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Firefly (tv)

Last modified: 2006-08-26 by marc pasquin
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The Alliance

(AKA the Anglo-Sino Alliance or the Union of Allied Planets)

reconstruction by Travis Dunn, 31 july 2005

reconstruction by Alan Baker, 11 november 2005

On, 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."

Travis Dunn, 21 july 2005

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:

  1. It is part of their cultural habits to draw flags with the hoist to the right.
  2. the crates were upside down.

Marc Pasquin, 12 november 2005