This new province would consist of the three districts Fang, Mae Ai and Chai Prakan. Historically, the area was the Mueang Fang, first a district of Chiang Rai and in 1925 reassigned to Chiang Mai. Mae Ai was split off from Fang district in 1967, Chai Prakan in 1988. In total, it'd have a population of nearly 250.000 and an area of 2135 km² - which would rank it at 66th position by area and 68th position by population among the existing provinces.
Those petitioning for this new province even set up a website named FangOnline. Most interesting on that website is the campaign timeline, which I translated to present it here. I have also borrowed the campaigning photo below from their site.
- March 26 2009: Committee to campaign for creation of Fang province submitted petition to Speaker of the Parliament.
- April 5 2009: Committee submitted petition to prime minister in order to get acknowledge and support.
- June 16 2009: Committee submitted petition to vice chairman of parliament together with a list of 11,022 signatures of supporters