Welcome to the Imperial Centre for Miscellaneous Information!
(Or otherwise known as Majapahit's collection of trivial forum posts.)
Feel free to read the various threads in the Factbooks & National Information forums that I've posted a reply on, explaining Majapahit's stance on many issues or just details to flesh out its lore/background story. Also feel free to drop a telegram @ me if you'd like to comment on any or if you have any suggestions!
In our timeline, Hayam Wuruk decided to marry Princess Dyah Pitaloka of the neighbouring Kingdom of Sunda and make her his consort in an effort to establish a political union between Majapahit and Sunda, because the latter was the only remaining polity in Java that hadn't submitted to Majapahit's rule. When the Princess arrived to the court of Majapahit, accompanied by the King of Sunda and the rest of the royal family, they were halted by Gadjah Mada at the front gates. The Premier thought that the Princess would be made a concubine as a symbol of Sunda's vassalage to Majapahit. This greatly angered the Sundanese royal family, and the misunderstanding developed into a battle after the Sundanese stood up against Gadjah Mada and his personal guard. In the face of defeat and dishonour, the Princess committed suicide. The incident, known as the Bubat Incident, enraged King Hayam Wuruk, who then broke off relations with his Premier, hindering the goal of fulfilling Mada's Palapa Oath for at least quite some time.
In this alternate timeline, the Bubat Incident never happened. Gadjah Mada had clearly understood that Hayam Wuruk's intention with the Princess was to marry her as queen consort, which would unite the kingdoms of Sunda and Majapahit under a personal union of their respective monarchs. The wedding went according to plan, and the entire island of Java was then under de facto rule of Majapahit. Soon after, Hayam Wuruk declared an Empire of Majapahit, with a vast territory stretching from Sumatra in the west to the tip of Papua in the east. Hayam Wuruk's continued good relations with Gadjah Mada meant that further conquests in the east were made, courtesy of joint effort between the armies of Majapahit and Sunda, expanding the new Empire's domain even further.
Fast forward a few years, and we arrive at another determining point of divergence: the Paregreg War, a destructive civil war fought in 1404-06 between the Western court of Majapahit led by King Wikramawardhana and the Eastern court led by Bhre (Duke) Wirabhumi.
In our timeline, the war began when Wirabhumi challenged Wikramawardhana's ascension to the throne because of his status as Hayam Wuruk's nephew and son-in-law, while Wirabhumi himself was the son of Hayam Wuruk, albeit from one of his concubines. This war of rivalry and secession had caused the calamity, crisis, court's preoccupation, the drain of financial resources, and exhaustion, that is thought to be one of the causes of Majapahit decline in the following years.
In this alternate timeline, after Hayam Wuruk passed away in 1389, the throne was handed over to his queen consort at his personal request. Thus, Queen Pitaloka was coronated as queen regnant instead of Wikramawardhana, and the succession war never occurred. The government could focus on preserving the Empire and slowly integrating the numerous vassal states under the Majapahiti banner, as envisioned by Gadjah Mada.
By far, the most well-known female to have reigned as a monarch in ancient Majapahiti history was Queen Tribhuwana Wijayatunggadewi, born as Dyah Gitarja in the early 14th century. She was the daughter of Raden Wijaya, the founder and first King of Majapahit. During her young adulthood, Tribhuwana was granted the title Duchess of Kahuripan by the reigning king, Jayanagara I (1309-1328). When Jayanagara passed away, the throne should have passed to Gayatri, Tribhuwana's mother and one of the wives of Raden Wijaya. But because Gayatri had converted to become a Buddhist priest (Majapahit was predominantly Hindu at the time and governed by Hindu laws and customs), she could not take over the throne. As such, Tribhuwana was ordered to accede to the throne in the name of her mother.
In the early years of her reign, Majapahit was shaken by several rebellions, including in the districts of Sadeng and Keta in the year 1331. Tribhuwana took personal command of the Army and by herself led her troops into battle against the rebels after prolonged infighting within the upper echelons of the nobility occurred to determine who would lead the Army to crush the rebellions. Queen Tribhuwana succeeded in squashing the rebel forces and managed to reunite the kingdom.
A few years later in 1334, Queen Tribhuwana inaugurated Gajah Mada as Rakryan Patih or equivalent to Prime Minister. In his inauguration ceremony, Gajah Mada vowed to abstain from all earthly pleasures, in this case eating food with spices, until he had conquered the entire Nusantara archipelago for Majapahit, in a pledge later commonly known as the Palapa Oath. To achieve his vision, Gajah Mada, with assistance from his Queen, greatly expanded the Army and Navy and modernised the two branches to prepare them for future conquests. In 1343, the Kingdom of Pejeng on the island of Bali had been defeated by Majapahit, followed by the kingdoms of Melayu and Sriwijaya in 1347. These achievements greatly expanded the territory under Majapahiti influence or direct control.
Tribhuwana's mother, Gayatri, passed away in 1350. A year later in 1351, she abdicated the throne, letting her son, Hayam Wuruk become her successor.
In the name of the Gods and the Goddesses, most gracious, most merciful.
His Imperial Majesty is very delighted to receive your message and sincerely thanks you for the correspondence. He is pleased to reply to all of your inquiries and hopes that the answers he provides below should suffice.
The flag of the Tenggaranusa (Southeastern Islands) Commonwealth, as you may have noticed, share similar vexillological elements with most flags of other Imperial Commonwealths. The Imperial banner in the canton symbolises the commonwealth's subordination and loyalty to the Empire, while the shield represents the will of the commonwealth subjects to defend the Empire in general and their own respective lands in particular. The background colour of the flags tend to stand for either the Earth, the Sea, the Sky, or the inhabitants of the region. In Tenggaranusa's case, the light blue symbolises the Flores and Savu Seas which serve as a maritime 'link' between the many islands lying in the Tenggaranusa region.
Especially unique to Tenggaranusa's flag, as you have mentioned, is the Floresian Cross, a symbol of Catholicism in Majapahit (its name was derived from Flores Island - the centre of early catholic missions in Tenggaranusa). The cross is often mistaken for the Maltese Cross because they were both historically developed from the same early forms of eight-pointed crosses commonly found in 16th century Europe. It is debatable whether this was actually intentional or just a mere coincidence. Nevertheless, Portuguese missionaries were the ones primarily responsible for spreading the faith, and due to their efforts, catholicism is presently the majority religion in Tenggaranusa. The cross was chosen to reflect that specific demographic trait in the Tenggaranusa's official flag, to distinguish the region from other commonwealths which mostly have Hindu-Buddhist majority populations.
The Lagam Kemaharajaan ("Imperial Anthem") was indeed intentionally composed using a melody similar to France's Grand Dieu Sauve le Roi and Britain's God Save the King/Queen, mixed with lyrics written in Indo-Malay as a form of praise and good wishes to the Emperor. Created in the late 1850s, it was in fact inspired by the Kingdom of Siam - a long-time ally of Majapahit - whose royal anthem also used the tune of the aforementioned European anthems; Emperor Jayanagara III (reigning from 1849-64) was known to have a certain fondness for the melody when he first visited Siam. For a few decades, it was used as both Imperial and national anthem of Majapahit. However, today it is only used in honour of the Emperor, e.g. in ceremonial occasions or events where the Emperor is present.
Once again, the Emperor thanks you for your kind letter and prays to the Gods and Goddesses to bless you with the best of health.
Sri Indra Thohir,
Premier of Majapahit and Lord of the Imperial Privy Council
According to the Kitab Undang-undang Hukum Pidana (the Criminal Law), abortion in Majapahit is restricted to cases of maternal life, mental health, physical health and/or rape. The reason that socio-economic factors weren't put in the list of allowed cases for abortion was said to have been because of a speech Emperor Jayanagara IV made in around 1916 during the inauguration of a new government, several months before the current criminal law was put into effect by the legislature. The Emperor stated that:
"...it must be remembered that the foremost duties of the Imperial Government are to defend every stretch of Imperial territory; guarantee the economic prosperity of every Imperial subject, even those who are not born yet; remain tolerant to all believers of all religions; and always uphold justice."
Regarding politics and justice:
Voting is mandatory for all Majapahiti residents regardless of where they reside. Private gun ownership is prohibited with the exception of active-duty law enforcement and military personnel (reserve troops are not exempt). Through Imperial decree, the Emperor may instate conscription if deemed necessary and approved by at least two-thirds of the legislature. During wartime, if citizens refuse to enlist in the military, they are obligated by law to serve in other non-combatant branches. In trial, the jury system is not used in Majapahit.
Regarding the youth:
There are currently no legislation regulating swearing, but this act is frowned upon by all Majapahitis, especially if done in public. For citizens over the age of 21, smoking and drinking alcohol is allowed, otherwise these acts are illegal (in some regions, smoking in public is prohibited entirely by Regional Law). There are currently no legislation regulating chewing gum or jaywalking, and most Majapahitis are responsible enough to not litter or jaywalk anyway. Sports are legal and highly encouraged by the Imperial government through community sporting organisations, especially on weekends and public holidays. Video games are legal, but distribution is controlled by the Imperial Bureau of Media & Communications. As long as these works do not insult the Crown or Empire, they can include elements of sexuality and/or violence. In most major cities, including the capital Majakarta, there is a curfew on 11:30 PM enforced by both the Imperial Police and local authorities.
All public school students are required to wear certain uniforms every day to school, which varies depending on the day of the week. Some schools tolerate the use of hats in class, while others do not; no official legislation regulates this. The usage of laptops however are very much allowed, nowadays most teachers even encourage their students to bring one to class. Both sleeping and eating in class are not allowed and punishable, depending on each school's policy. Corporal punishment is illegal by Imperial law. Only around 5-10% support it, and those who actually use it are usually detained and questioned by authorities.
Regarding corporal punishment:
Domestic corporal punishment is, of course, illegal by law. Only around 2-3% parents nationwide support its use. Corporal punishment can not be ordered by a court or judge. The only exception is in the military and in prisons, where it is often used to discipline and re-discipline, respectively.
Regarding other forms of punishment:
For severely "unpunishable" crimes, especially those against the Emperor and Empire, the death penalty is an option. For severe but still "punishable" crimes, such as murder, rape or sabotage, life imprisonment is an option. Torture was most commonly used by agents of the Imperial Security Bureau on dissidents and foreign spies during the Cold War period to obtain information, but nowadays, it is almost never used. There are currently no legislation regulating this, but this act is frowned upon by most Majapahitis. Majapahit does not have concentration camps, or does it? but it does have forced labour camps where capital offenders will be sent to for 4 weeks before they are executed. Majapahit does not have extermination camps.
In Majapahit, if His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor is temporarily unable to perform his/her duties for any reason, then his heir-apparent (usually the Crown Prince/Princess) will take over his duties as the Regent of Majapahit until the Emperor is able to return to his duties again. If no heir-apparent is present, willing, or able to do so, then a Regency Council will be established. The council is composed of the three Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs, and Internal Affairs, as well as the Supreme Commandant of the Imperial Military.
If the Premier is temporarily unable to perform his/her duties for any reason, then the Emperor will take over the government until the Premier is able to return to his duties again or until the Premier's term in office expires. Should the latter occur, the Emperor will have to nominate a candidate for Premiership within 60 days and the Imperial Assembly shall convene to vote for the approval or rejection of the named candidate.
His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Jayanagara VII, has announced that he and the Imperial family of Majapahit shall support the Imperial Legionary Movement in the Romanian-Slavian general elections. He wishes Emperor August I and the rest of the Movement's candidates good health and the best of luck.
If you has just announced in public that you are atheist while in Majapahit, whether intentionally or accidentally, the general populace will probably react somewhat negatively. Religiousness is considered a must within Majapahiti society, as the norm goes back hundreds or even thousands of years. Freedom of adherence to any religion is guaranteed in the Imperial constitution, but atheism is not. There's also a decent chance that your residence or hotel room will be visited one fine evening by a pair of friendly gentlemen from either the Imperial Security Bureau or the Social Affairs ministry. Just honestly answer each and every question they might ask you, offer them some Javanese jasmine tea, have a friendly discussion about contemporary politics, etc. You'll be fine.
The Empire of Majapahit has always focused on the preservation of its national ideology: Pan-Nusantaranism. The philosophy of unity and nationalism among the many peoples in the Nusantaran archipelago. Besides that, we've been focusing on defending our territorial integrity and economic progress, as well as our long-running hereditary monarchy.
The Imperial Navy of Majapahit's vessels are registered KKM [name]. In Indo-Malayan, KKM stands for Kapal Kemaharajaan Majapahit, literally "Imperial Majapahit Ship". It has used this registration since the early 1900s. Before that, ships' names stand alone.
Class names are determined by the types of vessels, as follows:
Aircraft carriers: names of ancient maritime kingdoms, e.g. Sriwijaya-Class
Battleships*: names of major islands in the archipelago, e.g. Irian-Class.
Destroyers*: names of minor islands in the archipelago, e.g. Bangka-Class and Aru-Class
Frigates: names of national heroes, e.g. Ahmad Yani-Class
Corvettes: names of national heroes, e.g. Diponegoro-Class
Fast missile boats: names of traditional Nusantara weaponry, e.g. Tombak-Class
Submarines: names of weapons found in Wayang puppetry, e.g. Cakra-Class
Landing platform docks: names of coastal cities, e.g. Majakarta-Class
* means no longer being operated.
Besides the Navy, several other government agencies in Majapahit also operate vessels. These include the Maritime Affairs ministry, the Maritime Division of the Imperial Police, and the Customs and Excise directorate of the Finance ministry. Ships and boats operated by these agencies do not use the prefix KKM, instead they use PSM, Perahu Sipil Majapahit, literally means "Civil Boat of Majapahit".
Our head of state and government are different offices and both have a relatively long full official title, as well as shortened, simplified titles.
Full official title:
"His/Her Imperial Majesty, Emperor/Empress [regnal name] of Majapahit, Supreme Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, Divine Guardian of the Realm"
"His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Jayanagara VII of Majapahit, Supreme Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, Divine Guardian of the Realm"
"His/Her Imperial Majesty, Emperor/Empress [regnal name]"
"His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Jayanagara VII"
Full official title:
"His/Her Excellency, Premier [first & last name] of Majapahit"
"His Excellency, Premier Sri Indra Thohir of Majapahit"
"His/Her Excellency, Premier [last name]"
"His Excellency, Premier Thohir"
What's the name of YN's legislature?
His Imperial Majesty's Assembly, commonly referred to simply as the assembly or parliament.
Bicameral, unicameral, or more houses than two?
Names of the houses?
Council of Lords (upper house), Council of Representatives (lower house)
What are members referred to as?
Number of members?
260; 40 members of the Council of Lords appointed from regional noble houses, 220 members of the Council of Representatives elected through general election
Maharani Damanik, Chairwoman of the Assembly
Current head of government?
His Excellency, Premier Sri Indra Thohir
Which party is in power?
The Imperial Unity Party (IUP)
Are they in a coalition? If so, what parties are they in a coalition with?
Yes, a big-tent coalition with the Greater Majapahit Movement (GMM).
What languages are spoken in your legislature?
Only the national language, Indo-Malayan, is spoken, though members are free to use their respective regional dialects.
For the 220 elected Council of Representatives members, the first-past-the-post system is used.
Several flags that had once been flown in the skies of Majapahit are now considered controversial; however, two of them stand out the most.
Under the 1931 Eradication of Communism Act signed by the Imperial Assembly, the flag of the Majapahit Communist Party (MCP) and any symbolism related to the ideology of Marxism-Leninism is banned from being displayed in public except for academic or research purposes. The act was signed one month after the conclusion of the Malang Emergency (1929-1931), a communist uprising driven by the MCP (and suspectedly sponsored by the USSR) in the city of Malang, which quickly spread to other parts of the Empire. The military had been quick to suppress the rebel movement, forcing them to resort to guerilla warfare which would eventually end after months of armed skirmishes.
A few decades later, the Free Atjeh Movement declared an independent Islamic Republic in the region-state of Atjeh in 1967. Once again, however, the Imperial Military was quick to respond and was able to corner the rebels into accepting a ceasefire in 1969. A peace treaty was signed later in 1970, in which the Imperial government would grant Atjeh a large degree of autonomy in social and religious affairs. The flag used by the FAM was not banned, but was instead established as the unofficial regional flag of Atjeh under the 1970 Medang Accords. To this day, the people of Atjeh had been divided on the flag issue, which is thought to have represented a dangerous separatist movement.
Some contemporary social movement flags are also considered highly controversial (such as the Rainbow Flag) as well as some state flags (such as those of Israel and Palestine).
I'm a male human being residing somewhere within the territory of in-game Majapahit. In fact, I've never actually been outside of this archipelago.
I'm currently going through my final year of high school, so I reaaally should focus on studying and preparing for my upcoming exams rather than get on NationStates. But I do anyway.
I know Majapahit ain't the most fleshed out nation on NS lore-wise, but so far, I'm pretty proud of myself with what I've managed to come up with, considering how lacking I had been when playing my former nations just a few years ago. Kindly TG me if you have any questions or suggestions about IC stuff. I love telegrams. Send me one and you might just make my day.
My hobbies include (casual) gaming, NationStates, reading up on history and politics, urban adventuring, and skateboarding. I tried jumping into graphic design once, but kinda failed. Also, I'm interested in vexillology (the study of flags), alternate history scenarios (those what-ifs), and military vehicles, all of which could be considered an overly mature or immature thing, depending on who you ask.
I deeply believe in RL Gajah Mada's dream of uniting the entire archipelago under the Majapahit banner. It always riles me up sometimes.