(((The Pages of History)))History: ~100 AD
: "Dvipantara" or "Jawa Dwipa" kingdom is reported by Indian scholars to be in Java and Sumatra. Hindu kings rule the area around Kutai on Kalimantan. Prince Aji Saka introduces writing system to Java based on scripts of southern India.~400
: Taruma kingdom or Tarumanegara flourishes in West Java.~500
: Beginning of Sriwijaya/Srivijaya kingdom near Palembang, in Sumatra.686
: Srivijaya takes the Melayu kingdom at Jambi, and sends an expedition against the kingdoms in Java.732
: Sanjaya founds the Sanjaya line of princes in central Java. 770
: Sailendra King Vishnu (or Dharmatunga) begins building Borobudur. Beginning of building activity on the plain of Prambanan.790
: Sailendra kingdom attacks and defeats Chenla (today Cambodia); rules over Chenla for about 12 years. The Sailendra kings remembered that their ancestors came from what is now Thailand or Cambodia.825
: Borobudur is finished under king Samaratunga of Sailendra.846
: Tidore (today Maluku province) is visited by a representative of the Caliph al-Mutawakkil from Baghdad.870
: Ramayana translated from Sanskrit into Old Javanese.898
: Sanjaya King Balitung takes power in central Java. Stone tablets of King Balitung are the first mention of "Mataram" in central Java.910
: Sanjaya King Daksa succeeds Balitung in Mataram. He begins building the major Hindu temples at Prambanan.929
: Sanjaya King Mpu Sindok takes power. He moves the court from Mataram to East Java (near Jombang). A major eruption of Mount Merapi in 928 or 929 may have been the reason that the king of Mataram and many of his subjects moved east.985
: Dharmavamsa becomes king of Mataram. He conquers Bali and founds a settlement in western Kalimantan. He is also remembered for ordering the translation of the Mahabharata into Javanese.992
: King Chulamanivarmadeva of Srivijaya sends an ambassador to China to ask for protection against the forces of Dharmavamsa from Java. 1006
: Srivijaya attacks and destroys the capital of Mataram. The palace is burned, and Dharmavamsa is killed. Airlangga (then 15 years old) escapes the destruction. Several years of chaos in eastern Java follow.1017
: Rajendra Chola, king of Coromandel in India, attacks Srivijaya.1019
: Airlangga takes rule in eastern Java, founds Kahuripan kingdom, makes peace with Srivijaya, protects both Hindus and Buddhists. Over several years extends his rule over central Java, eastern Java, and Bali, uniting areas that had fallen into disunity. 1025
: Rajendra Chola of southern India takes Malay peninsula from Srivijaya for twenty years. Chola raiders attack Jambi and other areas of Sumatra.1045
: Airlangga divides Kahuripan into two kingdoms, Janggala (around today's Malang) and Kediri, for his two sons, and abdicates to live the life of an ascetic. He passes away four years later.1108
: Kingdom (later Sultanate) of Tidore is founded.1117
: Kamesvara becomes king of Kediri (until 1130). He marries a princess of Janggala and reunites the two kingdoms.1135
: King Jayabaya takes rule in Kingdom of Kediri until 1157. Jayabaya is remembered for a prophecy that Indonesia would be ruled by a white race for a long time, then a yellow race for a short time, then be independent. His reign was also a golden age of Old Javanese literature.1222
: Battle of Ganter, Ken Arok defeated Kertajaya, the last king of Kediri, thus established Singhasari Kingdom. Ken Dedes, his wife, was long remembered as the mother of the royal line of Singhasari, and later Majapahit, Islamic Mataram, Yogya and Solo.1257
: Baab Mashur Malamo becomes king of Gapi (later Ternate).1289
: Kublai Khan sends messengers to Singhasari to demand tribute; Kertanegara slashes their faces and sends them home.1292
: Jayakatwang, duke of Kediri, rebelled and killed Kertanegara, last king of Singhasari kingdom; thus ended its rule. Kertanegara's s son-in-law Raden Wijaya retreats and founds a new court at Majapahit (today Trowulan).1293
: Mongol invasion of Java, Kublai Khan of Yuan Dynasty of China, sent attack against Singhasari. Raden Wijaya forms alliance with Mongol forces against the remainder of Singhasari in Kediri, led by Jayakatwang. March
Combined force of Mongol/Chinese soldiers and Majapahit takes Kediri. Raden Wijaya returns to Trowulan, then attacks the Mongols in a surprise attack. The Mongols retreat and leave Java. 10 November
The coronation of Raden Wijaya as Kertarajasa Jayawardhana as the monarch of Majapahit kingdom, marked the foundation of Hindu Majapahit kingdom in eastern Java.1300
: Islam is thought to have become established in the Aceh region.1309
: King Jayanegara succeeds Kertarajasa Jayawardhana as ruler of Majapahit.1328
: Tribhuwana Wijayatunggadewi succeeds Jayanegara as ruler of Majapahit.1350
: Hayam Wuruk, styled Sri Rajasanagara, succeeds Tribhuwana Wijayatunggadewi as ruler of Majapahit at age 16; his reign is considered the empire's 'Golden Age'. Under its military commander Gajah Mada, Majapahit gained control or collected tribute from most of what is now Indonesia. He is remembered for the "Palapa Oath", saying that he would refuse to eat spices (palapa) in his food until all the islands around were united under one rule. Around this time, traditional chronicles say that Majapahit collected tribute from "Makassar, Gowa, Banda, Sumbawa, Ende, Timor, Ternate, Sulu, Seram, Manila, and Burni (Brunei?)". Palembang and Bali were also within Majapahit's sphere, but were more troublesome.1357
: In the Battle of Bubat, the Sundanese royal family were massacred by the Majapahit army under the order of Gajah Mada. The death toll including Sundanese King Lingga Buana and the princess Dyah Pitaloka Citraresmi that committed suicide.1364
: Death of Gajah Mada.1365
: The Old Javanese eulogy Nagarakertagama is written by Mpu Prapanca. It contains detailed descriptions of the Majapahit Kingdom during its greatest extent. Another Old Javanese literature, Kakawin Sutasoma, is believed to be written around this time by Mpu Tantular. He is remembered for coining the motto "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika" (Unity in Diversity) which has become Indonesia's national motto today.1377
: Majapahit sends a punitive expedition against Palembang in Sumatra. Palembang's prince, Parameswara (later Iskandar Syah) flees, eventually finding his way to Malacca and establishing it as a major international port.1389
: Death of Hayam Wuruk. Wikramawardhana succeeds him as ruler of Majapahit.1401-6
: Paregreg war, Majapahit civil war of succession between Wikramawardhana against Wirabhumi. The war ended after Wirabhumi executed. The power of Majapahit begins to lessen.1405-7
: The first voyage of Zheng He/Cheng Ho, a massive Ming dynasty naval expedition visited Java, Palembang, Malacca, Aru, Samudera and Lambri.1429
: Queen Suhita succeeds Wikramawardhana as ruler of Majapahit.1447-66
: After Suhita succeeded by Kertawijaya, the kingdom experienced many revolts and falls into chaos more than once since kings often assassinated after reigning for a short time. There are few kings ruling after Kertawijaya before Singhawikramawardhana ascends the throne.1468
: Court rebellion in Majapahit. Bhre Kertabhumi drives Singhawikramawardhana out of his court at Tumapel and declares himself as king.1478
: The Daha region under Girindrawardhana, a great-grandson of Kertawijaya, revolts. Majapahit kingdom falls into chaos. Bhre Kertabumi flees from Tumapel. End of Majapahit. Islamic Kingdom of Demak is founded by Raden Patah, a prince of Majapahit (son of King Kertawijaya by a Chinese wife). Masjid (mosque) is founded at Demak.1512
: The first Portuguese exploratory expedition was sent eastward from Melaka to search for the 'Spice Islands' (Maluku) led by Francisco Serrão. Serrao is shipwrecked but struggles on to Hitu (northern Ambon) and wins the favour of the local rulers.1521
Ferdinand Magellan's expedition reaches Maluku and after trade with Ternate returns to Europe with a load of cloves.1522
Luso-Sundanese Treaty signed between Portugal and Sunda Kingdom granted Portuguese permit to build fortress in Sunda Kelapa.1527
: Demak conquers Kediri, Hindu remnant of Majapahit state; Sultans of Demak claims to be successors to Majapahit remnants. Following discovery of news of Portuguese-Sunda alliance, Sultan Trenggana of Demak ordered invasion to Banten and Sunda Kelapa ports of kingdom of Sunda. Sunda Kelapa renamed into Jayakarta. Credit is given to Fatahillah.1535-1600
: The Portuguese rules the spice trade at Spice Island (now Maluku province).1552
: Hasanuddin breaks away from Demak and founds Sultanate of Banten, then takes Lampung for the new Sultanate. Aceh sends embassy to the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul.1568
: Aceh Sultanate besieged Portuguese-conquered-Malacca. The weapons they used is supplied from Ottoman.1584-88
: Sutawijaya succeeds his father Kyai Gedhe Mataram as local ruler of Mataram, ruling from Kota Gede. He defeats Demak and Pajang Kingdom, its leader Joko Tingkir dies; lineage of Majapahit passes definitely to Sutawijaya. Then he changes name to Senopati. From Senopati one can easily trace the lineage of today's Sultan of Yogya and Susuhunan of Surakarta/Solo. Traditionally, the line is traced back all the way to the kings of Majapahit. After this point, the power in central Java was definitely in the Mataram district, around today's Yogyakarta and Surakarta, rather than around Demak.1595-7
: First Dutch expedition to Indonesia sets sail for the East Indies with two hundred and forty-nine men and sixty-four cannons led by Cornelis de Houtman. They reach Banten the main pepper port of West Java at June next year
; where they clash with both the Portuguese and Indonesians. It then sails east along the north coast of Java losing twelve crew to a Javanese attack at Sidayu and killing a local ruler in Madura. Next year
, de Houtman’s expedition returns to the Netherlands with enough spices to make a considerable profit.1599
Leaving Europe the previous year, a fleet of eight ships under Jacob van Neck was the first Dutch fleet to reach the ‘Spice Islands’ of Maluku. They return to Europe and makes a 400 per cent profit. 11 September
Cornelis de Houtman arrives in Aceh and clashes with the sultanate. He is killed by an Acehnese widow in a one-on-one battle, Admiral Keumalahayati.1602
: 20 March
The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) is established by merging competing Dutch trading companies. June
British East India Company's first voyage, commanded by Sir James Lancaster, arrives in Aceh. Keumalahayati's reputation as the guardian of the Aceh Kingdom led England to choose a peaceful, diplomatic method by which to enter the Malacca Strait. A letter from Queen Elizabeth I was brought by James Lancaster to the Sultan and it was Keumalahayati who led the negotiation with him. The agreement opened the English route to Java and they were soon afterwards able to build merchant offices in Banten which becomes the centre of British trade in Indonesia until 1682
: Under Sultan Agung's leadership, Mataram Sultanate expands its area to both ends of Java Island by military forces, which makes its historical legacy lasts until today.1619
: Jan Pieterszoon Coen appointed Governor-General of the VOC, who would show he had no scruples about using brute force to establish the VOC on a firm footing. 30 May
Coen, backed by a force of nineteen ships, storms the Jayakarta driving out the Banten forces, and from the ashes of Jayakarta, establishes Batavia as the VOC headquarters. The English is driven out from said town by the Dutch.1621
: The Banda massacre.1667
: As a result of the Treaty of Breda between Dutch and England, the Dutch secured a worldwide monopoly on nutmeg by forcing England to give up their claim on Suriname and Run, the most remote of the Banda Islands. While the Dutch did not press their claims on New Netherland.1704-8
: First Javanese War of Succession between Amangkurat III and Pangeran (Prince) Puger over the throne of Mataram. The latter asks VOC for help and in return, VOC recognizes Pangeran Puger as Susuhunan Pakubuwono I. The battle ends when Amangkurat III surrendered.1745
: 17 February
Pakubuwono II established a new kraton in Sala (now Solo) village and established Surakarta Sultanate.1755
: 13 February
The Treaty of Giyanti is signed, effectively partitioning the Mataram Sultanate. The VOC recognizes Mangkubumi as Sultan Hamengkubuwana I, who rules half of Central Java. Hamengkubuwana I then established Yogyakarta Sultanate, moves to Yogya and renames the city Yogyakarta.1800
: 1 January
The bankrupt Dutch East India Company (VOC) is formally dissolved and the nationalised Dutch East Indies is established.1808
: Herman Willem Daendels, the Governor-general of the Dutch East Indies (until 1811), begin the construction of Java Great Post Road, from Anyer to Panarukan.1811
: Following the French invasion to the Netherlands, Thomas Stamford Raffles storms the Dutch fort in Batavia and is appointed as Lieutenant General.1812
: Raffles attacks the Yogyakarta court and loots the royal archive.1815
: Mount Tambora at Sumbawa Island erupts, eradicating the Sumba Kingdom. The eruption created global climate anomalies known as "volcanic winter".1825-30
: Java War. Also known as Diponegoro War, between the forces led by Prince Diponegoro and the Dutch. The war ended when Diponegoro agrees to negotiations in Magelang, is arrested, exiled to Manado, then to Ujung Padang (Makassar). Johannes van den Bosch arrives as the new Governor-General, begins the "cultuurstelsel" or "cultivation system".1860
: "Max Havelaar" is published, exposing the abuses of Dutch colonial rule on Java, and put political pressure on the Netherlands government to make reforms in the colonies. Eduard Douwes Dekker wrote it under the name Multatuli.1870
: Official dismantling of the cultuurstelsel.1883
Mount Krakatoa/Krakatau in Sunda Strait erupts, followed by 30 meter tsunami waves.1873-1903
: Series of Aceh War, for Dutch occupation of the province.1894
: Lombok War. The Dutch looted and destroyed the Cakranegara palace of Mataram. J. L. A. Brandes, a Dutch philologist discovered and secured Nagarakertagama manuscript in Lombok royal library.1901
: Sukarno is born at June 6
: Budi Utomo is proclaimed as the first official nationalist movement. During Dutch intervention in Bali, the last Balinese rulers wiped out in a 'puputan'.1912
: Islamic League (Sarekat Islam) becomes the first mass-based nationalist party. 18 November
The modernist Islamic organization Muhammadiyah was established by Ahmad Dahlan in Yogyakarta. Indische Partij is founded by E. F. E. Douwes Dekker/Danudirja Setiabudi, Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo and Ki Hajar Dewantoro.1928
: October 28
Youth Congress in Batavia adopts "sumpah pemuda" (youth oath), proclaiming themselves as a one nation, one language, one people. Indonesia Raya anthem is played for the first time by W. R. Supratman.1941
: 8 December
Netherlands declared war on Japan.1942
: 27 February
Battle of the Java Sea, Imperial Japanese Navy defeated Allied force and sealed the fate of Netherlands East Indies, afterwards at 8 March
Imperial Japan occupies Indonesia during World War II, over throwing the Dutch East Indies and install their own imperial structure.1945
: Japanese surrendered to the Allies. August 17
Sukarno reads the "Proclamation of Indonesian Independence," signed by him and Muhammad Hatta. November 10
Battle of Surabaya, the beginning of Indonesia's War of Independence.1946
The Burning of Bandung: Indonesians start to burn down the city rather than surrender it to the Dutch. Much of the southern part of Bandung is burned. November 15
Linggajati agreement: Dutch recognize Republic of Indonesia authority in Java, Sumatra and Madura. Both sides agree to form United States of Indonesia with Netherlands crown as symbolic head.1947
Egypt and Syria recognize the Republic of Indonesia. July
India, Australia, and the Soviet Union support the Republic of Indonesia in the UN. October
United Nations' "Good Offices Commission" is organized, with the goal of finding a settlement in Indonesia. Australia, Belgium, and the United States take part.1948
: December 19
Yogyakarta, the current capital, falls to the Dutch. 1949
: May 7
"Roem-Royem" agreement. August 23
Round Table conference begins in the Hague. December 27
Dutch formally transfer sovereignty to "Republik Indonesia Serikat" (Republic of United States of Indonesia).1950
: August 17
All states have merged into Republic and Jakarta (once Batavia) become its capital.1951
: March 3
Friendship treaty with India signed.1955
Asia-Afrika conference held in Bandung; delegates from 24 nations attend, including Chou En-Lai, Nehru and Nasser. Important beginning for non-aligned movement. Indonesia signs agreement with China giving Chinese in Indonesia dual citizenship.1958
: Indonesia and China ratify a 1955 treaty stating that resident Chinese with dual nationality must choose one citizenship or the other by December 1962.1962
: 15 August
The New York Agreement, transferring Western New Guinea to Indonesia, is signed at the United Nations.1963
: February 28
President Macapagal of the Philippines calls for talks to be held regarding a possible peaceful federation of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia--the "Maphilindo" concept. 27 July
Sukarno declared Indonesian policy to oppose the creation of Malaysia which incorporate North Borneo, marking the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation.1965
: 30 September
An abortive coup in Jakarta results in the murder of six army generals, and disposal of bodies at Lubang Buaya. It is widely believed as PKI's (Indonesian communist party) doing, although no one really knows the truth. About 100,000 people died as the government try to wipe out PKI supporters.1966
: 11 March
General Suharto forces Sukarno to delegate presidential powers to himself by signing the Supersemar. The following day, Suharto dissolves the PKI.1967
: 8 August
ASEAN established in Bangkok by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.1970
: 21 June
Sukarno dies in house arrest. He is buried at Blitar, East Java.1975
: 7 December
Indonesia launches an invasion of East Timor. It's integrated into Indonesia by next year as 27th province.1980
The Petition of Fifty—a statement of concern to parliament about the use of government power, propaganda, and presidential personality cult—is begun.1982
: The height of Petrus (penembak misterius 'mysterious shootings') of thousands of suspected criminals by government security forces.1987
: Sukarno's daughter Megawati Sukarnoputri becomes a member of parliament; Suharto prohibits display of images of Sukarno although they appear frequently nonetheless1991
: 12 November
ABRI troops fire on demonstrative funeral procession in Dili, East Timor. TV images of the killings put East Timor high on the international human rights agenda.1994
Suharto shuts down Tempo and two other publications for critical reporting of Habibie’s purchase of the former East German navy.1996
: The Free Papua Movement (OPM) kidnaps fourteen scientists and foresters in Irian Jaya garnering international attention. After four months, the abductees are rescued in a bloody operation led by Prabowo Subianto. July
Military-backed thugs burst into headquarters of PDI, Megawati's party, and evict her supporters in a violent climax to government efforts to vitiate her party’s popularity.1998
Four student demonstrators at Trisakti University are shot dead by bullets unproven but thought likely to have been from army sources. Memorial services for killed students leads to riots; vandalism, arson, looting and rape by roving mobs which continue unchecked by security forces for two days leaving 1,200 dead. After being deserted by his cabinet, Suharto resigns the presidency. Habibie assumes presidency. August
General Wiranto announces the discharge of Lieutenant General Prabowo from active duty, with full pension benefits—and without court-martial for allegations of abduction and torture of student activist (some of whom remain missing as of 2003).1999
: 19 January
An argument between in the city of Ambon triggers Christian-Muslim clashes that last for three years across Maluku. As many as 10,000 are killed and 700,000 or one third of the region are displaced. September
East Timor votes to secede from Indonesia in a referendum conducted under UN auspices. Four-fifths of voters choose independence for East Timor over integration with Indonesia. Pro-integration militias trained and paid by ABRI immediately resort to a scorched earth policy that leaves 1,000 dead and most of the territory's infrastructure ruined. October
The Indonesian parliament rejects President Habibie's accountability speech. Wahid whose party received one eighth of the popular vote is elected president by the MPR. Megawati whose party received one third of the vote (the highest) is elected vice president.2001
President Wahid is impeached chiefly on grounds of incompetence. The parliament elects Megawati president by 592 votes to 0. Hamzah Haz defeats Akbar Tandjung and Lieutenant General (ret.) Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.2002
: East Timor/Timor-Leste is officially independent.2004
Indonesia's first direct presidential election elects Bambang Yudhoyono following popular disillusionment with incumbent Megawati. 26 December
A 9 magnitued earthquake-triggered tsunami kills an estimated 160,000 in Aceh province and causes widespread devastation.2005
Government and Free Aceh Movement separatists sign a peace deal providing for rebel disarmament and the withdrawal of government soldiers from the province. Rebels begin handing in weapons in September; government completes troop pull-out in December. Dutch foreign minister Bernard Bot visits Indonesia during the Independence Day; relation with the Netherlands starts to improve.2008
: Suharto dies from multiple organ failure. He is buried in the family Mausoleum near Solo.2009
: 8 July
Incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono won Indonesian presidential election. 30 December
Abdurrahman Wahid, the 4th president of Indonesia died because of complications from kidney disorders, heart disease and diabetes.2010
: 29 August
Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra erupted. The volcano had been inactive for over four centuries, with the most recent eruption occurring in 1600. 30,000 villagers evacuated. 25 October
Merapi volcano erupted, over 350,000 people were evacuated, 353 people were killed, Borobudur was covered in volcanic ash.2014
: 13 February
: Kelud volcano in East Java erupts, covering half of Java Island in volcanic ash and forcing the government to close seven airports in its cities. 5 October
: Sinabung erupts again. 20 October
Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla sworn in as Indonesian President and Vice President for the period of 2014-2019.Allies:
- Mongolia & China -- allied with Wijaya to avenge the death of his family in 1293
- Ottoman Empire/Turkey -- sent an expedition to Aceh Sultanate aiding them against the Portuguese in Malacca circa 1565. Their informal alliance had started since 1530s.
- Portugal -- Ternate Sultanate allows them to build a fort in 1522
- Spain -- allied with Tidore Sultanate in their battles against Ternate Sultanate
- India -- Srivijayan students study in India's Nalanda University. They support Indonesian National Revolution during 1945-9. Muslim soldiers among the British troops defect and join the Indonesian militia.
- Japan -- several Japanese soldiers remained in Indonesia after their defeat in World War II and aids the indonesians during the national revolution 1945-9, earning the title samurai merah putih (lit. red-white samurai; the colors refer to Indonesia's flag) they are later given Indonesian names and gained Indonesian citizenship.
- Australia -- brought the conflict in Indonesia during the national revolution to the UN Security Council on 1947.
- Egypt -- the first nation who recognized Indonesia's sovereignty in 1946/7. They provide diplomatic support during the revolution.
- Pakistan -- Indonesia sends submarine to aid their war against India in 1965.
- Palestine -- Indonesia recognizes the State of Palestine in 1988 and remains supporting them until today.
- Russia -- Indonesia is particularly close to them during the Cold War.
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- Coromandel Kingdom/India -- attacks Srivijaya in 1017
- Sukhotai/Thailand -- takes Srivijaya's land in Malay peninsula around 1280
- Mongolia & China -- tries to demand tribute from Kediri Kingdom, but refused, then goes to attack them in 1293. The army is obliterated by Wijaya shortly after, leaving a few alive to send the news back to China.
- Portugal -- conflict with Ternate Sultanate in mid 16th century.
- Spain -- conflict with Ternate Sultanate in early 17th century.
- Netherlands -- 1596 & 1599 Cornelis de Houtman's expedition clashes with Madura and Aceh. 1619 JP Coen storms Jayakarta (ruled by Banten Sultanate at the moment) and establishes VOC headquarter. 1621 the entire population of Banda Island is deported, killed or sold into slavery (Banda massacre). 1628-9 Sultan Agung of Mataram failed to conquer Batavia. 1704 First Javanese war of succession. 1717 Surabaya region rebels against VOC. 1719 Second Javanese war of succession. 1740 10,000 Batavian Chinese killed, suspected to plan a rebellion. 1803-25 Padri War, phase one. 1825-30 Java War. 1831-38 Padri War, phase two. 1873-1903 Aceh War. 1894 Lombok War. 1906 Dutch Intervention in Bali, Badung and Tabanan Kingdoms are destroyed. 1908 Puputan in Bali, last remaining nobles destroyed. 1947 Operatie Product. 1948 Operatie Kraai.
- Japan -- invaded Indonesia in 1942-5/WWII
- United Kingdom -- During the aftermath of World War II, the Allied Forces led by British were involved in a warfare with Republican Indonesian soldiers and militia during the Battle of Surabaya in 1945. In 1962 engaged with Indonesian armed forces during Konfrontasi in Northern Borneo.
- Australia -- helps the British re-establishing Dutch rule post WWII and aids Malaysia during the Konfrontasi 1963-6 (asked by the British maybe).
- New Zealand -- aids Malaysia during the Konfrontasi 1963-6 (probably as requested by the British).
- Malaysia -- Indonesia opposes the creation of Malaysia, starting the Konfrontasi in 1963
- Singapore -- got dragged into the aforementioned conflict.
- East Timor/Timor Leste -- annexed in 1975, then separated from Indonesia in 2002.
Strange that the world kept went on without her, strange that all the sound and movements no longer meant anything to her. Strange that despite her feet were firmly stood on the ground, Nesia felt she was not a part of this world anymore. Like watching a movie, an audience could not change the outcome of whatever action and decision the characters made. An audience was here to watch, not to influence the story.
Nesia decided that she should just close her eyes, focusing on the pitter-patter on the roof like it was a soothing background music, and waited. If she stood still, not making any noise, the movie would be over, the magic would be lifted and she could gather her belongings to return to her real world. This enchanted world was a safe, temporary escapade. No one was meant to stay here forever. No one.
Like a good audience, Nesia remained on her place, watching the tall Russian jumped and giggle and his eyes sparked genuine happiness so pure so innocent she could almost believe he was an untainted sou-- character in this story. He exclaimed, "the job is really easy! All you have to do is bring me information from certain people of interest - ah, and of course, you can continue your studies. You should continue; education is important."
She agreed and gave him a nod. Education is important. Education was the reason why she was here after all, to climb through a better ladder to a better, brighter future many people less fortunate unable to reach. The joyful-- tired, thin, plump, sunburned --faces of her relatives surfaced in her mind, complete with their equally joyful voices of congratulations! when she announced a prestigious college in one of the best city in the world had accepted her application. The scene itself felt so... so old, so far in the past Nesia swore it should belong in a museum somewhere, documented nicely in an 8mm movie reel.
"And why I chose you, well~" Another giggle. "You're my friend and needed a job, so I thought it'd be nice to offer you one."
Did they know what their bright, dutiful niece do here? It seemed that she had acquainted herself with a man who used the word friend excessively. That alone should feel strange enough in this day and age. Oh boy did she ignore it. She often thought she should use her brief (as she had planned) time in London to make as many friends as possible, so she could connect with them once she return home. The young woman did not belong here, for her home was half a world away.
Yet it made sense. That was precisely why he chose her. If London was a big chessboard, then Nesia was a pawn from another game. This was not her battleground, and never will. But most people would not notice if suddenly a foreign pawn died in the middle of the battle, right? That was why she was perfect for this job. A pawn so easily discarded, who would never be missed if it got trampled under the knights' horses. Who would want to look after her, ensuring her survival? No one.
In war, soldiers fell. One does not have any worth more than its fellow soldiers.
"And, well, when it comes to experience..." He glanced at the bag laying motionless some distance from them. "He was a professional, and look what happened to him."
A breath escaped her trembling lips. The sound from the movie was slightly muffled since the rain had gotten heavier, lashing violently against the building. Yet somehow, his words rang louder than the storm, guiding her to follow where his glance was directed. The smell emanating from the floor prompted her to turn her head away.
The audience felt that the movie was too real to be a temporary escapade. Movies were not supposed to exude any smell at all.
"I think, in this job, it's better if you don't have experience. Everyone knows how to spot a professional spy nowadays. But nobody trains to catch amateurs."
Nesia raised her chin. He was wrong, so wrong. Everyone knew how to spot amateurs, the world worked that way. Amateurs stick out like a sore thumb, like a poppy who grows taller than its peers. They were the first to fall in any battle. Disposable resource easily replaced. A dozen set of eyes directed at her, killing her courage to speak up. There was no point in objecting; she would have to keep her opinion to herself for now. Probably Braginsky would not like her to object anyway.
The exit tempted the audience to take an early leave. The door was close. It was not the first time tonight the young woman wanted to go. But no, she knew this was illogical. She would head to the exit gracefully, without any of these men realizing what she was doing. Could she do that? Nesia did not know. Like he said, she was an amateur.
"As for what's bratva... to put it simply, we're a group of friends trying to make the world a better place - through any means necessary."
A better place for some could be a hell for the most people.
The movie became blurry. The audience felt, for the second time tonight, tears rolling down her cheeks. The blood pumped to her brain sounded like a percussion being played way too close. It dawned on her, every pieces from the movie settled into her reality, a world she could never escape from.
Nesia had said yes, sealing her fate and future. No, her future had been sealed the moment she agreed to accept this job, three days ago at the restaurant. What lies at the end of this road might be similar to that rotten body bag before them. As if preventing herself from leaving, Braginsky pulled her into a hug. Her voice found a way out in the form of a yelp and her hands instantly tried to push him away.
Alas, he was stronger.
"I'm so happy! You became part of us after all! I promise the pay is pretty good, and you can join our drinking nights now, and... oh, that's right, would you like a bottle now? Vodka warms you up nicely on a cold day like this~"
She did want any drinks. She only wanted to go home. To run back to the dormitory and curl inside her blanket and convince herself that this was a mere dream a nightmare that would soon end and she will return to the reality that is college life safely-- and she will be able to laugh for the dream is unreal and the only things she has to fear for are her grades. She would tell Lucille and they both would laugh; she would tell Niklaas and he would advise her not to leave with strangers no matter what they promised to her. She would call her cousins-- they were always thrilled whenever Nesia was on the phone, oh how much they missed their big sister --and told them her experience in London.
But no, she could not do them anymore. She must avoid Lucille; they shared so much and Nesia needed to keep this one a secret. She could not come to the café anymore; these people would find out whom she was acquainted with, indirectly endanger their lives. And the next time Nesia picked up a call from home, everything she would say were lies. No one should find out what happened at this place. They did not belong in this side of London.
But, did she?
Her lips trembled, her head laid on the Russian's broad shoulder. His body shielded her from the other men's gaze, and for a brief-- no longer than a millisecond --time, she felt safe. Safe enough to spill her fear, her worry, everything. So without hesitating, Nesia leaned against him to cry.
What have I done...?Did you read the rules and Dark Reflections Canon?
Sve said I could learn how to cook Italian pasta in CanadaRandom fun fact about yourself:
when I see a good OC bio/profile it activates my Pokemon trainer mode and I'll be ultra competitive >w>