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Chinese Regional Separatist Movements

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Chinese Regional Separatist Movements - Overview

The whole movement of introducing new separatisms of Chinese regions, including the creation of their flags, seems to have been initiated by a Liu Zhongjing [1], a Chinese dissident born in Sichuan, currently residing in the USA. His political theories, while borrowing heavily from the American extreme right, call for a "de-Sinicization" of Chinese territories with the Han people making the majority of the population, considering them not a single ethnicity, but a collection of local identities upon which a single national identity was imposed by the Chinese Communist Party [1]; the regions with the majority of ethnic groups other than Han are also considered separate would-be states, as are Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as well. Initially, being a native of Sichuan, Liu only invented Basuria/Bashulia, his followers adding other would-be countries and producing numerous maps of a fragmented China, with the varying number of displayed territories [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. On some of those maps, a very rump China is also displayed [1, 2], typically reduced to Henan province and some adjacent areas (the actual historic core of China), while on the others, that area is also partitioned between two or more "countries" [3, 4]. Typically, the proposed borders are derived from the current provincial borders in China, often corrected so as to match the distribution of Sinitic languages (dialects of Mandarin Chinese usually also being counted as separate languages), which may mean the addition of completely new entities to a map; the names of "countries" are derived either from those of the prevailing languages/dialects or from ancient place names, such as those of the Warring States which were located in a particular area. Upon each territory on a particular map, its name in Chinese script, a Westernized name in Latin script and a flag image are also displayed; the flag designs for a single territory may vary between the maps, although there are often some clearly prevailing ones, especially those used in real life. Most of the maps seem to be derived from a common source [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], although there are also those which differ greatly [6]; the latter might be created independently from the rest and sometimes even precede their creation.

[1] The China Project website: (Map image:

[2] Cathaysian Freedom website: (Map image:

[3] A map of completely partitioned China at Twitter:

[4] A map of completely partitioned China at Twitter:

[5] A map of partitioned southern China at Medium:

[6] China Matters blog:

All information available on this page is presented for vexillological purposes only. The political attitudes of the creators and users of described flags are not related to those of the contributors in any way.

Tomislav Todorovic, 7 January 2023

"Hokkien"/"Hokkienam" (Fujian province)

[Flag of Nanjing] image by Brendan, 3 February 2019

A horizontal bicolour, blue over white, with a yellow eight-pointed star in the top-left corner.
Brendan, 3 February 2019

[Flag of Nanjing] image by Brendan, 3 February 2019

Another version online shows the star in the centre of the flag.
Brendan, 3 February 2019

Other flags also appear, and the "country" name is also spelled Hookkien.
Tomislav Todorović, 4 February 2019

"Cantonia" (Guangdong province)

[Flag of Cantonia (Guangdong province)] image by Brendan, 3 February 2019

A horizontal tricolour of light green, brown and light blue, with a red kapok flower outlined in white. This one's been on the Wikimedia Commons since 2014. 
Brendan, 3 February 2019

This "country" sometimes also includes Guangxi and Hainan, and even Guizhou and Yunnan. Other flag designs also appear.
Tomislav Todorović, 4 February 2019

"Bashulia"/"Basuria" (eastern Sichuan province and Chongqing)

[Flag of Cantonia (Guangdong province)] image by Brendan, 3 February 2019

An American-looking flag, but with some kind of yellow sun emblem in the blue field.
Brendan, 3 February 2019

[Flag of Cantonia (Guangdong province)] image by Brendan, 3 February 2019

Also saw a version with just the sun online.
Brendan, 3 February 2019

This name is derived from the names of two Warring States - Ba ( which comprised the areas around present-day Chongqing, and Shu - which held the areas around present-day Chengdu, the Sichuan province capital. However, variant Basuria sounds as if being invented by speakers of a language which has no l-sound, so it is replaced with r-sound - Japanese being the first to suggest itself, more reasons for it below.

The charges surrounding the sun are the "bird-dragons", an ancient Chinese decorative motif, also thought to have been a precursor of the Chinese phoenix.

Source: Vilets, Vilijam: Umetnost Kine
Belgrade: Narodna knjiga, 1974
Original title: William Willets: The Foundations of Chinese Art
(c) Penguin Books Ltd and Thames and Hudson Ltd
[no publishing date of the original work; finished in 1965, according to the author's introductory note]
Tomislav Todorović, 4 February 2019

The flag with yellow emblem on blue field is prevailing, if not the only one in real-life use.


The flag design is derived from the Sun and Immortal Birds Gold Ornament, aka the Golden Sun Bird, an ancient artifact made of gold - a disc of golden foil with five cutouts shaped like the sun and four birdlike animals; consequently, the latter are probably not the "bird-dragons" mentioned earlier, although their shape does suggest them as one of the predecessors of that motif.

[1] Flag explanation at Twitter:
[2] Golden Sun Bird at Wikipedia:

This would-be country comprises only the eastern part of current Sichuan province, its western part, having been included in the former Xikang province until 1955, being considered a part of Greater Tibet. Regarding the name, Basuria is the form in prevailing use, because in the Sichuanese dialect of Mandarin Chinese, the sh-sound is not used at all, the s-sound being used instead; this fact further suggests that perhaps the use of letter "r" is actually not a feature of Japanese or another language lacking the l-sound, but simply a preferred Westernized form of a Chinese/Sichuanese place name.

[1] Xikang at Wikipedia:
[2] Sichuanese dialect/language at Wikipedia:
[3] Bashu/Basu nationalism at Wikipedia:

Tomislav Todorovic, 14 December 2022


[Flag of Cantonia (Guangdong province)] image by Brendan, 3 February 2019

A red saltire on white with a blue disc in the centre outlined in white. Clearly based the flag of the Shanghai International Settlement.
Brendan, 3 February 2019

This is the first time I found a Shanghainese separatist - or "separatist" - flag: more frequently, the area is presented as part of a larger would-be country, comprising all provinces between Shandong and Fujian. That "country" is called Goetsu, which is Japanese for Wuyue, a 10th-century Chinese state:

The use of a Japanese word suggests that some of these "separatisms" are actually the idea of some Japanese or pro-Japanese wishful thinkers. Even more so given the use of the flag of Manchukuo, which was just a Japanese puppet state. More about the topic can be found here:
Tomislav Todorović, 4 February 2019