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SUARA NUSANTARA ("Voice of Nusantara") is the oldest established daily news outlet still in circulation within the Empire of Majapahit, serving as the premier source of up-to-date and actual news on Majapahit and world affairs. Founded in 1840 in the Imperial Institute of the Arts, Suara Nusantara received the only Imperial Warrant ever issued for a newspaper in 1859 and remains a publicly-owned media company publishing Majapahit's newspaper of record to this day.

The daily editions of Suara Nusantara are published in both Indo-Malayan and English, representing a global outlook for Majapahit into the future mandated by its motto, Dari Majapahit untuk Dunia ("From Majapahit for the World"). Online publication began when Suara Nusantara established its website in 2001. Presently, it stands as a widely respected outlet with independent and high-quality reporting and investigative journalism available to be enjoyed by and for every Majapahiti citizen.


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Eid Mubarak for the Muslim community: remarks from His Imperial Majesty

written by Yusuf Mahardhika Budianto (@ymbudianto)
Mon, 2 May 2022 | 7:10 AM CMT

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The Grand Maharaja Mosque in Majakarta. Thousands of locals and government officials flocked
to the largest mosque in all of Majapahit to perform the Eid al-Fitr prayer. (SM/Asman Ginanjar)

MAJAKARTA — Millions of Majapahitis belonging to the Muslim community are now celebrating the most festive time of the Islamic year in the country, Eid al-Fitr, commemorated after the end of Ramadan holy month. After successfully enduring fasting from before dawn until sunset every day for the past thirty days, Muslims are now commemorating their "victory" in the everlasting struggle to become better subjects of God. A special Eid morning prayer will be performed in nearly every mosque across the Empire, attracting hundreds of locals.

His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Jayanagara VII, stated his hopeful wishes for this year's Eid. "May our Muslim brothers and sisters enjoy a pleasant Eid al-Fitr with their families, relatives, and friends, hand-in-hand in celebration of their victory in the month of Ramadan," the official announcement from the Imperial Palace on Monday (02/05/2022) morning read. "Eid is a time full of joy and forgiveness, I highly hope that we can all strive to become a better person, keep up the good deeds, and stay away from sins. Hopefully Yang Maha Kuasa (God Almighty) will guide us all to light."

The Imperial government and local authorities, under coordination of the Bureau of Religious Affairs, has ensured the public that this year's Eid celebrations will run as smoothly as possible. Eid prayers at mosques in major cities across the Empire will be able to be attended by hundreds of Muslims safely and some will even serve post-prayer ketupat sayur and ayam opor for free, staple dishes commonly served during many Islamic festivities in Majapahit.

Many Muslims are celebrating by spending time with their families and friends. Majakarta-based employee Kartono Pradana, 27, said he felt “more devoted” after successfully finished his 30-day fasting marathon in Ramadan. This Eid, he will visit some of his relatives to drop off and exchange gifts. "Our family usually gathers in one relative's house," he commented. "We would have sleepovers and cook meals together for the big day. It's a moment of gratitude to God Almighty and also an opportunity to connect with our families, with our friends, and neighbours too."

As a pluralist country upholding its diversity under the state ideology of Pan-Nusantaranism, freedom of religion is guaranteed in Majapahit. The country's Muslim minority, numbering around 32 million out of a population of over 304 million people, lives in harmony alongside the majority Hindu-Buddhist community and a multitude of other religious groups.


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Opinion: More needs to be done to secure our democracy's future

written by Sri Adhi Alatas (@sriadhi.alatas)
Sun, 5 Jun 2022 | 8:50 AM CMT

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A scenic view of the capital city, Majakarta, from residential areas. Majakarta houses the Imperial
Palace and important executive, legislative, and judicial institutions. (SM/Asman Ginanjar)

MAJAKARTA — In the best-selling work How Democracies Die authored by two foreign academics, the concept of "democratic backsliding" is a recurring theme of discussion. It's defined as the slow, but steady decline of democratic characteristics within a political system, often moving into the "grey" area very close to outright authoritarianism. The authors gave several examples of nation-states around the multiverse where this phenomenon seemed to be gaining traction, with corrupt power-hungry politicians abusing the system to maximise their own political gains over their opponents. On the other hand, the authors also gave their analysis on how to prevent a democracy from backsliding in the first place.

This book has pushed me to reflect on our own democracy, the one that has constantly been evolving over the decades here in our Empire of Majapahit. The system that we have in place to ensure a near-perfect balance between national unity, civil liberty, and projection of Imperial might has been, as some domestic political scientists would argue, consolidated well enough that it would take quite an effort to try and topple it down. Although relatively young if compared to the Empire itself (which has lasted for 725 years and counting, Long Live the Empire!), our democracy is respected by all actors and observers in the political scene, from parliamentary politicians, to the mass media, and His Imperial Majesty the Emperor himself as well as the Imperial Court.

Our great achievement in consolidating democracy seems to hinge on several decisive factors. First, the respect for Earthly politics by His Imperial Majesty and in turn, the respect for the Emperor's place above politics as a unifying figure by our commonfolk. Second, the strengthening of civil society enabled by functioning institutions providing effective checks and balances as well as preservation of civil liberties. Lastly, the capable but highly professional and non-political Imperial Military, which is free from overt political interference, keeps its distance from day-to-day political squabbles, and is able to guard Majapahit from external threats to His Imperial Majesty's sovereignty and our democracy.

However, of course it's not without its own problems. We have seen cases of direct threats to our democracy coming from the least-expected places. The series of bombings of border posts that occurred along the Majapahit-Thai border just seven years ago is proof that not all groups in our society feel accommodated well enough in our democracy to participate in it peacefully. Thus, these terrorist groups resort to criminal violence to deliver their messages, bringing down with them dozens of innocent lives. The advent of online-based news outlets also give rise to false and misleading news crafted only to stir sensation among the public instead of enlightening and informing them of realities. This has also became a threat to our democracy when opposing socio-political groups weaponise these outlets to attack their opponents.

Thus, it has come to light that whichever government is in place must use the mandate granted to them by His Imperial Majesty and by the people of Majapahit to take measures necessary to safeguard our democracy and Imperial institutions from any destabilising threats. The strengthening of our democracy through securitisation of threatening issues will directly translate into the longevity of the Empire itself. Surely the Gods and Goddesses will pour more of their blessings unto us if we do succeed.

Here in Majapahit, we have it so well compared to some other nation-states in the multiverse that we may have taken it for granted. Let us not forget that it is up to us, under guidance of His Imperial Majesty, whether or not our Empire and its well-evolved democracy will last well into the future or otherwise.


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Disastrous Landslide in North Kospean Town, Majapahit Government Plans to Send Humanitarian Assistance

written by Artantra Widjayautama (@wdjutama)
Tue, 23 Aug 2022 | 10:30 AM CMT

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The small town of Ojiban Station in North Kospean was hit by paralysing landslides. (SM/Asman Ginanjar)

TROWULAN — Two massive landslides had struck the remote North Kospean town of Ojiban Station deep within the northwestern region of the country yesterday (22/08/22) just past noon at 12:30 local time. According to official sources, the landslides were possibly caused by heavy rainfall that occurred a day prior to the disaster. Ojiban had been home to just under 300 people, but the town plays a crucial role as a supply depot and checkpoint before one continues to travel deeper into the North Kospean wilderness. Now, most of the town's infrastructure and buildings are flattened, with the main highway used to access the town rendered unusable due to debris.

The area was declared an emergency by authorities shortly after the landslides were reported. In the afternoon, North Kospean President Karl Vadosstol publicly stated that his government is "working hard to get all those out of the inflicted area immediately". He also called upon all nations in the international community to lend a hand in responding to the disaster. According to the local emergency response center, North Kospean authorities are currently lacking in necessary resources to conduct rescue operations.

Sociocultural Affairs Director of the Majapahit Embassy in North Kospean, Abinawa Rajasachandra stated that Majapahit will actively assist by delivering humanitarian aid and field personnel to help with evacuation efforts in collaboration with local authorities. He told Suara Nusantara, "Majapahit has always played its part in empathising and assisting our friends in need, in the spirit of international solidarity. We could interpret this unfortunate disaster as a warning sign from the Gods and Goddesses that mankind should always help each other, hand in hand."

Earlier this morning, the Imperial Civil Defence Corps have reportedly prepared search-and-rescue helicopters and medical personnel to be deployed soon to North Kospean. More updates are to be expected as the situation develops further.


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Imperial Military ready for peacemaking mission to Sudan following breakdown of peace

written by Oemar Wirakusuma (@oemar.wk)
Sun, 17 Apr 2023 | 08:05 AM CMT

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Power struggle in Sudan pits security forces against one another. (SM/Rangga Dwalima)

MAJAKARTA — Over 50 people were killed in deadly clashes between the armed forces and paramilitary groups in Sudan on Sunday (16/04). The North African country had been undergoing a transition toward democracy for the past four years. However, these recent clashes show that such a transition may never be fully accomplished and many civilian lives are directly at risk.

The Majapahit embassy in Khartoum sent a cable to Majakarta, stating that the "situation on the ground is inconducive for normal peacetime civil activities" and that "Majapahiti nationals have been instructed to increase their vigilance". In response, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi have stated "deep concern" following the "unfortunate breakdown of peace" in Sudan. She suggested in a press conference that Majapahit expeditiously prepare for further peacemaking missions to Sudan under auspices of the World Assembly Security Council.

As of April 2023, approximately 5.900 troops of the Imperial Military serve abroad in various World Assembly peacekeeping missions. One of them is AWAMID, aimed at bringing stability to the war-torn Darfur region in Sudan, where 600 Majapahiti policemen and soldiers are stationed. Should parliament vote to grant authorisation for the Imperial Government to increase Majapahit's presence in Sudan, these numbers may multiply very soon. This would be in line with recent trends from 2017-2022 that show consistent increase in numbers of Majapahiti peacekeepers deployed abroad.

Chief of the Joint Defence Command, Grand Admiral Kartika Paksi later announced that the Imperial Military "shall always be ready to defend Majapahiti interests in any part of the globe" and to "contribute to international peace and security". The Imperial Military itself is widely regarded as a capable force for power projection and maintaining peace in the worst conflict-ridden regions.

Being situated strategically between the Red Sea, North Africa, and the Sahara desert, Sudan is an important country for Majapahit's diplomatic ventures in the wider African continent. Mirabel Sulastri, a research fellow at the North African Studies Centre of Gajah Mada University, voiced her concern that "regional and global powers have shown intention to pay closer attention to the country". She believed Majapahit should actively engage more in providing for the region's security and economic development to prove its status as a benevolent power.


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The case for foldable smartphones: future market leader or better left in the past?

written by Yusuf Mahardhika Budianto (@ymbudianto)
Sun, 17 Apr 2023 | 5:50 PM CMT

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Madju ExpLore Fold, released in early 2022 as Madju's flagship foldable phone. (Creative Commons)

MAJAKARTA — Foldable smartphones have become the latest craze in consumer technological innovation. From the world's renowned Apple and Samsung brands, to locally-based Madju, newly-released phone models have incorporated this feature as their primary (or rather, only) selling point, differentiating them from older generations of "conventional" smartphones. But will these models really take off, considering price and reliability issues reported by consumers?

According to recent surveys by Commtec Centre in Bandung Technological Institute, around 31% of smartphone users in Majapahit "have considered" buying a foldable smartphone as their daily driver. It should be noted that most of the users surveyed are classified as lower-middle or middle class individuals. Recent trends elsewhere, such as in neighbouring Thailand and the Philippines, also show that consumers are increasingly likely to switch to foldable phones to replace their conventional ones.

But why exactly do they think so? Firstly, foldable smartphones have more compact designs, allowing them to fit in tighter pockets or bags, which some people consider highly convenient. Furthermore, these phones offer two separate screens for additional productivity; one could comfortably scroll through Setsuzoku while watching a music video clip at the same time. Lastly, the novelty of this technology is in itself a source of "pride" for owners, presenting themselves as trendy and up-to-date with new tech developments.

On the other hand, foldable smartphones still have some flaws that urgently need to be addressed by manufacturers, longevity of the folding screen itself chief among them. In some prolific cases, this has caused public concern about foldable phones' reliability. But remember, all sorts of new technologies introduced to the market must have had flaws when they were first released. Over time, both the market and producers will adapt.

All in all, foldable phones are on the rise, though it is still unclear whether they would entirely replace conventional phones in the near future. Only time—and mainstream consumer behaviour—will tell.


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Possible automobile joint venture on the table, says Chamber of Commerce and Industry

written by Oemar Wirakusuma (@oemar.wk)
Sun, 12 May 2024 | 11:30 AM CMT

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A press conference held by Majapahit Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (SM/Asman Ginanjar)

TROWULAN — Amarta Dwipangga, international cooperation director of the Majapahit Chamber of Industry and Commerce (MCCI/KDIM) stated that national automobile manufacturing companies have jointly decided through MCCI to invite a certain foreign car manufacturer to open its doors in Majapahit. While detailed information regarding which company from which country MCCI referred to is still undisclosed due to sensitivities of ongoing negotiations, Suara Nusantara's sources have alluded to a manufacturer with "great records of reliability" and "positive image" among the Majapahit public.

"MCCI have taken note of public demands for this brand. Recent trends have pointed out that, in fact, consumers wish to see more of their products here, in Majapahit," Dwipangga clarified. He further elaborated that MCCI have proposed a joint venture scheme to the company to enable Majapahit entrepreneurs and workers to also reap the benefits of future collaboration, if the company replies with a green light. Dwipangga added, "Our surveys suggested that the prospects are great and are becoming even more lucrative in the next few years, at least."

Through a written release, MCCI stated that the proposed scheme would include the construction of car assembly facilities and dealerships or distribution centres in Majapahit, though the exact number and location has yet to be decided.

On a separate occasion a few months prior, Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry Juwana Djokosantoso stated that Majapahit's automotive industry is on track to overcome other established markets on the global stage. "This industry, the automotive sector, has always been a major contributor for our economy, has always employed millions of bright and skilled Majapahit workers. So not only do we offer a huge market, we also offer our talents, which of course would secure our people's welfare," Djokosantoso noted during the opening of a motor show in Balikpapan.

Time will tell whether MCCI's efforts to expand Majapahit's automotive sector would succeed or be "postponed indefinitely" as was the case with the heavy machinery manufacturing sector last year. Suara Nusantara will continue to monitor the developments closely.


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Majapahit may be seeking to engage newly-opened Velaskevin: What's in store?

written by Artantra Widjayautama (@wdjutama)
Mon, 13 May 2024 | 09:10 AM CMT

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What will the future hold for Majapahit-Velaskevinian relations in the aftermath of their opening? (CC/Creative Commons)

TROWULAN — After a surprising but very much welcome decision from the infamous Republic of Velaskevin to open the country reaches Majapahit and other countries of the world, the Imperial Government has responded somewhat optimistically regarding the future prospects of bilateral relations. The spokesperson for the Imperial Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Majapahit is "following the developments closely and seeks to pursue a more productive engagement between the two countries," signalling that official diplomatic ties may even be in consideration.

This comment was made shortly after the Velaskevinian foreign ministry—a once long-defunct but seemingly recently revived agency—held an open conference in Karleni, the nation's capital city. Very few credible information is publicly available about the nation due to its past isolation and intense propaganda. What we know is that the Republic of Velaskevin had been a closed-off communist dictatorship with almost no engagement to the outside world. To this day, the Imperial Government has never had any ties whatsoever with the nation, which seems consistent with its "strategic distancing" policy often taken in regards to hardline communist regimes.

However, the situation is now changing. During the conference, Velaskevin's foreign minister invited the world's nations to openly discuss about matters relating to trade, reforms, and even the nation's somewhat dark past filled with crimes and aggression. While unusual and unexpected of such regimes, international relations analysts pointed out that this may have been due to recent political regeneration or elections within the country, as unlikely as it sounds. Nonetheless, if we are actually considering any moves towards opening formal relations with Velaskevin, what will it actually bring to the table for Majapahit?

For one, Majapahit may discover access to a new untapped market. While the current state of Velaskevinians may not resemble a wealthy or prosperous society, initiating engagement through trade and development programmes may bring tangible benefits to both the Velaskevinian people and Majapahit. Major cooperatives and corporations may be interested in pursuing a collaborative venture with local Velaskevinians to ensure a fair deal for everyone involved.

Another, more abstract factor is the promotion of new ideological values. Under the previous regime, Velaskevin was ruled with an iron fist by a ruthless dictator, where the existence of religious enlightenment or community welfare and liberties may have been a daydream. Now, however, Majapahit may have the opportunity to spread its righteous values of godliness and communal prosperity through enterprise, which would ease people-to-people relations between the two countries going forward.

Still, more details from Velaskevin regarding their supposed reforms are necessary before the Imperial Government makes a well-informed decision.


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BREAKING: Aliar mobilises, in anticipation or a provocation?

written by Artantra Widjayautama (@wdjutama)
Mon, 19 May 2024 | 08:00 PM CMT

TROWULAN — Regional sources reported that developments in Aliar point to the possibility of a general mobilisation of its defence forces taking place. The number of young Aliarians enlisting themselves for military service have increased significantly, along with allocation of financial resources for the small kingdom's military. Such turn of events are commonly witnessed in the past when certain nations are preparing for an imminent armed conflict, which brings up the obvious question: is Aliar currently heading into one? Or worse yet, would it spark one?

The Kingdom of Aliar has traditionally implemented a foreign policy of "neutrality and peaceful coexistence", with emphasis on diplomacy, international cooperation, and trade. Therefore, Majapahit's analysts have commented that the recent developments may signal a new direction for Aliarian posturing, one that may suggest more assertive means being preferred. Dr. Ramaditya Mulyawan of Universitas Gajah Mada's Centre for International Studies remarked that Aliar "must make its intentions as clear as possible to the international community, lest it risk its actions being interpreted as provocative."

Conversely, Prof. Kalingga Hasibuan of the Trowulan Strategic Studies Institute underplayed the possibility of Aliar putting up an aggressive standing, stating that the kingdom "poses no threat for any of its immediate neighbours and beyond, considering its size and relative power." Hasibuan believes Aliar's actions are merely ordinary steps to improve its own security instead of a belligerent purpose.

During a press conference, General Thaddeus Rowen of the Aliarian military firmly stated that his country "must be prepared for any eventuality", further adding that Aliar's youth are the "backbone of [Aliar's] defense, and their readiness is paramount to [Aliar's] national security." No further clarification from Aliar's civilian government have been publicised as of this article's publication and we have yet to uncover what exactly Aliar is strengthening itself for or against.

Officials of the Imperial Ministry of Foreign Affairs have yet to publicise any statements or responses. Majapahit has not established official diplomatic relations with Aliar, though people-to-people interactions between the two nations do exist on some level and calls by Majapahiti diaspora living in Aliar to instate formal bilateral ties have been repeatedly made. Nevertheless, Acting Chief Minister Pranandha Rengganis have previously stated in another occasion that his caretaker government will maintain Majapahit's "free and active" foreign policy during the political status quo until general elections are held later this year. The Imperial Military has also been maintaining peacetime readiness that provides sufficient deterrence value against potential external threats.

Its unlikely that Aliar has any ill intentions towards us, but it still remains to be seen how this will play out until the Aliarian government clarifies its goals.


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BREAKING: Humanitarian incident shocks Azmeny, Pathseekers suspectedly responsible
At least 120 Majapahiti nationals in Azmeny will be evacuated, Imperial Gov't notes

written by Oemar Wirakusuma (@oemar.wk)
Sun, 26 May 2024 | 08:55 PM CMT

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Smoke coming out of Azmanev Hospital, Norabad, during the incident. Over 300 people
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AZMENABAD — A sudden coordinated operation have been launched in Azmeny's province of Noristan by the militant religious group 'Pathseekers', which ended in over 300 people saddeningly losing their lives. While the group itself has yet to make any public statements regarding this humanitarian incident, Azmen security authorities have named the Pathseekers responsible behind it, as reported by Azmeny24.

The group's operations have affected many urban areas throughout the communist state, inflicting considerable damage towards vital targets and civilian infrastructure alike. Notably, this was the largest of such humanitarian incidents in Azmen history since the 1980s, shockingly bringing the nation to a halt.

Acting Chief Minister Pranandha Rengganis have issued a public statement in response to the humanitarian incident, conveying sincere condolenes on behalf of His Imperial Majesty's government. The Chief Minister stated that Majapahit "will continue to monitor the situation closely" and "stands ready" to assist the Azmen government to protect civilian lives. Rengganis also reiterated Majapahit's steadfast and faithful support for religious freedoms as a "universal right of all mankind" and that Majapahit will "defend the sanctity of religion from unholy actors".

The Empire currently maintains normal and stable diplomatic relations with Azmeny, though Suara Nusantara's independent sources have reported a degree of suspicion prevalent among senior government officials and parliamentarians due to the nation's communist ideology.

Nevertheless, according to the Imperial Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at least 120 Majapahiti nationals are currently residing or travelling in Azmeny. While no reports of Majapahitis directly affected by the incident have surfaced, the Imperial Legislative Assembly have urged the Imperial Government to expeditiously launch an evacuation operation to ensure the safety of all Majapahitis and reduce the risk of casualties. The Imperial Military Central Command have stated its readiness to deploy an evacuation contingent should the need arise.

Suara Nusantara will continue to bring you timely updates on the developing situation.


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Evacuation operation underway in Azmeny: Imperial Air Force

written by Oemar Wirakusuma (@oemar.wk) and Ragyavadha Kaliurang (@rgykaliurang)
Wed, 29 May 2024 | 8:00 AM CMT

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Supplies being unloaded from a transporter in Norabad Airbase, Azmeny. (SM/Rangga Dwalima)

AZMENABAD and TROWULAN — A joint civilian-military operation to evacuate over 120 Majapahiti citizens from Azmeny has been launched, involving brave personnel of the Imperial Foreign Ministry and the Imperial Air Force. Operation commander Major Arianto Wardoyo stated that the operation—codenamed Javanese Eagle—would be underway for approximately four days, if everything goes to plan. His team would be spread out to evacuate Majapahitis from three major population centres: Norabad (the provincial capital), Mirzan, and Samarkand.

"The Imperial Government has the utmost responsibility of protecting its citizens, anywhere in the world," Major Wardoyo commented, "Our operation would guarantee that Majapahitis everywhere will be safe from any harm, even the harshest of conflicts." He also informed Suara Nusantara that the team will work closely with authorities and security forces of Azmeny and other nations that have involved themselves in Azmeny's operation to counter the religious group 'Pathseekers', which was suspected to be the perpetrators of the recent humanitarian incident.

While Majapahit's formal relations with Azmeny is considered "normal", criticism towards the Imperial Government's somewhat ambiguous stance has been voiced by opposition leaders in the Imperial Legislative Assembly. Spokesperson of the Movement for Democracy (MfD), Yardan Frimawan, conveyed that the incumbent government "must pay attention to the extent of cooperation, so as not to sacrifice our sacred communal and national values and norms while benefitting those with opposing ideologies," implying that Majapahit's "strategic distancing" foreign policy on socialist and communist nations must be upheld.

Meanwhile, the Earthly Virtue Party (EVP) parliamentary leader Shanti Lhakasanjaya stressed the importance of supporting "freedom of religion everywhere" as mentioned in Chief Minister Pranandha Rengganis's public statement three days ago. Her party implied that religious groups including the Pathseekers are struggling to uphold their right to faith, and thus must be supported by Majapahit instead of siding with the communist Azmen government.

The Imperial Foreign Ministry has yet to comment whether the current operation would impact the future direction of diplomatic ties. Assistant Minister for Political-Security Cooperation Juanda Arthasastra stated, "Our current focus is getting civilians safely out of the conflict zones in a timely and effective manner. On the ground, our officers and troops work together with the Azmens and other nations to ensure its smooth sailing, that's all." He further said that the Imperial Government's stance on pursuing political and military cooperation with any nation would need to be based on "mutual values and interests for a shared, secure future".

A number of nations have publicly stated their intention to cooperate with Azmeny in its counter-offensive against suspected Pathseekers fighters. Others have declared their willingness to send humanitarian aid to help the affected civilians recover from the recent incident, including assisting in the construction of a medical treatment centre and airdropping essential supplies. Some have been allegedly supporting the Pathseekers covertly from behind the scenes, though credible information on this has yet to be delivered.

Nonetheless, Majapahiti personnel involved in Operation Javanese Eagle have a tough mission ahead of them and must remain ever-vigilant, for the Empire and Emperor.


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By invitation: Velkintote II, Lord-Emperor of Lemueria
Views on the Civil War, global conflicts, Lemuerian society, and what the future holds

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As the leader of 165 million Lemuerians, Lord-Emperor Velkintote II shares his perspectives with Suara Nusantara on latest affairs and how he thinks Lemueria should move forward. Velkintote II was born in 1947 and succeeded his father to the Lemuerian throne in 1980. Forty years later, he is leading Lemueria through various internal political struggles and global dynamics, possibly considered the toughest years for the United Socialist States.

Wirakusuma: Let me firstly convey our good wishes for you and the people of Lemueria, Your Majesty, and thank you for your time. Your nation has been in a state of civil war for some time, which many like to call the "Great Volkonese Revolution". The Majapahiti people must be worried when they hear about all the bloodshed. Could you explain, from your point of view, what is really happening and how do you see the situation moving forward?

Velkintote II: I see it as a bunch of greedy and desperate, misguided people rebelling because they don't recognize they have been annexed many centuries ago, they themselves have been causing more harm than our government and the death of my son, who is known as Prince Sham. He was a great man and about how things will move forward, while Lemuria is superior numerically, the recent coup d'etat attempt has left us a bit preoccupied. But I hope for a Lemuerian victory.

Wirakusuma: We certainly do hope for the best possible outcome. Very recently, your government survived an unfortunately bloody coup d'etat. The following turn of events have led to upcoming elections and, interestingly, foreign involvement by Russia and North Korea, to the point where Russia has invaded their neighbour to the south. For us in Majapahit, this is very unfortunate. What does this all mean to you?

Velkintote II: The coup I somewhat sympathize with actually, I know that Lemuerians might go on a rampage because of this, but our government needs more order. I believe that our clear and strict guidelines makes it hard for new assemblyman to get in and leaves more power to old out of touch politicians, not to leave it negative solely though, I think we are making progress, and the coup was not a good way to deal with this, which I must say that it killed a lot of innocent, potentially world-changing, young lives. No comment on the invasion of North Korea.

Wirakusuma: Nevertheless, you've served your nation well for over four decades, and the Lemuerian people have you in their hearts. What has your time in office told you about the world we live in and Lemueria's place in it?

Velkintote II: I have learned that the world is a place rampant with power, money and tragedy, but with hope too. Events happen constantly so far that tangling prior events is still in progress and it still leaves us overwhelmed which is why I have never made nuanced judgements on ongoing world events, but rather tried to get a unbiased view, and serve my ultimate responsibility, to embody the Lemuerian people and to serve to bring hope.

Wirakusuma: Of course. Lemueria itself is considered unique by many due to being a "socialist" state with a hereditary monarchy. Or at least, that's how many people in Majapahit view your nation. Could you explain to us how this system has worked for Lemueria?

Velkintote II: Well we are economically socialist but with a monarchy and democracy. We subsidize critical state industries to provide jobs for the poor and to certify essential needs, we put regulation and make sure businesses don't commit bad practices through an extensive codes of business, and these things help our people and economy. But we also still use money and our businesses compete on the world stage bringing use technological advancement and economic gain.

So it balances out for us. We don't use a socialist political system, because that would be hellbent on something like another Soviet Union, and we have a mix of power with democracy and monarchy, representing both a guided powerful and thoughtful leader and the people's needs and interests.

Wirakusuma: It's certainly a distinctively Lemuerian arrangement. Moving on, you've shown considerable affinity for China, Russia, and Germany, all great but nevertheless "unique" assortment of nations. Could you share why you regard them highly?

Velkintote II: Lemueria has deep cultural ties with Russia, we are next to them, we trade with them, our language has Russian influences, we are socialist, we use some Russian imperial units, and much much more. About Germany, schnitzel is a popular Lemuerian dish and I was raised in Germany for a period of my life, and there have been deep political ties earlier too, though there is a dark side with Lemueria secretly assisting Nazi Germany in WWII, but Germany has moved on, we have moved on.

Wirakusuma: Very well. You mentioned having strong cultural bonds. Interestingly, your nation is very racially diverse, and we've heard concerns of a decreasing native population in relation to foreigners from those three nations. Do you see this as an issue?

Velkintote II: Not really, I value diversity and immigration and I as said have deep ties with those, and we're most importantly keeping Lemuerian culture, which is really just a blend of all those cultures, which means in some aspects our country is even more Lemuerian and these immigrants have been able to mix in relatively well.

Wirakusuma: Internationally, Lemueria participates in forums like the Collective Security League and United Powers, but only as an observer instead of full member. Why is that, and what is the significance of Lemueria's involvement in that way?

Velkintote II: We are a full member in the UP, but we are a CSL observer. It all came from us being rapidly isolationist for most of our lifespan until us recently opening up, so we chose to be observers to get a taste of international diplomacy. And about the CSL specifically, we aren't fully democratic, though I think that is a good thing in a way, though to an extent.

Wirakusuma: Lastly, we come to the bilateral level. Lemueria and Majapahit share cordial ties, but analysts have mentioned that relations have much room for improvement. How do you personally see Majapahit and the future of our bilateral relations?

Velkintote II: I see Majapahit as a good country, and I believe we will increase ties with all countries in the future. Though I don't see exceptionally good relations with Majapahit as for the moment, and think they will remain in the normal waters for most of time.

Wirakusuma: This has been Lord-Emperor Velkintote II of Lemueria for Suara Nusantara. Thank you for your time, Your Majesty.


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By invitation: Victoria III, Kaiserin of the German Empire
Views on the dynamic international order and rebuilding the national image

exclusive interview by Artantra Widjayautama (@wdjutama)
Mon, 3 Jun 2024 | 8:00 AM CMT

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A nation rising from the ashes of its dark Nazi-dominated past, the German Empire has been under the steadfast leadership of Kaiserin Victoria III. While formerly adhering to a policy of isolation and distancing from international affairs after a devastating civil war, Germany is now ready to engage with the wider world. The Kaiserin shares with Suara Nusantara a story of liberation, reconstruction, and her efforts to pave the way for a greater vision.

Widjayautama: Your Majesty, thank you for your time. Allow me to deliver the Majapahiti people's good wishes for you and the German Empire. Your nation has been through a devastating civil war of liberation from Nazi rule. How do you look back at that chapter of your history? How has German society progressed since those dark days?

Victoria III: I look at this matter as a demonstration of overcoming and unity of the German Empire, when we came together to free our homeland from the grip of the fascists, and after this bloody and barbaric war, our people remained united and strong in spirit with an effort collective effort to rebuild our Empire and regain our place in the sun, alongside other global powers.

Widjayautama: While you have only relatively recently came to power as the German people's Kaiserin succeeding your grandfather, you certainly have observed the dynamics of global affairs. How do you understand our world today and the German Empire's place in that world?

Victoria III: I understand the modern world as a great game of chess, where smaller nations are used as maneuvering grounds to resolve disputes between powers, where a simple civil war becomes a large-scale war just for individual and selfish interests coming from the most powerful nations. In this highly volatile global scenario, the Empire remains with its unshakable desire to regain our lost domains after the end of the great war, but we know that being known as a hostile nation is not appropriate and therefore, we are currently trying to seek more diplomatic means of resolving problems. But often, the only solution to a problem is war.

Widjayautama: That's certainly interesting. And speaking of, international observers have questioned the values and norms that you stand for, based on the German Empire's actions on the global stage, as they sometimes are inconsistent. Does the German Empire actually have a set of values it upholds? How would you respond?

Victoria III: The Empire defends the maintenance of legitimate governments regardless of who is in power - unless it is a Fascist or a dictatorship of any extremist ideology, in some peace agreements that we were part of, many proposals were for gross changes in the government, removing thus something that represented the culture of that nation.

Widjayautama: I see. Your nation is an active member of military alliances like the Kalisight Treaty Organization and the Collective Security League, as well as economic pacts like the Global Trade Organization. What is the significance of your participation in these international forums? Does it make a difference?

Victoria III: We are trying to re-establish diplomatic communication with several countries and secure military and economic alliances to support our allies, we are even planning an investment program for foreign nations to support the economies of small nations, seeking to help them on their long journey towards a free and developed nation, this makes a difference in the diplomatic aspect, because as I said previously, being known as a hostile nation is not a good thing when everyone knows us like that, so yes, it makes a difference.

Widjayautama: Hostility certainly is the last thing anyone wants from a partner. On that note, an important term for GTO membership is to "refrain from international conflicts affecting the economic well-being of other nations." But before joining GTO, your nation invaded Wedellia. Could you guarantee that the German Empire will honour its pledge to refrain from such conflicts again in the future?

Victoria III: In the case of Wedellia, the invasion was carried out due to a coup d'état where the Original Government was brutally torn from power, and after the humiliating defeat resulting from an extremely contestable armistice, we insisted on fighting to reestablish the governmental regime in which Wedellia it had originally been for several years, I think hundreds of years inclusive, but yes, we are trying hard not to generate unnecessary wars that could affect the world as a whole.

Widjayautama: The German Empire and Majapahit are both great imperial states with rich histories, even though we are separated by distance and cultures. How do you view Majapahit and where is our diplomatic relations headed in the coming days?

Victoria III: Majapahit proves to be an interesting nation to have a positive diplomatic relationship, we intend to propose a diplomatic embassy in both countries for future negotiations, as the German Empire wishes to have relations with other Empires and not just with some questionable dictatorships in some points, or As full democracies, we wish to join diplomatic forces with nations like ours, but we are always open to negotiating anything with other nations in the world, as long as they contact us.

Widjayautama: This has been Kaiserin Victoria III of the German Empire for Suara Nusantara. Thank you again for your time, Your Majesty.


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