Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Alternativa Longobarda was a fringe underground movement, which espoused the idea of modern Langbard (Northern Italian) nationalism. They are apparently now defunct. I have heard that they have merged in with other more mainstream groups. Their program had a very pronounced Germanic vent to it. We neither support nor condemn what they tried to do.
Their website used to be at langbard.net. We did find what was the old Alternativa Longobarda website (English language version), still intact. It may give some sort of idea of their program.
If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times. The Padanian-American League takes the stance that the original Etruscan people are the root stock of Northern Italy. Admittedly, we use the term "Etruscan" in a broad sense, which would include the ancient Ligurians, Venets, Umbrians, Volci, Camunni, Orobi, etc. It's a little bit inconclusive as to whether or not the Celti tribes in the area, like the Insubres, and certain ancient Alpine peoples, predated some of the other groups or not. It makes little difference anyway.
Comunità Odinista America, mainly in Argentina, uses as it's subname: "Langbärten Teutonic Nation." "Langbärten" in German means "Lombards," in reference to the ancient tribe as it was prior to invading the Italian peninsula. We believe in that nation. However, we just see it as a modern Etruscan nation, whether we reside in Italy, Argentina, Brazil, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, etc. There was the Etruscan civilization, the Kingdom of Langbard, the federation of Celti tribes (which opposed Roman rule), the Lombard League (which opposed German rule), etc. All of these were nations. We believe that the modern incarnation should be called Padania. For example, Ireland isn't referenced in terms of the ancient peoples who made up the Irish nation (Celts, Vikings, Normans, Picts, Phoenicians, etc.), so why should we?