Backstory Amidst the successful reform program in the USSR, the flag debate proved a major subject. To placate nationalist tendencies the Politburo agreed to create new flags yet again for the republics. It was agreed that they would incorporate national symbols while continuing to assert their status as Soviet entities. To avoid the project backfiring, a test run was launched in the Central Asian republics, which were considered the most stable and relatively loyal compared to other regions, some of which (Lithuania, Azerbaijan) were experiencing active insurgencies. Premiers of four republics, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan were ordered to open flag redesign committees. Turkmen SSR: Two blue stripes replaced with colours of Khanate of Khiva till 1917 Tajik SSR: Expanded size of colours to fit new symbolism designed by same designers of OTL independent Tajikistan Kyrgyz SSR: Symbol of sun containing a yurt from OTL flag designers, placed between the blue-white stripes of previous flag Uzbek SSR: Mostly identical to previous flag, now containing 12 stars representing the months of the year, and more subtlety the islamic calender (allowed due to loosening of Soviet religious suppression).