Today marks Fiji's 39th anniversary of Independence from Great Britain.
On 10th October 1970, Prince Charles handed over the Instruments of Independence to Fiji's first Prime Minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara at Albert Park, Suva.
History shows that the struggle for Fiji's Independence started more than a decade before 1970, led by A D Patel who formed the country's first political organisation the National Federation Party.
NFP's main objective was to ensure Independence and save cane farmers from the shackles of the Colonial Sugar Refining Company.
While Patel died in October 1969, his vision of an Independent nation was realised a year later.
For 17 years, Fiji experienced an atmosphere of calm, peace, progress and prosperity, until May 14 1987 when Sitiveni Rabuka let the coup genie out of the bottle.
Since then Fiji has become a Republic and experienced four coups in 20 years, the latest in December 2006 led by army commander Frank Bainimarama, who now leads the country as interim prime minister.
Under the rule of Bainimarama, Fiji's does not have a Constitution and is being ruled by Decrees.
Fiji, which as described by the late Pope John Paul II in 1986 as the way the world should be, will be ruled by Frank Bainimarama's interim regime until elections in 2014.