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The Jakarta Tribune is the leading trilingual news provider in the Nusantaran Archipelago. Established in 1835, it has since become the most popular newspaper in Hindia Belanda, with over 3 million average circulations of its paper-version and 21 million online subscribers. The newspaper is left-alligned but a majority of Hindia Belandans believe the reporting is fairly unbiased. It also owns the Rotten Durian, a satire newspaper popular among citizens of Hindia Belanda.

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Security level heightened, Hindia Belandan embassies remain closed

Intelligence Office says it has received information of possible threats made against Hindia Belandans


Sofia Mangkunagara | Contributor
14 January 2016 | JAKARTA, Hindia Belanda



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Hindia Belandan embassies in the Islamic Republic of Aceh, Fifthland and the UAE closed on the advice of the Intelligence Office.

JAKARTA — After the harrowing episodes from Pulau Alba last December that left 27 wounded and 2 buildings in need of serious repairs, the Hindia Belandan government is taking further actions to minimise the possibility of another terrorist attack. The Intelligence Office has issued warnings to almost every Hindia Belandan embassies abroad in anticipation of an attack, causing disruption to consular business and visa services. Dozens of police and Diplomatic Security Brigade were deployed outside Hindia Belandan embassies abroad. Three embassies particularly in Abu Dhabi, Banda Aceh and Ya Jing City were closed and will remain so until further notice after they received a warning from the intelligence community that an attack is possible.

Speaking in Ya Jing City, Fifthland, His Excellency Ambassador Albers remarked that a new counter-terrorism strategy must be devised by the central government as he believes the current one is not up to standards. "surveillance program here and there certainly wouldn't hurt. Safety has a price and I would trade a little bit of my privacy for a safer Hindia Belanda" Albers said sternly.

In Parliament, lawmakers are struggling to pass a new surveillance law which has not been met easily by the public. Prince Jayakoesoemah, a member of the upper chamber of Parliament who was also taking refuge inside the Hindia Belandan diplomatic compound during his holiday in Banda Aceh said that "the government is working closely with foreign governments to monitor the situation. But there has to be a way for the government to avoid further attacks by introducing a sensible surveillance program. I know it is not easy and my colleagues are also facing a great dilemma: the Act (surveillance law) being debated in Parliament must contain additional clauses that protect individual privacy. I refuse to see Hindia Belanda turn into an Orwellian nightmare".
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Postby Hindia Belanda » Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:33 pm

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The Regnal Numbering Incident

Sultan Mangkujagad XV says that his regnal numbering has been inaccurate all this time, proclaiming that he is actually the sixteenth Sultan


Jennie Witchell | Royal correspondent
14 January 2016 | Mangkujagad, Hindia Belanda



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Their Majesties the Sultan and the Sultana of Mangkujagad

MANGKUJAGAD — The Sultan of Mangkujagad has reportedly received a revelation through his dream that the regnal numbering has been inaccurate all along. Speaking before his subjects inside the Royal Audience Hall in Mangkujagad, he announced that "it is the will of Gusti Allah (God Almighty) through my ancestors that I must correct this grave error of our regnal numbering" referring to the ordinal number usually placed after a monarch's regnal name.

A touristic and historical city, Mangkujagad has been continously ruled by a monarch since the 7th century, enjoying a special privilege accorded by the central government through a royal order issued by Queen Wilhelmina. The Sultan acts as a figurehead ruler, while a popularly-elected Lord Mayor carries out executive duties in the city.

The current regnal numbering started its counting from the 7th century Raja Panembahan, whom historians believe was not an actual living person but a legend. The Sultan, however, is steadfast in his belief that Panembahan actually existed and that he was not the first king of Mangkujagad but rather the second, proclaiming that Raja Mangkuwijaya was the first. He added that "Leaders will receive a harsher siksa (afterlife punishment) if they lead the people wrongly or ignore any revelation sent from Gusti Allah. I have to correct this before I incur His wrath". A royal proclamation was read and made known on the eve of 14 January 2016, codifying this change to the dismay of other members of the Royal family.

Speaking in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Sultan's younger brother Prince Prameswa has publicly rejected the decision, believing that it is a mistake. "You cannot rewrite history. Panembahan was the first king and will remain so" the prince told reporters outside Cafe Saint-Piere. In order to demonstrate their discontent, other members of the royal family plan to make a pilgrimage to the royal cemetery. The pilgrimage, he remarked, would invoke God and the family's ancestors in an effort to change the Sultan's mind. "Hopefully he (the sultan) will realise his mistake soon, before anything bad befalls us".

After the alteration, the Sultan is now officially known as Sultan Mangkujagad XVI.




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@ediwijaya | 3 hours ago
Please do tell me: why should I care about this superstitious laughing stock?

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@lavernealbers | 1 hour ago
The sultan said that his decision was based on god's divine revelation sent through his ancestor, kings of the Mangkujagad kingdom. And now here all other members of the family said that they are going to ask their ancestors and god to change sultan's mind. Come to think about it, I guess it must be very hectic to be god in this case

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Postby Hindia Belanda » Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:16 pm

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BREAKING: Explosions, gunfire heard in Central Jakarta

Weltevreden district on lockdown


Saira Wong | Correspondent
14 January 2016 | JAKARTA, Hindia Belanda



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Hindia Belandan embassies abroad on high alert.

JAKARTA — A series of explosions have rocked the capital, followed by reports of gunfire. Royal Police has put Weltevreden district on lockdown. There are reports of police snipers stationed around the central area.

There is no clear indication of who might be behind these multiple attacks. Locals and foreigners alike are advised not to roam around the capital area during this situation. The attacks came shortly before the Royal Visit of the Hindia Belandan King Willem, who is scheduled to begin his tour of the country next week. Governor-General Mohammed Salim confirmed that the visit might be put on hold.

(This is a breaking news story, stay tuned for more updates)

UPDATE: Lockdown has been lifted, office workers are being evacuated in small groups. The Weltevreden area remains on high alert, while avenues linking the district to the Governor-General's palace remain closed for the day. Royal Police believe that at least two perpetrators are still at-large, warning the public to report any suspicious behaviour.

There has been no claim of responsibility as of now, but a great deal of security analysts have speculated that the attacks might be linked to Salafi Jihadists in the Middle East. Royal Police, when asked about this, stressed not to take any premature conclusion as fact and warned the public not to disseminate false rumours.



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WE ARE NOT AFRAID OF YOU TERRORISTS! #KamiTidakTakut

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Postby Hindia Belanda » Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:58 am

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KEB strikes a loan deal with Bank of Thedosia

Koninklijke Elektrische Bedrijf took out a hefty loan of NS$ 1.8Bn to fund construction of solar farms


Alan Eckhardt | Economic correspondent
14 January 2016 | Vizima, Thedosia



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The solar farms will generate a whooping 148 MWh worth of power

VIZIMA — A spokesman of Koninklijke Elektrische Bedrijf said that the state-owned company has made a deal with the Bank of Thedosia to fund the Renewable Energy Project, which was initially planned by the government following the Climate Summit held in London last September. Speaking beside CEO Baruch Jameson, Minister of Energy Eddy Safar is optimistic of the prospects that the solar farms will bring both economically and environmentally. The project will begin its initial construction phase later this month. "We have ondertekken (signed) a deal with the Bank of Thedosia and are excited to see the project carried out later this month. We are finally making our transition into greener power solutions which we hope may reduce our carbon footprint dramatically".

The loan reportedly amounts to NS$1.9 Bn with an interest rate of 5.2%. It will be paid over the course of eighteen months following the completion of the project.

Hindia Belanda mainly relies on coal for its power plants, which is heavily detrimental to the environment. In addition to that, coal plants are costly to maintain. This project will see the construction of three new mega solar farms in Java, Papua and Borneo. The farms will reportedly generate 148 MWh worth of power combined, enough to support the whole country while still having a surplus of 18 MWh. The project is set to finish in just six months, owing to the massive scale of construction workers and equipment deployed by the government.




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@muhammadSaf | 3 hours ago
About time we appease those wacky tree-huggers!

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@EdwardChang | 1 hour ago
really excited to know that the govt is walking in the right direction. #GreenerHappierHindiaBelanda

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Postby Hindia Belanda » Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:31 am

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Archangel Gabriel to "land a UFO" in Capital City

Cult Leader asks permission to land UFO downtown, steered by Archangel Gabriel


Sutrisna Mardaya | Correspondent
14 January 2016 | Jakarta, Hindia Belanda



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Eliah Eden, claims to have had a personal encounter
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JAKARTA — Eliah Eden, the notorious leader of a Jakarta-based religious cult “Salem Ellah” has reportedly requested the National Transportation Safety Board to grant archangel Gabriel the right to land a “massive” UFO in the middle of the capital, in order to transport her followers to the fourth dimension.

Many of her followers regard her as the incarnation of Mother Mary herself, a belief that apparently offended Christians and Moslems alike in Hindia Belanda. When asked for further comments, Eliah Eden replied "God has decreed to me through His holy intermediary, the Sacred archangel Gabriel who himself is the Spirit of God that a UFO will arrive in approximately seven days subject to weather conditions in order to save those who believe in me from this damned earth. We will embark on a journey whose scale has never been seen before in the history of the universe". She added that those left behind will suffer from God's judgment. "I also hope the NTSB will hasten the issuance of necessary permits to ease the landing process of the "UFO".

No official response has been made by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Salem Ellah is a religious syncretic cult based in Jakarta, whose members regularly claim themselves as incarnations of religious and mythical figures. Its leader once proclaimed herself as the bride of Gabriel, but recently she had stepped up her level into being the earthly incarnation of God himself. Though hated by many, the cult continues to enjoy protection under the law as part of freedom of religion.




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@ediwijaya | 3 hours ago
With all due respects, she seems a lot more rational than most of our MPs in parliament

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@salmaruhayma | 1 hour ago
Wow. It must be a very slow news day for the Jakarta Tribune

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Postby Hindia Belanda » Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:49 am

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The King’s visit is first by a reigning monarch

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima’s visit to Hindia Belanda will mark the first time a reigning monarch set foot in the country since full autonomy was granted 67 years ago


Jennie Witchell | Royal correspondent
18 January 2016 | Jakarta, Hindia Belanda



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Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of Hindia Belanda

JAKARTA — The Royal couple is set to make their first royal visit to the archipelago, after having been forced to delay their journey as a result of cowardly terrorist attacks that rocked the capital city on the 14th of January. Their Majesties are scheduled to arrive in Jakarta on Saturday the 23rd, according to Governor-General’s Palace Spokesman.

They will also visit the site of the bombing and lay wreath to honour the four civilian victims that died in the attacks. The Royal couple will reportedly call off several festivities, previously scheduled to be held on the second day, out of respects for the victims. They will instead lead a memorial service at Koningsplein, followed by a meeting with the cabinet of Hindia Belanda– a first for the country’s government.

Hindia Belanda and the Netherlands share the same head of state, but the former had never enjoyed a royal visit since it achieved full autonomy in 1949. This will undoubtedly mark a new chapter between the monarchy and the Hindia Belandan people.

During stops in several provinces, they will dedicate a day for the country’s residents who have dealt with mental health problems, promoting awareness of the importance of initiating national psychological dialogue. It is estimated that over 899,000 Hindia Belandans suffer from mental health problems, a great deal of which are the country's younger generation.

Three Dutch delegations will travel to Hindia Belanda as part of the Royal visit. Dutch Minister of Defence, Geert Koenders, will meet his Hindia Belandan counterpart to discuss the upcoming joint cooperation in combating terrorism. Two other Dutch Under Secretaries of State will meet a small group of Hindia Belandan business owners over lunch in Jakarta, followed by a public town hall meeting to discuss climate change.

A spokesman for the Royal Couple said: “Their Majesties are very much looking forward to the visit, which they hope will recover the country’s morale following the horrific terrorist attacks”. They will spend 18 days island-hopping the archipelago which will culminate in Jayapura, after which they will return to the capital city for a final night before heading back to Amsterdam the next day.




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@calistahadiwijaya | 3 hours ago
Can't wait to finally welcome our beloved colonisers :lol:

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@andraW | 1 hour ago
So much respect for Their Majesties. Cannot wait to see them in Jakarta

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Postby Hindia Belanda » Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:06 am

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Government launches LOCATE program to protect citizens abroad

Program is bundled in the newest update of Negaraku app, designed to transmit distress signal made by Hindia Belandan citizens


Adrian Tanujaya | Tech correspondent
18 January 2016 | Jakarta, Hindia Belanda



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LOCATE program in action on an Apple Watch during an incident. A button allows Hindia Belandans to tell embassy
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JAKARTA — In an effort to protect its travelling citizens overseas, the Hindia Belandan government launched a program which will allow Hindia Belandans to send distress signal to the nearest Hindia Belandan embassies during emergencies. The program is designed for wearable devices and bundled with the newest version of Negaraku app, available on the app store.

Speaking to a number of reporters following his weekly audience with the Governor-General, Foreign Minister Brega Wardana said the government will continue its efforts to make sure Hindia Belandans are always safe and protected, wherever they may be. "It is my hope that this program will reduce the risks of citizens being lost or trapped during emergencies overseas"

Hindia Belandans may set the time interval between automated transmission of their last known location to the nearest embassy, or disable it completely. There is an option to manually send distress signal but during emergencies such as a terrorist attack in a city in which the person is currently present, the program will automatically send distress signal to the embassy every 15 seconds.

Citizens may also tell the embassy that they are safe and sound, an option available during an ongoing incident.

This program is a response to the increase of security threats made against Hindia Belandans overseas. Although some civil liberties analysts say that the program violates the law, with some even concluding that the app provides the government with unrestricted access to track its citizens 24/7. A bill is already sponsored by an MP to make sure the app contains no clandestine material that allows the government to conduct a continuous tracking.

At the time of launch, it supports Apple Watch running WatchOS 2 with more support coming for other devices in the following weeks. The government is also looking into the option of manufacturing a wearable device designed solely to operate LOCATE, which will be sold for a very affordable price to its citizens.

The LOCATE program is bundled with Negaraku app, available on the app store now.




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@calistahadiwijaya | 3 hours ago
Another useless app that will clutter my device. Thanks PM Susilo!

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@Anggun | 1 hour ago
Does it have force field capability? If not, i wont even bother downloading this

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IKALA discovers earth-like planet in habitable zone of Arjuna system, names it “Nusantara Baru”

A new exoplanet previously undetected has now been discovered by IKALA, a spokesman remarked


Muhammad Larouse | Science correspondent
19 January 2016 | Jakarta, Hindia Belanda



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889 Nusantara Baru has been discovered by IKALA, Hindia Belanda's space agency

JAKARTA — By employing transit photometry, IKALA on Monday January 18th discovered an earth-like exoplanet which orbits a star very similar to our sun. It has released an enhanced photograph of the planet.

The planet, or Nusantara Baru as it was named, is located in the Arjuna system right within its habitable zone, raising possibilities of eventual human colonisation in the far future. The space agency is drafting plans to send a high-speed probe to reach the ’border’ of our solar system, in order to survey the exoplanet from a closer perspective.

But don’t get your hopes too high: the Arjuna system is 2 lightyears away from Earth which, by current space transport capability, would take us 4,750 years to reach the system. IKALA and the European Space Agency are teaming up to devise a faster method of travel, but the fastest in theory which is a hydrogen fusion-propelled spacecraft would still theoretically take around 380 years to reach Nusantara Baru.

The time it takes Nusantara Baru to orbit its star is approximately 322 days, 42 days shorter than Earth. It takes 22 hours to complete a day–2 hours shorter than a day on Earth. It is orbited by a moon named “Rembulan Baru”, which strangely has the exact mass of our moon. The planet has several massive landmasses and water is reportedly present, though IKALA has yet to announce the chances of the water being toxic. The planet also scores a staggering 0.928 in Earth Similarity Index, though life likelihood remains unclear.

When asked about eventual colonisation, Dr. Sarah Mangkujagad, the head of IKALA, said that the space agency is focusing its plan to colonise Mars and conduct further research on our solar system. But a plan to send humans to Nusantara Baru is not too far-fetched as the agency is developing new means of transport to reduce travel time.




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@calistahadiwijaya | 3 hours ago
Great! So if there is an advanced civilisation already living there and they launch a probe toward earth traveling at the speed of light it will get here in the year 3416 to find a planet desolate, void of any human life with remnants of a fallen civilization. Evidence of self destruction due to own stupidity will abound. Their journey to earth would be an absolute waste of their time

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Postby Hindia Belanda » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:32 am

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Nusantara One lands in Amsterdam to pick up King

King Willem-Alexander to be flown to Hindia Belanda aboard Nusantara One


Jennie Witchell | Royal correspondent
20 January 2016 | Amsterdam, the Netherlands



AMSTERDAM — Following diplomatic protocol, the Hindia Belandan government has sent its state aircraft to pick up and fly King Willem-Alexander from Amsterdam to Jakarta in preparation of his first Royal Visit. As the King is visiting Hindia Belanda in his capacity as its monarch, Willem-Alexander must fly aboard the Nusantara One rather than a Dutch aircraft. The Nusantara One landed a few moments ago at Schiphol Airport and welcomed by the Dutch military. Sharing a head of state also means following complicated rules of conduct to avoid hurting the feeling of both the Dutch and the Hindia Belandans. This procedure signifies that the King is coming to the archipelagic country as King of Hindia Belanda.

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One of two Hindia Belandan State aircrafts lands at Schiphol Airport to pick up King Willem-Alexander for his royal visit to Hindia Belanda.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are set to depart Amsterdam on the 22nd and arrive in Jakarta the next day. A small group of Hindia Belandan delegations and the Royal Nusantara Guards are onboard the aircraft and will spend one day in Amsterdam to conduct formalities. The aircraft used to chauffeur the King is one of two state aircrafts of Hindia Belanda usually used by the Governor-General for state visits, the other being the Prime Minister's aircraft.

Hindia Belanda had never enjoyed a royal visit since it achieved full autonomy in 1949. Many political analysts believe that this will undoubtedly mark a new chapter between the monarchy and the Hindia Belandan people. The royal couple will spend at least twenty-one days in the country, eighteen of which will be spent island-hopping the archipelago to visit other provinces.




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Selamat datang Raja dan Ratu! #RoyalVisit

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Postby Hindia Belanda » Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:46 am

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PM Susilo: “We have a moral duty to impose sanctions on Burma”

Sanctions must be introduced as a response to the Burmese Government’s treatment of the Rohingyas, says Prime Minister


Johan Lamar | Political correspondent
21 January 2016 | Jakarta, Hindia Belanda



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PM Susilo speaking at the Istana Nusantara (Premier palace)

JAKARTA — Prime Minister Bambang Susilo said that he is convinced imposing economic sanctions against Burma is “the right thing to do”. In a late-night cabinet meeting at the Istana Nusantara, the premier said he is confident of conceiving a suitable set of sanctions against the Burmese government for its harsh treatment of the Rohingyas – an ethnic group, though having lived continuously in the Rakhine State since the 9th-century, currently being systematically oppressed.

The government has also refused to recognise Burmese citizenship of children born to Rohingyan parents, which is a clear violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Many Rohingyan adults and children are officially stateless and consequently denied of basic rights accorded to citizens, allowing the government to oppress them with impunity.

“We have to confront the Burmese government, I want them to know how appalling their policies are. We should not maintain economic ties with a country whose government systematically oppresses its minorities.” Susilo told reporters in the Wittezaal chamber of Istana Nusantara.

As the government prepares the details of the sanctions, many Burmese economic analysts are getting increasingly worried by the announcement. The value of Hindia Belandan investments in the country totalled NS$ 80 billion and many believe sanctions imposed by Hindia Belanda would jeopardise the country’s economy and present adverse effects to the civilian population, rather than the military leaders.

Than Sien Rhop, a renowned Burmese economic analyst, is lobbying Jakarta to postpone its economic sanctions. He is set to meet Sari Sri Indraouatie, the Hindia Belandan Minister for Economic Affairs, to talk further about the sanctions and possible harms they would cause to the civilian population, should Jakarta proceed to impose them.




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@Sandidarma | 3 hours ago
This is probably the only sensible thing I hear about this cabinet in ages

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@calistafereira | 3 hours ago
Economic sanctions??? why not go further! we should show our military prowess
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Postby Hindia Belanda » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:29 pm

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Rabbinical, Sharia courts banned in Hindia Belanda

Religious courts banned from holding hearings of legal cases


Johan Lamar | Political correspondent
23 January 2016 | Jakarta, Hindia Belanda



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A rabbinical court in session

JAKARTA — It has emerged that a number of religious courts across Hindia Belanda routinely hold legal hearings as an alternative to secular courts recognised by law. Judgments are reportedly made according to religious law and some religious Hindia Belandans appear to accept their judgments as legitimate.

Henri-Willem, the Interior Minister, is due to launch raids to crack down Rabbinical and Sharia courts across the archipelago amid concerns that multiple justice systems are flourishing in Hindia Belanda.

According to an investigation launched by the Justice and Security Ministry, a majority of those who seek rulings from religious courts comes from immigrant backgrounds. Many, it has been reported, are unaware that they have recourse outside of these religious courts. A campaign called “Know Your Rights” pioneered by an immigrant attempts to increase awareness of the dangers that religious courts pose and that another option, a legitimate court, is available to them.

There are an estimated 48 Rabbinical courts and 121 Sharia courts in Hindia Belanda. All of them do not operate under the framework set in the Judicial Arbitration Act of 1989, therefore decisions made by them bear no legal powers. The government, empowered by the new Act of Parliament, will be able to detain and question persons known to have worked with religious courts. Officials will track down past judgments that have been made and seek to reverse the effects if possible.

Ahmad Setyawan, Member of Parliament for Sawah Besar, said: “In a democratic country, there can never be a parallel justice system. That violates the principle of equal treatment before the law. This is a dangerous trend that needs to be squashed quickly”. Setyawan is a co-sponsor of Prohibition of Religious Courts and Tribunals Act, which received royal assent on Friday night, 22nd of January.




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uhh...is this even constitutional? *pokes supreme court*

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Johan Lamar | Satire
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JAKARTA — Interviewed at a local Jakarta restaurant moments before being consumed, a plate of fettuccine condemned the human race for “objectifying” foods. “This is an outrageous practice. We just want to be consumed PROMPTLY. Is that too much to ask?”

Food objectification is at an all-time high, according to some restaurant dishes. "Humans are detestable beings, all they do is order a food and spend ten minutes taking pictures of us and retaking it several more times because the angle was imperfect. Truly horrible time. This has got to stop.” the plate of fettuccine further remarked.

It has emerged that a growing number of foods are planning to stage a protest against food objectification, by spoiling and decaying themselves more quickly so that by the time people finish taking pictures of them, they would have already become inedible.

A leader of this protest was not able to be reached further for comments, due to already being consumed by a human.


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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrive in Jakarta, to the cheer of Hindia Belandans


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JAKARTA — A 33-gun salute rumbled out as the Royal Couple stepped down from the Hindia Belandan state aircraft, beginning the 20-days royal visit. It is the first time for Hindia Belanda to have its own reigning monarch set foot on its soil since the country received full autonomy from the Dutch crown. Their Majesties were greeted by Governor-General Mohammed Salim, Prime Minister Bambang Susilo and numerous ministers and other politicians at Soekarna Airport. Tens of thousands of Hindia Belandans flocked to the Weltevreden area, a central district of Jakarta, to see Their Majesties and government officials ride horse-drawn carriages to the Royal Palace, from whose balcony the Royal Couple will make an appearance and speech to the general public.

The Royal Palace of Hindia Belanda will finally fulfil its role as the official residence of the monarch for the first time ever. The palace has been a museum since 1949 and is open to the public everyday, except when the monarch is in residence. Staff at the palace have done massive refurbishments to suit the need of the Royal Couple.

Their Majesties will spend 20 days in the country, 18 of which will be spent island-hopping the provinces. There are talks within the political establishment to set a precedent for future royal visits. Many MPs in parliament are considering to whether make the King's royal visit a regular annual occasion, a move that will undeniably strengthen the ties and legitimacy of the monarchy in the archipelago.

Their Majesties are set to pay their respects to the civilian victims of the Jakarta bombings, before hosting a state dinner at the Royal Palace which will be attended by some five hundred guests. Local ceremonial kings, such as Sultan Mangkujagad XVI, are among the guests list.

The President of the Republic of Malaya will pay the Royal Couple a visit on their 16th day in Hindia Belanda, when the King and Queen are scheduled to visit Zuidoosten Malaya province. Many political analysts believe the encounter will reduce tensions between Hindia Belanda and the republic. The two countries have not always been on good terms, with recent uprisings in Kota Hantu Putih led by Malayan Separatists that are seeking to secede the province from Hindia Belanda and join the Republic of Malaya a major obstacle to cordial relations.

On their final day, the Royal Couple will hold a townhall meeting with Hindia Belandans in Jakarta to give them a chance to voice their opinion and concerns regarding the country. They will later join their loyal subjects in a massive communal meal, held at Koningsplein.




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Hindia Belanda seeks to negotiate with Malaya on territorial dispute

Talks will begin next month in Switzerland, says foreign minister


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25 January 2016 | Jakarta, Hindia Belanda



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JAKARTA — As tensions rise in Zuidoosten Malaya province, Hindia Belandan foreign minister Brega Wardana seeks to begin talks with the Republic of Malaya on the future of the province. The foreign minister said: “We desire peace and order in Zuidoosten Province and it is increasingly evident that the only way to achieve that is to begin negotiations in a diplomatic way”. Foreign Minister Wardana further remarked that participation of the international community in this talks is pivotal in finding a common ground between Hindia Belanda and the Republic of Malaya.

Known as the hotbed of separatism, Zuidoosten Malaya has been under Hindia Belanda’s control since 1949 following the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of Melaka. The government sees the province as one of its most important territories, due to it being a massive producer of palm oil. In 2014 alone, the province contributed NS$ 10 Bn worth of palm oil to the Hindia Belandan economy.

On the other hand, Malaya claims that the province was unlawfully taken by the Dutch which later became a province of Hindia Belanda, after the Dutch granted full-autonomy to the latter. This claim is based on the territorial extent of British Malaya prior to the signing of the Anglo-Dutch treaty, after which point several lands were “bought” by the Hindia Belandan government in addition to the territory outlined in the treaty. The republic accused the Hindia Belandan government, at the time, of using coercion to acquire additional lands.

In 1989, the Republic of Malaya filed an official complaint to the United Nations, asking the intergovernmental body to pass a resolution condemning Hindia Belanda and the Netherlands. This effort failed and the Malayan government, again, sought support at the International Court of Justice – another failure due to lack of concrete evidence.

The Republic of Malaya has repeatedly expressed its intention to annex the province, should enough support is garnered amongst the populace in the troubled province. According to a survey conducted by the Brigs Council on Foreign Policy, about 67% of the population in Zuidoosten Province wish to see the province become part of the Republic of Malaya while the other 33% desire to remain Hindia Belandan.

An option, akin to the Anglo-Irish dispute that brought the Republic of Ireland and the British Northern Ireland into existence, is highly possible to be taken by Hindia Belanda and the Republic of Malaya.

It has been two weeks since massive uprisings erupted in the province in which separatists occupied the provincial parliament and took the King’s Commissioner (equivalent of a governor) of Zuidoosten Malaya as hostage in a 16-hour standoff. Talks are scheduled to begin next month in Switzerland and will continue until an accord is reached between the two countries.




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The republic of malaya's claim is unfounded. they should stop wasting their time demonising our country tbh

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Future banknotes will be RFID-chipped, says BHB governor

Banknotes issued after 2017 will feature RFID chips and antennae


Alan Eckhardt | Economic correspondent
26 January 2016 | Jakarta, Hindia Belanda



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A new five Roepiah banknote to be issued at the end of the year.

JAKARTA — In an effort to enhance security features on Roepiah banknotes, the Bank of Hindia Belanda announced today its plan to embed RFID chips and antenna on all future banknotes. Counterfeiting of Roepiah notes has been somewhat a problem in the archipelago. Hindia Belandan authorities tackled over 3,982 counterfeiting cases in the last six years, giving rise to the need of improving security features on banknotes.

Ratna Rijsvlees, governor of the Hindia Belandan central bank, had announced earlier that the bank is looking into the option of implanting RFID chips and antennae into the fibres of Roepiah banknotes. The bank expects to see the initial printing of the new banknotes begin in 2017.

“Thorough research and studies have been conducted by the central bank from 2004 to 2012. The results have proven that RFID chips and antennae are the way to go. We have every reason to believe that this technology will minimise counterfeiting of our notes” Rijsvlees remarked.

When implemented, retail stores and banks will be given reader equipment by which banknotes are scanned and confirmed. The antenna on the banknote collects radio energy and converts it to a very small-amount of electricity, which powers the chip. Subsequently, a communication “path” is established between the notes and the equipment. A central database which tracks the money then establishes connection with the equipment, sending and retrieving information about the notes.

Another reason for this measure is to minimise the possibility of money laundering. This would also give law enforcements a means to track money in illegal transaction. Many privacy activists have started to begin campaign against this new measure, citing unconstitutionality of such policy.

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Republic of Malaya recalls its ambassador to Jakarta over Zuidoosten Malaya row

Kuala Lumpur recalls ambassador following announcement of the Hindia Belandan government to allocate NS$ 2 Bn for Zuidoosten Malaya


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JAKARTA — The Republic of Malaya has recalled its ambassador to Jakarta after an announcement by the Hindia Belandan government to allocate fund to the troubled province was made. In an official statement, Malaya said the decision was prompted by the Hindia Belandan “propaganda” which plans to allocate NS$ 2 Bn for development in Zuidoosten Malaya province. Foreign Minister Tun Zakaria said: “This is nothing but propaganda to sway public opinion and trick Zuidoosten Malayan people into rejecting their independence. A shameful move on the part of Hindia Belanda”

In response, Foreign Minister Brega Wardana defended the government’s decision as completely acceptable. “The province of Zuidoosten Malaya is still legally a part of Hindia Belanda. We have every right to allocate funds and develop the province the way we see fit. Their (Malaya) move is very disappointing and immature” Wardana commented. When asked whether it will recall its own ambassador to Kuala Lumpur, the foreign ministry said that it is unlikely but possible, subject to future conditions.

“We are still observing the diplomatic atmosphere in the coming weeks. If it is still conducive for us to maintain diplomatic presence (in Kuala Lumpur), we won’t take any action” Foreign Minister Wardana further remarked.

The two countries have not been in the best of terms due to the ongoing territorial dispute over Zuidoosten Malaya, a province of Hindia Belanda which is also claimed by the Republic of Malaya as “an integral part” of their country. Both countries will begin talks in Switzerland next month to negotiate the terms of a possible concord, which may either result in the ceding of the province as a whole to Malaya or division of the province into two halves, one for each country.




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Preliminary meeting in Geneva over Zuidoosten Malaya begins

The UN holds preliminary meeting between Hindia Belanda and Malaya over territorial dispute


Johan Lamar | Political correspondent
31 January 2016 | Geneva, Switzerland



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GENEVA — Preliminary meeting between the government of Hindia Belanda and the Republic of Malaya has begun in Geneva, as the international community prepare to arbitrate the two countries in the coming months.

Foreign minister Brega Wardana, who arrived earlier today at Geneva Cointrin Airport, said that his government is continuously trying to work closely with the Republic of Malaya, despite recent hostilities that include the calling of each other's ambassadors and row over sudden development plans by the Hindia Belandan government over the troubled province of Zuidoosten Malaya.

Speaking at the preliminary meeting, Wardana repeatedly asserted that Hindia Belanda, as a "democratic country that values and upholds the right to freedom and liberty", will respect whatever outcomes the talks will bring, even if it means "ceding our beloved province to Malaya". Though, he has also maintained that the option of keeping the province within Hindia Belanda is not implausible as well.

However, the recent unexpected move by the government to allocate NS$ 1 Bn to develop the province of Zuidoosten Malaya is seen by the Republic of Malaya as a "propaganda" and "impediment" to any future compromise on the territorial dispute. It is increasingly evident that the government of Hindia Belanda is instead looking to strike a deal that would divide the province into two parts, with both sides getting either half of the province.

According to a poll conducted last December, over 33% of the population in Zuidoosten Malaya strongly oppose ceding the province to the republic, while the rest is increasingly getting impatient with the Hindia Belandan government, whose moves are seen as merely a way to buy time while seeking other options that would keep the province within the territorial extent of Hindia Belanda.




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I really don't get why we should give up a territory which has always been part of Hindia Belanda. The Republic of Malaya's claims are groundless.

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Carlsvad Union and Hindia Belanda enter into a military cooperation, conduct joint exercises

The Commonwealth and the Union are scheduled to initiate the cooperation soon


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JAKARTA – Defence Minister Lodewijk said that Jakarta and Batavia have agreed to enter into a comprehensive military cooperation, which will see the revitalisation of Hindia Belandan military equipment by Carlsvad Union.

“I am convinced that this newly-entered cooperation will bring our two countries closer together in our joint effort to bring about global peace” said Lodewijk in a statement given in Batavia, Carlsvad Union.

The Commonwealth and the Union have increasingly stepped up their cooperation in many areas, with the Union contributing generously to the Hindia Belandan government’s environmental programmes such as the construction of mega solar farms that now power the archipelago.

This military cooperation came at a time when the relations between the Commonwealth and the Republic of Malaya are heavily strained over Zuidoosten Malaya row, whose negotiations are currently conducted by the two countries in Geneva, Switzerland.

Many political analysts have warned the Commonwealth from entering any military cooperation during this tumultuous period, citing the risk of offending Malaya and her allies which would impede any effort to meet each other halfway.

Carlvad Union and Hindia Belandan armed forces are scheduled to conduct joint exercises in Hindia Belanda, as part of the comprehensive military cooperation. Defence Minister Lodewijk has also reassured the international community that such exercises are not meant to provoke the Commonwealth’s neighbours.

“In spite of our government’s transition into non-interventionism, the defence of Hindia Belanda remains a top priority. These exercises will not only make Hindia Belanda safer, but also indirectly increase the security of the region”, Lodewijk further remarked.




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Lodewijk, our resident smug-faced minister, is at it again! Have you successfully siphoned all that money into your swiss bank account, minister?

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Can all the edgy Hindia Belandans give her a break? She has done a great job imo

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Pyongyang Conference commences, ASEAN keen to strike down the Kumpulan anarchist group

ASEAN leaders convene to plan an attack


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PYONGYANG – Marshal Kang Ji-Hoon of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK Korea) declares the Pyongyang Conference “has begun” on Thursday, following the cyber attacks that were launched against member states of ASEAN by the anarchist group known as ‘Kumpulan’. The attacks saw hackers leak state secrets of ASEAN member states and override Jeevenian nuclear power plant supercomputer, which resulted in the horrifying nuclear explosion that killed sixteen.

In a speech at the Pyongyang conference, the Hindia Belandan Defence Minister Julia Lodewijk expresses her concern over the development and promises to stand with other ASEAN member states in solidarity. Also in attendance are K. Kulanthan and J. Maakiya from Jeevenaadu, President Margaret Yueng of the Republic of Chuying, Empress Dijah Yellow of Kuala Lumpia and President Billy of the Federation of Kendor. Additionally, representatives of other ASEAN member states will arrive later today.

There are rumours that ASEAN may commence air strikes on Magnetic Island, an island off the coast of Australia believed to be the base of Kumpulan operatives. While a coalition force of military powers has been established to strike down Kumpulan, Hindia Belanda appears reluctant to join forces with fellow ASEAN members, citing its policy of non-interventionism. This move was heavily criticised by the right half of the Hindia Belandan political establishment, with the Conservative Party declaring the current government “a disgrace of historic proportion”.

If the rumours were true, these air strikes would constitute a violation of international law – and this alone might be the reason of Jakarta’s reluctance to participate directly. Nevertheless, Defence Minister Lodewijk’s presence at the conference is seen by many as Hindia Belanda’s hint to provide support to the coalition indirectly. Lodewijk argues that, while a full-on military offensive seems like what ASEAN need at the moment, it would be better to file a joint note of concern to Australia, considering the fact that Magnetic Island is after all a sovereign territory of Australia. This way, Canberra might also offer its hand to ASEAN and help combat Kumpulan.

The Pyongyang Conference will continue behind closed doors while its results will be publicised after the end of the conference.




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Good lord, what an exciting time to be alive! We're on the brink of an all out war, Southeastern Malaya is about to secede from us and ASEAN was just recovering from that goddamned disease. Maybe that religious wacko Eliah Eden was right after all, we should probably prepare for on an exodus from this planet. Call Archangel Gabriel, we need his UFO now :lol:

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ASEAN Coalition Force bombards Magnetic Island, Hindia Belanda 'appalled'

Prime Minister Susilo declares attack 'a great exaggeration'


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Magnetic Island, after the first round of bombing

TOWNSVILLE – In an unusual move, Australian PM Turnbull and Marshal Kang Ji-Hoon of DPRK Korea earlier today struck a deal to allow ASEAN Coalition Force to bombard Magnetic Island – a touristic island rich in biodiversity – in order to undermine Kumpulan’s operation which was believed to be based on the island. The Coalition Force later carried out the bombardment, with DPRK Korea leading the force by dropping 500,000 tons worth of bomb from the sky followed by additional missile attacks launched by the Federation of Kendor.

Monitoring the situation from Jakarta, Prime Minister Bambang Susilo expressed his dismay over this incident and instead suggesting that no further acts of mass destruction be carried out. “This is a very detrimental action to the environment and particularly a mere shock and awe. The Coalition Force could have gotten the same results without the air strikes by opting for deployment of soldiers on the ground, thereby keeping the island and its environment intact.” Susilo remarked in a press conference at Istana Nusantara.

500,000 tons of bomb equal 250 times the amount of bombs dropped by the Allied powers on the city of Cologne during WWII – a great exaggeration indeed, considering the minuscule size of the island compared to the German city which practically burned to the ground from end to end. The Hindia Belandan government is formally protesting the bombardment to the international community and will refrain from supporting any further ASEAN military offensive, it has emerged.

Many political analysts have argued that the Hindia Belandan government is merely putting on an show to seem neutral in the eyes of other nations while continuing to support the coalition behind closed doors.





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When is Susilo going to learn that in order to defend ourselves we sometimes have to make concessions, even if it means triggering all those tree-huggers

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BREAKING: Chuking City, Chuying bombed by Kumpulan operatives

ASEAN on high alert


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1 April 2016 | Chuking City, Chuying



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CHUKING CITY — Reports are coming in of a bomb blast in the Government District of Chuking City, Chuying. It is unknown whether any Hindia Belandan is killed in the bombing, but eyewitness reports suggest that there were at least ‘a dozen groups’ of Hindia Belandan travellers who were attending a cultural event just a few meters from ground zero.

PM Susilo condemns the bombing and extends his deepest sympathies to the government of Chuying and its people. “On behalf of the Hindia Belandan people, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the Republic of Chuying and its people. We stand ready to provide assistance to the Chuyingese government and look forward to coordinating closely with their officials” He remarked at a press conference.

The Hindia Belandan embassy in the Republic of Chuying is being evacuated to anticipate any further attack to the capital of Chuying, while the Royal Hindia Belandan Marechaussee is deploying additional personnel to guard the surrounding area of the Republic of Chuying’s embassy in Weltevreden District, Jakarta.

Hunt is underway across ASEAN for Kumpulan operatives who are likely hiding among civilians. Jakarta and other capitals of ASEAN member states are on high-alert.

What we know so far
  • Yang, captain of the ship which defied ASEAN coalition force's chain of command, is the perpetrator behind the bomb. He is believed to have died in the bombing itself
  • Eyewitness reports suggest that, at the time of the bombing, there were at least 'a dozen' of Hindia Belandan travellers standing nearby the area where the bomb took place.




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Wake up Hindia Belanda, we are facing a REAL threat to our safety and freedom. Stop playing the moral high ground card and join forces with your fellow ASEAN members, before it's too late.

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Hindia Belanda's 'exorbitant hypocrisy' blasted by ASEAN leaders, politicians at home

ASEAN leaders and Hindia Belandan politicians criticise Susilo's reluctance and 'hypocrisy'


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JAKARTA — After the great ordeal over Kumpulan that tested and mended regional diplomacy, the Hindia Belandan government is yet again under heavy criticisms by many dignitaries and politicians across ASEAN.

Tun Zakaria, the Prime Minister of Malaya, was one of the first among scores of critics to express discontent at the policy of Hindia Belanda. Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, Zakaria said: “The Hindia Belandan government’s sanctimony has yet again proves who the real hypocrite is. First, they swayed the public opinion of Malaya Tenggara which made them chose to remain within Hindia Belanda, despite clear evidence of our claim’s legality. And now, they have yet again chose the moral high ground at the expense of our security!”

Marshal Kang Ji-Hoon of DPRK Korea has also joined the growing cohort of critics who have denounced Jakarta’s hypocritical policy. The Great Leader said: “I find it very hypocritical that Hindia Belanda criticizes our bombardment of Magnetic Island yet provided armaments and monetary aid to the ASEAN REGION Allied Coalition.”

It is yet to be confirmed by the Hindia Belandan government whether it actually supplied munitions and financial support to the coalition, but evidence abounds of this possibility.

Kang Ji-Hoon is the most high profile dignitary during the Kumpulan Crisis and considered the leader of the coalition in Friday’s bombardment of Magnetic Island. Speaking at a press conference, he further remarked: “I hope that the Commonwealth of Nations not only realises the just cause of the conflict but also realises Hindia Belanda's hypocrisy.”

This supposed ‘hypocrisy’ has been pointed out by many political analysts as ‘a hallmark’ of the Susilo Cabinet and a continuation of a culture of deception among Jakarta’s highest ranks. Last December, the Hindia Belandan government was also denounced by many after a series of private communiques were leaked, whose contents confirmed the existence of an off-the-record warm relations between Hindia Belanda and the Republic of Kadule despite economic sanctions and open criticisms of the latter by the former.

When asked for comments, Istana Nusantara denounced the leaders who criticised Hindia Belanda by pointing out the option of using less amount of destructive force. “We did not oppose the offensive at all, but it would have been more desirable if the ASEAN Coalition force used significantly less force which actually would have presented the same outcome.” A spokeswoman of the Cabinet commented.

The spokeswoman further commented: “The Kumpulan was one of the worst of their kind and we know this because we too have recently been attacked by terrorists last January, but this heavy bombardment of the island with half a million ton of bombs seemed more like an excessive shock and awe. It just does not sit well with us and the international community.”

In Hindia Belanda’s defence is its European sibling the Netherlands, whose Prime Minister supported Hindia Belanda’s stance in a speech to the European Parliament.

Being an outermost region of the European Union, Hindia Belanda presents a unique case of geopolitical duality in which Jakarta often has to play a game to appease both ASEAN and its European allies. This game comes at a price indeed, with history being the evidence.

With ASEAN coming into terms with what had horribly unfolded over the week, regional leaders and even politicians of His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition across the bench are pointing their finger at Jakarta. Although somewhat divided, Hindia Belanda and other ASEAN member states share a common security concern for the future of the region and indeed, a new kind of normal.



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Finally, Susilo and his troupe of clowns get a taste of their own medicine. I guess all those years spent on the opposition bench in Parliament mocking and ridiculing the then government with baseless facts didnt teach them any lesson. The Governor-General should dismiss this current government

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Hindia Belanda stands still to remember victims of Kumpulan attacks, as ASEAN come to terms

Millions across ASEAN stand still to honour the victims of Kumpulan


Johan Lamar | Politics correspondent
2 April 2016 | Jakarta, Hindia Belanda



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Governor-General Mohammed Salim (second from left) sits with other dignitaries
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JAKARTA — At a remembrance service in Jakarta attended by Governor-General Mohammed Salim, attendees with expressions of sadness stood in silence for one minute at the precise hour of the first fatal Kumpulan attack in Jeevenaadu that killed sixteen, which started a succession of terrorist attacks that rocked ASEAN over the past week.

The attacks were the most devastating ASEAN has ever seen, with devastations that left deep scar on many cities and their populace across the region.

A tearful Mohammed Salim delivered a speech opened by a message of condolence from His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and the royal family in the Netherlands, continued by the personal writing of Governor-General Salim which left many in tears.

Mohammed Salim said: “Overlooking the Koningsplein (King’s Square) in Central Jakarta is a sculpture of a man and a woman, running towards each other. Their faces recount the journey they have taken, through the dark valleys and the rewarding summits that often cover our life’s landscape. And the past week was, indeed, one of the dark valleys in our chapter.

This is a statue which we pass everyday, each day becoming too usual, too ordinary to be enchanted by it. But what we can learn is its message. It is a message of hope, something we desperately need during this dark hour. It is a message to become united in the faces of our adversaries as we walk hand in hand, together through this tribulation.

Their expressions paint the longing and hope that only those who have been separated from the ones they love can only know – it is the yearning to come home. But this week, some of their loved ones won’t be coming back. Instead, their names will be engraved on this wall and they will remain forever young.”


Salim, occasionally pausing to hold his tears, continued: “Whether it may be a terrorist attack or a disease outbreak, we will always be strong and resilient. Because that’s what makes us ASEAN. And it is in our unity and oneness as a region that we will find peace and courage.

Let us not forget the names of those who made us safe and free with their sacrifices and of the innocents who died during the attacks. Remember their names.”

The remembrance service was attended by representatives of Hindia Belandan allies, including Ambassador Sarah Noor Fauzia of the Islamic Republic of Aceh, Ambassador Dr. Joko Widodo of the Carlsvad Union, Ambassador Derek Holm of Oslea, Ambassador Lætitia Ragnarsson of Forlini and its Dominion and other foreign diplomats accredited to Hindia Belanda. Representatives of ASEAN member states exchanged messages of comfort during the service, as attendees left flowers and bowed to the remembrance wall, which has yet to be engraved with the names of the victims.

Flags of all ASEAN member countries that line the main avenue in Central Jakarta are flown at half-mast to honour the dead, while gun salutes are performed for 138 times in respect to the amount of victims who died in the cowardly attacks.

Following the remembrance service, landmarks across Hindia Belanda were illuminated in the colours of the ASEAN flag and their surroundings adorned by flowers and condolence notes that flood the streets. Public LCD monitors throughout Jakarta display remembrance messages.

Across ASEAN, people are coming to terms with the terrorist attacks and are relying on each other for emotional support. For some, it means reconciling with the new normal.

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Messages like this are displayed on public LCD monitors throughout Jakarta


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Governor-General Mohammed Salim pay his respects to the victims


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A motorcade arrives in Jakarta, Hindia Belanda, carrying with them the repatriated bodies
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We will never forget their names. #IngatlahMereka #ASEANremembers

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Jeevenaadu will never forget those who died in the attacks by Kumpulan

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