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Independence Republic of Sardinia, Italy

indipendŔntzia Rep¨brica de Sardigna

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image by M. Schm÷ger, 17 May 2013

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iRS (indipendŔntzia Rep¨brica de Sardigna = Independence Republic of Sardinia)

iRS is a Sardinian separatist and socialdemocratic party, founded in 2002, partly as a split from SNI. It currently holds no seat in the regional parliament. iRS became (in)famous in 2005, when it invaded Silvio Berlusconi's Sardinian estate with a large number of party flags [1,2,3].

The party symbol shows a very stylized black eradicated tree accompanied by a black panel at the left and a red one at the the right; plus party name and abbreviation. The flag is somewhat a banner-of-arms, i.e. a vertical triband of black-white-red (4:15:4) with the black tree in the centre [2,3,4,5,6,7,8]. The eradicated tree (in different variations) in recent times has become a prominent symbol of Sardinian separatists; it is a reference to the arms of the Giudicato di Arborea, independent in medieval times.

[3] L'Espresso 31 May 2005, p. 63
[4] flag no. 183 in Italian political flags collection Schm÷ger

M. Schm÷ger, 17 May 2013

On Page 32 of today's edition (21 March) of The Times newspaper there is a photograph of a large number of Sardinian separatists who had invaded the grounds of Italian President Sergio Berlusconi's villa on the island. They are shown carrying several different flags, some of which I recognize and some I don't. Apparently they were rootling about the villa grounds for some time before the security people noticed them.
Ron Lahav, 21 March 2005

Photos are at <> and <>. The Sardinian iRS (indipendŔntzia Rep¨brica de Sardigna = Independence Republic of Sardinia) seems to be a rather new independentist party (founded end of 2003), that widely uses their flags, namely a variant of the Sardinian flag (with inscription "INDIPENDENTZIA").
M. Schm÷ger, 21 March 2005

A large and detailed image is at <>.
Jan Mertens, 21 March 2005