I have this flag above. The only clue is that this flag belongs to a certain country. If so what country is that? I tried Googling, but it didn't help and I still have no hope.
- 4 syllables
- Colors: red green white blue and yellow
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A partial answer, which at least rules some things out.
According to Wikipedia, no current national flag bears what is pictured. I looked through every flag on the list, and I am fairly confident that I did not see the image in the picture. AFAIK, there wasn't even any yellow text on a green background.
For what it's worth,
I found this to be a most entertaining exercise; I particularly enjoyed the design of the flag of Kazakhstan, one which I don't recall seeing before. The motto on Malta's flag was intriguing; I hazard a guess that it is related to the Island's history with the Knights of St. John. Anyways...
It appears that this route is unsuccessful. The next possibility that I examined was
that a nation had changed its flag recently. According to this list, however, no recently changed flag matches the description. I did check the old South African flag, which was not described in the article. I ought to note that display of this flag in South Africa appears to be considered hate speech, due to its strong ties to the apartheid; this is likely why the old design was not described in the list.
Wikipedia continued to be my friend, as evidenced by
this convenient link, which shows more than just national flags. The flag of Rio Grande do Sul appeared promising at first, but had no gold/yellow text on a green background. Pity. For the record, I thought the flag of Tampa, Florida looked pretty sharp.
It is worth listing
the modern nations that have the mentioned color combination. They are The Comoros (officially The Union of the Comoros), Namibia, and Seychelles. The Virgin Islands, a US "insular area", also has this color combination.
Based on your clues, the two possible nations are
The flags of these nations does not match the given image, however. Neither does one's seal nor the other's coat of arms.
Something else must be afoot, Watson. I do suspect that the nation is
The Comoros, since its name includes the C and O from the image.
As user rtaft pointed out,
The Comoros did at one point have a shield insignia of some sort that very closely resembles the image; so far, I can only find an image of it here. It appears that this patch was manufactured by flagline.com, and I am unsure if this shield was ever official.
An Updated Update:
The flagline representative I contacted seemed very interested in this puzzle, haha. They state in an email:
Fascinating. I see why it has caused you so much trouble. It is very unusual for letters to appear on national flags (with the exception of seals on flags but I am not aware of any seals currently that have words on a green background). In the case of Comoros it actually isn't a C but a crescent for Islam.
The clue says it belongs to a country and it seems pretty clear it isn't a national flag and must be a regional or some other sub-national flag. It is more common to see letters (in a non-seal form) to appear on a flag design for a subnational flag. The colors and style of letters originally made me think of Mexico but nothing else matches. It isn't clear if the 4 syllables belong to the country or the name of the sub national flag. Very good puzzle. Good luck!
So, I'm kind of back at square three.
Well, if some strong yellow light was shining on it it would be the flag of
Several flags fit the clues:
If there can be more than just the five colors:
Although none are inscribed with text containing "CO"
This Wikipedia page did not help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_inscribed_flags
Also, none of these flags have a red area above a large green area.
Oooh, DrSheldon loves flags. Obviously, the letters are part of
which is four syllables, and represents the country of