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The State of Vietnam
Vietnam
(Vietnamese: Quốc gia Việt Nam; French: État du Viêt-Nam) was a state that claimed authority over all of Vietnam during the First Indochina War
First Indochina War
although part of its territory was actually controlled by the communist Việt Minh. The state was created in 1949 and was internationally recognized in 1950. Former Emperor Bảo Đại
Bảo Đại
was chief of state (Quốc Trưởng). After the 1954 Geneva Agreements, the State of Vietnam
Vietnam
had to abandon the northern part of the country to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV). Ngô Đình Diệm
Ngô Đình Diệm
was appointed prime minister that same year and—after having ousted Bảo Đại
Bảo Đại
in 1955—became president of the Republic of Vietnam.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Unification of Vietnam
Vietnam
(1947–48) 1.2 French Union
French Union
(1949–54) 1.3 Partition (1954–55)

2 Politics

2.1 Provisional Central Government of Vietnam
Provisional Central Government of Vietnam
(1948–49) 2.2 State of Vietnam
Vietnam
(1949–55) 2.3 Leaders (1948–55) 2.4 1955 referendum, Republic of Vietnam

3 Military

3.1 Vietnamese National Army
Vietnamese National Army
(1949–55)

4 Economy

4.1 Currency

5 See also 6 References

History[edit] Unification of Vietnam
Vietnam
(1947–48)[edit] Since the August Revolution, the Việt Minh had seized all of the territories of Vietnam. The Democratic Republic of Vietnam
Vietnam
was established by the Việt Minh on September 2, 1945 (the same day as Japan signed surrender documents with the United States), and the DRV had controlled all of territories of Vietnam. By February 1947, following the pacification of Tonkin (North Vietnam), the Tonkinese capital, Hanoi, and the main traffic axis returned to French control. The Việt Minh partisans were forced to retreat into the jungle and prepared to pursue the war using guerrilla warfare. In order to reduce Việt Minh leader Hồ Chí Minh’s influence over the Vietnamese population, the French authorities in Indochina supported the return to power of the emperor (last ruler of the Nguyễn Dynasty), Bảo Đại, by establishing puppet states, including the State of Vietnam. Bao Dai had voluntarily abdicated[1] on August 25, 1945, after the fall of the short-lived Empire of Vietnam, a puppet state of the Empire of Japan. On June 5, 1948, the Halong Bay Agreements (Accords de la baie d’Along) allowed the creation of a unified Vietnamese government replacing the Tonkin (North Vietnam), Annam (Middle Vietnam) associated to France within the French Union
French Union
and the Indochinese Federation then including the neighboring Kingdom of Laos
Kingdom of Laos
and Kingdom of Cambodia. Cochinchina (South Vietnam), however, had a different status, both as a colony and as an autonomous republic, and its reunification with the rest of Vietnam
Vietnam
had to be approved by its local assembly, and then by the French National Assembly. During the transitional period, a Provisional Central Government of Vietnam
Provisional Central Government of Vietnam
was proclaimed: Nguyễn Văn Xuân, until then head of the Provisional Government of South Vietnam
South Vietnam
(as Cochinchina had been known since 1947) became its president, while Bảo Đại
Bảo Đại
waited for a complete reunification to take office. However, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam
Vietnam
had declared the independence of Vietnam
Vietnam
and had control almost Vietnam’s territory since September 2, 1945.[2] Besides that, the DRV had also hosted the 1946 Vietnamese National Assembly election
1946 Vietnamese National Assembly election
with the participation of 89% voter in Vietnam
Vietnam
(north and south). The Democratic Republic of Vietnam
Vietnam
had officially become the constitutional representatives of Vietnam
Vietnam
in 1946. Since the Halong Bay Agreements resulted in many aspects—excluding the referendum—in the enforcement of the March 6, 1946, Indochinese Independence Convention signed by Communist Hồ Chí Minh’s Democratic Republic of Vietnam
Vietnam
and High Commissioner
High Commissioner
of France in Indochina Admiral Thierry d'Argenlieu, representative of Félix Gouin's Provisional French Republic led by the French Section of the Workers' International (SFIO), some regarded the State of Vietnam
Vietnam
as a puppet state of the French Fourth Republic. French Union
French Union
(1949–54)[edit] Main article: First Indochina War On May 20, 1949, the French National Assembly approved the reunification of Cochinchina with the rest of Vietnam. On decision took effect on June 14 and the State of Vietnam
Vietnam
was officially proclaimed on July 2. From 1949 to 1954, reunification with Cochinchina, the State of Vietnam
Vietnam
had partial autonomy from France as an associated state within the French Union. Bảo Đại
Bảo Đại
fought against communist leader Hồ Chí Minh for legitimacy as the legitimate government of the entire Vietnam
Vietnam
through the struggle between the Vietnamese National Army
Vietnamese National Army
and the Việt Minh during the First Indochina War. The State of Vietnam
Vietnam
found support in the French Fourth Republic
French Fourth Republic
and the United States (1950–1954) while Hồ Chí Minh was backed by the People's Republic of China
People's Republic of China
(since 1950), and to a lesser extent by the Soviet Union. Despite French support, roughly 60% of Vietnamese territory was under Việt Minh control in 1952.[3] Partition (1954–55)[edit] Further information: Geneva Conference and Partition of Vietnam

Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
Vietnamese taking refuge in a French LST in 1954.

After the Geneva Conference of 1954, as well as becoming fully independent with its departure from the French Union, the State of Vietnam
Vietnam
became territorially confined to those lands of Vietnam
Vietnam
south of the 17th parallel, and as such became commonly known as Republic of Vietnam. The massive voluntary migration of anti-Communist north Vietnamese, essentially Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
people, proceeded during the French-American Operation Passage to Freedom
Operation Passage to Freedom
in summer 1954. Politics[edit] Provisional Central Government of Vietnam
Provisional Central Government of Vietnam
(1948–49)[edit] On May 27, 1948, Nguyễn Văn Xuân, then President of the Republic of Cochin China, became President of the Provisional Central Government of Vietnam
Vietnam
(Thủ tướng lâm thời) following the merging of the government of Cochin China and Vietnam
Vietnam
in what is sometimes referred as "Pre-Vietnam". State of Vietnam
Vietnam
(1949–55)[edit] On June 14, 1949, Bảo Đại
Bảo Đại
was appointed Chief of State (Quoc Truong) of the State of Vietnam; he was concurrently Prime Minister for a short while (Kiêm nhiệm Thủ tướng). On October 26, 1955, the Republic of Vietnam
Vietnam
was established and Ngô Đình Diệm became the first President of the Republic. Leaders (1948–55)[edit] Further information: Leaders of South Vietnam

Name Took office Left office Title

Nguyễn Văn Xuân May 27, 1948 July 14, 1949 President of the Provisional Central Government of Vietnam

1 Bảo Đại July 14, 1949 January 21, 1950 Prime Minister; remained Chief of State throughout the State of Vietnam

2 Nguyễn Phan Long January 21, 1950 April 27, 1950 Prime Minister

3 Trần Văn Hữu May 6, 1950 June 3, 1952 Prime Minister

4 Nguyễn Văn Tâm June 23, 1952 December 7, 1953 Prime Minister

5 Bửu Lộc January 11, 1954 June 16, 1954 Prime Minister

6 Ngô Đình Diệm June 16, 1954 October 26, 1955 Prime Minister

1955 referendum, Republic of Vietnam[edit] Main article: State of Vietnam
Vietnam
referendum, 1955 The State of Vietnam
Vietnam
referendum of 1955 determined the future regime of the country. Following the referendum's results the State of Vietnam
Vietnam
ceased to exist on October 26, 1955, and was replaced by the Republic of Vietnam—widely known as South Vietnam—whose reformed army, under American "protection", pursued the struggle against communism; the Việt Cộng replaced the Viet Minh, in the Vietnam
Vietnam
War. Military[edit] Vietnamese National Army
Vietnamese National Army
(1949–55)[edit] Main article: Vietnamese National Army Following the signing of the 1949 Élysée Accords in Paris, Bảo Đại was able to create a National Army for defense purposes. It fought under the State of Vietnam's banner and leadership and was commanded by General Nguyễn Văn Hinh. Economy[edit] Currency[edit]

A 100 piastres sample note of 1954.

The currency used within the French Union
French Union
was the French Indochinese piastre. Notes were issued and managed by the "Issue Institute of the States of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam" (Institut d’Emission des Etats du Cambodge, du Laos et du Viêt-Nam). See also[edit]

First Indochina War French Indochinese piastre Vietnamese National Army French Indochina History of Vietnam

References[edit]

^ "Lễ thoái vị của Hoàng đế Bảo Đại
Bảo Đại
qua lời kể của nhà thơ Huy Cận". VnExpress. Retrieved 2016-09-08.  ^ " Vietnam
Vietnam
independence proclaimed - Sep 02, 1945". HISTORY.com. Retrieved 2016-09-08.  ^ Pierre Montagnon, L'Indochine française, Tallan

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