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State of Vemerana (Vanuatu)

Secessionist movement

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[State of Vemerana (Vanuatu)]
by Calvin Paige Herring

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"Near the time of Vanuatu's independence, many on the island of Espiritu Santo and other nearby islands desired independence from Vanuatu. They planned to call their nation Vemerana. Their party or proposed national flag was of light blue with a green star". Source: Barraclough and Crampton 1981.

Calvin Paige Herring, 7 June 1998

On 1st June 1980 was proclaimed the provisional government of the State of Vemerana, with Stevens as prime minister. The flag was blue with green star, like the posted one, but in ratio 1:2. Espiritu Santo revolt was extended to Aoba (27th June 1980, without success), and Mallicolo [Malakula] (28th June to 4th July 1980). The revolt was controlled by Anglo-French troops 24th July 1980. The capital Louganville was taken, but the revolt followed beat in the island. On 18th August 1980 French and British left the island and Papua-New Guinean and Australian troops arrived, together with Vanuatu police. The revolt ended 31st August 1980 when Stevens was imprisoned.

Jaume Ollé, 10 June 1998