Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Alexandrian League

For sometime now I’ve been wrestling with an idea for an EU-style organization based on Alexander the Great’s Empire. So far I’ve come up with the idea for the ‘Alexandrian League’, although not complete I thought it would be interesting to start writing about such a proposal and introduce a symbol for it on the net.

The Alexandrian League (AL) an economic and political union of the modern states that made up the Empire of Alexander the Great. Political centre’s being separated across the Union in key cities such as a reestablished Pella, Thessaloniki, Alexandria-Egypt, Iskandariya-Iraq, Beirut-Lebanon, Tehran-Iran, Uch-Pakistan and Kandahar–Afghanistan.

One of the most successful military commanders of all time, the undefeated Alexander was more than just a conquering Warrior-King, but a pioneer and true statesman who dreamed of a free world united by the light of Hellenism. It is this shared past to the legacy of Alexander that still unites the lands of his former empire. It is this brotherhood that holds the key to peace in the Middle East, the cultural diffusion which resulted in Hellenistic Civilization is still evident in cultural traditions throughout the region. In Punjab his name ‘Secunder’ is still given to children today out of respect and admiration. His legends are found in Christianity and Islam. It is this shared legacy that allows the dream of such a union from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean possible. A union which could rival and surpass the European Union in economic strengthen and political importance.

Proposed Flag for Alexandrian League

I apologize for the image, as many of you know who read this blog, I’m not a graphic artist and the image is merely a representation. Please feel free to modify the proposed flag if you have knowledge in graphic arts.

The red background comes from the historical use of a piece of red cloth, called φοινοκις (foinikis) that was hoisted to proclaim the start of battle in ancient Hellas. Originally an Athenian and Siceliote signal, it was adopted by the Macedonians and later the Romans. The Image of Alexander’s face is used to represent the shared cultural legacy of Two-horned One, and lastly the olive branch representing the peace and unity of Alexandrian Dream.