Duhok, Kurdistan, Iraq
Nowadays in Syrian Kurdistan you’re just as likely to see this yellow-red-green tricolour as you are the Kurdish national flag. This is the party flag of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the organization that’s been more or less running the show in northeastern Syria since the start of the civil war.
I realize as I’m writing this post that this flag is basically the same as the nineteenth century Bolivian flag that I profiled a couple of weeks ago. I’m going to go out on a crazy limb here and guess that there’s no relation.
You could probably do an entire tumblr just devoted to the random made-up flags that people put on Wikimedia Commons. Somebody uploaded this flag seven years ago, and a few months later someone else helpfully labelled it as the “inofficial" flag of Zazaistan.
Zazaistan, in case you were wondering, is the name of a proposed homeland for the Zaza people, who live in eastern Turkey and are somehow related to the Kurdish people. As for this flag, it doesn’t seem to exist anywhere else on the internet, and FOTW shows three other flags for the region.
Does this flag exist in the real world? Probably not, but who knows?
49 years ago today General Abd al-Karim Qasim was overthrown in a Ba’ath party coup. Four months later, the flag that was associated with his regime was replaced by the red-white-and black tricolor which forms the basis of the modern Iraqi flag.
In recent years, Qasim’s flag has enjoyed something of a resurgence in Kurdistan, where the current Iraqi flag is closely associated with the oppression of Saddam Hussein's regime. It probably helps that the old flag prominently features a golden sun representing the Kurdish people. One of the 2008 proposals for a new Iraqi flag would have added this sun to the centre of the current tricolour.