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Posavina Canton (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Bosanskoposavski Kanton, Canton 2

Last modified: 2001-08-10 by dov gutterman
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by Zeljko Heimer

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The Flag

On a site at you can see a flag captioned "new flag of Posavski canton" that obviously represent a flag of the Canton 2 , i.e. "Bosanskoposavski kanton".
The symbolic is quite obvious:
- Croats - chequy field, red stripe
- Bosniaks - f-d-ls in a bend (sinistre here) and green stripe
- Sava river - blue and white wavy - Posavina meaning "region by Sava river", "posavski" being adjective form, "Bosanska Posavina" is of course, "region by Sava in Bosnia" - since Sava as any other iver have two banks, the other one being in Croatian region of Slavonia (cf. Brodsko-posavska zupanija).
However, I believe that the flag represented here could not at all be called "new". I believe that it goes about the flag adopted, maybe not so long ago, but certainly before the time when OHR "dismissed" all of the cantonal flags except that of Sarajevo canton (did we found that claim to be true anyway?) for they being too much nationalistic and offensive.
Zeljko Heimer, 2 May 2000

The image from "Posavski magazin" is captioned as new cantonal flag. Until now no other information confirm it. The coat of arms contains Croatian chequy field for the Croat majority of the Canton. It also contains a slanted bar with two fleurs-de-lis for the Bosniak people, and for the connection with the medieval Bosnia. In base is represented river Sava, the main resource of the area and the name-sake of the Canton (Posavina means region around Sava river). The flag is red over white over green tircolour with unequal stripes. The red is for Croats, green for Bosniaks and white for peace among them.
The canton is situated in northern Bosnian Posavina consisting of two territoriall disconnected pockets around towns of Odzak and Orasje, where Croats and Bosniaks managed to fight of the Serb agression.
Zeljko Heimer, 27 September 2000

Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer

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