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中华联盟
中華聯盟
Zhōnghuá Liánméng
Chinese Union
Official languages Ban Lam, Gan, Hakka, Jyut, Mandarin, Wu, Xiang, Zhuang (with other Chinese languages and non-Chinese languages official in their specific regions).
Capital Beijing
Largest City Shanghai
Union formed 1996
Area
Population 216,700,000
Currency Chinese Yuan (CNY)
Our Timeline Equivalent PRC, minus Tibet, much of Xinjiang Uyghur, some of Manchuria, and some areas near the border of these entities.

The Chinese Union is a supranational union of Chinese and sinicized nations - together comprising the area usually referred to as China. Its ten constituent nations are Gan, Gwong, Hanzhuang, Hokkien, Hong Kong, Jonggwo, Macau, Wu, Yue, and Yunnan. Taiwan is not officially part of the Chinese Union. However, though it wants more control over domestic affairs than a union would allow, Taiwan is integrated in many ways with the Chinese Union, and so is often called the "Plus One" in the "Chinese Union Plus One" (CUPO) scheme. Work on creating the "Chinese Union and Taiwan" is underway, though this idea is still unpopular with many people (particularly the Aboriginal Taiwanese).

History

Map Chinese Union (VegWorld)

The nations comprising the Chinese Union

The Chinese League started in 1975 when Jonggwo under Zhou Enlai, eager to start modernizing the country, invited the other nations (minus Hong Kong and Macau, which were still colonies) to join a free trade association. (Zhou had already been instrumental in bringing peace between Wu and Jonggwo.) Wu was hesitant to join Jonggwo in a political union, but saw that there was a huge potential if Jonggwo opened its markets. By the end of 1975, all of the current members (besides Hong Kong and Macau) had expressed interest in the idea, and the formation of the Chinese League got under way. By the time Zhou Enlai passed away in 1976, he had witnessed the birth of a new entity that would do much to modernize China.

The Chinese League started as not much more than a treaty giving other Chinese nations special preferences that other nations didn't enjoy. However, this evolved over time until the present Chinese Union was officially created in 1996. Hong Kong and Macau joined in 1997 and 1999, respectively, substantially reinvigorating the union. However, due to their small sizes, both countries are special members with some special rules. For instance, immigration is regulated, unlike in most of the Chinese Union. At present, the Chinese Union is one of the strongest of all supranational unions, meaning that it has powers over constituent nations that the European Union, the Pemhakamik Union, and others lack. Only the Union of Great Britain (itself in the European Union) is stronger. The Chinese Union is continuing to evolve.

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