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Amerika (television mini-series)

Last modified: 2012-02-17 by antónio martins
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Introduction

In the late eighties in USA was made a TV series called Amerika, a fiction about Soviet occupation of USA.
Victor Lomantsov, 03 Mar 2001

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Former United States of America

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Administrative Regions

In the series, the U.S. had been broken up into ten or so “administrative regions” — essentially groupings of states destined to become separate countries (i.e., California and Nevada comprised the “California Special District”; Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia comprised “Appalachia”, and so forth). The general design of the flags for these regions seemed to be a dark blue field with a centered golden-yellow map of the states in the region; and the name of the region towards the bottom in gold letters.
Jeremy March, 29 Nov 2002

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American Unity Party

The series referred to an organization called the “American Unity Party”. A scene shot in the office of a local party official showed a yellow banner with a red border and a black scales-of-justice design in the center above the black words «American Unity Party».
Jeremy March, 29 Nov 2002

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Lincoln Week Parade

[Lincoln Week Parade flag
by Marc Pasquin, 02 Jul 2005

Red flag with two white ovals with portraits of Lenin and Lincoln.
Victor Lomantsov, 03 Mar 2001

The flags depicting the pictures of Lincoln and Lenin were featured in a “Lincoln Week” parade in Omaha, Nebraska, in the second episode of the series. Parades in Communist countries often used decorative red banners bearing the likenesses of Communist leaders or historical national heroes who had been “adopted” as historical role models by the Communist governments. Thus, probably these flags were used solely for decoration, and did not represent any particular party or organization.
Jeremy March, 29 Nov 2002

I recently found a monochromatic vidcap of a scene that show the flag pretty well. The portraits themselves appear to be only 2 tones (black and white).
Marc Pasquin, 02 Jul 2005

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Heartland

Towards the end of the series, one of the “administrative regions” — consisting of Illinois and several other Midwestern states — formally became an independent country called “Heartland”. The flag, briefly displayed, consisted of three vertical stripes of dark blue, golden yellow, and dark blue, with a Soviet-style emblem on the center stripe. I believe the emblem showed a wreath of wheat intertwined with a blue, white and red tricolor flag, with a six-pointed red star in the center. The star seemed similar to the red stars on the current flag of Chicago, which was supposed to be Heartland’s capital city.
Jeremy March, 29 Nov 2002

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Unidentified United Nations flag

Possible UN flag
image by António Martins and Željko Heimer, 04 Jul 2010

A United Nations-like flag was frequently displayed in the series. This flag was sky blue, with a white United Nations emblem located between an American flag (minus the stars in the canton) and a Soviet flag.
Jeremy March, 29 Nov 2002

It was never clear whether this was the future flag of the United Nations (unlikely, given that the series assumed that the U.S. had ceased to exist as an independent country) or the flag of the Soviet-led, U.N. peacekeeping force stationed in the former United States.
Jeremy March, 29 Nov 2002

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Detail of the “U.S.” flag

Possible US flag
image by António Martins and Joe McMillan, 04 Jul 2010

It might lack stars due to its small size on this design, or the lack may be meaningful: Also not clear if it is supposed to be the former U.S. flag, or the (modified?) current flag.
António Martins, 04 Jul 2010 and 12 Oct 2011


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