Last modified: 2006-10-07 by marc pasquin
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On Wikipedia.com, the Alliance is described as
" In the Firefly television series, the Alliance is a powerful government and law-enforcement organization that controls a large sector of colonized "core planets."[...]The Alliance flag, seen in the original pilot episode, is a blending of the United States and People's Republic of China flags."
The flag can be seen on some Alliance crates in the episode "Train Job". Clearly a mix of the US and PRC flags, the two large stars are supposed to represent the two allied superpowers. I find it interesting
to note that the postion
of the larger to smaller stars on the Chinese part
and the blue field -
stripes of the US section are mirrored from there
relative positions on the
real life flags. I don't know if that means
anything, but given the
dystopian nature of the Alliance, it could be a
deliberate pointer that
something's not right.
In the spin-off film Serenity this flag was not seen, but an Alliance emblem incorporating several planets and stars in a diamond field could be seen on the inside of an Alliance research ship.
Alan Baker, 11 november 2005
Regarding the mirror effect, there could be 2 other explanations: