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The Austronesian Empire

Post by Appe96 on Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:55 pm

The Austronesian Empire





Welcome to the Austronesian Embassy. Here you can drop comments or questions to one of our Ambassadors regarding our Empire, and they will gladly answer them to the best of their abilities. If you go to one of our bookshelves, you can read up more about our Empire. There are many books regarding our nations Geography, our history, even our current relations with other Nations, and more. Just remember to return them to their rightful place. And remember, theft from the library is a punishable offence.




Governmental information

Governmental Type:

Our Empire can be identified as a Consitutional-Parliamentary-Monarchy. What does this mean? This means that the Emperor is the head of state, and that there exists a parliament that makes sure that the Emperor follows the consitution. They also have other functions which we will go into more detail below:

The National Assembly:
The National Assembly ("Majelis Nasional"), is the bicameral Parliament of Austronesia. Established by the 1742 Constitution, it consists of two houses: The House of Senate ("Dewan Senat") and the House of Representatives ("Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat")

The House of Senate has 75 members, all of whom are directly appointed by the Emperor, while the House of Representatives has 150 elected members. The Constitution ensures that the Senate can not be more than half the size of the House of Representatives. The members of both houses serve for four-year terms.

If the House of Representatives feels that the House of Senate is missbehaving or in other ways does not serve the interests of the people, they can dissolve the Senate. This would require a two-thirds majority in a "Vote of No Confidence"

Political Parties:
To be added

Emperor and His Cabinet:
Unlike the National Assembly, the Cabinet does not have four year terms. Instead. the Ministers are appointed directly by the Emperor and remains on their posts untill they resign, or untill the Emperor decides that someone else is more suited for the job.

Executive authority is vested in the Emperor and his Cabinet. The Emperor signs, executes, and can veto all laws. The Emperor may also suspend or dissolve the National Assembly, and shorten or lengthen the term of session. A veto by the Emperor may be overridden by a two-thirds vote of both houses at his discretion. He appoints and may dismiss all judges by decree, approves amendments to the constitution, declares war, and commands the Royal Austronesian Military. Cabinet decisions, court judgments, and the national currency are issued in his name. The Cabinet, led by a Prime Minister, is appointed by the Emperor. The Cabinet is responsible to the National Assembly on matters of general policy and can be forced to resign by a two-thirds vote of "no confidence" by that body.

Ministers: To be added

Ideology: The Austronesian Empire is a Conservative state with many Islamic values. We believe that social change needs to take its time, however we are open to Westernise fields such as Economy and Science,  which can work to benefit everyone, rich or poor. The current Economic system is State Capitalism. We are a Islamic State and believes that the values of Islam are essential for a people to live together. Thus these following values represent the core of the Austronesian State and People:

Belief in One God: The most important teaching of Islam is that only God is to be served and worshipped.  Also, the biggest sin in Islam is to worship other beings with God.  In fact, we believe that it is the only sin that God does not forgive if a person dies before repenting from it.

Daily Prayer: Prayer is a method by which a Muslim connects to God and gathers spiritual strength and peace of mind.  Muslims perform five formal prayers a day. The State helps organise these prayers through the Clergy and the use of Minarets.

Charity: We recognize that all wealth is a blessing from God, and certain responsibilities are required in return.  In Islam, it is the duty of the wealthy to help the poor and needy. The Emperor can be seen each year at the time of Ramadan, handing out money and gifts for the poor.

Sin: We believe that it is every mans responsibility to follow the words of God. All Sins are punishable offences, and has big place in the Austronesian Penal Code.




Religious Information

A large majority of the Austronesian people are Sunni Muslims. Sunni Islam has played a large part in our history and identity as a people. Intellectuals has found the first traces of Islam (Sunni) as early as the early 1200s in Northern Sumatra, which was then part of the Austronesian Empire. The Emperor of that time was a very tolerant Emperor, and let the religion spread. The religion spread as fast as a forest fire, and by 1350, Islam becomes the State religion under the Srivijaya Dynasty. It is believed that Islam reached the Austronesian Empire through Arab merchants.

Still today, Islam has a large place in the hearts of the Austronesian people. As many as 92% of the population indentifies themselves as Sunni Muslims, and 2% identifies themselves as Shia Muslims. Islam is not forced on everyone, although many laws has an Islamic background. If you are practicing another religion, then all you have to do is to pay a minor religious tax. This ensure stability in realm, and we can clearly say that religious tensions are close to non-existant.

Religious census:
92% Sunni Muslims
3% Buddhist
2% Shia Muslims
2% Hinduists
1% Other religions.




Geography and Demographics:

The Austronesian Empire is currently home for 9,000 people, and is located in the Indian Ocean. The Empire is mostly rural, but in a transition towards industrialisation. However, currently the largest employer is the Agrarian sector. Most farmers are currently substanance farmers, meaning that they mostly produce enough to survive, but sells a smaller surplus on the Market. Many people are also dependant on the fishing industry, with fish an important part in the Austronesian Cousine, especially in the coastal communities. However, there is also an substancial merchantile class in society and have for many centuries been responsible for trade with countries in China, Indochina, the Pacific islands, India, Arabia and East Africa.

Demographics:
Farmers - 68%
Fishers - 16%
Craftsmen - 8%
Merchants - 7%
Nobility - 1%

Cartography:

World Map:
Regional Map:
To be added.




History of our lands:
Pre History:
- 45,000 BCE: Homo Sapiens settles the Java islands.
- 35,000 BCE: Homo Erectus goes extinct on the Java islands.
Ancient History:
- 2000 BCE: Sophisticated Agriculture reaches the Java islands. Allowing villages, towns and petty kingdoms to develop. Austronesian populations arrive with this technology and pushes Melanesian settlements further east.
- 1500 BCE: Advanced writing develops.
- 400 BCE: Due to the strategic position of the islands, trade soon develops with surrounding kingdoms on the Indian Peninsula, Indochina and China.
Classical History:
- 200 CE: Purnavarman Dynasty established.
- 350 CE: Most of Java is conquered.
- 360 CE: Brief almost 100 year period of enlightenment in terms of technology and philosophy. Historians reffers to this as the mini golden age.
- 475 CE: A unknown plague hits the Java island.
- 480 CE: Collapse of the Purnavarman Dynasty. Most of the Kingdom falls to the grave with the Dynasty.
Middle Ages:
- 750 CE: Birth of the Srivijaya Dynasty. Also known as the birth of the Austronesian Empire.
- 800 CE: Most of Java and all of Sumatra is conquered.
- 1200 CE: Islam gets a foothold in the region. First Islamised populations are found on the Northern part of the Sumatra island.
- 1350 CE: Islam becomes state religion.
Renaissance:
- 1500 CE: Northern Sumatra is lost in a brutal civil war.
- 1550 CE: Collapse of the Srivijaya Dynasty. However the Empire remains intact. Rise of the Widodo Dynasty.
Age of Enlightenment:
- 1672 CE: Contact with Europe.
- 1680 CE: Collapse of the Widodo Dynasty. Birth of the current Sjahrir Dynasty
- 1688 CE: Conquest of southern Borneo.
- 1700 CE: Western influences gives birth to the enlightenment in the Empire.
- 1783 CE: The Absolute Monarchy is reformed to a Constitutional Monarcy
- 1799 CE: Emperor Sutan Sjahrir III the Pious get's crowned as Emperor at age 20, succeeding his father who died of an heart attack.
Early Modern Era:
- 1800 CE: RP starts.
- 1802 CE: Agrarian reforms results in large scale urbanisation.
- 1803 CE: Smale scale settlements in the Pacific are founded.
- 1804 CE: Two large settlements in Southern Australia and in Northern New Zealand are founded.
- 1805 CE: Austronesia joins the Josean-Japanese war to aid Japan and protect Austronesian trade ambitions. This intervention is short lived and leads to Guangdong and Austronesian withdrawal the same year.
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