Here at “Springtime of Nations,” we endeavor to bring you the latest declarations of independence, notably in the last couple years the Free Sate of Australia, a tiny Russian Democratic Republic near Moscow, the Independent State of Azawad in Mali, Al-Serw in Egypt, the Sovereign State of Biafra in Nigeria, the Republic of Bakassi along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon, the Sultanate of Sulu in the Philippines and Malaysia, Puntland (almost?), and the State of Palestine’s admission (sort of) to the United Nations.
Added to this mixed list (Palestine thrives and moves forward and Puntland’s greatest hour may come soon, while the Azawadi independence bid has been violently snuffed out and Biafra’s was simply ignored) we can add the newest member of almost-existent nations: the United Federated States of Bangsamoro Republik (with Republik usually, in press reports, spelled with a final k instead of a c). Its independence was declared, without action, on August 12th on the island of Sulu by the Moro National Liberal Front (M.N.L.F.) and then put into concrete form on September 9th with the M.N.L.F.’s forcible takeover of Zamboanga City, on the island of Mindanao, and the raising of the Bangsamoro flag.
|Map showing Zamboanga City on the island of Mindanao|
|Map showing the current Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao|
|The flag of the original Republic of Zamboango, in 1899|
|An old flag of the original Sultanate of Sulu, of which the modern M.N.L.F. flag is a modification|
|“President” Nūr Miswāri (with microphone)|
|The claimed Bangsamoro Republik in dark red, with additional possible territories claimed in pink.|
But that question may be moot. Soon, undoubtedly, Zamboanga will be fully retaken, and the cause of Moro autonomy, let alone independence, will have suffered a great setback. (Or I could be wrong.) Watch this space for updates.
|The Philippine flag still flying over Zamboanga’s city hall,|
next to a statue of the Philippine national hero, José Rizal