Our Country 13


We are the only legitimate government of the Teochew-Hokkien (Hoklo) nation. This page serves as a “constitution” of our country.

If you have no idea what “Teochew” or “Hokkien” is, please read our brief introduction of the Teochew-Hokkien Nation.

If you know about the Teochew and Hokkien people, but don’t know why Teochew and Hokkien people should get independence from China, please read our Why Independence page.

Territory

Our de jure territory includes the Teochew region and the Hokkien Region.

The Teochew Region includes current Shantou Prefecture-level City, Chaozhou Prefecture-level City, Jieyang Prefecture-level City, Shanwei Prefecture-level City, and the southeastern part of Fengshun County of People’s Republic of China, and the Pratas Islands of Republic of China.

The Hokkien Region includes current Xiamen Prefecture-level City, Quanzhou Prefecture-level City, Zhangzhou Prefecture-level City, the southeast part of Longyan Prefecture-level City, and Datian County of People’s Republic of China, and Kinmen County of Republic of China.

The following graphs shows the historical distribution of Hoklo (Teochew-Hokkien) and Hakka people in both side of the Taiwan Strait during Qing Dynasty. Our de jure territory is approximately the green area in west side of the Taiwan Strait.

Hoklo and Hakka distribution

Legitimacy and Sovereign

Teochew and Hokkien regions defined above are the origin and have been the homeland of Hoklo people for more than 1,500 years. The current Chinese rule over Hoklo people is illegal. (See our page “Why Independence“) Due to the fact that there is no any legal government for Hoklo nation, the Hoklo people have the self-determination rights to form our own republic.

The Republic of Teochew and Hokkien will be strictly a nation state. The sovereignty of the republic belongs to all Hoklo people living in the Country.

Thus in one hand, our country will not seek to become an empire. We will not invade other nations. In the northwest frontier area of our nation, the people are mostly mixture of Hoklo and Hakka people, or Hakka people converted to Hoklo culture. These groups are called Hok-lo-kheh (福佬客) or Puann-Swann-kheh (半山客) in Hoklo language. For these groups of peoples, we should organize a referendum in each village and each town, allowing them to choose whether to join our nation independently. 1

People’s Rights

We believe all Hoklo men and women shall be free individuals, whose natural rights are given by the God and can not be repealed by any governments or organizations. These rights include right to life, right to property, freedom from slavery or torture, right to a fair trial, freedom to bear arms, freedom of speech and press, freedom of religion and belief, and freedom of assembly. However, all rights and freedoms are not excuses to violates others Hoklo men and women’s natural rights.

Since we are a nation whose precious freedoms are constantly threatened by powerful neighbors, all Hoklo people are not only allowed, but also encouraged to bear arms. All able Hoklo men are militia, must receive basic military training when turning 18 as a required civil duty, and have yearly military assembly locally. All families must have arsenals and food reserves in their residence, preparing for possible enemy invasions and even nuclear warfare.

Political System

Political Divisions

The Republic of Teochew and Hokkien will be a Federal Republic. There will be 5 states and 2 free cities in the country.

The two free cities are Swatow and Amoy. Swatow consists of Swatow Island, Kak-chioh Peninsular, and their surrounding islets. Amoy consists of Amoy Island, Chip-bi Peninsular, and their surrounding islets.

The remaining territory will be divided into five states according to historical “Fu” division in Ming and Qing dynasty. Thus the remaining territory will be divided into State of Teochew, State of Choachew, State of Chiangchew, State of Lengna, and State of Hailiokhong. The first four states correspond to four historical Fu’s in Ming and Early Qing. The last one is the Hoklo speaking part of the historical Waichow Fu.2

The Capital

The capital shouldn’t be established in any existing communities since it would disturb the local communities. We should build the capital in some less populous area, between Teochew and Hokkien region, and relatively safe from enemy attacks. Possibly in the mountain areas in Sounthern Chiangchew, or a newly constructed man-made island outside the coastline. The capital district would have similar local political system as free cities. However, in order to prevent the over expansion of the federal governments, all capital residence and current federal government employees and their family members shall not have voting rights in federal elections.

States’ Rights

Any rights which are not federal rights are the rights of states, free cities and the local governments and organizations in them, including but not limit to the right of collecting income and sales taxes, making and enforcing all civil laws and most criminal laws. However, all member states and free cities must be democratic republics themselves, and shall never allow any enemy 3 infiltration in their states.

Even though the Republic of Teochew and Hokkien is a relatively small nation state with only a single ethnic group. However, the diversity inside our society is beyond imagination. There are world-renowned populous, wealthy cities Swatow and Amoy, as well as peaceful but solid and thriving local communities. We have specialized industrial towns which are the world’s important manufacturing centers of firearms, clothes, shoes, toys, foods, and electronics. Almost every town has its unique traditional culture, tradition, food, and goods. The distributed political power system can make sure all local communities can be self-governed base on their local customs and their specialties, allowing them to fully embrace their potentials. For example, the free cities can have policies attracting smart people who love our country from all over the civilized world 4 to live and work in the cities freely, while all regular states can have much stricter immigration laws allowing the state governments and concerned communities to ban any non-local individuals or organizations to buy properties.

Congress, President, and the Supreme Court

The federal governments should be established under the principle of separation of powers. The congress, the president, and the supreme court are established in similar ways comparing to the system of the United States of America. The House of Representatives are elected based on population. Radical gerrymandering are limited by regulation of redistricting. In the senate, every state and free city has two senators. The president is elected by the electoral college. Faithless electors will be fired and replaced. If no candidate has more than half of the electoral votes, an new direct voting will be conducted between the two candidates with most electoral votes. The supreme court has 7 members, who are appointed by the president and approved by the senate. They are responsible to follow the customs and laws based on their original meaning and not allow to misinterpret laws.

National Symbols

National Flag and Coat of Arms

The national flag of our country will be the “Sun Shining on Our Home”. It is derived from the county flag of Quemoy. Showing the sun rising after a traditional Hoklo style roof. Color blue is the color of sky and ocean, which shows our national spirit of maritime and exploration. Color red shows our national spirit of enterprise. Color white stands for purity and justice.

Hoklo Flag Alternative Color

The coat of arms has not been decided yet. We will use the circular version of the national flag temporally.

National Anthem

The national anthem will temporarily be the Hokkien song Ainn-Piann-Chia-E-Iann originally sang by Taiwanese singer Iap Ki-tian, which literally means “No Victory Without Fighting”.

National Flower and National Tree

The national flower will be the Hoklo flame tree (delonix regia). The national tree will be the red cotton tree (bombax ceiba).

Hoklo flame tree

red cotton tree blossom

Both trees has bright red blossoms, which shows that our nation is passionate and energetic. The red cotton tree also has tall and straight trunk, which is commonly seen as the symbol of pride, courage and justice of Cantonese and Hoklo people. Thus red cotton tree is also called “the hero tree” in Cantonese and Hoklo.

The two trees and their blossoms are beloved in Hoklo and Cantonese regions. The Hoklo flame tree is the city tree of Amoy, and its blossom is the city flower of Swatow and Tainan. The red cotton tree blossom is the city flower of Canton city, Teochew city, and Takow city. They are also widely used as symbols in various companies and organizations.

National Animal

The Hoklo white dolphin (Sousa chinensis, or peh-go in Hoklo) will be the national animal of the Republic of Teochew and Hokkien. Like our national trees, white dolphins are beloved by both the Hoklo people and the Cantonese people. It was voted the most beloved sea animals in Hong Kong. It is also called Matsu fish by Hoklo people, relating the animal to the most respected and important goddess in Hokkism. The white dolphin is widely considered as the patron of Hoklo because they protect us from shark attacks. Their pure pinkish white skin also make them a symbol of virtue.

National Motto

The national motto of our country will temporally be “better dead than Chinese”.

After Republic of Teochew and Hokkien get fully independence from China, and the Chinese government (if any) recognizes and respects the independent Hoklo nation, the national motto should be and will be changed to something more neutral, such as “live free or die”.

Notes

  1. Of course they need to be approved by the existing members of our country before joining us, just like the constitution of the United States.
  2. The division is not strictly follow the boundary of cultural subgroups of Teochew-Hokkien people. Thus it is possible to find a better division base on cultural differences. States and free cities is the fundamental components of our countries. We should think carefully before setting up the state divisions and keep them stable and solid.
  3. It means Chinese in most of time in the near future.
  4. Excluding China.

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  • v

    You must include all those speaking Min language as a whole to form a greater nation. Zhongshan Min,Huizhou Min and Hainan Min etc. Those states which was classified under Hokkien based on the old Tang dynasty and Song dynasty map.

    • Admin

      Thank you for your response. Can you show me the map you talked about?

      I have considered Hainan before. Hainanese people are historical friends of Teochew and Hokkien people. The origin of Hainanese culture is most from the historical Hoklo immigrants in the past 1500 years. If the majority of the Hainanese people (excluding the Chinese immigrants in the past 40 years) agree to be part of our nation, and the majority of our people agree to accept Hainan as one of our member states, we shall consider it seriously. However, if we accept them as our member state, we shall consider all the possible problems. Firstly the differences between Hainanese language and Teochew/Hokkien language is larger than the diversity inside Teochew-Hokkien language. Also the fact that Hainan Island and Teochew-Hokkien region is geographically separated may cause further problems.

      As for Zhongshan Min, I don’t it is practical to acquire some separated villages totally surrounded by the Cantonese Republic as our territory. And I don’t think it is good for the welfare of the Zhongshan Min people.

  • v

    there must be a standardization of language which must be a mixture of Quan and Zhangzhou language. Taiwanese would be ideally (after eliminating Japanese words).

    • Admin

      I don’t agree with your idea about standardization of language, at least I don’t agree with using state power to enforce a standard of language. Since our nation was occupied by the Chinese Tyrants for hundreds of years, we all get used to the Chinese way of chauvinism and persecution against minorities. However, after the independence of Republic of Teochew and Hokkien, we shall allow all our member states to choose their official or standard language. We shall allow every media, school, and every company and family to choose their language, dialects and accents.

      In a word, we will not seek to build a Hoklo Tyranny instead of the current Chinese tyranny. Our goal is bring real freedom to all the Hoklo people.

  • ch

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    “闽南”是个有趣的地理概念,现如今它指的是泉州、漳州、厦门三地。不过你或许不知道,在过去,它还代指过整个福建。更特别的是,在宋代的时候,过去的“兴化府”即如今的莆田地区,也被包含在“闽南”的范围内。

    泉漳厦三地民俗信仰和文化高度一致。每年七月,当地都有“吃普度”的节俗。

    韩愈首创“闽南”

    “闽南”这个词是从什么时候开始出现的?现如今我们可以找到的最早记录,来自于唐代大文学家韩愈。这位擅长为别人写墓志铭的河南汉子,曾在《唐故中散大夫少府监胡良公墓神道碑》提到这样一句:“使人自京师南走八千里,至闽南两越之界上”。

    有意思的是,“福建”这个名称第一次出现于唐开元二十一年,即公元733年。而韩愈担任潮州刺史,写下这篇文章的时间大约在公元819年。也就是说,“福建”这一称呼出现后短短80年内,“闽南”这个地理名词也被创造出来了。

    相比之下,“闽东”和“闽西”直到宋代才第一次亮相。因此,唐代已有的“闽南”,称得上“元老级”的地理概念了。

    曾等同于“福建”

    在唐初,福建的行政区划尚未真正成形。开元二十一年,广东潮州甚至被划归“福建经略使”管辖。或许是因为这个原因,外省人对福建的区域构成一直都很模糊。最典型的当属明代“开国文臣之首”的宋濂,他在给福建的朋友写送别文章时,曾这样表述:“颇闻闽南有武夷山”。

    将武夷山放在闽南,放在今天这绝对是文学界的天大笑话。不过宋濂身为当时最有威望的文人,应该不至于犯这种常识上的错误。唯一的可能就是在那个时代的普遍观念里,“闽南”便相当于福建。

    当然,唐以后的人对“闽南”二字的解读也五花八门。除了将它认为是“福建”以外,还有人把它等同于福建南部,一股脑儿把“福建下四府”的福州、兴化、泉州、漳州全部打包装了进来。

    “泉南”地位更高

    有意思的是,当时的文人特别愿意将莆田归入“闽南”名下。无论是官修的地方志还是文人的私人笔记,都会提到“兴化,闽南名郡”之类的句子。那么,为什么莆田和闽南会有这种天然的亲近?学术界给出的解释是,和福州等地比较,莆田接受闽南文化影响的时间更长,程度也更深。

    而如今我们提到“闽南”,脑子里第一个反应自然是泉州、漳州和厦门。这三地共通闽南方言,在民俗信仰和文化上也高度一致,归入“闽南”合情合理。特别是泉州和漳州两地,无论历史如何变迁,它们始终是“闽南”的核心构成,谁缺席都不行。

    当然,这其中还有个有趣的事实不能忽略:在古代文献里,“泉南”一词出现的频率比“闽南”还要高。譬如南宋文坛盟主周必大,就明确写道:泉南地大民众,为七闽一都会……

    根据文献记载和文化习惯,“泉南”主要指泉州府,间或也包含泉州府以南的地区。也就是说,古代泉州府在经济文化上的成就更亮眼,连带着“泉南”二字也脸上有光,风头盖过了“闽南”许久。

  • user

    Like the American saying, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

    Anyway, people that laugh at another’s dreams are cowards themselves without any dreams. They don’t understand that physical reality is rooted in dreams, so I say, keep dreaming and one day the dream will become reality. Big changes always originate from just an idea.

    I just want to see the Teochew language prosper. It’s so disgusting that they want to stamp it out with a foreign language like Mandarin.

  • user

    There is another hope though. Throughout Chinese history, dynasties only last 200 or 300 years. Tang Dynasty was good. Even Qing Dynasty was not that bad. How I know this, is because the Teochews that came out from Qing Dynasty were doing well, no brainwashing, no mistreatment by the government. So many Teochews suffered under Mao rule. When re-united years later with family from overseas, they could only cry and cry.

    The only thing under Qing Dynasty was that men had to adopt the cue, but other than that, they weren’t forced to adopt any foreign culture or language. They kept well intact their Teochew language and traditions.

    Perhaps we can have another good one, after this period of darkness.

    • admin Post author

      Qing Dynasty is not that bad after the first one hundred years when the Manchurian massacred millions of people here and there. The issue is, before the rule of Chinese communists, there has never been a government that controls every individual in the society directly. There was always some level of self-governance in town and extended family level.

      Another issue, which is more concerning, is modern technologies enable the current level of tyranny. The development of the mass media is used by Beijing to brainwash our children directly. The development of transportation is used by Beijing to pump Chinese immigrants into Teochew and Cantonese area and drive Teochew and Cantonese people north or abroad. The development of computer technology made it possible for Beijing to track everyone’s online activities and every single monetary transactions. This level of control is not imaginable without modern technologies. The destroy of Teochew identity and culture is at the same pace as the development of China. Before 1980 most Teochew people can only speak a little Mandarin. But many Teochew kids born after 2000 don’t speak Teochew at all. The transition is happening rapidly. It’s very very concerning.

      I agree with you 100% with the “idea” part. If you are familiar with the modern history, you know there were many chances for Teochew and Cantonese to get independent from China. Kuomintang was basically a Cantonese and Hoklo party before 1920. We had the power to overthrown the Qing Empire. The North Expedition of Kuomintang was basically Guangdong Army conquered the whole China. Guangdong and Guangxi remained de facto independent before WWII. The only problem was the Cantonese and Teochew people were not mentally prepared to become independent nations. The same thing apply for Hong Kong in 1980s. If Hong Kong people insisted Cantonese are not Chinese, the UK government will never hand over HK to China.

      However, I am kind of positive about the future of our nation because ideas spread extremely fast. Our core message (Teochew and Hokkien are not Chinese) is so appealing that any real Teochew cannot resist it once they hear the message. Even if they are afraid to admit it, the message will be in their heart forever. In 2008 Hong Kong people are still proud to be Chinese during Beijing Olympics. But in 2017 you can’t find any Cantonese HK people under 35 yo consider themselves Chinese. We are in an era that nobody has seen before. Brace and be prepared.

      • user

        Do you know why the Chinese government hates the Teochews so much? What are they doing to the Teochews in China?

        Yeah, they’re pumping the Chinese immigrants everywhere, Tibet and Uyghur, Shanghai, and now from you, the Teochew area, and don’t forget, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. It’s their method of controlling the area …Haven’t you heard, they just want the land, they don’t want the people. They want the Taiwan island without the Taiwanese. They want HK without the HK people. These people think they can succeed without the talents of the Southern Chinese. I really want to see how well China can do, without Shanghai and Guangdong. They look down on the most valuable resource of the country, the people, and that’s why the only people left in Mainland China today are mostly of “poor quality.” All the talented and competent have mostly left the country. The only people that can’t leave are the people wanting to leech off the communist government, because communism guarantees well-being for everyone!

        Online activities are monitored, but perhaps this is a message for the people to get offline. Life happens offline, after all. If the media is destructive, then don’t use the media. If you know that they are trying to brainwash you, then don’t watch their programs and teach your kids the same. Teach your kids to think independently, to not blindly trust everything they hear. No one really has power over you unless you give it to them. People can harm your body, but no one can harm your spirit unless you let them. That is guarded.

        Caring about online tracking activities sound so western. I feel like it’s a privacy invasion, because I am westernized. Are you westernized? Asian people usually don’t care. All Asians I know think, you want to monitor, go ahead, there’s nothing to see. They do wonder why anyone would want to do that, but they don’t care. Like, similarly as an example, westerners don’t like it if you ask about their salary, age, or weight, but Asians gladly share such info with one another without feeling anything. But I do admit that the level of monitoring done by the Chinese communists is creepy, because they act like stalkers.

        No one can destroy the Teochew identity, unless the Teochews themselves don’t care. I know many Teochews that can’t speak Teochew anymore, but they will always identify with Teochew. It’s interesting, I asked a HK citizen if she was Chinese. She said, no. I asked her if she was Teochew, she said yes. I asked, but aren’t your ancestors from China. She said, yes, but a long time ago.

        It’s interesting what you say about the Cantonese HK people not considering themselves Chinese in 2017. Because it’s not just a phenomenon in HK, but a lot of overseas Chinese nowadays also don’t consider themselves Chinese anymore, or if they do, they will distinguish non-PRC Chinese from PRC Chinese. Like the Singaporeans will call themselves Singaporean Chinese, and call the Mainland Chinese, PRC Chinese. As recently as ten years ago, there was no such distinction.

        I imagine that what’s happening to Teochew people is also happening to the Shanghai people. Perhaps China might really split up. Who knows. Because so many people don’t want to be Chinese anymore. There are also the HK people and the Taiwanese. God, I feel like I wronged my Taiwanese friends. Because they always wanted Taiwan independence since forever, and in my naive younger years, I was like, how come? I thought, don’t you want a great China. But today I understand now why the Taiwanese hate Beijing so much. Beijing is doing the same thing everywhere. It’s showing up everywhere. Everyone wants independence now, except the incompetent.

      • teochew nang

        well for one thing you wont get anywhere if you dont contact the teochews and hokkiens and cantonese or even the south in general in china. have you considered making chinese websites promoting hokkien culture in weibo or some other chinese search engines? you wouldnt be able to promote independence(that would get shut down REAL quick by their censors) but you can still try to prop up hokkien/southern nationalism there. you cant really achieve anything or get anywhere if the only movement for fujian/guangdong independence is OUTSIDE of china and only in english to boot.

  • Tho Mun Chen

    Dear admin/president of the republic Teochew and Hokkien
    would you be interested in the overall support of the Chinese dissident movement if so please contact my email provided

    • teochew nang

      honestly i support a southern independence movement more than anything else. the northerners hate us and the more i research in to it the more i realize that. they put higher fines on us to have more kids and i noticed that their media says bad things about having kids when it comes to the south but when they are talking about the north they encourage people to have kids.
      its become obvious they want southerners gone. spread the word about this