The Prancing Iron

Published in Indonesia - Social interactions and entertainment - 11 Jun 2024 08:37 - 7

Hej där grabbar, Halo teman-teman!

I am back with more information about you, this time it's about Indonesia!

Strolling away from Europe and the Balkans, which were visited too much in the past, I am travelling to the Southeast Asia this time, in Indonesia.

A mainly island nation, Indonesia spans from its original territories, further into Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, parts of China like Zhejiang, Hokkaido and Chugoku in Japan and a large portion in the USA Arkansas, Hawaii, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Texas and Vermont, not even Malaysia could escape, Sabah and Sarawak regions belonging to the nation of Indonesia.

Occupying all these territories, Indonesia managed to shore itself to second place, having over 332 citizens. Military wise, Indonesia tops the rankings with GARUDA CLAN being the top military unit (memberwise), having 40 people, which is the maximum member size. KOPASSUS ranking 31 globally has 21 more military personnel.

Furthermore, GARUDA CLAN is 10th in terms of Group Damage and  President xaqaparwa (cool name, I wonder if anyone can call him without reading it from a paper) is 33rd most decorated person in the entire world, being General-Field Marshal

In terms of global firepower, Indonesia ranks as 9th more power, amassing over 1160000 hits per week

Speaking of citizens, Turquoise Balls is in the top 50 figthers, accompanied by President xaqaparwa. No One See, Minister Nezuko and Prime Minister Hazel make it to top 5 for the Indonesian elite.

Neo Golkar ranks at number 9 of the political parties of the world, while PDI Perjuangan is number 28, showing the democratic nature of Indonesian society, not folding under a single party nation.

People all over the world read Indonesian news from the Suara Rakyat newspaper belonging to TheRedActor. It is the eleventh more read outlet in the world, having over 117 subscribers.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, boasts a history as diverse and rich as its geography. From ancient kingdoms to colonial rule and eventual independence, Indonesia's past is a fascinating journey through time marked by cultural amalgamation, resilience, and transformation. Here are some key historical facts that highlight the vibrant and complex history of Indonesia.

Ancient Kingdoms and Cultural Flourishing

Indonesia's historical narrative begins with the rise of ancient kingdoms. The earliest known kingdom is the Kutai Martadipura in East Kalimantan, dating back to the 4th century. However, it was the powerful Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms that left an indelible mark on the archipelago.

The Srivijaya Empire, which flourished between the 7th and 13th centuries, was a maritime and commercial kingdom centered in Palembang on the island of Sumatra. Srivijaya played a critical role in the spread of Buddhism across Southeast Asia and controlled the vital Strait of Malacca, making it a key player in regional trade.

On the island of Java, the Majapahit Empire rose to prominence in the 13th century. Known for its sophisticated art and architecture, Majapahit is celebrated for its unification of much of present-day Indonesia under a single rule. The empire's influence extended to other parts of Southeast Asia, making it a formidable regional power.

The Spread of Islam

The arrival of Islam in Indonesia, starting in the 13th century, marked another significant cultural and religious transformation. Traders from Gujarat, India, and other parts of the Muslim world played a pivotal role in introducing Islam to the region. By the 16th century, Islamic sultanates had established themselves across the archipelago, with prominent centers in Aceh, Demak, and Banten. This period also saw the decline of Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms, as Islam became the dominant faith.


Colonial Era and Struggle for Independence

The arrival of European colonial powers in the 16th century brought dramatic changes to Indonesia. The Portuguese were the first to establish a foothold, but it was the Dutch who would eventually dominate the archipelago. The Dutch East India Company (VOC) was founded in 1602 and played a crucial role in the spice trade, exerting control over key islands.


The Dutch colonial period was marked by exploitation and resistance. Indigenous rulers and local populations frequently rebelled against colonial rule. Notable resistance figures include Sultan Agung of Mataram, who fought against the Dutch in the 17th century, and Diponegoro, who led a significant rebellion in the 19th century known as the Java War.

The struggle for independence intensified during the 20th century, culminating in the Japanese occupation during World War II, which weakened Dutch control. On August 17, 1945, nationalist leaders Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaimed Indonesia's independence. After four years of diplomatic and armed struggle, the Dutch officially recognized Indonesia's sovereignty in 1949.

Post-Independence Era and Modern Development

Post-independence Indonesia faced numerous challenges, including political instability, regional separatism, and economic difficulties. Sukarno's presidency, marked by the era of Guided Democracy, was followed by the authoritarian rule of Suharto, who led the country from 1967 to 1998. Suharto's New Order regime focused on economic development but was also criticized for human rights abuses and corruption.


The fall of Suharto in 1998 ushered in a new era of reform and democratization known as the Reformasi era. Indonesia has since made significant strides in consolidating its democracy, decentralizing governance, and fostering economic growth. Today, it stands as the world's third-largest democracy and a member of the G20, reflecting its growing importance on the global stage.

A Cultural Mosaic

Indonesia's history is not just a story of kingdoms and political upheavals; it is also a rich tapestry of cultural evolution. The nation is home to hundreds of ethnic groups and languages, each contributing to a vibrant cultural mosaic. From the traditional dances and gamelan music of Java and Bali to the intricate weavings of the Toraja people in Sulawesi, Indonesia's cultural heritage is as diverse as its landscape.


The legacy of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and indigenous beliefs continues to influence Indonesian art, architecture, and daily life. The Borobudur and Prambanan temples, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, stand as testaments to the country's ancient architectural prowess and religious history.

That's all for now! I hope you learned something new today, please subscribe to my newspaper and spread the word! Thank you all!

Until next time,



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