Hong Kong

Timeline: Russian America

OTL equivalent: Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Hong Kong independence flag Coat of arms of Hong Kong (1959-1997)
Flag Coat of Arms
Capital Victoria
Cantonese and English
  others Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin
Buddhists and Taoists
  others Christians, Hindus, Muslims
Ethnic Groups
Han Chinese
  others English, Filipinos, Indians
Demonym Hong Kongese • Hongkonger
Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  legislature Legislative Council
Queen Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Albert Ho (DP)
Area 4,805 km²
Population 15,283,300 
Independence from the United Kingdom
  declared 1980s
  recognized 1980s
Currency Dollar (HKD)
Time Zone HKT (UTC+8)
Drives on the Left
Calling Code +852
Internet TLD .hk, .香港
Organizations CoN, UN

Hong Kong (Cantonese: 香港, hēung góng) is a sovereign state located in East Asia. The nation is bordered in the north by China and has a maritime border with Portugal (through Macau) in the south. As a part of the Commonwealth Realm, the head of state of Hong Kong is Queen Elizabeth II.

The British Empire acquired Hong Kong Island in 1842 from the North Qing Dynasty after their defeat in the First Opium War. The British gradually acquired more territory throughout the 19th Century, with the current borders being set after World War II. During the 1940s, Hong Kong was occupied by the Xian Dynasty. Hong Kong would remain a crown colony of the United Kingdom until the 1980s, at which time they gained independence.

Hong Kong is one of the wealthiest nations in East Asia.