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I can confirm from a visit to the Interior Department the existence of Indonesian provincial flags. The flags (26 provinces, Maluku Utara and 2 would-be provinces that still have no arms and flags) all have the same basic design, a unicolor field defaced with the provincial coats of arms. The background colors are somewhat strange, ranging from very very light blue (must be B----- in the FOTW color Guide, maybe) to purple. They are official, because the officer in the Interior Department told me that the flags were made based on spec sheets sent directly from every Governor's offices.
One thing to be noted, the flags are used only ceremonially. They are displayed only in each of the governor's offices. I still have no information of the meaning of the background colors or the law that legislates the flags. Also, I have no information why the flags have never been intended for public use.
Sammy Kanadi, 10 July 2000
As the region autonomy law was implemented on Jan 1, 2001, there's a good chance for Indonesian provincial flags to be de facto civil flags. The Central Government has yet to pass a law about regional symbols so that the usage of regional symbols will be allowed for non-state officials/ordinary citizens. Sammy Kanadi, 18 January 2001
Second level units in Indonesia are regencies (kabupaten) and third level
units are districts (kecamatan). There are additional municipalities (kodamadya)
as second level units and administrative towns (kota administratif) as
second and a half level units (less then municipality more than district).
However, I have visited probably all websites of Regencies and Municipalities,
or most of them, and I have never seen a flag of a regency or of a municipality.
The only exception is Bandung municipality, which flag I
sent last year. That makes me think that there is a process of adopting local
flags, and probably we'll find them in the future.
Valentin Poposki, 7 April 2006
I just saw an old ZDF (German TV) documentary dating from 1971, where the then new head of state of Indonesia, Suharto, visited Borneo (= Kalimantan). Clearly in sight a light blue-black-white horizontally striped flag.
Papua (was Irian Jaya) was recently offered a wider autonomous status - last
week if I'm not wrong. But the council of "native" people/tribes rejected that
offer, since its basic demand - that is 100% independency - wasn't issued. Two
items mentioned in that offer are Irian Jaya will be called Papua and the widely
used flag of Papua (blue and white lines, red triangle, and white star) is recognized
and can be use as cultural symbol rather than a political movement symbol.
Yustinus Sembada, 24 October 2001
The flag will not be the one with a red triangle but with a red transverse
stripe, I guess.
Jan Zrzavy, 24 October 2001
The name 'special region' of this province refers to the Sultanate of Yogyakarta,
the boundaries of which are exactly the same today as the Province of Yogyakarta.
So the governor of this province is also the Sultan of
Yogyakarta, and this sultanate still has various sultanate flags.
Sammy Kanadi, 10 September 2001