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Flag of Brod-Posavina County - Image by Željko Heimer, 8 November 2000
Most of the counties of Croatia, but not all of them, are named with two parts, one being the name of the capital and the other the name of the wider region. The capital of Brod-Posavina County is Slavonski Brod (Bosanski Brod is on the other bank of the Sava river in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and there are several "Brods" in Czech Republic and Slovakia). Posavina means "the region around Sava", and is, of course, a region larger than the county itself.
Željko Heimer, 8 September 1996
The symbols of Brod-Posavina County are prescribed by Decision Odluka o uporabi grba, zastave i imena županij, adopted on 9 December 1994 and published in the County official gazette Službeni vjesnik Županije Brodčko-posavske. The symbols were approved on 20 February 1996 by the Ministry of Administration. The Decision was amended by Odluka o izmjenama i dopunama Odluke o uporabi grba, zastave i imena županije, adopted on 23 November 2009 and published in the County official gazette Službeni vjesnik Županije Brodčko-posavske.
The consolidated Statutes of the County Statut Brodsko-posavske županije (pročišćeni tekst), adopted on 23 May 2006 by the County Assembly and published on 21 June 2006 in Službeni vjesnik Brodčko-posavske županije, No. 9, mentions the symbols in Articles 4 and 5, as do the most recent Statutes Statut Brodsko-posavske županije, adopted on 16 July 2009 by the County Assembly and published on 29 July 2009 in Službeni vjesnik Brodčko-posavske županije, No. 10.
The flag is blue with two white diagonal stripes running from upper hoist to lower fly. In the middle there is the coat of arms of the County. The description of the flag is given in the Statutes in a rather vague way. The central blue stripe is said to represent river Sava. The proportions, of course, is set to 1:2. The coat of arms is set in the middle with its height being 1/2 of the flag height.
A ceremonial flag is also defined, but simply by adding a golden fringe to the "normal" flag.
The County issued a contest for the design of a cat of arms and the flag in the national newspaper Vecernji list at some time in 1994, after a Decision adopted on 10 June 1994 and formed a commission to run the contest. The commission held a session on 3 September 1994 to decide the winning designs (document Zaključak o izboru najuspješnijeg idejnog rješenja znamenja Županije i o dodjeli nagrada autorima rješenja). The commission was headed by Dr. Jozo Meter and members were Maja Bejdić (heraldist from the State Archives), Zdravko Tišljar (Professor at the Art Academy; both later members of the Commission of the Ministry of Administration approving coats of arms), Zvonimir Loncarić (painter and art director), Vesna Kalec-Klikić (ethnologist) and Slavica Bešloc as secretary. Three prizes were given out, the first one to the winning design (4,000 HRK, being some 550 EUR) awarded to Nenad Jalšovec, a designer from Cakovec; the second prize of 2,000 HRK was awarded to Pero Čimbur from Zagreb (a successful heraldic artist designer of several coats of arms in the 1970-1990s, and author of several flag-related books and the third of 1,500 HRK to Zvonimir Balunović, a painter from Slavonski Brod.
Željko Heimer, 12 December 2009
Coat of arms of Brod-Posavina County - Image by Željko Heimer, 8 November 2000
The coat of arms of Brod-Posavina County is "Azure, a bar wavy argent, over it five mullets or 3 + 2, and under a marten or". In the County Statutes, the description of the coat of arms is followed by some explanation of the symbolism; the coat of arms is based on the historical coat of arms of Slavonia, showing the running marten. The single wavy bar represent river Sava. For the five six-pointed mullets it is stated that it is a "pre-heraldical Croatian symbol of man and humanity".
The winning design was made by Nenad Jalšovec, a designer from Cakovec, who proposed the design in six variants (differing only in used colours), however, somewhat different from the design eventually used - namely, his original proposal had a crescent instead of a running marten. The commission required from the designer to amend the design to replace the crescent with the marten, which he obviously did.
Željko Heimer, 12 December 2009