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Klana (The Coast-Gorski Kotar, Croatia)

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by Željko Heimer, 23 March 2005

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Robert gribiaa sent me from the Rijeka newspapers "Novi list" (<>) about the process of adoption of the Coat of Arms and the flag of the Community of Klana:
The article explains that Klana is the last community in that does not have the symbols approved yet in the Primorsko-goranska County. (This is not exactly true according to my count, but I may easily be wrong: I believe that Lokve does not have symbols approved yet though last info I have on Lokve is indeed old; also I have no info on the symbols of Vinodol community as well as those of Rab city.) Anyway, the local assembly adopted at first a historical coat of arms that is preserved in the State archives in a form of a seal from 19th century. The seal showes a shield with an anchor, crowned and supported by a lion and a griffin. This was adopted in 1996 in its entirety, but in 1997 the Ministry of Administration refuzed to approve it as it does not alow the elements around the shield and suggested a shield with an anchor only. However, the local inhabitants of Klana are not satisfied with that emblem since they are a community in highlands away from the sea and do not identify themselves with an anchor. On the last session of the communal assembly the new design was adopted in which the anchor was combined in its top with a helberd. The community hopes that the commission for approval of the symbols of the Central Office for the State Administration (that inhertied the ingerence of the Ministry of Administration) shall approve that design. Also they decided that if the commission do not approve it, they shall go with the previous suggestion to adopt a blue shield with a silver anchor only. In any case, they agreed for the flag to be green with the coat of arms in the middle. The green should symbolize the woods of the Klana region.
Why helberd?
Namely, the community assembly explains that the town of Klana is known to have had organized night watch (sentry) for cenutires. The officers of this service were carring a kind of helberd that was cllaed lcoally a "rankun".
The design is apparenly also from Heraldik-art of Rijeka, so we may well expect a ceremonial flag, too.
Klana is a community due north of Rijeka some 15 km towards the Slovenian border. About 2,000 inhabitants, some half of that number in the town of the same name that is the center of the community.  
Željko Heimer, 23 March 2005

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by Željko Heimer, 23 March 2005

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