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Babylon 5 was a USA TV series that ran from 1994-1999.
Eugene Ipavec, 22 September 2005

Earth Alliance

[Earth Alliance]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 22 September 2005, clipart from Besterplace

The Earth Alliance is the government of not only Earth, but also a number of colony worlds, most importantly Mars, Io, Proxima 7 and Orion 3. Capital is Geneva. The Alliance is a federation of supranational consortia, which have considerable local autonomy. The offworld colonies are by contrast governed directly from Earth, a cause for resentment. Mars in particular has a widespread and often violent independence movement. In the series the Alliance's disposition toward centralization and nationalism comes to a head when an authoritarian president takes power and gradually implements a police state, with a strong Orwellian subtext. I seem to recall a scene in which a political officer visits the protagonist, the military governor of an outlying outpost, and berates him for having the Alliance seal and flag displayed insufficiently prominently in his office. (They're in a corner or something.)

The flag was often visible in the background, in Commd. Sinclair and Capt. Sheridan's offices. A black-and-white image is available here. It gives a sense of scale, but it also has the seal in a darker-shaded circle, while I seem to recall the seal being directly on the background. The shade of dark slate blue is from memory and may be off — it's been six or seven years.
Eugene Ipavec, 22 September 2005