Emerald of The Equator: An Indonesian TL

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A Nation to Elevate Part 5
12th February 1973

Manai Sophiaan is the first one to meet Barrack Hussein Obama, in a Kenyan visit to Indonesia. Both are foreign ministers of their nations, and both now also has the same objectives, reviving the Asia-African Conference.

The former has serious issues to press, as he has seen the inescapable rise for PPP and its mutual alliance with PSDM. Premier Suharto had determined him that although defeat is coming, we must not lose without a fight. Therefore, we must work hard now, so the election can still be fought. One of the strategies from President Nasution was looking back towards the 1950s, the moment when then-President Sukarno and Wilopo organize the Bandung Conference.

The KAA, Konferensi Asia Afrika, of Bandung Conference according to the UN, went absolutely nowhere. The shift of pro-decolonization to pro-neocolonization had deterred what Konferensi Asia Africa could become – a precursor of a new third bloc. Before in the 50s, the Cold War is still thick between the United States and the Soviet Union. Now, the Cold War has effectively decrease in tension, although hostilities are increasing. What Indonesia seeks is the stability of Africa, therefore safekeeping the Madagascar for a long time.

In the Kenyan eyes, however, the KAA could be a stepping stone for a new regional power in Africa, an ideology long adored since colonialism. As the United Kingdom has left their colonies except South Africa, all of those liberated nations must decide who to side with. Congo is a blood bath between the United States, France and the Soviet Union. Because of that, none of the countries prefers to befriend those giants. Kenya decided that rather than backing a superpower that none of them preferred, instead they form a community, an alliance for protecting themselves. In effects of this spirit birthed the East African Community. Formed after the recent independence in 27th January 1973, Kenya declared an East African Community, by now, Uganda is their newest member. Tanganyika is also applying, but their demanded unification with Zanzibar halts their admittance.

Manai Sophiaan is determined that the Kenyan talks will resulted something, he is assured to it.

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Premier Suharto is on the edge of the seat. The Blue Revolution has been fruitful, but the reaps of it would not be PNI-R to sow, but the PPP Coalition. In the recent events, PPP has announced a coalition of PSDM, while not giving a clue about PKI. The coalition will definitely prove a problem for PNI-R, as the majority has shifted to them. Nevertheless, despite the Assembly would be lost, maybe the Presidency can still be maintained.

He was about to call the President, when Fajar Lubis comes.

‘Premier Suharto, I have wonderful news from you.’

‘Sure thing. Sit down Fajar.’

Premier Suharto is convinced that the good news Fajar may be about to tell him is regarding the Jakarta Metropolitan projects. With Mayor Jenderal Ali Sadikin as the appointed Governor of Jakarta, the city has been affected with still troubled growth but long-term planning. There are a few setbacks resulting from the American embargo issued upon Indonesia, but the national interests is unaltered as they want to pace against Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in terms of growth.

He looks at Fajar, a surprisingly similar face with Mayor Jenderal Ali Sadikin. But he scratches that thought when Fajar returns to speak.

‘The Setiabudhi Grid Pattern is officially publicized, and the road construction is underway. Similar to Manhattan’s grid, but with slight alterations. But still, it is promising.’

‘Well, that’s not new. What else?’

‘Well, it seems we have a housing plan in Tanjung Duren. A middle-income one. We believe it would be extremely compact, but experts suggest that we must make more greens.’

‘Still not a good news to me, Fajar.’

‘I’m sorry, Premier. But the good news is someone finally agrees to construct a Metro in Jakarta.’

Now that has appealed Premier Suharto in attention. Since the recent embargo, finding foreign investments was particularly easy on Europe, but now with the initiative to build a Metro in Jakarta. Subway is still high-cost for Jakarta, and Jakarta is not crowded enough to have enough commuters to overcome the building costs. But, the government has determined that Jakarta’s growth will be incredible if Metros are being built. So, it is not people first then Metro, but Metro first then people. A convincing plan for boosting Jakarta as a decent contender of sophistication against Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Ever since the Australian Aggression, Jakarta’s population has been diminished greatly. Most of the population has fled into neighboring cities because of the harsh bombings. While most of the civilian buildings in Hayam Wuruk and Gajah Mada were hit to ashes, Tanjung Priok has been completely razed by Australian bombers. As a result, many of native Jakartans migrated to Depok, Bekasi and Tangerang. After the war, Jakarta is curing from ruined buildings, many of them are still untouched, lack of budget to rebuild them. The national budget plan is not helping either, as the government prioritize rural development rather than urban growth.

Mayor Jenderal Ali Sadikin has proposed to change the entirety of the Tambora Region as a large park, remembering the casualties of the war. There is nothing to salvage anymore in those regions, and rebuilding them is extremely expensive. Because of Jakarta’s destruction also, the Jakarta Inner Ring Road could be built alongside the Flood Canal. In before those regions are heavily populated, now partly desolated.

The Metro Line that will be built is purposely for the Setiabudhi Grid Complex. Although the grid is yet empty, the Metro must be built to boost land value in these regions, also for alluring investors.

‘Tell me then, who is it?’

‘The Germans'

Well, Premier Suharto thought. That would be a good opening for a friendly German-Indonesian relation.
 
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hmm, 🤔
Why did i didn't get a notification? Good chapter
now german investment is interesting, maybe Indonesian-German relation will be like our partnership with japan in otl
 
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A Nation to Elevate Part 6
1st March 1973

Fitri Sumardjat is living in the government middle-rise complex in Tanah Abang. As a mother of seven children, she only witnesses three to grow into adulthood. Jonny was killed during Operation Cenderawasih, one that liberated Papua from the Australian occupation. Heru died in hospital because of the perpetual bombings by the British in their old home Tanjung Priok. Siti was with Heru and died along as well. Bambang and Fahri were bled out during a construction site gone wrong. As only three left, Fitri Sumardjat must live a widow also as her husband, a Kolonel, disappeared in Madagaskar.

Fitri is now working on a textile industry on the new industrial complex near Kalideres. Since ‘Inggris dilinggis’, a common term of mockery to British defeat, the government has issued a new style of planning. Instead of having a large industrial complex on a single spot, they intended to spread out and create smaller, much nuclear industrial buildings. The same goes for residential buildings, although Fitri cannot find the similarities.

So, there are a few small bubbles of the workforce around Jakarta. Kalideres is building a textile complex, a fishing industry in Cengkareng, manufacturing complex in Pulo Gadung, and electronics in Cakung. She formerly worked as lead labour in Tanjung Priok’s textile companies, now the company has moved to Kalideres while the old spot was still largely in ruins.

As the economy went slow, so does production, and so does the money she receives. Last year she was forced to have a 20% cut on her original salary. Now, it was slashed another 20%. Luckily, the three children she has is productive and working. It is only her to afford a living.

Her oldest children, Sumarsono, is a young engineer working for the government. Because of the current central priorities, Sumarsono has been extremely busy on-field observations. He is a civil engineer, but he designs specifically on railroads. During the War, he joined the Navy and reached his peak as Letnan Satu. He was awarded Satyalencana Teladan and other medals were given for his service as protector of Pelabuhan Ratu, which was near to hostile Christmas Island then. After the war, he returned to university and pursuit civil engineering.

For Fitri, her oldest daughter Rina is the only politician in the family. Align with her mother’s ideology, Rina has become a stubborn activist for PPP. Giving compassionate speeches and brilliant criticism against the current PNI-R government. Most of her points are anti-US policy and pro-Non Aligned, which PNI-R has continued to do the otherwise. Now at the age of twenty-five, a year younger than Sumarsono, Rina is campaigning to support her party. She doesn’t want to be disturbed by her campaign, and every time her mother asks for her, she always returns with this note.

‘Sorry, Mother. I am trying to make Jakarta yellow and the military is having their best in preventing it. Have another month and I will see you.’

The youngest living son of Fitro, Sudiro, is healthily working in the Tanah Abang Toll Gate, near the newly build Jasamarga HQ. Since, the war, the entire Jakarta Inner Ring Road has been build, along with building the Outer Ring Road. While the Inner Ring Road will be the virtual boundary for Ring 1, the Outer Ring Road will be Ring 2. In addition to it, the Outer Ring Road will be the connector of airport Halim and port Tanjung Priok, while the government is building a new airport near Fitri’s workplace in Cengkareng. No one knows how massive will the Airport be, but Sudiro has had the blueprints. It is already since 1956 that Kemajoran Airport is closed, and turned into a museum.

All of the living family members despised whites, as they killed more than half of the clan. As a result, so do some people living in Tanah Abang. The US Embassy has been a place for riot multiple times, that the current government pledge to move the Embassy further South, near Kebayoran. The only tolerable place for whites now in Jakarta is Kebayoran Baru. Many other European Embassies also moved to Kebayoran, along with their residence. As a result, Menteng is partly abandoned, and military officials move in. in the end, Menteng has become a green pool, while civilians are centred in Tanah Abang and Tanjung Tinggi.

When she eyed up in her five-story Rumah Susun, a home now she lives in, she saw Sarinah, the government mall. For her, it was enormous, but in a few years, that fifteen-floor commercial centre will be dwarfed with the giants in Setiabudhi.

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Nasution hates when he must see Suharto annoyed. Ever become his superior, Suharto is extremely dangerous when he is dancing with elephants. His Premiership would be gone, as the polls have displayed a certain 60% for the PPP-PSDM Coalition, even without the PKI. furthermore, the Fundamentalists has formed a new party, PUI, Partai Umat Islam, and establish a much more radical right for Indonesia. The PUI destabilize the PNI-R, although in the other perspective it strengthens the Nationalist and the Military.

‘We aren’t ready for this. Who knows what will the yellows do! We aren’t finished building what we need, and I bet the PPP will revise it!’ Suharto blared with anger.

‘No, Suharto. You are not seeing the bigger picture. The Constitution marks the President-Premier divide, and with these results, we would see a PPP Premier. However, we still can hold the Presidency. We are still popular in foreign policy, and with America being better friends we can survive in the government.’

Suharto just nods in indignation. He seeks to just be Premier for at least five years because he thinks that controlling the domestic issues effectively no one is better than him. Meanwhile, he also noticed the new Presidency in the West, a Shafer Presidency. It was the first in US history, that a split party manage to hold the Presidency.

Raymond Philip Shafer is a moderate Republican, a better candidate if United States-Indonesia relation wants to ease. In his inaugural address, he mainly proclaims for marijuana decriminalization and also further ties with Asian countries to prevent a Beijing-Delhi Axis. As a result, Indonesia’s embargo would be lifted, and this downturn would finally end.

‘When the sky brightens, we cramp ourselves at home. What a waste!’ Suharto remarks.

‘Promise me, Suharto. When you lose the Premiership, don’t do something stupid. Don’t worry, we may lose at DPR, but not the Presidency.’ Nasution adds.
 
LOL
If this is FTV, when Rina is back at home, her mother would be dead by then and her neighbors curse her as unfiilial
 
Really interested about Beijing - Delhi special relationship.
Will there be a Sino - Soviet reconciliation in the future?
 
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Really interested about Beijing - Delhi special relationship.
Will there be a Sino - Soviet reconciliation in the future?
I think Beijing and Delhi didn't have special realation yet, US just want to make sure India didn't orbit to China. Considering China is seem to be prosperous that worried is quite justify
 
A Nation to Elevate Part 7: Interlude of the 1973 Election
The world is not single-handedly controlled by God. But for me, this certain world is single-handedly altered by one man, which is Former President John F. Kennedy. To understand what has drastically changed from when it has to be, we must look back into the 1960s.

Since the 1950s, there are even no debates whatsoever, about ditching the NATO. The NATO was one last defence against the Soviet Union, evermore against Communism. That ideological divide will become an unending chasm, at least until the Kennedy’s Administration. The year 1960 will be the year of major alteration, possible the end for the Cold War.

In the minds of Kennedy, keeping NATO also means keeping the establishment. The establishment that has been erected is a divided world, a break between left and right, a battle between freedom and control. The current trend was the left was winning, as liberalism is a Westerner idea, something third world nations would not comply with. As a result, if the trend continues, the entire continent, whether in Africa, Asia or even South America, will be subjugated into a friend of the Soviet Union.

Intervention, or allowing a coup, is also not an option for Kennedy. Kennedy was the true believer of freedom, giving freedom without the forceful amends from the United States itself. Kennedy hoped that with giving America as a truly loyal, trustworthy friend, allied nations would befriend the United States, albeit how socialist a nation is. In the domestic platform, meanwhile, is not that easy.

Since the NATO dissolution, bipartisanship has enhanced its meaning. It was a battle on conservatism and liberalism, an old-fashioned cowboy of the world versus the sophisticated peace-dealer. After that, it was a battle between looking West or East. The Democrats, under Kennedy, has seen the imminent dangerous future China would create, thus try to secure West of America, which is East Asia. The Republicans, however, remains on their conservative stances, between instating the Monroe Doctrine or looking East, Europe.

Kennedy’s NATO dissolution has led to many unpleasant outcomes, but with all that into consideration, all of that awful events benefit the United States. NATO’s dissolution has led Europe into thinking of rearming themselves to fight against a common enemy, the Soviet Union. In the past, those Western nations always rely on American resources, and that keep pulling America down. For Kennedy, leaving Europe to fight the Soviet Union is like a child maturing into their 18s. Let them deal with their problems, and man up.

Kennedy’s concern was elsewhere, in the East. In 1960, the People’s Republic of China has had astounding success for a communist nation. The implementation of its policy resulted from a fruitful seed rather than the early days of the Soviet Union. Mao has balanced his political dominance and economic importance, giving the nation established in 1949 a boost in agriculture. Therefore, in Kennedy’s prediction, by 1990s China would surpass the Soviet Union as the global example of communism.

Fortunately, Kennedy had the resourced to strangle China as a whole. The Democratic Republic of Korea, or North Korea, was already insignificant to endanger the peninsula. Japan is camped in the American sphere. The Philippines still had a friendly attitude towards their former occupants. It was now left in Indochina and Indonesia. In one single swift, rather than allying Australia, a white nation incapable of even winning from the inferior northern neighbour, America had found a true potential from allying Indonesia.

In another region, Kennedy also watched situations in the Middle East. Egypt will not forever by English clay, and will someday revolt from the Empire. For America, it was the interest of what will the successor state be, a pal or an enemy. In multiple occasions, Kennedy has clarified that in his term no authoritarian nations shall be in cooperative terms with the United States, and that included the regime in Saudi Arabia. America wanted Iran as an ally, and in 1965 it was fulfilled, angering more of the receding Soviet Union.

By the end of Kennedy’s second term, the plans went on perfectly as they do. The Soviet Union was losing in Germany and was being pushed back even from their precious Kaliningrad. Sino-Soviet split is happening. Turkey was adamant of opening with the Soviet Union.

Kennedy’s eight years of political strategy, however, is completely reversed by Nixon in four years. But, the Shafer is willing to continue the former path.

Lee Kuan Yew excerpt of America's Turn of Events
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Nasution is extremely ecstatic. Vice President Rockefeller arrived in Indonesia to withdraw America’s embargo and opening another chapter of friendly relation. The new presidency's policy is to expand friendship everywhere and even contribute more to a peaceful world. The new presidency is also willing to reform the United Nation initially, and pushing a resolution to the conflict in Congo, and other emerging ones in Poland, India and Nicaragua.

He is relieved that the economic downturn in Indonesia is over. However, he never gets across with the upcoming election, an election which PNI-R will lose.

In a last-minute revision, the Premier, instead of being elected by the whole MPR, the Premier will be elected by the winning coalition’s resolution. So, now the PPP can just point somebody, as long as the coalition agrees. The ministerial office must be a compromise from the President and the Premier.

Now, the contest is finally declared. A population of 108 million Indonesians, 6 million Madagaskars, 5 million Papuans, and 150 thousand Melanesians will decide next five years. For 555 seats of the DPR, and 114 for DPD. And by the end of the week, the results will have it.
 
A Nation to Elevate Part 8: 1973 Election
Suharto looks at the official results of the election, and he even guessed correctly before it has shown up.

People's Representative Council of Indonesia (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Indonesia)

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555 Seats

Partai Nasional Indonesia Raya (National Party of [Greater] Indonesia) - 200 seats - 36.04%
  • Fraksi Nasionalis (Nationalist Faction) - 85 seats
  • Fraksi Golkar (Military Faction) - 73 seats
  • Fraksi Ungu (Purple Faction) - 23 seats
  • Fraksi NU (NU Faction) - 17 seats

Partai Persatuan Pembangunan (Progressive Union Party) - 185 seats - 33.33%
  • Fraksi Hatta (Hatta Faction) - 140 seats
  • Fraksi Malaya (Malayan Faction) - 45 seats

Partai Komunis Indonesia (Indonesian Communist Party) - 110 seats - 19,82%
  • Fraksi Untung (Untung Faction) - 59 seats
  • Fraksi Pro-Cina (Pro-China Faction) - 33 seats
  • Fraksi Pro-Uni Soviet (Pro-Soviet Faction) - 18 seats

Partai Sosial Demokrat Madagaskar (Social Democrat Party of Madagascar) - 31 seats - 5,59%

Partai Umat Islam (Islam People's Party) - 14 seats - 2,52%

Barisan Koalisi Daerah Timur (Eastern Coalition Front) - 13 seats - 2,34%

Melanesian Alliance Party (Partai Aliansi Melanesia) - 2 seats - 0,36%


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People's Regional Council of Indonesia (Dewan Perwakilan Daerah Indonesia)

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114 Seats

Partai Nasional Indonesia Raya (National Party of [Greater] Indonesia) - 37 seats - 32.46%
  • Fraksi Nasionalis (Nationalist Faction) - 11 seats
  • Fraksi Golkar (Military Faction) - 14 seats
  • Fraksi Ungu (Purple Faction) - 9 seats
  • Fraksi NU (NU Faction) - 3 seats

Partai Persatuan Pembangunan (Progressive Union Party) - 35 seats - 30.70%
  • Fraksi Hatta (Hatta Faction) - 27 seats
  • Fraksi Malaya (Malayan Faction) - 8 seats

Partai Komunis Indonesia (Indonesian Communist Party) - 22 seats - 19,30%
  • Fraksi Untung (Untung Faction) - 14 seats
  • Fraksi Pro-Cina (Pro-China Faction) - 6 seats
  • Fraksi Pro-Uni Soviet (Pro-Soviet Faction) - 2 seats

Partai Sosial Demokrat Madagaskar (Social Democrat Party of Madagascar) - 12 seats - 10,53%

Partai Umat Islam (Islam People's Party) - 5 seats - 4,39%

Barisan Koalisi Daerah Timur (Eastern Coalition Front) - 2 seats - 1,75%

Melanesian Alliance Party (Partai Aliansi Melanesia) - 1 seats - 0,86%


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PNI-R is still on the lead, but the PNI-R won’t have a coalition to back up. The PKI is surprisingly strong, and manage to grab several PPP seats. The minor parties, PUI, BKDT, and MAP, all are gaining good seats, although their presence is extremely dwarfed by the top three. As the PNI-R hopes for a hung-assembly, their hopes of return are thrown away when immediately Aidit opens his party for a PPP-PSDM Coalition, forming the Solidarity Coalition.

Map-wise, PNI-R owns the majority of Java and North Sumatra, along with Lesser Sundas, and less-populated islands like Maluku, Papua. However, there is a large yellow blob in Kalimantan, Sumatra and Malaya. Madagaskar is dominated by PSDM while bits of West and Central Java is PUI and PKI.

For Suharto, the Premiership is a battle that has already lost. However, not so with the Presidency.

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Arnold Achmad Baramuli is the Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations since 1971. For him, being in New York for seeing the world at large gives an unparalleled experience of diplomacy. He has seen many debates about each nation’s strategical objectives, mostly colliding with others. Being seemingly yet another puppet for the US, Indonesia is sometimes bullied by pro-Soviet ones. Baramuli never understood, even Indonesia is fundamentally a socialist nation, what difference socialism can make to excommunicate one another?

There is an increasing hype in New York, that the Security Council would be reformed. The new Secretary-General Dean Rusk, a former Secretary of State during the Kennedy Administration, has been pushing for increasing the permanent seats. When time progresses, the divide of the five permanent members intensifies. The Congo Crisis is one example, as the Soviet Union, the United States, and France can even agree on what to do with the vast jungle region. Great Britain is a laughing stock for the Third World. China, well, is being China, quite as ever.

Dean Rusk is also changing how the United Nations sees the Regional Group. One, for the Western nation it is unfair that less stable nation is getting an image for peacekeeping the entire world. The United Nations always has to find the middle ground, but that middle ground never accomplishes the influential progress of pacifying the world. For him, it is time to split into more regional groups. A North American Group consists of continental America north of Panama. The Caribbean will still be part of the Latin Group, now called the South American and Caribbean Group. Europe will be divided as Western Europe and Eastern Europe, the divide will be the infamous Iron Curtain, with Germany changes.

Africa will remain as one big group, although Rusk is uncertain of it being a good idea. The Middle East, Turkestan region, and even to Bangladesh, is included as a Middle East, Central and South Asia Group. As the foremost region is having an oil-rich territory. It would be near that the region would evolve as a bloodbath of superpowers. Central and South Asia is a counter for containing Middle East’s hyperbolic influence to the UN. The rest of former Asia and Pacific Group is modified as Asia-Pacific Group. Australia, an exception, will be inside the North American Group.

As the Groups are resettled, it is time to resolve the Security Council question. Each of the permanent security members each wanted one to add, therefore ten in the future. Dean Rusk also sights this as a great idea, more people involve more consideration and less reckless acts of one nation.

Arnold Achmad Baramuli is here, not because the Shafer’s nation opted to choose Indonesia. It is a completely unexpected proposition from a nation that is entirely outside Baramuli’s expectation.

‘I am asking you, whether what your nation proposed is serious. The causes it would make towards Indonesia’s relations with the United States a bit … complicated. Moreover, there is no reason why your country decides to do this.’

‘We have run out of options, most of our choices have been pick by other permanent members, and the rest of them are less powerful than the state of your nation.’

‘Still, though. I need to pass this to Jakarta. This offer must be meticulously digested before we can proceed.’

‘Don’t worry, we will wait until the end of the week.’
 
why did the current member want to share their exclusive club? Thay didn't seem to have any incentive to do it.
Personally I think Indonesia shouldn't become member for now and focus more on the economic development.
 
A Nation to Elevate Part 9: A Response
‘What is this, a mischievous plot? Do you have any idea what will the consequences be if we are the Permanent Members of the Security Council?’ Susilo Frederik Trihandoko attempted to exhume the deep rotten results. ‘I’ll give you a hint. The entire national budget will be juiced out.’

‘Why is he here again?’ Suharto commented to Nasution.

‘The bloody constitution wants it.’ Nasution replied.

After the election, the 1972 Constitution compels that during a transition period, both the incumbent and the successor must sit down together inside the government, overseeing the situations and conditions, possibly to smoothen the transition process. While the Presidency is still on a hot contest, the Assembly is changing itself. And not long after the results are announced, Subandrio is announced as successor of the Premier. The Ministerial positions beforehand must be consulted with the President-elect, but Subandrio has stubbornly decided that the Economic Minister must be handled by this Chinese-descendants guy.

‘What does it has to do with money? After all, we benefit a lot from becoming a Permanent Security Council Member?’ Sohiaan disagreed.

‘Being a Permanent Security Council also means that you must give some money to the United Nations. How would the world react if one of the Permanent Security members donate less than even the Netherlands?’ Trihandoko spurted out.

Hearing the Netherlands alarmed several people in the discussion, most profoundly Nasution and Suharto, whoever combat against them during the Dutch Aggression, either the first or the second.

‘Still, we have a lot to benefit. Being the Security Council Member also granting us more position in the global stage. To promote what is peace of the world, and even promoting our national objectives.’ Subandrio added.

In this context, Subandrio wanted the Non-Aligned movement to be reborn, but the Presidency is not PPP to win. After the victory of the Solidarity Coalition, both the PPP and PKI contests on who will be the presidential candidate. The Premier is already a PPP, so the PKI requested that the Presidency should be PKI’s. However, having a friendly nation of the United States a communist leader is not a great idea. Subandrio insisted that the PKI holds several Ministerial seats, like Labor, Agriculture and Industry. Nevertheless, the Coalition is struggling to have a united candidate against the incumbent.

‘No, Subandrio. No, because the French Fifth Republic is the one requested us. If the United States did so, I would accept, even though how reluctant I am. Approving this offer means to the world that Indonesia is not loyal and trustworthy to become a friend, and betrayal is a tradition. I may not like Uncle Sam, but doing this sympathizes for them. And in the economic context, becoming as one is also another horrible idea.’ Trihandoko rejected the contradict opinion with foreign .

Nasution agreed. France has become so addicted to us, that they want everything to befriend us. I guess it is because we have nothing hostile to the nation, something that France needs for international relation.

‘Remind me again, but why do these nations want to expand their already exclusive club?’ Nasution asked.

‘Those fives thought that each of them is biting each other, and no one to back up. France, the Soviet Union and the United States are in the process of bickering each other. The United Kingdom has finally realized that the Conservative Party of the United States will be the only party that supported fully the Empire, and the rest, both Republicans and even the Democrats, are not in the mood to revert Kennedy’s actions. China, well, as silent as ever. Four of five later demanded a new pair of fives, possibly for cheerleading the former five.’ Manai Sophiaan explained.

‘What excuse? That was the lamest I’ve ever heard from the Big Five.’

‘Well, that was what Baramuli said to me. As far as I’m watching, I’m also seeing the excuse justified by those actions.’ Manai Sohiaan added.

Since the dilemma in the Congo, Dean Rusk is quite upset about how ineffective the Security Council is. The place to secure the peace of the world has resided into one of the Big Five’s shouting grounds, at least by the Four of them. Britain and France come back to the past rivalry ones, the former spits their hatred that France is still having its colonies majorly intact and the latter commented about the rising fascism. The Soviet Union, as usual, debate with the United States as still the two largest in power, still until France rises again. Germany, meanwhile, is wanting a piece of the battle, loathing both France and the Soviet Union as imperialistic bastards.

Just as we want things to lighten up, Middle East comes up. A slight problem happens as Saudi Arabia announced a confrontation against the UASR. Iran, even though still out of the fire, has fidgeting its way in, announcing their claims in parts of Iraq. Another problem is also the Israeli Question. The UASR, after having the Israelis a chance to stay in now Palestine, has decided to go screw Egypt and create a massive rebellion centre. Premier Nasser, already enough of the Israelis fiasco, decides that total exodus is imminent, and no more troublemakers in the Middle East. As a result, a massive humanitarian crisis emerges from there. The other domino effect of this crisis in Cyprus. The still British protectorate is trying to declare independence. But the confusing part is what next, as the Greeks and Turks all have a different way about the newly Cyprus state. With the Israeli Exodus moving a quantity of many Israelis to Cyprus as a temporary settlement, the entire island has become a bloodbath between angry Greeks, raging Turks, and determined Israelis.

His thought wandered him away too much, that Subandrio has asked him thrice.

‘Nasution, you are still the President. What are we going to do about this?’

Nasution returned to the original world, and just replied a simple ‘No.’
 
why did the current member want to share their exclusive club? Thay didn't seem to have any incentive to do it.
Personally I think Indonesia shouldn't become member for now and focus more on the economic development.

I personally also think that in this stage Indonesia will not become a member of that. Indonesia is still on reconstructing era, no less, no more. And we all know that rebuilding a nation from a ten-year was is almost as constructing a nation anew.

And also, on this stage, I don't think the members want to share with sincerity. Remember, being the Big Five means that there are a lot of plans and thoughts inside them.
 
A Nation to Elevate Part 10: Between Two Elections
21 April 1973

Dean Rusk is bothered by the failure of the Big Five Expansion, yet he is aware of the consequences. The United Nations is not ready yet as an international alliance. Those who are opted as the Secondary Big Fives are either unready or unwilling to become one. Indonesia is one example, Nasution has declined because Indonesia is not available to become a secondary power because of the economic instability caused by the United States. Japan is also unwilling to become one due to risk heating an Asian crisis between the newly appointed PRC as the Big Fives. ROC, or essentially Taiwan, has been kicked out from the Security Council from its continuous aggressive attitude with the PRC.

The Soviet Union picks Yugoslavia, as a token of Slavic friendship, but the United Nations object this as with Germany included, Europe will have a great percentage in the Security Council, something Rusk is afraid to. As a result, this left with Germany and Egypt as the second-persons agreed to carry such responsibilities. However, the UN Assembly reject Egypt’s application because of the current Israeli Crisis. In the end, Dean Rusk must abandon his initiative, and the only ones successful was his new Regional Division.

Dean Rusk also realizes, as many times before, that his status as the UN General-Secretary is not what it has to be. Randolph Churchill miserably died amid chaos in Congo, caught in a helicopter crash in North of Katanga. The Assembly should have picked a random from Asia-Pacific Group for the heir. Whatever the process it became, in the final result Rusk is elected.

So, spring has already arrived in Geneva one month ago, yet the cold still exists. Dean Rusk is thinking that in everywhere he looks, conflict happens.

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So far, the Presidential Campaign still has anti-climactic progress. Nasution is still high on points than his competitor, Aidit. Aidit has become the president-nominee from the left Solidarity Coalition, while PPP holds the domestic grounds, PKI will hold the foreign policy. The effects of this are clear, it is a direct threat message to the United States. Inevitably, the United States will do everything it could to prevent this. Luckily for them, however, is that Nasution seems to keep winning.

Aside from the political changes happening in 1973, Nasution concluded his first five-year-term to be a successful one. In just five years only, entire Java has at least been connected with two-way rail track and each-two lane highway. Jagorawi, a toll road linking Jakarta until Ciawi, is finished in 1971, then the opening marathon begins. Today, trucks can go from Jakarta to Surabaya in less than a day. The Jakarta-Bandung toll road, meanwhile, is having difficulties with hills and deep valleys.

Sumatra is also having its building year. In Lampung and Palembang, people can now commute with a railroad. And so does Medan and Pekanbaru. Highways are still under construction, but by 1977, Medan and Lampung will be connected by train. Aceh, meanwhile, was given a ‘detention’ by Nasution. No infrastructure efforts will be built in Aceh until the entire insurgency ends. A military operation still exists in Aceh, but efforts to transform into a civilian administration is underway.

He is seeing several wonders of his creation when he remembers the Blue Revolution.

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Cawang Interchange

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Cililitan Toll Gate

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Surabaya-Mojokerto Toll Road


The Blue Revolution is masterminded by Premier Suharto. The Indonesian government officially announce the conflict it has with Britain and his cronies as the British Aggression. Then, there is a huge expansion in the Navy and Coast Guard, increasing the size into a hundred thousand each. The Navy will be a similar size to the oversized Army. The Air Force is sided because of Suryadharma had expanded technological-wise.

Speaking of Suryadharma, Suryadi Suryadharma has passed away on 12 April 1973. His massive decline in health was mainly caused by the harsh battles in Biak. Nasution awarded Suryadharma Marsekal Besar, equivalent to a five-star general of the Air Force. In addition to it, the airport under construction near Cengkareng will be under his name, commemorating the battles he has conducted to defend Indonesia’s air region.

Secondly, the Blue Revolution also opened a new front in the mining industry. Coal and crude oil are significantly boosted, as more rigs and mines are established across the nation. More palm plantation is approved by Nasution, and it also helps to hoist the reasons why a network of railways and roads must be built.

He only needs to survive the upcoming election, so everything he has done for the last five years be continued.

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More pictures:

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To be Premier Dr Subandrio

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Current Premier Jend. Suharto with his army officials during a visit to Batujajar, near Bandung for a new army training camp

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Current President Jend. Nasution
 
Must be fun driving from Bali to Aceh.
Not yet though.

Selat Sunda Bridge is still a nightmare OTL, and I don't think it happens otherwise ITTL. And Bali is not connected yet.

I haven't closed the chances, though. Maybe in 2050 perhaps? Or maybe sooner?
 
A Nation to Elevate Part 11
15th July 1973

Mojokerto, Majapahit Province

‘Kolonel Sudiro, what do you think about the situation in Papua right now?’ A reporter asked him.

‘It’s complicated, but we are dealing with the situation right now.’

Kolonel Sudiro had just returned home from Kotabaru for his one-month leave. The higher-ups in Biak granted him a chance to return to Mojokerto, meeting his family. They requested him to see this as a vacation. In the journey home, however, Kolonel had encountered reporters which knew his successes in Papua.

He famously crushed a fifth of the total rebellion forces in Fly River, near a small settlement called Suki. 75th Brigade of the 5th Army pushed the separatists East, halting their further advances into Merauke. After his success, Merauke had become a boomtown, drawing in more troops from Western Indonesia, and also Kotabaru for balancing purposes.

After the United States formally withdraw its support towards Organisasi Papua Merdeka, Australia had taken the torch of it. The Land Down Under had turned into a notorious dictatorship. Matthew Courtney overtook the nation as the National Party. Promising a return of prestige and national image, the nation was returning to the Commonwealth, especially on South Africa’s plead, and funding insurgents in Indonesia. Indonesia until then could not accuse the Australians of destabilizing. Fortunately, the United Nations was helpful by noticing the chaos happening on the island.

His friend Sumitjo, also Kolonel, is peacekeeping Aceh. As the province engulfed in another heated moment, the Army had no choice than to resort to the old style of pacification. Aceh was particularly angry with Batak Province which steals several lands during the first pacification war. Sumitjo ever experienced several ambushes attempts from the Aceh Independence Movement, mostly ended up in failure. However, the last ambush hurt him critically, wondering if Sudiro’s friend may ever return again.

He was opening his door when the daily newspaper laid in his front door. The headlines are written “NASUTION APPEASES MEDAN VOTERS”. For him, this news isn’t a surprise at all. Everyone in the neighbourhood knew that the current President would maintain his post for the next five years. However, the challenge was an opposing-ideology Premier, something Indonesia was still new about.

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Pontianak, Dayak Province

Djata Inhar was the boss of the PNI-R Regional Office in Dayak province. The numbers involved inside the regional branch of the party was quite large, but nothing compared to PPP. The PNI-R Dayak Regional Office is five-stories high, so far one of the highest in the city of Pontianak. It’s a unique location, situated between two streams merged into one, gave the office a breathtaking view of the Kapuas River. Not far also, Djata could see the PPP office in the north, having a building larger than his own quickly acknowledge things in Dayak Province.

Since the 1973 Constitution was put into effect, Sultan Hamid II was reluctant to transfer Dayak states powers inevitably. For him, federalism was the proper system for Indonesia, giving more autonomy for diverse tribes. Indonesia is not a monoculture, like various other nations. Most of the population is a melting pot of Melayu ethnics, each owning their own distinct language and tradition. This is effectively similar to the United States. 1950 returned Indonesia to a unitary state, then somewhere in the 1955 federal state, and finally a compromised system in 1973. The federal state is given to former SARs, Madagaskar, Papua and Melanesia. The former states, like Pasundan, Dayak and Batak, must now cede some of the regional autonomy to Republik Nusantara. Furthermore, the PNI-R government was agitated on flags for the Republik Nusantara. And Djata Inhar was seeing the flag rises in front of the building.

‘Well, that’s poetic.’

The flag is literally from the 1945 flag, the simple red and white stripes. However simple it is, it reminded Djata Inhar of the cries of independence twenty years prior, and the struggle to maintain it. The new Federal flag may become a flag of consolidation, but this one is the flag of revolutions.

Djata could feel, that in the next five years, Premier Subandrio will create a countless buzz in the current establishment.

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Washington D.C, USA

Shafer for some time in the early days of office, had been determined yet frustrated. The first day he announced that the government of the free republic will not cooperate with authoritative regimes abroad. He wanted to give a firm stance in ideology, and a character for the United States. However, the first reaction of that is the end of oil relationship from Saudi Arabia. For that Arab state, his inauguration speech was an innuendo for the Royal Saudi Family. Oil prices immediately went up, and an economic downturn happened in the United States. As the greatest nation of Earth, oil consumption from vehicles, energy production and war effort had critically influenced the economy. Europe markets, still affected by the United States economy, went even further down. As the United States announce Dollar devaluation, the most devastated country in this decline was the Low Countries, Belgium and Netherlands. As Belgium was on the verge of bankruptcy, other nations in Europe also felt the instability. By this month, nearly everyone in Western Europe was effected, the least had been Portugal and Spain.

The second effects of America weakened by the economy was the relations with southern neighbors. State’s admittance to Cuba and Puerto Rico as the newest states only satisfied those regions, and everyone else was now defending themselves from American influence. Nicaragua’s Sandinistas, a communist movement supported by the Soviet Union, was the first to announce America’s Pax Americana to sod off. Happenstance in South America was not good either to Shafer, as American-backed coups in Chile and Argentina only provoked crimes and violence from the military itself.

‘Damn, if only Kissinger would just leave those nations.’

Kissinger’s realpolitik maneuvers give Shafer a headache, as more South American nations pick one more excuse why Pax Americana is a discrimination to Latin America.
 
A Nation to Elevate Part 12
For everyone that was governed by Jakarta, the election that was held in June was something the entire nation had expected. In the first week, people of the Federal Republik voted for the President. In their ballots, it had two names, either Nasution or Aidit. Every adult was instructed to vote, and in the end, 75% had voted. The presidential election had been a Nasution landslide. The only victory Aidit had is in majority of Demak, Banyumas and Majapahit. Everywhere else was surrounded by Nasution voters. The results had Nasution in a solid 72% vote. It was enough to reaffirm him as the President for another five years.

Lost for two times now, both the PPP and PKI were reviewing their strategies once again. Their presidential campaigns had ended up a failure, and not much had teetered from the dominant right party of PNI-R. Ironically, Indonesia’s voters are significantly socialist-leaning, that alone had triggered most of the party members that even PNI-R stood a chance. Therefore, they would try their best in the Premiership. Mercifully, Soebandrio had a lot to contribute to change, and one of them was about the economy.

Primarily advised by Frederik Trihandoko, the state’s economy was dangerously capitalist. Most of the vital sectors of the economy were directed by privately owned corporations. To make matters worse, those corporations were mostly foreign, from the United States. The dependency of corporatism was the building blocks for a potential wild economy, Frederick said. And that was why this year it must be reformed.

Frederik Trihandoko, after the inauguration in October, had started to create some sort of government companies. Called the BUMN or Badan Usaha Bumi Negara, it has the meaning of business entity, in which the capital is owned by the government that comes from the State's assets. For its initial expansion, Trihandoko wanted to secure profitable and high-risk aspects, such as oil, rubber and palm. While the later stages would see the expansion in infrastructure companies, electronics and even water. One exclusion was the space frontier, as scholars pushed more efforts of making an independent non-profitable space agency in Indonesia.

The first state-owned company to the making was the oil and gas company. Indonesia, although relatively minor compared to oil giants like Saudi Arabia and UASR, still had a substantial amount of oil and natural gas reserves. In the Middle East, and intra-governmental agency for oil and natural gasses was proposed to be established, but the current Saud-Nasser conflict prevents further progress. Also, Saudi Arabia was trying to be the crying kid for attention, embargoing most of the nations that dislike the Saudis authoritative rule into oil subjugation. Indonesia, as the United States was affected, was also swayed by the indirect event.

Trihandoko established the Pertamina, short for Pertambangan Minyak dan Gas Bumi Nasional, in November 21st 1973. Upon its rising, Pertamina was immediately confronted with two major holders of Indonesia’s oil. The first was the Dutch Shell that still lingered on its colonies, and also parts of British Malaya. The other was Chevron that Suharto had given them permits years ago. Total was thriving as well and competing although smaller than the former two.

With that, Trihandoko must slowly nationalize the already taken fields, and it would change after the 1980s.

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Situations in Papua was finally receding. After the election, most of the rebellious groups had diminished away, no one knew why. However, it was reported that the Australians had problems in their nation, and probably the supplies to OPM was stopped. The Australians had encountered massive labour union demonstrations, many of them progressed into anarchical mobs. Perth was the first victim; a quarter of the city was engulfed in flames as protesters battled with the law enforcement. Then, Sydney and Melbourne also had the same problems. Mainly the labour unions demanded a guarantee of their work as Australia was spiralling down to an economic fall, but the government kept ignoring the fact and just change the topic to education.

Similar trends were also happening in Commonwealth nations. Canada and the United Kingdom was also experiencing brutal rallies, as caused the weakening of the economy in 1973. South Africa was largely unaffected, as the Apartheid shockingly given more jobs, especially for the whites.

For most of the military, a weak economy means that the military would be cut. That was not what Jenderal Ahmad Yani had wanted. As the portrait of the Army, Ahmad Yani was a spoilt child during Nasution-Suharto’s reign. The common changes in the Premiership might change the treatment he was given. Therefore, most of the Army that uninvolved in the conflict was helping the government build roads and industries. Simply, the Army was the government’s new source of labour, less demanding and more effective.

He just hoped that the current government would not slash the money to the Army, or even worse to the rival Navy.
 
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