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Rhens City (Germany)

VG Rhens, Mayen-Koblenz county, Rhineland-Palatinate

Last modified: 2019-06-23 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Rhens municipality] image by Jörg Majewski, 29 Sep 2010

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Introduction: City of Rhens

Rhens City is located in a part of the Mayen-Koblenz county of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is the administration seat of VG Rhens and has approximately 2,939 inhabitants. A VG (verbandsgemeinde) is a combination of several municipalities into an administration community.
Source: Klaus Günther: Kommunalflaggen von Rheinland-Pfalz, CD.
Jörg Majewski, 29 Sep 2010

City of Rhens Horizontal Variant

[Rhens horozontal flag Type #1] Type #1
Image by Pete Loeser, 24 May 2019

Bramley, England, UK is a twinned city of Rhens, and the Rhens flag is displayed in the town square of Bramley. On Google Street View we see that the Rhens flag is flying next to the shield on a bedsheet flag used by the Bramley Parish Council.
Jonathan Dixon, 14 May 2019

It's definitely the Rhens CoA, and Rhens doesn't seem to be too concerned about the order of its stripes. Officially, they're Y-N-W as shown here, but historically for VR Rhems they were N-W-Y (source). I suspect it's just another variation.
James Dignan, 25 May 2019

Rhens City Horizontal Variants
With differing stripe patterns

[Rhens horozontal flag] Type #2     [Rhens horozontal flag] Type #3
images by Pete Loeser, 24 May 2019

Apparently we have a variety of Rhens City flags being manufactured today by German flag manufacturers using a combination of stripe patterns:

  1. We have the modern Black-Gold-White (N/Y+/W in vexspeak) version found flying in Bramley, England. (Type #1)
  2. We also have the Gold-Black-White (Y+/N/W) version discovered by both Jonathan and James. (Type #2)
  3. Then we have the Black-White-Gold (N/W/Y+) version (Type #3) - apparently based on a possible historical variant of the VG Rhens (Verbandsgemeinde Rhens) district stripe pattern.
The more modern horizontal flags have replaced the yellow color tint used on Jörg's original illustration with a gold (Y+) as shown on the photo of the Rhens flag used in Bramley. I think I'll just leave it to my friend Michael and others to un-sort this whole stripe conundrum.
Pete Loeser, 24 May 2019

In Rheinland-Pfalz we especially have the problem of lots of unofficial flags of former municipalities, never approved officially. Jôrg in the early 2002 had tried to present some of those for us. The local flags there are furthermore strictly following a NTSR-system (never twice same ratio), a nightmare for flag makers I can imagine.
I do not believe that Rhens actually had a historical flag, as it was only a tiny village in the former Prussian Rhine province. In Prussia there had not been many local flags. However, that tiny village had been of enormous historical importance to the Holy Roman Empire. For example, see the details of the Declaration of Rhense. Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 May 2019