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The Dictator

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The Dictator is a 2012 US movie starring Sasha Baron Cohen. It tells the story of the dictator of the country of Wadiya, who comes to New York to address the UN but apparently gets stranded on the street after an attempted coup (the trailer isn't really clear).
Marc Pasquin, 6 April 2012

Republic of Wadiya

image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 April 2012

The flag of the Republic of Wadiya is a horizontally striped green-orange-green triband with white Arabic-like writing and one green star on the central band. The script in the centre clearly imitates the style of the script on the Iraqi flag. A small representation of the flag can be seen behind the dictator in this portrait.
Marc Pasquin, 6 April 2012, and James Dignan, 31 May 2013

Fictional flag similar to the flag of Iraq

From a map shown early in the film, Wadiya occupies about the location that Eritrea is in, in the real world, on the African coast of the Red Sea. Presumably the text on the flag is in "Wadiyan", the fictional language spoken in the fictional country.
James Dignan, 31 May 2013, and "Andy S", 31 May 2013

Design on T-shirt

[Wadiya as seen on T-shirt]
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 April 2012

Flickr shows an image of the flag on a T-shirt, with clearly visible writing.
Aleksandar Nemet, 13 April 2012

The tee design is different from the flag in missing a squiggle in the lettering, on the wearer's left side.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 April 2012