End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • Shan States seek independence

    6 November 1945. With some of their states newly liberated from Thai rule, the Shan sawbwas (princes) send a message to London reminding the British of their past loyalty and material support and calling for self-government (dominion status) for the 43 Shan States in the same way as being discussed for Burma, India, Ceylon and Malaya. They also propose amalgamating the 43 states into 12 and having one sawbwa lead them all.

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