Nesia Notonegoro

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Nation: Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia

Name: Nesia Pertiwi Annisa Ingkiriwang Notonegoro

Gender: Female

Appearance Age: 20-23; early twenties

Hair Color: Black; looks a bit brown under sunlight

Eye Color: Dark brown, passable as black

Height: 158 cm

Weight: 58 kg; fluctuative depending on the country's situation

Appearance: Nesia has a slightly round face with big, dark brown eyes that often glint with curiosity. Her nose is small and her full lips always form a smile. She has brown skin -- often described as sawo matang/like a ripe sapodilla -- and long black hair that represents her rainforest. Nesia usually ties it in ponytail, though she does style it differently sometimes for other occasions. She keeps the fringe short above her eyebrows, and parts it in the middle if it has grown longer. When she attends a party, a flower shaped hairpin (jasmine or orchid) is present on her hair. Nesia has an hourglass-shaped body. Her body fat is distributed evenly so it accentuates her curves. She eats and moves a lot, so her limbs have noticeable muscles under the fat, yet she still falls on the chubby side because of her large landmasses. In formal/military events, she can be found wearing the police or army uniform. All her clothing choices are colorful, modest and cover most of her body. She likes her attire light in weight and allow her to move freely - some traditional outfit use heavy accessory, however. There are faint scars on her body, always covered with her clothes. The biggest one is on her lower back, starts from the right side of her lower back and ends on her spine between the shoulder blades. A round burn mark as wide as her palm is located on her left shoulder. They are fading as time passes, but sometimes the skin around them feels itchy around the date when she received the scars.

(((Know Thyself)))

Selayang pandang
Nesia is a reserved woman who looked younger than she appears. First impressions of Nesia are usually friendly and cheerful, albeit shy sometimes. Her rather small stature and always-present smile emphasize the cheerfulness. An avid listener and enthusiastic person, Nesia seem eager to listen to everything you talk about, especially about your own self. She is quite curious, so people often surprised when she asks so many questions during their first meeting, especially when they are not in a professional atmosphere. Do note that she does that to know your social standing so it will be easier for her to interact with you. In return for those questions Nesia will tell you first about herself, hoping you will do the same. She also thinks that information may bring her luck in the future, as little it might be. Once she feels comfortable with you, you will hear her talking about stuff from her home country. Mention that you like an aspect about Indonesia and Nesia instantly considers you as a friend. Remember that she uses that term loosely; even acquaintances are counted as friends in her dictionary. Same with family. Except when she is really curious, she mostly avoids eye contact. Even if she did, usually it was brief and lasts no more than a second.

Sports, spiritual beliefs & superstitions
Since her early years, Nesia is physically active. Running barefoot in the wild, climbing trees and wrestling with human children were her hobbies. She is not afraid with getting dirty -- dirty clothes can be washed, but an opportunity to have fun may not come again soon! Moving her body swiftly helps her focus. It is not rare for Nesia to enter the trance state in dancing, training or sparring. Nesia also likes challenge, be it challenging someone or being challenged herself. She will answer it, even though she knows her opponent is way better than her. Her energy seems endless, yet it does have a limit. You usually can find her resting in the nature. Being surrounded by trees recharges her energy.

Nesia believes in superstitions. She can see the ghosts/spirits in her house and sometimes in other people's as well. The advancement of technology and science don't stop her to believe in such things. There are unseen beings around us, in the trees, in the house, everywhere. Knowing that not everyone is used to them, Nesia chooses not to mention it if she sees a ghost or similar being. They are her people's ancestors or spirits who have been living in her land for hundreds, if not thousands, of years; hence she treats them with respect. Nesia can use 'magic' but what others perceive as magic is actually those creatures lending their power to her. In the modern days, she does not rely on them as much as she did in the past. Her old predecessors practiced dynamism and animism, which are still strongly present in some areas. When other religions made their way to the islands, the beliefs were either infused into them or still alive deep inside her people's heart.

Polite and tend to use a lot of euphemism, Nesia is a person who prefers to maintain the harmony in the atmosphere. Creating a strife or confrontation is something to be avoided. Rather than saying her disagreement openly, she does it subtly. Her explanation gets long and not really going to the point, but the other way is too blunt to her liking. Bluntness is sometimes mistaken as rudeness, making her sugarcoats her intentions with carefully chosen words so she will not hurt their feelings accidentally. Whatever they are talking about, Nesia will try not to anger the other person and make them lose their face. Raising her voice in an argument is also rarely done, though arguing itself is not something she wishes to do openly. If she had to deny a request, Nesia would make up excuses and hope you catch her meaning. Miscommunication is bound to happen if you used to say everything bluntly. But online interaction gives her a partition to hide, hence Nesia feels a less need to maintain her polite appearance. She is more prone to argue or debate against anyone in social media too.

When she is working, however, she forces herself to be a little more blunt than usual. It is necessary sometimes. Nesia always addresses people older (or who look older) than her with Mr or Ms before their name. Even though Nesia is insisted to drop the title, she might refuse and continue to do that to confirm her position before others. Calling someone just with his/her name is impolite in her society, unless Nesia is sure that they are equal (in the same age or a close friend). She loves social events and any chance to mingle with new people, believeing it would open new opportunities for her and broaden her network.

Sharing the culture
She is very proud of her culture and will be more than happy to accompany a fellow nation traveling in her country. Once she starts talking about it, it's hard to stop her. So if you want to ask her a question, proceed with caution and prepare for a high speed speech. Nesia also likes to share her stuff with friends and acquaintances, which means if you are her guest, you will get free delicious food fresh from her kitchen. She wants people from all over the world to know more about her culture, more than just the prominent ones. Nesia believes that most people don't know her much (except Bali, to which they often ask "is Indonesia near Bali?"); despite her role in global affairs. That also explains why Nesia is happy when her country is mentioned in the media.

Trust & familiarity
Nesia is very wary towards strangers, sometimes believes that they hold bad intentions towards her. The woman is a tad superficial, judging people from their appearance and behavior. She will refuse to meet a stranger alone, unless it's unavoidable. But befriending her is rather easy. Open up and say things about your family, then she will do the same. Once you get into the friend level, she will start to trust you. Close friends and family are the ones she trusts the most. She believes almost everything they say and also what her social media say. Depends on the circumstances, she will even believe what a stranger says if he or she declares themselves as an expert in a particular area of study or has heard about a piece of news from a 'trusted source'. Because the source seems to be trusted, Nesia rarely checks if such news is true or not. If it is believed by so many people, then it must be true. This trait makes Nesia easily persuaded as well, especially if you approach her from her emotional side. She has been trying to change this, but it is still a long way to go.

She is rather modest and conservative compared to the majority of urban western culture. Her clothing choice is always loose, and cover most of her body. Showing too much skin in public place is indecent for her. But when she is at home alone or with someone she feels comfortable together, Nesia sometimes does wear clothes that a bit revealing than her everyday ones (and it's hot at home too). Often she can't resist showing off her handicraft stash, so on appropriate occassions she will wear her best clothes and accessories.

Nesia favors the emotional connection before the physical one, and sees her relationships as platonic acquaintance/friendship. She likes making everyone around her feeling comfortable. To people close to her, Nesia is always ready to cheer them up and lift their mood. She isn't picky in making friends, although she would develop a little disliking towards the rude ones or people who breaches her private space. Her loyalty is quite unshakable, and she will stick to her loved ones through thick and thin. When it comes to romance, Nesia usually waits the other person to make the moves. She also develops crushes easily, and it's not uncommon for her to have crushes on several people at once. Physical intimacy always come later than the emotional one. It's not impossible for her to initiate it first after she reached a certain degree of closeness. She will unknowingly act more spoiled around her lover, asking for cuddles and calling or sending text messages often. The "L" word will be dropped both directly or indirectly sometimes. Nesia is also a jealous person, but instead of explicitly shows it, she'll drop subtle hints as usual... unless she can't hold it anymore. But seeing public display of affection embarrasses her, which she usually cover with an awkward laugh or pretending that nothing happens. Forgetting about past lovers is hard to do, because when she does have a feeling for someone, it is strong and lasts for a long time, more so if it's reciprocated. Add her tendency to avoid conflict and you'll find out why she is bad at ending relationships. If her current one goes bad, Nesia will appear nervous for days and beats around the bush to indirectly show her loss of interest. If she and her lover had used to physical interaction during their relationship, it would start to occur less often, as well as the frequency of her call and text.

Emotions, interest & grudge
Sometimes having such a huge interest in many things have a down side. Nesia finds it hard to focus on something, unless it's really exciting for her. She constantly moves from one thing to another, seeking for the same excitement. The only things she could focus on are the ones she enjoys doing or important for her. While her emotion is usually easy to read, it also tend to switch quickly from being sad to happy and vice versa.

Nesia doesn't dwell much in the past mostly, and quick to forgive people who had hurt her, but she'll never forget their unjust deed. Or rather, that's what it seems. Contrary to what she believes, some things are harder to forget, perhaps because they are tied closely to her history. Depends on who you are and what you've done to her, she is either completely forgive you or keep a grudge on you. As time passes, sometimes the grudge is forgotten. If she plans to take a revenge, it is either by pulling a lot of strings so you can't trace it back to her or punch you in the face directly. If you apologize to her, chances are she no longer feels a need to take revenge. But she will feel a bit wary of you.

Role model & staying perfect
It feels satisfying when the younger people look up to her as a role model. For her, being a good example means that she must maintain her behavior. Showing a slightest hint of bad attitude is simply unacceptable. Nesia feels other people would not like her as much as before if they find that out; they might even hate her. She doesn't want to make them disappointed either, so she'd rather pretend that everything is okay than revealing that she has a problem. Nesia believes everything she does must be things worth mentioning, things that would make people amazed. There is no need to give news to family if it's not good enough. All the ugly stuff must be swept under the rug and nobody shall speak of it anymore. God knows what one might find under said rug...

Anxiety & laziness
She tends to over-thinking things, mostly about other people's opinion about herself. This trait makes her appear as anxious and neurotic. She often spend more time worrying over a task than doing the task itself, and also known to come late to appointments. She is actually able to act diligently, but she only do it in emergency cases; for example, if she is the only one who can do a particular task. Her motto is 'live for today' after all. Why do something that can be done tomorrow? The huge responsibility as a nation actually frightens her. She had a long childhood, about fifteen centuries, which she spent to travel across the islands to learn from the numerous old kingdoms. Nesia missed being free of responsibility like in her past, so it also fuels her laziness. When she gained independence through a chaotic process, almost all the systems she knew were legacies of the colonial era. Because of the lack of a better example, Nesia uses the method of trial and error often, which resulting in more errors usually. It also makes her appear as indecisive, fearing that she might choose the wrong thing to do. Strangely, her optimism makes her believe that eventually all hardships will be gone and things will be better. Eventually.

Nesia often feels intimidated by other people who is more talented, more beautiful and more skilled than her. To keep herself from not improving her skills, Nesia secretly marks a person as a rival, so she'll feel motivated to surpass that person's skill. This one-sided rivalry sometimes becomes too overwhelming, making her envious over said rival's achievements. She may also starts copying what the other person do, how they do it, and even their appearance. If it works for them, surely it will work for her too, right? And rather than trying something new, she'd prefer doing something that has proven to be good. Nesia has low confidence, believing that her looks or ability are less than others'. She often perceives others as better than her in many aspect. This condition stems from the colonial era. She was constantly told that her people were the 'lesser ones', and their culture was considered as savage and backwards. In modern times, she tries her best to ignore this feeling, but it often returns and makes her doubt her own capability. She acknowledges all her bad habits, admitting that it is hard to change them. But Nesia is also very proud of her achievements since they make her trust herself more. Lately she realizes that she does have big potentials to be better than her rivals and other nations, so she has been working hard to achieve it.

Manipulation & chaos
Because of her laziness, Nesia prefers to achieve or acquire things with as little effort as possible. If she has to, Nesia will not hesitate to manipulate people to achieve what she desired. She will feel bad about it, but the more she does it, the less remorse she felt. Breaking rules is not something strange for her. Still, it doesn't mean Nesia only takes advantage of people around her. The woman upholds fair trade. If she had done a favor to someone, Nesia expects said person will return it to her and vice versa.

She isn't fond of order and prefers her surroundings to be organized in a chaotic way. While to outsider's eyes it may look cluttered, Nesia does remember when she last saw a certain item and where to find it. For her, it is not messy if she still can find things easily. But she does lose several stuff sometimes.

Conflict solution & violence
She prefers to stay away from conflicts and chooses the quickest win-win (as she likes to believe; which may looked different according to others) solution to end it; as long as it doesn't involve her personally. Nesia will do anything needed to ensure her own safety. This also applies to other people she cares about, like her close friends. She will protect them, whatever the consequence is. But sometimes there are fights which she couldn't win, especially if the other person had better weapon or greater strength. Escaping is the wiser option in this case. On the other hand, if the problem involves her personally Nesia would not back down until she wins. There's a chance that her emotion will explode, especially if there is physical violence involved. Nesia is the type who bottles up her negative feelings towards people. Usually she channels it out by talking to a friend or ranting in the social media, but sometimes it's not enough. Nesia need to scream, need to display her anger properly. Thus, her surroundings become the target of her wrath, often by destroying things within her reach or throwing things at the object of her anger. Nesia understands how destructive her raging self can be, so she would immediately leave the scene if her rage is about to explode. Nesia has no qualms about hurting or injuring people once her anger shows up, so it is advised to leave her alone until she calmed down.

Possessiveness & punishments
So, let's return to the rug, shall we? There are 'monsters' hidden underneath, like her greed and envy. These are sometimes shown in her actions, her love of money and expensive things owned by other people. Making cheap duplicate of luxurious accessories or DVD does not feel illegal anymore. Contrary to it, Nesia can be very possessive to an unhealthy degree which resulted in several catastrophes in her past. She still has it, but she has been trying to control her actions better. Those past events, however, have tainted her hands red. My oh my, they are numerous. If you wonder why you never heard any of them being mentioned, that is because Nesia guards the rug closely. Very, very closely. See, for a long time she sees other people capable to do cruelty and violence to her, and most of her attempts to fight them are ended badly. If someone has experienced violence being done to them, surely they would not do it to anyone else, right?

Wrong. As long as she has a reason to justify her actions, then she can do it. It doesn't matter whom she is hurting, even if they are her own family. People obey her more easily if she forced them to submit. Enforcing rules or command brings faster result than any other ways of implementation. No questions asked. It is effective, so why changing it?

Of course, often such decision wasn't sufficiently thought through. Sometimes it only ends up adding more red stain to her hands. She knows that she is guilty in this matter, despite her believing that her reasons are legitimate. Admitting that those are wrong and that she does it knowingly is hard to do. Because of that, Nesia chooses to sweep the problem under the rug and convinces herself that she's not entirely guilty. That someone else persuaded her to use an assault to solve a problem - which isn't entirely wrong either - or blame somebody else altogether. The line between truth and lies becomes blurry as time passes. Although her conscience wants to re-analyze the facts to find the truth, she finds it easier to keep it hidden away from everyone else's knowledge.

Last words
Changing yourself is not an easy thing to do, especially if you have done the same thing over and over for decades. Nesia is an optimist, so she believes if she takes small steps every day, eventually she could be a better person and a better nation. The storm shall pass and the sky shall be clear again.

Food -- If you dive your hand into her bag, there is a big chance the first item you grab is a kind of snack. Keeping herself (and her people) fed properly is her first and foremost priority, because no one can work when they are hungry. Starvation and the lack of food are also the roots of evil, among other things, according to her. See, if a family is deprived of food then its searching becomes their first priority above all else. Their kids might leave school to help the parents' at work, resulting in their abandoning formal education altogether. So Nesia wants to make sure everyone is well fed. And contrary to popular belief, she does eat other carbohydrate sources beside rice; like sago, sweet potato and cassava. As a predominantly Muslim country, Nesia only consumes pork (and other animals listed as forbidden in Islam; omnivores and carnivores mostly) in a small amount. Too much consumption will make her feel terribly guilty. Her alcohol tolerance is also low, so if she is given alcohol as a guest, Nesia will only take a sip or two so as not to disappoint the host. Despite her love for food, she has no problem with fasting.

Free stuff -- Ooh who doesn't? If it's a gift, expect her to give you a gift sometime soon.

Social media -- Endless chatting, endless socializing, what a dream! No more feeling lonely and miserable. Whenever she is bored, Nesia will take out her phone and starts checking one of her many social media accounts. It's also a great tool for networking and promoting stuff. God bless the internet.

Traditional dances and martial arts -- It is hard to tell which one comes first, for the two intermingled and often indistinguishable from each other. There is beauty in martial arts and lethality in the dance. Performing a dance or demonstrating her fighting skill before foreign guests aren't something she rarely do too.

Tea and coffee -- Both drinks are not originated in Indonesian islands, but after spending centuries trading and growing them in her house, Nesia is fond of them now. She likes them sweet and cold, perfect to cool herself in her hot tropical weather.

Drama and romance -- Those are cute and sweet and Nesia could spend a whole day marathoning a romance series. Asian drama and Latin telenovelas are her personal favorite. When watching one, she'll be too absorbed and sometimes might suddenly crying over the leading character's misfortune or angry at the antagonist's evil scheme. While she does enjoy the ones with good plot and character development, Nesia watches the bad ones for the sake of laughing at the bad script, bad acting and ridiculous plot twist.

Ghost stories -- Horror gives her thrill she needs. Nesia is always curious about the 'others', despite being able to see them. It's also somewhat satisfying seeing younger kids cower in fear after listening to her stories.

Relaxing -- Her idea of relaxing is taking a nap, having a warm bath or simply sitting in a café with a cup of coffee for three hours to download stuff with the café's wifi. Enjoy the moment, the weather and the good companion. No need to rush things, there's always tomorrow to finish everything that needs to be done.

Shopping -- When Nesia travels somewhere, she will buy a lot of gifts for her family and friends. As a saying said, she is someone who gets lapar mata/eye hunger easily.

Learning about new things -- Nesia is a curious person. Almost everyone she already met had experienced her never-ending questions about themselves. She also enjoys reading, and her taste ranged from cheesy romance novels to scientific journals. Going on a culinary adventure is her favorite pastime.

Motorcycle/scooter -- Cheap and small, so you can go through narrow alleyways easily. But if it's raining suddenly, better look for some place to park your vehicle.

Flip-flops/going barefoot -- You can see your toes wrrrriggling on the grass or sand. It tickles! Nesia loves wearing no shoes when she fights too, that way her toes can take small objects from the ground.

Money -- It can't buy you happiness but it can be traded with food, clothes and proper shelter. That is the simplest form of happiness.

Smartphones and tablets -- They intrigued her; what's been improved from the previous version? Why people are going crazy over them? Nesia is no technology geek, she simply curious about the feeling of holding a new gadget. She would just use it for the basic stuff--phone calls, some games and internet--and when the newer version released, she'll trade her old gadget for that.

Singing/karaoke -- Nesia likes singing sappy love songs. And dangdut. Expect some dancing with that.

Badminton/soccer -- These are her favorite sports. She's better at badminton than in soccer, though. Usually she plays soccer with kids from the neighborhood, especially when it's raining. Incredibly fun!

Handicraft -- All the pretty, shiny stuff! Nesia knows how to make countless of craftworks (though the quality might be lesser compared to the ones made by the real maestro). Her creativity helps her in this field.

Her plants and animals -- A lot of Indonesian species are endemic and can't be found anywhere else in the world. Nesia believes they have their own role in keeping the balance in nature. The plants are beautiful and have hidden benefits waiting to be discovered. Who knows, perhaps one of them is the key to cure cancer.

Nature -- Being around the nature is great: the smell of grass, the sound of waves, and the soft wind... everything. Nesia feels more closer to the other beings when she's surrounded by nature. The jungle is her favorite place to seek solace. Somehow the old trees and sounds of the jungle dwellers calm her anger. Nesia can survive well in the wild by herself.

Cold places -- She dreams to live in a cold place sometimes. Preferably surrounded with snow. Too bad she can't handle the cold temperature. The only snowy place in her land is Jayawijaya Mountain in Papua province. For some reason, Nesia rarely visits it despite her wish to go there.

Wasting food -- There’s a saying in her homeland, that if one throw away an edible food, the person can hear them speak and sobbing. Every grain of rice, every slice of meat, every vegetables and fruits uneaten lamenting their unfortunate fate. And it’s not just food that is thrown away; it is also efforts and works of many farmers, merchants and cooks wasted for nothing.

Too high/low temperature -- Living in equator with average temperature made her body can’t stand weather that is either too hot or cold -- desert and snow temperature are nigh unsurvivable. Nesia would complain more often if the weather is too extreme to her liking.

Being rushed in tight schedule -- Seriously, when do you stop to catch a breath? Won’t your brain goes overheat from all the jobs that have to be done in such a short time? All Nesia wants when facing a very tight schedule is turn her back and go napping instead. And it’s no fun at all planning everything you’re going to do for the next 72 hours.

Traffic jam -- What if when you are stuck in a traffic jam you need to use bathroom? Oh the horror.

Money -- It's the root of all evil, the main thing that push people to corrupt themselves.

Rules -- She considers these as restraints that block her freedom rather than something that make her life easier. Nesia follows the rules, but often not without complains.

Rule breakers -- Corrupt businessmen, people throwing trashes into a river, disobedience of traffic law. They're putting other people and themselves in danger.

Disasters -- Nesia is used to the natural ones, but she would like to prevent the man-made ones from happening. Stop littering would be a good start.

Seeing her culture dying -- No. Just... no. When the Tambora volcano erupted in 1815, its ashes buried two nearby kingdoms, Sumbawa and Pekat, and destroying their languages -- leaving none of the speakers alive. Nesia is afraid a similar disaster would happen and eradicate another culture. Or the younger generation forgetting their ancestor's old culture in favor for the modern one.

Smoking -- It's bad for your health, it gives people cancer, it makes you addicted! It doesn't help at all that cigarette ads are done amazingly. Many families give up other necessities like healthcare and education just so they can smoke every day.

Her procrastination tendency -- Especially when deadline is approaching.

Physical contact with male stranger -- Being physically close with a man she barely knows makes her uncomfortable. If a man suddenly touched her, whether it's just a friendly pat on the shoulder or a sudden hug, Nesia would flinch and slowly inches away. She only tolerates handshake and nothing past that. On the contrary, Nesia is okay being physically close to other females, even though she just met her that day.

Being unable to access information -- Nesia will feel sad, anxious and lonely. She will constantly wonder about what is happening in other places and what her friends are doing.

People who destroy the nature -- Ah, this is a battle long going. Her neighbors Singapore and Malaysia suffered from the smoke coming from her burned forest. The endangered animals' habitat, like orangutan and Sumatran tigers, are reduced because of human interventions. The deforestation rate is high, seemingly unstoppable.

Other people claiming her culture as theirs -- Oh how dare you. Indonesia has a lot of culture, so it's a long way to go to document them all. Not to mention that there are copycats as well...

Losing -- Whenever she loses a sport match (especially against her beloved neighbor/kin Malaysia), she will sulk and insist that it's not caused by her team's performance. "Malaysia must be cheating!"

Drowning -- What she fears isn't just drowning in water, but also in contaminated/dirty water, mud or quicksand. Recent studies reveal that some areas in Java Island are sinking in a dangerous rate per year. Coastal cities in the western shores of Sumatra are drowning slowly, one by one. If people keep digging deep and pumping ground water without doing a sinking-prevention act... the waves would claim the land in no time. And during rainy season, it is certain the rainwater would flow to lower lands, flooding the area that actually lower than the shore level. Despite her fear, Nesia has no problem swimming in calm water.

Losing her identity -- -Indonesia has more than 300 ethnic groups speaking 700+ languages uniting under one nation. They have their own language, habits, traits and culture. And for centuries under colonialism, those pieces of identity were either crushed or labeled as uncivilized. Many have perished and nobody even remember their culture once exists; for the younger generation sometimes ashamed to acknowledge their own culture that they deem as ‘old’ and not ‘cool’. Nesia afraid it would happen to her someday, which makes her always seeking the proof of her past civilizations either under the ground or in ancient texts. But with the advance of modern technology, culture-exchange is incredibly easy. Now she is also afraid her people would be too familiar with foreign cultures and feel alien to their own. Because if that happened, she’s no longer Indonesia--she’s nobody, completely swallowed in identity not her own.

People finding out her bad habits and things she hides -- That will ruin her image badly.

Separation -- Indonesia was once hundreds of states coexisting who chose to unite under one nation. She also believes that it's better to be united than being on their own. It's stronger to be together after all. What if a region separated from her and triggered other regions to do the same? Would she survive?

Being colonized again -- The phrase kita masih dijajah/"we are still colonized" is often heard these days. It means that even after being independent for decades, her people are still no more than servants for others; that her rich natural resources are still used to thicken other nations' wallets without filling hers, that her people prefer to learn about other culture and forgetting their own, that her markets are where the items made by Indonesian workers sold with high price after a fancy label is glued on them. These conditions mean that Indonesia is not fully independent yet, for indepence means she should be able to support herself without relying on anyone's help.

Smoking -- It's a great stress reliever. Don't tell her boss, though. Nesia always hides to smoke, away from anyone else. Smoking women are looked down even more than the male ones. Her favorite cigarette is kretek, a local type made from tobacco, clove and other flavors.

Despite her people's conservative nature, Nesia admits that she is curious about things labeled as taboo by the majority of her people. There is no harm in knowing such things, right? She has no intentions to do them; she merely wants to satisfy her curiosity.

Once or twice a year, Nesia checks her endangered languages by speaking to herself in front of a mirror.

+ Martial arts -- Pencak silat, the main martial arts she mastered, teaches its practitioners to use their surroundings as weapons, following the philosophy tak ada akar rotan pun jadi - if there's no rattan roots can be used. She also applies this philosophy to her everyday life. Her preferred fighting styles are two contrasts: swift and deadly, or cleverly hidden like a guerrilla operation. The first style is symbolized with spear, its long reach compensates the disadvantage of her small stature. The second style has her own knuckles or accessories as weapons, although sometimes she uses a short dagger too. Aside from them, Nesia can use other weapons as well; like sash and wooden/steel fan. Her agile movements helps her in dodging and delivering rapid attacks. Her strength and stamina might not be top-notch among the nations, yet it does not make her less deadly among the seasoned fighters.

+ Agriculture & Cooking -- It is no secret that the array of Indonesian cuisine has been attracting culinary afficionados from all over the world. While in the western world hers is less known than Chinese or Indian food, Nesia plans to expand her market and eventually opens Indonesian restaurant in every countries. Not all her food is tongue-scorching, but perhaps the spices and ingredients themselves tasted so foreign and intense for people who is not used to eat them regularly. As a country situated at the Ring of Fire, Indonesia gets natural fertilizer -- volcanic ash -- quite often, which she used to her lands. Her land is quite fertile; even a planted stick will grow into a tree without any human intervention. People said if you throw a seed randomly on the ground, it will grow on its own too.

+ Creativity/multi-talented -- Nesia is very good in handcrafting iconic items and trinkets worthy to adorn every palace in the world. Even international high-end brands have factories in Indonesia; if you check such merchandies in one of their luxurious store abroad, there's a big chance that its label says "Made in Indonesia". She's also quite skilled in making cheap imitations of said luxury brands. Her traditional fabrics earn worldwide acknowledgement in terms of design. They are more than just a piece of clothing; they also have hidden meanings, stories and philosophy weaved and dyed within the threads.

+ Sincerity -- When Nesia helps other people, she does it without expecting any reward. She is also faithful and loyal to her friends and families.

+ Supernatural affinity -- Nesia can see ghosts and any other beings normally unseen to normal human eyes. She treats them as fellow inhabitants of Indonesian biosphere, hence Nesia rarely ask for their help -- especially in the 21st century -- and she only do so as a last resort. For example, if her life is in danger, Nesia can ask them to possess her, enabling the nation to channel their power through her combat abilities. But there will be a price to pay, hence she prefers not to ask their help. Human spirits however, are more willing to help her without any rewards in return for their aid. She can also see creatures in other people's houses as well, but often Nesia chooses not to mention it.

+ Optimism -- Ease will come after a hardship. Too bad it makes her seem to underestimate a serious situation. Nesia is the type of someone who can smile even though disasters keep hitting her one after another. She believes positive attitude helps her rebuilding and improving her life.

- Low stamina -- Nesia gets tired easily. She’s a sprinter, not a marathon runner. While she does certain her stamina being low is not caused by her age, she guesses it happens because of corruption in Indonesia that seems endless, unbeatable, destroying her people’s moral and now begins to eat her body inside-out. Oh, stopping? Stopping is hard, isn't it?

- Underestimating herself -- She is used being oppressed and told that she can’t do anything at all by herself. Until modern days, Nesia still doubts her own strength sometimes; she would refuse if someone asked her a favor and recommends someone else instead. If she does succeed, Nesia will be amazed by her own achievement. The woman is also someone who focuses on her weaknesses, so they blind her from seeing her strengths.

- Have no sense of time -- Nesia is too relaxed in doing activities. She looks lazy and rather likes to procrastinate a job--which makes her rushing in last minute to finish it later. If you make an appointment with her, make sure you told her to show up an hour earlier than the designed time. Failed to do so only will result her showing up two hours late--that if she does remember having appointment with you.

- Lack of planning -- She often fails to see past grandiose plans she does make. A good plan will not come to fruition unless the people running it are capable in their fields. Which is why she improvises quite often.

- Laziness -- Why do something now when you can do it later? No need to rush everything.

- Money -- As someone used to say... money does make the world go round.

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(((The Pages of 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: November Ferdinand Magellan's expedition reaches Maluku and after trade with Ternate returns to Europe with a load of cloves.

1522: August 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: March 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.

1613-46: 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: August 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.

1908: 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 MarchImperial 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: April 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: June 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: April 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: May 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 nonetheless

1991: 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: June 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: May 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: July 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: October 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: August 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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 Canada

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