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Mişär people

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António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Jul 2009
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The people

  • Мишаристан - татары Мещерского края
  • Misharistan - Tatars of Mishar Land
  • Mişäristan - Mişärlär - tatarlarnıñ törkeme

Mishars are a Tatar ethnic group inhabiting originally the right bank of Volga river up to the right bank of Oka river in the north.

Forced migration relocated them first to Bashkiria and Ural region, then to the territories of Niznyi Novgorod, Penza and Ulyanovsk oblasti, where most live today.

It is believed the ethnos was formed by the complicated mixing of Kipchak, Bolgar, Magyar, Nogay and Ugric elements

They speak misharian dialect of the Tatar language. According to the census of 1926 there were c.200000 Mishars then. Present population is unknown.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 21 Jul 2009

The flag

The proposed flag of Misharistan is a horizontal tricolor of green, white and purple. The white band is of 1/5 of the width of the flag located between the green and purple bands of equal width. Ratio of the flag is 1:2.
Meaning of the colors is described as:

  • Green - springtime, renewal
  • White - purity
  • Purple - color of dignity, strength.
Flag resembles the one of Tatarstan Republic

Among the sources are: and
Chrystian Kretowicz, 21 Jul 2009