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by Tom Gregg
Many, many years ago I had the misfortune to read a novel titled *The Devil's Advocate* by Taylor Caldwell, a truly dreadful American writer. In it, the US is in the grip of a collectivist dictatorship and the country's name has been changed to "The Democracy of America." Caldwell provides a description of The Democracy's flag: "bloody of background and bearing a single bloated white star."
Tom Gregg, 03 June 1999
Is that star 'bloated'?
I thought of the 'rounded' star of USSR. The 'rounded' star has its inner diameter equal to half the outer diameter.
Rosignoli writes (in World Army Badges and Insignia Since 1939):
"The red star with hammer and sickle was introduced in 1922 and two types of it were initially made for the Red Army. The 'rounded' star which is still in use nowadays [1972/4] was adopted on 3 April, 1922, but another pattern with straight points ('sharp') was also adopted on 11 July of the same year. The latter star slowly went into disuse."
I thought of that but decided that such a star would look too Soviet Russian. In Caldwell's book, The Democracy of America is a home-grown totalitarian regime. In fact, the author tells us that The Democracy fought and won a war with the USSR some years before the time at which the novel's action begins. Thus an "American" type of star seemed more appropriate. I took "bloated" to mean simply "large."
Tom Gregg, 12 June, 1999