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The municipality of Guadiana (2,485 in habitants in 2019; 3,005 ha) is located 30 km east of Badajoz.
Guadiana del Caudillo was established in 1950 by the National Institute of Colonization as part of Plan Badajoz. The submunicipality of Guadiana del Caudillo was established by Decree No. 2,193, issued on 23 July 1971 by the Spanish Government and published on 22 Septmber 1971 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 227, pp. 15,382-15,383 (text).
The municipality of Guadiana del Caudillo, separated from Badajoz, was established by Decree No. 29, issued on 17 February 2012 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 23 February 2012 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 37, pp. 3,943-3,959 (text).
Validated on 9 February 2009 by the Municipal Council of Badajoz, the separation was denied by Decree No. 35, issued on 25 March 2011 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 30 March 2011 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 62, pp. 7,767-7,768 (text), because the Village Council refused to drop the Francoist epithet "del Caudillo" from the village's name, as prescribed by the Historical Memory Law. The Decree was nullified on 13 February 2012 by the Directorate General of the Judiciary Services of the Government of Extremadura.
In 2019, the municipality was renamed to Guadiana, in the aftermath of the change in the municipal majority. The former Francoist mayor, Antonio Pozo, who had left the Partido Popular (PP) for the newmy formed extreme-rightist party VOX and had been decorated by the Francisco Franco Foundation, was defeated by Francisco Moreno (PSOE). The first decision of the new mayor was to make the town's name compliant with the Historic Memory Law to get rid of the nickname of "Franco's village" or "fascist village" once appended to Guadiana.
[El Diario, 9 October 2019]
Ivan Sache, 15 March 2020
The flag (photo,
photo) and arms of Guadiana, adopted on 24 June 2004 by the Village Council and validated on 9 November 2004 by the Assessing Council of Honors and Distinctions of the Government of Extremadura, are prescribed by an Order issued on 15 November 2004 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 4 December 2004 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 141, pp. 14,549-14,550 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:
Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 2:3. The three upper fourths, blue, charged in the center with the local coat of arms, the lower fourth, argent with two blue waves.
Coat of arms: Azure a column argent wrapped with a scroll or inscribed "PLUS ULTRA" in letters sable surrounded by a lion gules crowned or, a base wavy argent and azure. A bordure or two plows vert in chief and in base two tomatoes proper dexter and sinister. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.
Ivan Sache, 15 March 2020