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The Lanfang Republic (Traditional Chinese: 蘭芳共和國, Hanyu Pinyin: Lan Fang Gongheguo) was a Hakka Chinese state in western Kalimantan that was established in 1777 until it was ended by Dutch occupation in 1884. The Lan Fang Republic is the strongest contender for the first republic in Asia. Traditional Chinese characters are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Pinyin (拼音, Pīnyīn) literally means join (together) sounds (a less literal translation being phoneticize, spell or transcription) in Chinese and usually refers to Hànyǔ Pīnyīn (汉语拼音, literal meaning: Han language pinyin), which is a system of romanization (phonetic notation and transliteration to roman script) for Standard Mandarin used in the... Hakka (Chinese: 客家; pinyin: kèjiā, literal meaning guest families) are a Han Chinese people whose ancestors are said to originate from around Henan and Shanxi in northern China over 2700 years ago. ... Map of Kalimantan Kalimantan is the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. ... 1777 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1884 is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search There are several contenders for the title of the First republic in Asia. ...

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