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Central African Empire (1976 - 1979)
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Image by Željko Heimer, 11 May 2001
The Central African Empire (CAE) was the name of the
short-lived, self-declared autocratic monarchy that replaced the
Republic (CAR) on 04 December 1976. The CAE was formed when
Jean-Bédel Bokassa, President of the CAR declared himself Emperor
Bokassa I at a coronation ceremony which is estimated to have cost US$20
million, roughly a quarter of the country's annual income.
Although it was claimed that the new empire would be a constitutional
monarchy, no significant democratic reforms were made and suppression of
dissenters remained widespread.
The former president, David Dacko, was returned to power with
French support ("Opération Barracuda") while Bokassa was away in
on 20 September 1979.
The monarchy was abolished and the name "Central
African Republic" was restored on 21 September 1979 (Source:
There was no change to the national flag of the country during this
period and the flag adopted on 01 December 1958 remained in use.
Bruce Berry, 12 May 2010
image by Ivan Sarajcic, 08 Dec 1995During the rule of Bokassa I the national flag
remained unaltered. There was, however, an Imperial Flag. This was green, with a 20-pointed gold star in the middle upon which was an eagle with spread wings (also
Stuart Notholt, 08 Dec1995
As hinted by Whitney Smith [smi1982], it seems that Bokassa took
the eagle emblem in reference to the eagle used by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who seems have been his "idol".
Željko Heimer, 12 May 1999
Image sent by Vanja Poposki, 24 March 2012
A photograph of the royal banner of the Emperor Bokassa I shows the green to be
darker than that which is illustrated above.
Vanja Poposki, 24 March 2012
sent by Vanja Poposki, 24 Mar 2012
The royal family banner of the Emperor Bokassa has gold letter "B" within a blue
Vanja Poposki, 24 Mar 2012