Taiwan is an island located about 100 miles from China. It
was originally part of China. But in 1949, the communists
seized Mainland China forcing the nationalists to retreat to
Taiwan. From then on, Taiwan is also known as Free
China. The leaders of Republic of China, (Free China)
hoped someday that the communists will be driven out of
China. Therefore, they start to build Taiwan as a military
base for such purpose. However, their dreams were never
accomplished, instead, their efforts turned Taiwan into a
economic powerful country. This is also known as the
Taiwan Miracle. There is another interesting information
about Taiwan\'s name. Despite Free China, Taiwan also has
two other names, "Taiwan" (the one we call it) and
"Formosa". Let\'s talk about "Taiwan" first. "Taiwan" means
"terraced bay" to the mountain tribal people who originally
lives in Taiwan. When the immigrants from China migrated
to this island 3 hundreds years ago, they kept hearing the
tribal people calling (the place where the Chinese landed)
"Taiwan". Therefore, they assumed that the island is
"Taiwan". Formosa, on the other hand, was called by the
Portuguese sailors in the 1600s. It means "beautiful island".
Therefore, there are still people referring Taiwan as
Formosa when they try to beautify Taiwan today. Taiwan is
a sub-tropical country that that is warm most of the year.
The Tropic of Cancer passes through Taiwan in the
southern part. Therefore, snow is unusual to most the
Taiwanese here. But there are some places up in the high
mountains that do get cold enough to snow. Because the
land is hot and humid, it is the best for growing rice and
other farm products. The farmers in north can grow two
crops of rice a year in the north and three crops a year in
the south. There are mostly mountains in the north part of
Taiwan while plate farmland in the south. The government
of the Republic of China has some similarities to the
government of the United States. The government is based
on a Constitution and there is a President and Vice
President. ROC has a National Assembly instead of a
Congress and there are five branches of the government,
legislative, executive, judicial, examination, and control.
There are three major political parties and some other
lesser known ones. The best party that control many
resources of the country is the KMT, (Kuomintang), also
known as the Nationalists. The second best party is DPP,
(Democratic Progressive Party). And New Party. Well,
from here I have to tell you that I am a partisan of New
Party and I will interprete the three parties in MY WAY.
Alright, let me give you detailed descriptions of the three
parties. KMT is the oldest party in Chinese history.
However, over the past 80 years, the whole party has turn
from energetic and benevolent to decandent. However,
such corruption was not the sole problem of KMT. The
biggest trouble this party is facing is the infiltration of the
independence idea. Because of President Lee, who is a
total hypocratical Japanese renegade, he tries to lead KMT
into an authoritarian that secretly seek the independence of
Taiwan. Therefore please note President Lee\'s decieteful
actions and not to be fooled by the media that support him.
Beside KMT, the second most important political party is
the DPP. DPP is a party that is known for seeking of the
independence of Taiwan. They think that only with the total
separation with China would benefit Taiwan. They are the
ideal radical leftists. However, because they are too
idealistic, these partisans often use extreme and violent
ways to accomplish they goals or to express their feelings.
As a result, they are also known for their anti-government
and belligerent behaviors. The last party which is also the
party that I personally support, is the New Party. New
Party is a pretty "new" party. it was formed, I believe, only
5 years ago by only 7 members of the KMT legislators.
The reason that they form such party is because their ideals
to reform the Taiwan government. 5 years ago, ROC
government was controled by weak and corrputive KMT
officials (so is now) that the anarchist DPP members
disturb the domestic tranquility. They thought there is a
need to restore the proper social order and long lost
Chinese culture. Unlike the KMT and DPP, New Party do
not think that "Money" has to go with "Power" and anything
has to go the "hard way", so they are peaceful fighters
against the corruption and the violence in society. At that
time, all the political critics believed that this party will not
survive under the domination of KMT and DPP. However,
over 5 years their support has raised from 5 percents to