A nation rich with oil, but poor from to poverty. Lying just off the coast of Australia and south of the Philippines is East Timor. East Timor not only brings to mind a state that was once Indonesia’s but also a place where unpleasant human rights violations take place since before the referendum held in 1999. "The lack of resources and the high level of illiteracy is worrying. However, this should not dampen our enthusiasm and the will to overcome underdevelopment." (by Xanana Gusmao) The Leaders of East Timor are determined to create developed, modern nation. East Timor has the potential to becoming a prosperous nation, since it is a developing, emerging nation furthermore; its future is capable of becoming ideal with lots of time, work, and patients required.