_____ The Republic of Vemerana. Small, poor, and technologically disadvantaged, this minor island-nation is one of the least understood or well-recognized countries that exist on Earth today, however, like so many other states that have 'graced' the world with their presence over the years, this small collection of Melanesian islands boasts a long, proud, and intricate history that ties together strands of all mankind's past. Colonialism, nationalism, modernisation, and commercial opportunities have all played their part in both the independence and post-war formation of the government and nation that we know today as Vemerana, personal rivalries, beliefs, intrigue, and international meddling also playing large roles in the cast that would bring together such an 'unusual' state. For the previous thirty years since its declaration of independence in early-1980, immediately prior to the official sovereignty of its sister state in Vanuatu (though few would claim their relationship is anything close to sororal), the Pacific state that we'll be focusing our attentions on over the next day-or-so have been under the influence of many men and many nations over the last few years; France, Britain, America, and Australia being amongst dozens of nations that have, since its independence, attempted to push and prod this this state this-way-and-that. However, despite their vast connections to the rest of the 'western world', Vemerana remains technologically backwards, socially unequal, and economically mismanaged; these marks of its current history being only three of far more stains of the nation's colonial past (the nation's leading ideology of 'traditionalism' also playing a role in this situation). Indeed, just two weeks ago, the government of France had been criticised in official United Nations documents due to its "clear and consistent history of meddling in internal Vemeranan affairs"; an overview of neo-colonialism that has often defined and distinguished this recently independent state from its more fiercely sovereign neighbours in Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands. From accusations of vote rigging in the 2011 general elections to arguments that an international power saw to the assassination of their first president, these 'common allegations' of French or British overextending their reach on the islands have been the only news from Vemerana to break out of their minuscule state in recent years. As a result, we here at the World Register have decided to compile a small, but informative report on how a state built around tradition and Ni-Vanuatu nationalism could be drawn away from the road to independence and back to the comfortable but unfeeling wing of neo-colonialist agencies in France, Britain, and America. Furthermore, it will be our duty to attempt to present the short but fascinating story behind the first years of this oft-neglected republic and piece together just how the first and most popular of the 'Presidents in Luganville' managed to win and maintain independence during that destinctive decade known as the 1980's, only to lose it so fast. Readers, I'll ask you to prepare for a brief, but interesting dive into one of the most remote and poor, but also captivating nations that have arose in recent history. This, my readers, is the intriguing and proud history of Vemerana, in only four short updates. _____ Jeanne Harmes. 2011. The short by captivating history of Vemerana. www.worldregister.com.au/reports/2011/Vemerana. [Accessed 17 October 2013].