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Considering developments in Iraq over the past months, I would herewith like to make this RfC regarding adding Iraqi Kurdistan to template:Asia topic under the section of "other Dependent territories". This is the second RFC on this topic, with first RfC issued on 20 October and closed 26 November 2013 with a "no consensus" outcome, see discussion from 2013. In the meanwhile, i would like to point out that Iraqi Kurdistan came into media attention and is referred as a notable case of exceptional autonomy, with high level of self-rule bound in Iraqi constitution, and hence is somewhat similar to Hong-Kong and Macau - Special Administrative Regions of China. Here are my reasonings:
Iraqi Kurdistan holds separate national symbols and a separate autonomous parliament and government (see [ KRG website]), not subject to direct Iraqi Federal control (see "Independent" article from 24.06.2014).
The legitimacy of separate Iraqi Kurdistan's government (the KRG) is bound in the 2005 Iraqi transition law in article 53 - "(A) The Kurdistan Regional Government is recognized as the official government of the territories that were administered by the that government on 19 March 2003 in the governorates of Dohuk, Arbil, Sulaimaniya, Kirkuk, Diyala and Neneveh. The term “Kurdistan Regional Government” shall refer to the Kurdistan National Assembly, the Kurdistan Council of Ministers, and the regional judicial authority in the Kurdistan region." .
Iraqi Kurdistan is a de-facto economically sustainable entity (though officially still under the scope of Federal Iraq), with the completion and operation of Kurdish-Turkish oil pipeline by early 2014 and construction of international airport in Arbil back in 2005. For several months already the Kurds operate without Federal funding.
Kurdish region security is entirely out of Federal Iraqi control and KRG effectively controls borders and internal order by Peshmerga forces (see CNN from 28.06.2014).
There are academic assessments of Iraqi Kurdistan as a "largely autonomous federal state within Iraq" (for example see review by Johns Hopkins University).
I welcome other users to comment and emphasize that we are not talking about any form of independence of the Kurdish region in Iraq at this point (there is no independence), but about a case of exceptional autonomy.GreyShark (dibra) 17:59, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
The questions to ask are:
What is the official status of Iraqi Kurdistan? A: autonomous region within federal Iraq.
Is this status likely to change giving the region a higher degree of independence? A: yes
Should Wikipedia anticipate this change? A: no.--Kathovotalk 09:24, 3 July 2014 (UTC)