech Republic. The blue triangle represents the country’s unity, and the golden star represents hope and the bright future of the country. The flag was first adopted in 1920, when Czechoslovakia was created as a republic after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and has been used since the country’s peaceful split in 1993, when the Czech Republic and Slovakia became independent states.