- Emperor Jayanagara VII's address on the commemoration of Imperial Day, 2004
His Imperial Majesty Dharmawijaya Suryawikrama (born 9 November, 1977), conferred with the title Dharmawijaya the Great is the current reigning monarch of Majapahit from the Rajasa dynasty bearing the regnal name 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 Majapahit's hereditary head of state as well as nominal Commander-in-chief of the Imperial Military. Although executive power is mostly vested in the Premier, the Emperor nevertheless holds a considerable amount of influence in Imperial politics.
Jayanagara has occasionally faced hardline republican sentiments and criticism of the Imperial family, in particular due to his tendency to regulate the media and political dissenters. His somewhat interventionist stance in global affairs and various unproven allegations of civil 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.
Unlike more traditional monarchs of Majapahit, Jayanagara 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 personally. He often posts about his daily routines, uploads video blogs, and publishes photographs he took with his own camera for all of his subjects to see.
After graduating from Taruna Nusantara military college, Jayanagara was enlisted as a Lieutenant in the Imperial Air Force reserves, having enrolled in the non-commissioned officer course during his college days. He served in the headquarters of the Western (I) Air Command from 1997-1998 before leaving for his next phase of studies in the University of Gadjah Mada, majoring in international relations. He originally intended to return to reserve service after graduating from university in early 2002.
Barely a few weeks after Jayanagara's graduation, Emperor Padma III, his first cousin, unexpectedly announced in February 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 has never been made public. His eldest son, crown prince Sri Giyana Padmawan, was at the time only 13 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 his close relatives. Padma stepped down on mid-March 2002 and in his place, Dharmawijaya succeeded him, bearing the regnal name 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.
Jayanagara's reign has so far overseen 4 cabinets and 3 Premiers. The Emperor maintains a close relationship with the elected Premiers, through whom he often proposes "Imperial projects" to be executed by their respective governments. For example, during the premiership of Daril Utara (2001-2006), Jayanagara ordered the construction of Jawamadu Bridge, the longest bridge in the Empire connecting the island of Java and Madura. Construction of the bridge began in 2004 and it was opened to the public in 2009, serving as a hallmark for Jayanagara's reign.
In the later government of Dharmaputri Rengganis (2006-2011), the Emperor proposed another major infrastructure project, this time a 1000km long highway in the far eastern island of Papua. Adjustments were made to His Imperial Majesty's initial plan before the state-owned construction company, Surya Karya Co. began construction of the road in early 2009. The Trans-Papuan highway was finished in 2014 and has greatly improved logistics and transportation in the previously disconnected, forested region.
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. The Imperial Bureau of Foreign Affairs, in particular, has been tasked with the establishment of formal diplomatic relations with as many nations as possible through their foreign embassy programme.
Ideological Enforcement Law, 2002
Grants special emergency rights for internal security forces to detain and question former members and sympathisers of suspected separatist and anti-monarchist armed terrorist groups.
Amendment to Civil Aviation Law, 2003
Tightens security checks at most major airports across the Empire, specifically to target suspected foreign terrorists, and increases funding to aviation security forces.
Amendment to Sexual Offences Law, 2004
Guarantees lawful punishment to sex offenders. Enables victims of sexual crime and violence to obtain justice easier and receive protection while going through the process.
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, among several others.
Haven of Tolerance Law, 2013
Regulates social media and digital newswires to ensure moral usage of the constitutional right to free speech. Criminalises hate speech on account of a group characteristic such as race, religion, and gender.
The Emperor in his ceremonial
uniform of the Imperial Military
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. All three 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. The advice was later turned into policy by the cabinet of Premier Sri Indra Thohir after his inauguration in 2015.
For: Pan-Nusantaranism, ASEAN, nationalism, militarism, welfare state, cooperativism, Asian supremacy
Against: Communism, pacifism, feminism, abortion (to an extent), LGBT (to an extent), religious radicalism