Indonesian Civil War

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Indonesian Civil War
Part of The Cold War

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From top to bottom: Indonesian Civil War SuperEvent, Republic of Indonesia soldiers using a Japanese tank during a mission in the jungles of Sumatra, 1965
AbilitiesEquipment, Manpower, Advisors
DateMarch 1965
ResultJapan temporarily loses influence in Indonesia
Sukarno remains in power with a friendly government to Japan, though with greatly increased independence.
Indonesia leaves the Co-Prosperity Sphere, and joins the American economic sphere.

The Indonesian Civil War is a proxy conflict and civil war fought in the South East Asian country of Indonesia. The civil war is fought between those loyal to the Unitary Government of the Republic of Indonesia backed by the Japanese Co-Prosperity Sphere and various anti-Japanese guerilla forces united under the Free Indonesia Movement backed by the Organisation of Free Nations.

Background[edit | edit source]

Initially, Indonesia (formerly the Dutch East Indies) was invaded by the Japanese in the conquest of South East Asia in 1941-1942. Seizing the opportunity, Sukarno and the Partai Nasional Indonesia (PNI) with Japanese backing declared the Unitary Republic of Indonesia, breaking free from their colonial masters.

Little did they know, they traded one for another.

Indonesia declared its independence in the Proklamasi or Proclamation on the 17th of August, 1945, following the Japanese victory in the Second World War. Sukarno was named president of the new republic, and Mohammad Hatta his vice-president.

Despite Sukarno's resistance to Japanese exploitation, confrontation was inevitable. In order to preserve Indonesian independence, he was forced to turn over the rights to Indonesia's vast resources, some of the largest rubber and oil deposits in the Pacific.

While this did him little in terms of opinion with the Japanese, it made the people of Indonesia lose enough faith for separatist groups to begin forming. Furthermore, concepts of Pan-Asianism spoon-fed to the people did little to quell discontent with the economic stagnation in the outer islands of Indonesia beyond Java due to the central government's refusal to devolve enough power to the regions to bolster their local economies.

The United States and the CIA, not only seeing the value in securing the safety of the Commonwealth of Australia against invasion, as well cutting off the majority of Japanese oil access and a significant rubber supply began funneling money and guns into the Indonesian resistance movement; the majority of these would fall into the hands of various different separatist groups, some of which were completely unrelated to the official PRIM or Permesta councils.

The Leadup to the Indonesian Civil War[edit | edit source]

As Prime Minister Djuanda Kartawidjaja's health continued to deteriorate, factions within the Republic of Indonesia's government planned to acsend to his post in the event of his death.

His death would cause a stir in the government, as 3 candidates fought for the post of Prime Minister.

It was during this time, that dissent against Japan grew in the dark, with resistance growing day by day.

Outcomes[edit | edit source]

If Sukarno's government survives the civil war and comes out on top prior to 1968, he will remain in power until inevitably being deposed by Suharto. Suharto will also depose Sukarno during the civil war if it lasts for three years or longer.

Additionally, if the Indonesian civil war lasts for too long, a coup will occur amongst members of both sides, with a chance for multiple leaders to take control of the Indonesian nation.

If the Free Government of Indonesia overthrows the existing government, Sukarno will be deposed and Indonesia will leave the Co-Prosperity Sphere, along with the Japanese companies taking the country's resources, whilst the nation joins the American Economic Sphere.