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Trivia about Samudera [WIP]

This factbook is composed by the Samuderan Ministry of Information, in order to clear confusions that sometimes arises in the international community. It has been written from a neutral viewpoint, as neutral as it can be. Feedbacks and contents suggestion would be much appreciated.


Q: Is Samudera really a socialist nation?
A: No, at least not officially. Since the fall of the socialist government in 1992, Samudera has been ruled by various parties. Though since the first socialist President of Samudera is elected in 2012, the nation’s policy has been increasingly leftist in its nature. This is due to the still strong support of socialism among the populace, added to the financial crisis in 2010 that impoverished many in the country.

The return of socialism in Samudera has been criticised by the return of corruption and nepotism practice in the government. The last Buzzgate scandal and the assassination of Chief Justice Malanggeng marked the turn of socialist sentiment in Samudera, which has waned since.

Still, Socialism still has some support base in the country, especially the impoverished western state, Burata, and in Kraton and North Sanggar.

In conclusion, Samudera is a pretty leftist nation. Although it is not as socialist as it was during the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Q: Why is Samudera so diverse, and is there any dominant ethnic group?
A: First question first. Yes, Samudera is so diverse. There are only 18 registered ethnic groups, though, in reality, the definition of an ethnic group is fluid. One could say that there are 32 ethnic groups, or even 50. Some culture in Samudera are so interrelated that one could consider both as one group, yet there are significantly different between the two that merit them a separate classification.

It might be because of the Khas-Kirats that infected us with their multicultural traits, but no one knows for sure.

Second question. Officially no, but it is known that the Sanggari are the most influential ethnic in the whole nation. Almost all of the Samuderan president have Sanggaric blood, and they alone constitute for more than 40% of the total population of Samudera. One of the official languages of Samudera is also Sanggaric. Though separatists movement are rare because of the federal system in Samudera which don’t necessarily prioritise development in the Sanggaric-dominated area.

Q: Is there any active separatist movement in Samudera?
A: There were several separatist movements across Samudera, mainly active during the socialist period of Samudera. Currently, there are no separatist groups that are at war with the government of Samudera.

The last resistance group was the Islamic State of Samudera (NIS), which signed a peace treaty with the Samuderan government in 1995 in exchange for increased autonomy for the Muslim-majority regions in South Sanggar.

Another prominent armed resistance group was the Harni Defender Army (TPH), a separatist group in northern Samudera that aimed to defend the ethnic Harni and to form a union with Ainslie. Ethnic Harni was the descendant of Arnish settlers from mainland Ainslie during the 16th to 18th century, though they have been adapted to Samuderan culture after centuries of assimilation.

They laid down their arms after a series of mediation talks with Ainslie at the end of the ‘80s and has since gained further autonomy from the federal government.

Q: How popular is socialism in Samudera?
A: Polls showed that about 57% of Samuderans supported socialism in August 2017, the highest it has ever been since the Reformation in 1992. The reelection of President Justuva Susanto saw the period of highest support of socialism. However, scandals and corruption have eroded the support of the government of President Justuva, and along with it the support of socialism. Last polls in early July 2018 showed that only 21% of Samuderans supported socialism, and only about 32% of Samuderans approved of the current government.

The popularity of socialism in Samudera isn’t a surprise. The socialist era is still seen as the ‘glorious era’ by some, and their era wasn’t marred with as much controversy as the previous authoritarian government. The current biggest party in Samudera, Socialist Party of Samudera (PSS), is very much the reincarnation of the socialist party in the ‘70s. Their propaganda always showed how much socialism improved the condition of many, and how it provided a stable government and economy for almost thirty years. It, however, didn’t cover the topics about how repressive and authoritarian the socialist government were.

This shows how the society perceives socialism. Though nowadays many major cities have swayed from socialist to capitalist, and it has since divided the country in a way. A socialist countryside with capitalist cities.

Tl;dr socialism is still a very popular option for many, though it has seen a decrease in support lately.

Q: Almost half of the nation’s population are atheist, how could religious sentiment have a strong voice in Samuderan society?
A: One needs to learn the history behind how Atheist could dominate the nation’s religious theatre.

In the aftermath of the Lotus Revolution, the most prominent opposition were religious leaders. Thus, the leaders of the Revolution blamed that the ‘religious one’ were the one who aren’t supportive of the ‘People’s Revolution’. Decrees and laws were issued in such a way that the religious are severely disadvantaged while not banning it outright. This forced people to abandon their religion, at least officially. In the 1980s, almost 80% of the population declared themselves as Atheist.

Though not surprisingly, most of them didn’t really stop their religious practice. Syncretism became more prevalent as it was the only religious practice that was still allowed by the government because they regarded Syncretism as ‘cultural heritage’. The state recorded people that practised Syncretism as officially ‘Atheist’, and it persists to this day. In the 1990s, after the Reformation, the state has lifted its ban on the religious practice. Thus, people in Samudera associate Atheism with Syncretism, although that assumption has been discarded nowadays.

Today, almost half of the population of Samudera ‘officially’ declared themselves as Atheist. In reality, it is more complicated than that. Independent survey revealed that pure ‘Atheist’ only constituted 10% of the population, while the rest of them being syncretic.

Q: What is Samudera’s stance about ‘pineapple on top of a pizza’?
A: It is considered a common practice to put pineapple on top of a pizza, and it is even more common to eat pizza along with rice in Samudera.

Q: Are you allowed to own guns in Samudera?
A: No, only law enforcement and a select few are allowed to own guns in Samudera. Foreigners are forbidden from bringing and/or using guns when entering the territory of Samudera. Common folks are legally allowed to have guns, though it will take them quite a long time to even get a license for a handgun. Thus, many chose not to own them. Folks that own guns are required to undergo rigorous mental and health test every six months and usually, is only allowed to own a handgun at most. An exception could be given to those whose professions made them quite prone to threats, such as doctors and lawyers.

Q: Is there any legal drugs in Samudera?
There is no legal recreational drug. Drugs are heavily regulated in Samudera and only a few government-owned and private companies are given license to produce it. The use of drugs is solely used for medicinal and therapy usage only. Possession of drugs could lead to imprisonment, including foreigners. Nonetheless, there exists a black market for drugs. Regions such as Sanggari Highland is famous for its supposedly good marijuana, while in the eastern Samudera Buzz has become prevalent ever since the Buzz epidemic outbreak in 2017.

Efforts have been made to legalise recreational use of mildly addictive drugs, but it has garnered little support from many Samuderans alike.

Q: Why does Samudera have such a small army?

Q: How does Samudera defend itself against the foreign threat?

Q: How liberal is Samudera?

Q: How pervasive corruption is in Samudera?
A: Ahnslen Judges are gonna be in the job for decades to come ;)

Q: How advanced Samudera is compared to other nations in the Isles?