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Three Real and One Fake - Country Flags

We show you four flags. Three of them are flags of independent, sovereign nations recognised by the UN. One is not. Can you guess the odd one out?
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Last updated: May 4, 2023
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First submittedMarch 10, 2021
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1. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of Hong Kong, a Chinese special administrative region.
2. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France.
3. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of the Falkland Islands, an overseas British territory involved in an undeclared war between Argentina and the United Kingdom.
4. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of Kurdistan, an autonomous region in the Middle East.
5. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of Somaliland, a de facto state in Somalia which claims to be independent but isn't internationally recognised.
6. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated US territory in the Caribbean.
7. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of Chuuk, one of the 4 states of Micronesia
8. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of Abkhazia, a de facto state in the South Caucasus but is widely regarded as part of Georgia.
9. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of Western Sahara, a partially recognized state in North West Africa.
10. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of the Cook Islands, a self governing island country in free association with New Zealand.
11. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of New Caledonia, a sui generis collectivity of overseas France. They have voted against independence on 3 separate occasions.
12. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of Scotland, a country that is part of the United Kingdom. No, Jetpunk doesn't consider Scotland a country as I write this.
13. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of Guernsey, an island in the English Channel
14. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of Ohio, a Midwestern US state.
15. Which one is NOT the flag of an independent country?
The odd one out is the flag of Christmas Island, an Australian external territory.
70 Comments
+29
Level 60
Jun 21, 2022
Nominated, but tell us in the answers what all the countries and non-countries were!
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Level 55
Jun 21, 2022
Added the fake country details!
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Level 80
Jul 3, 2022
Very good addition, learnt a lot from this - thanks!
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Level 71
Jul 4, 2022
Wouldn't non-sovereign be a better term to describe these territories than "fake countries"? Other than that, great quiz! :)
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Level 85
Jan 30, 2024
Agreed. The most notable "offender" is Scotland, which IS considered a 'country' using UK terminology, but is not sovereign. (They've voted against leaving the UK a couple times, I think - but at least once.)
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Level 69
Aug 1, 2022
Got all of them but Chuuk. Learned smth new today
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Level 89
Jul 2, 2022
Nice. Educational too !
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Level 76
Jul 3, 2022
Tuvalu really looks like you just went to town adding extra stars to the flag.
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Level 66
Aug 10, 2022
They actually represent the islands of Tuvalu, in case anyone was wondering.
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Level 74
Jul 3, 2022
Stirring the hornet's nest with the st andrew's cross, I dig it.
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Level 83
Jul 3, 2022
They literally voted against independence, what's controversial here?
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Level 77
Jul 4, 2022
They voted against it by a narrow margin BEFORE BREXIT. They are in the early stages of planning a post-BREXIT independence vote.
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Level 69
Jul 8, 2022
At which point, if it succeeds and everything goes through, all of Jetpunk save for a few angry English people will happily welcome Scotland to the great family of independent nations! They're just not in it right now.
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Level 89
Jul 4, 2022
The Ohio Burgee was a nice inclusion! Go Buckeyes...
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Level 65
Jul 5, 2022
" No JetPunk doesn't consider Scotland a country as I write this. "

Its JetPunk not Jetpunk

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Level 71
Aug 1, 2022
It’s JetPunk not Jetpunk.

It’s “it’s”, not “its”. Muphry’s law in action, haha.

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Level 76
Aug 1, 2022
I will avoid pointing out the obvious irony here and instead just mention that doesn't have anything to do with Murphy's law.
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Level 55
Aug 1, 2022
Muphry's law, not Murphy's law
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Level 72
Aug 1, 2022
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Level 76
Aug 3, 2022
Oh. Nevermind, then. I thought it was just misspelling.
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Level 75
Jul 6, 2022
Fun quiz, thanks.

BTW, the Falkland Islands being described as "involved in an undeclared war between Argentina and the United Kingdom" makes it seem like it's still going on, at least the way I read it. Adding "... in 1982." would make it clear, but not exactly a huge issue!

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Level 33
Jan 29, 2024
In fact, it are an Argentinian territory currently being occupied by the british
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Level 55
Jan 30, 2024
2013 Referendum in the Falklands: 92% turnout, 99.8% voted to remain a British territory with only 3 votes against. I understand Argentina has a sound claim to the islands but it is pretty clear that they are happy remaining as part of the UK.
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Level 47
Jul 9, 2022
Kosovo shouldn't be considered as an independent country neither as it's partially recognized by other countries.
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Level 57
Jan 28, 2024
"As of 4 September 2020, 104 out of 193 (53.9%) United Nations member states, 22 out of 27 (81.5%) European Union member states, 27 out of 31 (87.1%) NATO member states, 4 out of 10 (40%) ASEAN member states, and 34 out of 57 (59.6%) Organisation of Islamic Cooperation member states have recognised Kosovo."
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Level 85
Jul 17, 2022
The description should probably specify that three flags belong to nations recognized by Jetpunk specifically.
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Level 59
Jul 17, 2022
Am I the only one who red the question 15 times ?

Nice quiz tho :)

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Level 49
Aug 1, 2022
While Cook Islands are not a member of the UN, the UN recognizes them as an independent nation with full treaty-making capacities, same as Niue.
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Level 47
Aug 1, 2022
Do they also recognize Tokelau as the same?
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Level 59
Oct 19, 2022
No. Does that have anything to do with it?
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Level 34
Jan 28, 2024
Exactly. Cook Islands and Niue have very similar association treaty with NZ as Palau, Micronesia and Marshall Islands with USA
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Level 32
Aug 1, 2022
Kosovo is not a country!!!
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Level 49
Aug 2, 2022
It is
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Level 65
Aug 1, 2022
kosovo is a slightly dicey one to include since there are many UN countries that don't recognise it.

Still more an independent country than Scotland will ever be!!!

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Level 72
Feb 2, 2024
Well, maybe not ever. Lets hope it won't come to that.
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Level 35
Aug 1, 2022
Hi, liam here. I like this simple quiz, i dont see any problems. I would like to reccomend south ossetia and guam. But, if wouldnt like to edit it it is fine, i like this quiz, it is nominated.
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Level 68
Aug 1, 2022
kosovo is as independent as somaliland
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Level 29
Aug 1, 2022
chuuk and kosovo.... damn thats an unfortunate choice.
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Level 66
Aug 1, 2022
I thought that some of the fake flags were drawn by you :)
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Level 68
Jan 29, 2024
I was half way through before I realized that the fourth flag was real, just not an independent country. I was literally just looking at the four and guessing which one looked like a fake flag for most of them.
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Level 68
Aug 1, 2022
United Nations would say that number 7 has two flags of non-independent countries.
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Level 57
Aug 1, 2022
Working on my former country flags series helped a lot with this lol. I could easily recognize some of the former ones.
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Level 68
Aug 1, 2022
Too easy
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Level 68
Aug 1, 2022
Absolutely easy to recognise the imposters, couldn't have told you anything about all but 3 of them though - nice touch to add a description at the end on who's those flags actually are. Enjoyed that quiz, Thanks!
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Level 47
Aug 1, 2022
Seeing the Scotland one is cruel! Haha
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Level 58
Aug 1, 2022
Niue, South Ossetia, and Artsakh would be nice additions
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Level 44
Aug 3, 2022
Ohio moment
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Level 41
Aug 4, 2022
Hope Scotland never is an independent country.
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Level 56
Aug 4, 2022
They can take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!!!
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Level 43
Aug 4, 2022
This has been one of the most fun quizes I've done! Great job!
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Level 21
Aug 5, 2022
i did in 27 seconds now pervious time was 47 seconds
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Level 59
Oct 4, 2022
This is great! I haven't missed any of them. Would love to see more.
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Level 59
Oct 19, 2022
A lot of countries I consider independent were here and threw me off a little
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Level 29
Nov 18, 2022
I love this quiz a lot, thank you
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Level 43
Dec 18, 2022
there’s ohio lol
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Level 66
May 4, 2023
Some of them are yeah not recognized states, like Somaliland and SADR, but they are in practice independent. They work and do everything as if they are an independent country, especially when it comes to Somaliland, as the government there is completely detached from Somalia, which is even considered to be a failed state.
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Level 70
Jan 28, 2024
SADR (Western Sahara) I would say is quite far removed from being an independent state. They control a strip of desert territory claimed by Morocco, and there are settlements in these territories, but the majority of Western Sahara is under Moroccan control. In fact, the Sahrawi leadership is based in a refugee camp in Algeria currently.
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Level 28
May 9, 2023
too ez
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Level 34
May 20, 2023
I got all right except for the ones with the ones with the union jack.
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Level 53
Nov 20, 2023
accidentaly got a perfect
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Level 57
Dec 10, 2023
Hi, I think this is a great quiz! However I have a slight problem, my PC doesn't show 9 of the 'fake' flags. Does anyone else have this problem?
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Level 57
Dec 10, 2023
Nevermind it was my computer haha
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Level 61
Jan 28, 2024
Great quiz, but think it's name is offensive. I know it's part of a series, but think it needs to stand apart as something like - Three Independent, One Not
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Level 74
Jan 28, 2024
I don't think it's offensive, but it is inaccurate. They are real flags, just not of independent countries.
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Level 60
Jan 28, 2024
Chuuk already had its planned referendum pass 2 years ago. They didn't hold it.
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Level 32
Jan 29, 2024
Really sucks to play this and have to click your own country (Scotland). Love this quiz though!
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Level 64
Jan 29, 2024
"The state is due to hold a much delayed independence referendum in 2022." ...might want to update that
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Level ∞
Jan 29, 2024
Removed that reference. They still haven't held the referendum, lol.
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Level 68
Mar 10, 2024
Fun and quite easy since I've played the flags of the world quiz many times.
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Level 81
Mar 23, 2024
Surprised to see Puerto Rico is so low. La Bandera Borinquen is so ubiquitous in the US, especially in New England, Chicagoland, NYC-tristate area, Florida, which includes an enormous portion of the US population, and of course PR itself.