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first time in history a unified Greek state. Only a minority of its citizens were imbued with a sense of national consciousness. Many of the inhabitants of the newly created Greek state declared themselves to be “Romei” (Romans) and not Greeks. This remarkable fact is a reflection of the rule of Byzantium (whose citizens had always identified themselves as "Romans"). Indeed, the first crest of the Greek state was almost identical with that of Bavaria and had nothing in common with Greece.

The crest of the Greek State in the nineteenth century

The crest of Bavaria

The Greek nation was not recognized by the official representatives of the European countries of that time. At the time “Filiki Eteria” (a secret organization seeking to overthrow Ottoman rule and establish an independent Greek nation) was created in 1814 in Vienna, the European rulers were gathered at the Congress of Vienna. Greek nationalists printed and addressed to the participants a demand for the liberation of their country. Two Russian countes, Yoannis Capodistria and Alexander Ypsilanti,

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