Berlusconi L'Imperatore

Aside from bunga bunga, the next thing former Italian President Silvio Berlusconi is going after in the near future is the office of the President of Italy. Taking that into consideration I have gone further down the vexillological rabbit hole, delving deeper into the world of hidden meaning behind flag choices. I have envisioned an alarming message in the flag of the office Berlusconi is eyeing.

For three terms, Berlusconi served as Prime Minister of Italy under this blue flag, which in turn is surprisingly similar to the flag of the Prime Minister that Mussolini used during his reign. The first flag below is that of the Italian Prime Minister, Benito Mussolini, the second is the current flag of the office of the Italian Prime Minister, much the same, but emblazoned with the new emblem of the Repubblica Italiana. I'm not immediately saying Berlusconi fashions himself Il Duce, because when it comes to flags in Italy, most of the post-WWII changes were minimal. Fascism is just a charming joke in Italian politics for the most part, and that is a story for another day.



What I do think that Berlusconi fashions himself as, based on the flag of the office he aspires to, is Il Imperatore, Napoleon Bonaparte. Observe the similarities of Napoleon's Kingdom of Italy flag and the current president of Italy's standard below it. 



From 1805 until 1814, Napoleon I served as the King of Italy, controlling most of Northern Italy under the Regno d'Italia or Kingdom of Italy. Seemingly in memory of the order and nationalism he imparted upon the Italy, the Office of the President bears a similar design to that of the flag of the Kingdom of Italy. Though it is a leap in logic, it can be asserted that in Berlusconi's aspiration to expand the office of the Presidency, and get himself elected to such a new and important role, we see a man who wishes to have all the privileges and powers of an Emperor whilst flying the banner of L'Imperatore himself. 

Darrell Rivers is a member of the North American Vexillological Association and has an unhealthy and illogical obsession with Italian history.