They are called “Red States” and “Blue States”. Where did this color-coded terminology begin? It began in ancient Rome and Byzantium with chariot races. The mob divided themselves into Blue Team and Green Team. This developed into political factions.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Red Team vs. Blue Team”, published to YouTube on May 14, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 11 minutes and 4 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
“When the spectators at Rome’s spectacular circuses split into factions, it threatened to bring the Eastern Empire down. The day was saved by Byzantium’s remarkable empress, but only at the cost of 30,000 lives.” 
It used to be called Constantinople. Now it is called Istanbul. Long ago, the Roman empire shifted its headquarters to Constantinople. The “eastern empire” is known as Byzantium.
The people were given “bread and circuses” to help pacify them. Besides gladiator contests, a main event was the chariot races. Factions formed which favored particular chariot heroes. These factions were initially divided into the Reds, the Whites, the Greens and the Blues. “By the sixth century A.D., after the western half of the empire fell, only two of these survived — the Greens had incorporated the Reds, and the Whites had been absorbed into the Blues.” 
Thus there were two factions, the Greens and the Blues.
The two groups gradually evolved into what were essentially early political parties, the Blues representing the ruling classes and standing for religious orthodoxy, and the Greens being the party of the people. 
Today, in the United States, we have the “Red States” (Republican) and the “Blue States (Democrat).” And doesn’t our current election season remind you of a sports frenzy? In their respective chariots are Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and a “dark horse”: Ted Cruz. The mobile vulgus, otherwise known as the mob, cheers itself hoarse in favor of their particular color-coded chariot.
During the reign of Justinian, the Empress Theodora “refused to play the subordinate role normally expected of a Byzantine empress.”  This would be like Hillary Clinton today. Constantinople experienced the Nika riots, which took place over the course of a week in Constantinople in AD 532. It was the most violent riot in the history of Constantinople, with nearly half the city being burned or destroyed and tens of thousands of people killed. 
Justinian (Bill) panicked, but not Theodora (Hillary). She devised a plan to eliminate the members of the Green and Blue factions, even though she herself was an ardent Blue. Foreign troops were utilized. At least 30,000 members of the Green and Blue factions were lured into the Hippodrome, a vast amphitheater. Their exit was barred and the foreign troops came in and massacred them all. 
This reminds me of a chilling tale told by Larry Nichols on September 1, 2015. Nichols, a former Green Beret, was a longtime associate of Bill Clinton and served as the marketing director of Clinton’s Arkansas Development Finance Authority. The two men first met in the late 1970s when Bill Clinton was an up-and-coming politician. In Nichols Tells Chilling Tale, the Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of September 3, 2015, it was reported how Larry Nichols was predicting that “When it comes to telling American soldiers to crack down on the people of America, they’re not going to do it. So what has Obama done? … He’s got the Cuban military that will be brought in here under the auspices of augmenting our military, to keep us in line.”  This would be similar to the device used by the Empress Theodora when she cracked down on the Greens and the Blues.
——- Sources ——-
 “Blue versus Green: Rocking the Byzantine Empire”, by Mike Dash. Smithsonian Magazine online, March 2, 2012. http://tinyurl.com/omdavou
 “Nika riots”, Wikipedia, May 15, 2016.
 “Nichols Tells Chilling Tale”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, September 3, 2015. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/nichols-tells-chilling-tale/