Historic states represented in Turkish presidential seal
The concept was proposed in 1969 by Akib Özbek.  It was inaugurated in 1985 for what is still the presidential seal of today. Each star symbolizes a "historic Turkish empire" according to the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey. Before this thesis was asserted, the 16 stars of the presidential Seal of Turkey was explained as "16 Turkish beyliks". (Beyliks were Turkish principalities emerged between the 13th-15th centuries, after the fall of Seljuks)
The names of 16 "Great Turkish Empires" are listed below.
|Turkish name||English translation||Founder [note 1]||Article||Dates[note 2]|
|Büyük Hun İmparatorluğu||Great Hunnic Empire||Touman||Xiongnu||220 BC-46 BC|
|Batı Hun İmparatorluğu||Western Hunnic Empire||Panu||(possibly Southern Xiongnu)||48-216|
|Avrupa Hun İmparatorluğu||European Hunnic Empire||Balamber||Hunnic Empire||375-469|
|Akhun İmparatorluğu||White Hunnic Empire||Khingila||Hephthalite||390-577|
|Göktürk İmparatorluğu||Göktürk Empire||Bumin Khan||Turkic Khaganate||552-745|
|Avar İmparatorluğu||Avar Empire||Bayan I||Avar Khaganate||565-835|
|Hazar İmparatorluğu||Khazar Empire||Ziebel||Khazar Khaganate||651-983|
|Uygur Devleti||Uighur State||Kutluk Bilge Köl||Uyghur Khaganate||745-1369|
|Karahanlılar||Karahanids||Bilge Kul Qadir-Khan||Kara-Khanid Khanate||840-1212|
|Büyük Selçuklu İmparatorluğu||Great Seljukid Empire||Selçuk Bey||Great Seljuq Empire||1040–1157|
|Harzemşahlar||Harzemshahs||Muhammad I of Khwarazm||Khwārazm-Shāh dynasty||1097–1231|
|Altınordu Devleti||Golden Horde State||Batu Khan||Golden Horde||1236–1502|
|Büyük Timur İmparatorluğu||Great Timur Empire||Timur||Timurid Empire||1368–1501|
|Babür İmparatorluğu||Babür Empire||Babur||Mughal Empire||1526-1858|
|Osmanlı İmparatorluğu||Ottoman Empire||Osman I||Ottoman Empire||1299-1922|
Presidential Palace representation
The armors and war clothes of 16 countries are represented in Presidential Palace by the troops of guardsmen during official visits. The first representation were during Mahmoud Abbas's Turkey visit in January 2015. 
It needs further linguistic evidence to list the first four and the sixth (Avar) as Turkic states. It is also questionable to list Ghaznavids and the Mughal Empire as Turkic states. Because, although founded by Turks, they were quickly assimilated in the local population..
- List of Turkic dynasties and countries
- History of the Turkic peoples
- Timeline of the Turks (500–1300)
References and notes
- In ancient states the name of the founder is not always evident. The name of the earliest monarch cited in Wikipedia is shown.
- Dates are as shown in the original document
- Central Eurasian Studies Review, Vol. 3, Central Eurasian Studies Society, 2004, p. 23
- H. Feridun Demokan, Contemporary Turkey: Geography, History, Economy, Art, Tourism, Demokan, 1978, p. 4.
- Necdet Evliyagil, Sami Güner, Basın-Yayın Genel Müdürlüğü, Ajans-Türk, Türkiye: Cumhuriyetin 50. Yıl Kitabı, Ajans-Türk Matbaacılık Sanayii, 1973.
- Haber yayınları (Nihal Atsız's essay)
- Official website ot the presidency
- X. Türk Tarih Kongresi, Türk Tarih Kurumu Basımevi, 1994, p. 2947. (Turkish))
- Official website of the presidency (Turkish)
- "The Meaning of the Sun and the Stars in the Flag of Office" in the official website of the presidency (in English)
- "Spear-carriers and chainmail warriors: Erdogan's palace welcome". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- Büyük Türk Devletleri (Smart cards of Türk Telekom)
- Hüseyin Nihâl Atsız, "16 Devlet Masalı ve Uydurma Bayraklar" (16 State tales and fake flags), Ötüken , 65. sayı, 1969.(Turkish)