I’ve been meaning to post this photo for some time, but was looking for the appropriate thread:
The building is in Taidong, at the corner of Baosang and Guangdong Roads, one block from DPP headquarters. But as far as I know, it’s not officially connected with the DPP.
Unfortunately, the flags on the roof aren’t too clear because it was a windless day. Anyway, two of them are variations of the Republic of Taiwan flag. The other two are clearly the Japanese and American flags.
For those who can’t read Chinese, the horizontal sign says:
Taiwan Government, Taidong (Taiwan People’s Government) Ilan-Hualian-Taidong State Administrative Office
As the sign indicates, there are other branch offices of the “Taiwan People’s Government” in Ilan and Hualian. Probably elsewhere too, I imagine.
From what I’ve been told, this office is where you would go to apply for your ROT ID card and passport, among other things. I’ve never seen any applicants lining up to do this though. As for the two foreign flags on the roof, I understand that the office also doubles as a consulate for Japan and the USA, since both countries enjoy diplomatic relations with the ROT.
I presume that the purpose of this is to show the world that there is no ROC, only an ROT.
I suppose that everyone is entitled to a fantasy, but I find this pretty silly, or perhaps “pathetic” would be a better word. But I’m sure that there are some of you who are having an orgasm over this. Well, go ahead and shred your ROC-issued ARC (or ID card, if you’re a citizen) and apply for your ROT documents. Don’t be surprised if the only country that recognizes those passports is Sealand.