Last modified: 2015-09-26 by rob raeside
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On October 12, 1944, Gini joined with the Calabrian activist Santi Paladino,
and fellow-statistician Ugo Damiani to found the Italian Unionist Movement, for
which the emblem was the Stars and Stripes, the Italian flag and a world map.
According to the three men, the Government of the United States should annex all
free and democratic nations worldwide, thereby transforming itself into a world
government, and allowing Washington DC to maintain Earth in a perpetual
condition of peace. The party existed up to 1948 but had little success and its
aims were not supported by the United States.
Luca Peliti, 8 July 2015
A drawing of the supposed flag can be found at
http://www.debate.org/PetersSmith/photos/album/4395/28868/. However, to me
this flag looks very suspicious! The party existed
from 1944-1948, but the arms in the civil ensign
(Repubbliche Marinare) was introduced only in 1947; the party emblem (see https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movimento_Unionista_Italiano) combined a globe, the plain Italian flag and the US flag (48-star version) and this emblem would probably appear on the party flag in one way or the other; the US coat-of-arms was (and is) not known to anybody here in Europe, so it would make no good symbol for the US, particularly compared to the widely known stars and stripes.
So, I do not have much doubt that this flag drawing is a very recent invention.
M. Schmöger, 9 July 2015
I'm not sure it was that far out. As I understand it, they saw the opposition of East against West coming, and were trying to find a way to side with the West. TIME had an article on this already on 15 April 1946, according to http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,886918,00.html.
However, I wonder about this flag a bit. The time frame is rather short, with
the ensign with the arms being introduced in October 1947, and the organisation
existing only up to 1948. But also, the version of the arms is that of the Navy,
with the lion wielding a sword. Were these arms in use before being placed on
the ensign, so someone who wanted to place the arms of both countries on an
Italian flag might end up with these?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 8 August 2015