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.
- 1 Territory
- 2 Legitimacy and Sovereign
- 3 People’s Rights
- 4 Political System
- 5 National Symbols
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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 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.
The coat of arms has not been decided yet. We will use the circular version of the national flag temporally.
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).
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.
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.
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”.
- 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.
- 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.
- It means Chinese in most of time in the near future.
- Excluding China.