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Majapahit | Emperor Jayanagara VII


Dharmawijaya Suryawikrama

Emperor Jayanagara VII pictured in 2006.

Divine Maharaja of Majapahit

Style

His Imperial Majesty

Reign

2002 - present

Predecessor

Bhrawardhana Adiwijaya (Padma III)



Born

9 November, 1974 (age 45)
Majakarta, Majapahit

Nationality

Majapahiti

House

Wijaya (Rajasa dynasty)

Political Ideologies

Pan-Nusantaranism
Third Positionism

Education

University of Gadjah Mada
- Degree in International Relations

Religion

Hindu-Buddhism


"...our nation have faced harsh odds in the past, and shall do so again. We shall be the bulwark against the undesirable scums of communism and radicalism. We shall forever stand united under Pan-Nusantaranism, and we shall lead Southeast Asia into a brighter future ahead!"
- Emperor Jayanagara VII's address on the commemoration of Imperial Day, 2004

His Imperial Majesty Dharmawijaya Suryawikrama (born 9 November, 1974), conferred with the title Dharmawijaya the Great is the current reigning monarch of Majapahit from the Rajasa dynasty as Jayanagara VII. His reign began on 18 March 2002, ascending to the throne after the unexpected abdication of his cousin, Padma III, due to health concerns. As Maharaja (Emperor), he is the Majapahit's hereditary head of state as well as nominal Commander-in-chief of the Imperial Military.

Dharmawijaya has occasionally faced hardline republican sentiments and criticism of the imperial family, in particular due to his tendency to repress the media and political dissenters. His somewhat interventionist stance in global affairs and various allegations of human rights abuses are among the main justifications for criticism towards His Imperial Majesty. However, support for the monarchy remains high presently, as does his personal popularity.
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Reign


Padma III, Jayanagara's first cousin, unexpectedly announced in January 2002 that he would abdicate from the throne in a matter of months mostly because of his deteriorating health. Until then, information regarding the former Emperor's health condition wasn't made public. His eldest son, crown prince Sri Giyana Padmawan, was at the time only 14 years old. Instead of establishing a regency to govern until the crown prince comes of age, the late Emperor made the decision to instead hand over the throne to Dharmawijaya as suggested by some of his relatives. Padma stepped down on mid-March 2002 and in his place, Dharmawijaya succeeded as Maharaja Jayanagara VII.

Supporters of the monarchy (specifically the House of Wijaya) often described Jayanagara as a nationalist, social conservative, reactionary, and often times anti-communist but not anti-socialist; many of his social and economic policies introduced just months after he ascended the throne were indeed considered socialist in nature. On the other side of the spectrum, most critics of the monarchy (including hardline republicans and the far-left) view him as a "paranoid, oppressive centrist", proven by several occasions where the Emperor consider some private media outlets to be "outright subversive" in nature and thus pushed him to suppress private media.

As with previous monarchs of Majapahit, Jayanagara followed a free and active foreign policy, essentially an interventionist, third-positionist doctrine. He has made several official visits to foster Majapahiti business links with major Asian economic powers such as Japan and Korea. He also held a personal meeting and dialogue with Emperor Akihito and President Roh Moo-hyun as part of those trips. Jayanagara has vowed to improve relations with more East and Southeast Asian nations, as well as countries in the sub-Saharan Africa region in the near future.

Unlike previous monarchs, however, Jayanagara VII has always tried to remain close and connected with his people, not distancing himself from them at all. Besides the occasional "unannounced" visits to many small towns and villages in Majapahit's rural regions, his Imperial Majesty also has his own social media account which he manages himself. He often posts about his daily routines and makes videos for all of his subjects to see.
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Policies


  • Ideological Enforcement Law, 2002
    Grants special rights for internal security forces to detain and question former members of the suspected separatists and anti-monarchists

  • Amendment to Civil Aviation Law, 2003
    Tightens security checks at most major airports across the Empire and increases funding to aviation security forces.

  • Amendment to Sexual Offences Law, 2004
    Guarantees and increases lawful punishment to sex offenders. Makes sexual crime victims easier to obtain justice.

  • Maritime Essential Force Law, 2010
    Modernisation of equipment for the Imperial Navy, including purchase of several foreign vessels, enlargement of the Naval Infantry, and some reorganisation at headquarters level.

  • Public Holidays Law, 2012
    Adds the Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad and the Chinese New Year to the list of national holidays.

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Ideology


His Imperial Majesty's military background heavily influences his defence policies, considered by many to be much more aggressive than his predecessors. A number of new mutual security agreements and additional clauses on existing ones have been signed under his reign. Both branches of the Imperial Military has received an increased budget for research into advanced/experimental weaponry. Currently, the Emperor enjoys a comfortable amount of support from the Military, and in turn, popular support for the Military has increased in recent years, according to several independent polls.

The Emperor has been a vocal advocate for clean and renewable energy, wishing to eventually turn Majapahit independent of fossil fuel based energy. He believes that environmental sustainability is a responsibility of the Imperial government and all Imperial subjects. Recently in 2014, the Emperor advised the cabinet that their primary focus should be the replacement of ancient coal and oil power plants across Majapahit with newer, cleaner power sources, such as hydroelectric dams and wind turbine farms.

Preferences

  • For: Pan-Nusantaranism, ASEAN, nationalism, militarism, monarchy, welfare state, cooperativism, Asian supremacy

  • Against: Communism, capitalism, pacifism, feminism, abortion (to an extent), LGBT, religious radicalism

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