East Timor was occupied by Indonesia between 1975 and 1999.
In 1999 Indonesia’s President B.J. Habibie decided to grant East Timor a referendum under United Nations supervision regarding the future of the province. The Timorese chose independence.
In the lead-up to the vote the Indonesian military made several protests to Australia regarding illegal helicopter flights over the island.
These of course were nothing more than the Indonesian Army’s paranoid delusions.
Suppose however that we lived in a time line where such things occurred?
Suppose in the months prior to the referendum the TNI killed or captured an Australian Special Forces soldier?
Such a soldier would be wearing a generic camouflage uniform and his equipment, while very good, would not be from Australian Army inventory.
What would be the repercussions, Indonesian actions etc?
Alternatively; what if an Australian Special Forces patrol was compromised in the period between the election and the first UN authorised troop landings taking place?
Such a patrol would be in a concealed Observation Post in the hills overlooking Dili, would be equipped with Australian equipment and uniforms and would put up a fight before breaking contact.
The presence of such observation posts is again, purely in an alternative time line.