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Trucial States Council until 1971 (United Arab Emirates)

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[Trucial States Council] 2:3 | stripes 1+2+1 image by Yosef Obskura

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Before the United Arab Emirates, there was an attempt to form a Federation of Arab Emirates which would have included Bahrain and Kuwait in with the so-called Trucial States. I believe its flag was proposed as horizontally red-white-red (proportions something like 1:2:1) with a green nine-pointed (seven-pointed, according to James Dignan, as Bahrain and Kuwait did not join) star in the centre.
Roy Stilling
, 20 November 1995

This was the official flag of the Trucial States Council, and not a proposal. The stripes were in fact 1:2:1. The flag in FOTW is now correct, except that the star's points were slightly shorter, but that was never fixed, as far as I know. I do not know the correct proportions, but I think they were 2:3, as the picture we have [at the Archiv für Flaggenkunde] is in those proportions, and the photocopy of the photograph of the Trucial States Levy's flag we have shows the flag also being 2:3. There also was a naval flag and a war flag for the Council, but I have to look up in our files.
Ralf Stelter, 19 April 1999

According to Pedersen 1971, page 63, the seven Sheiks of the Trucial States formed a Council and this was the unofficial flag of that Council. That is the reason for the seven point star.
Yosef Obskura
quoted by Željko Heimer, 26 April 1999