Moroland: Frankenstein's Monster of Southeast Asia
After the Great Eurasian War between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan from 1969 to 1976, much of the Middle East, India, and East Asia was left devastated due to missile attacks, aerial bombings, and a minor nuclear exchange near the end of the war. While the physical fighting occurred right at the borders of India and Turkestan, Southeast Asia still suffered from the aforementioned attacks that left several countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, and Indochina in a state of instability and revolution against both their governments and their dying Japanese masters. Seeing this as an opportunity, the United States and her allies set about funding and supporting potentially breakaway states and rebellious factions within the German and Japanese Spheres, resulting to what is now known as the "Second Spring of Nations" in the 80s and early 90s, resulting to the downfall of both Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.
Now left as the sole superpower in the world, the United States and the United Nations set about stabilizing the regions that were formerly under the Axis spheres, but the U.N. being the U.N. means that some of their plans, in hindsight, would seem not only unreasonably dumb but completely ignorant in considering certain aspects of a region, one of whom being the former Japanese-controlled Malay Archipelago. While Malaya came out of the chaos rather stable with U.N. support, Indonesia and the Philippines were plunged into a civil war during the Second Spring of Nations, and by 1992 is dominated by regional factions that declared their own independence from the remains of their former nations, with the latter being more splintered than the former. In Mindanao, the Muslim-led Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari managed to defeat both the Government-loyalists, the Communist New People's Army, and the Bisayan-led Republic of Mindanao in the chaos and established the Bangsamoro Federation in 1989. After consolidating their power in Mindanao, Bangsamoro then led several incursions against the Free State of Palawan and the North Borneo Administration, still held by the remaining radical factions of the Imperial Japanese Army. Palawan fell rather easily as its government surrendered to prevent bloodshed between them and the Moros, but the Japanese in North Borneo fought to the last man, with nearly 3000+ IJA soldiers being either killed in combat or throwing themselves in suicide attacks much like their Moro Counterparts' more radical factions, with the fighting finally ending by 1995 when the U.N. and the New Japanese Government demanded a ceasefire between the two belligerents, which the Moros and the IJA accepted half-heartedly.
During the Peace Conference for the Philippines and Indonesia, the Moro Government demanded that Brunei and Sarawak belongs to them due to very dubious historical reasons along the lines that Brunei are the Moros' historical roots too as Brunei's Royal Family and Sulu's Royal Family intermarried in the 1500s. On the other hand, the Malayan Government demanded that North Borneo belongs to them since both have similarities in Culture, Currency, and History. Finally, pro-independence factions within North Borneo demanded Independence from both sides, but their pro-communist stance proved to be unpopular with both the Muslim and Christian locals in North Borneo. To settle the issue, the United Nations held a referendum in August 16, 1997 to determine whether North Borneo would either be handed over to Malaya or Bangsamoro, become a new independent state, or become split between the two countries. The referendum was controversial, as there are reports of heavy interference on the ballots as well several reported cases of gunfights between pro-Bangsamoro groups and pro-independence groups in Sabah. After a four days of elections, the results were announced two days later that North Borneo would be ceded to Bangsamoro to the surprise of the delegates in the referendum. The Moro Government in Cotabato City (now renamed to the more historical Kutabato City) celebrated the referendum extensively, with August 22 becoming the official start of "Independence Week" that is celebrated as a countdown to the country's Independence Day. On the other hand, the referendum sparked protests all over North Borneo as Pro-independence and Pro-Malaya groups pleaded to the U.N. to repeat the referendum, but their demands fall on deaf ears as the Zamboanga Accords was signed between Bangsamoro and the delegates of the U.N. and Representatives from North Borneo on August 28, officially recognizing Bangsamoro's sovereignty over North Borneo and Southern Philippines. At the same time, The Bangsamoro Government officially renamed themselves as the United Federated States of Moroland, with Zamboanga City becoming the new Executive capital of Moroland and Kuta Kinabula becoming the new third capital as the Judiciary.
On the first day as the President of Moroland, Nur Misuari cracked down on Pro-Malaya and pro-independence sentiments to pacify North Borneo while in Mindanao the government negotiated with the majority Christian population to reach a compromise in terms of autonomy and religious freedom, which Nur Misuari agreed with to promote coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims. On October 12 Presidential Decree no.1 is signed into law as the "National Reorganization Plan" which seeks to create new Federal States and Regions within Moroland, with North Borneo being divided into several new states not only to make governance more easier but to also weaken the influence of separatist sentiments within the local population. Additionally, despite being a officially a Federal Government the President exercised near-authoritarian power over the other branches of government, having the ability to completely overrule any decision by the Congress and the Supreme Court as well as the decisions of the local state governments. With these executive abilities, Nur Misuari ruled Moroland as an autocrat for 19 years, using his authority to silence any signs of dissent and tensions between the minority Muslim populations of Bangsamoro and Sabah and the majority Christian populations of Mindanao, Palawan, and Sarawak until his sudden death due to Heart failure on January 6, 2016. For a replacement, the country held an a national election for the first time in its history. The election period was filled with political violence as the the Bangsamoro National Party, formerly the Moro National Liberation Front, struggled to maintain their control of the state, but when it became clear that the secular Democratic-Republican Party led by the Bisayan mayor of Davao, Rodrigo Duterte, was about to win, the acting President Ahod Balawag Ebrahim launched a self-coup and declared the elections as unconstitutional due to alleged attempts of "communist" forces to take over the country. Almost immediately, protests began all over the country, with Muslims even siding with their Christian compatriots to end the authoritarian rule of the B.N.P. and restore democracy as intended in the constitution. In response, President Ebrahim ordered a crackdown of all anti-government protests and declared Martial Law, sparking even more protests and reawakening separatist sentiments in North Borneo as well as left-wing movements such as People's Democratic Front of Mindanao and the CPP-New People's Army. Fighting officially began between government forces and insurgents began on April 10, when the Moroland National Army were ambushed by Communist Forces near Malaybalay City in the state of Bukidnon. In response, President Ebrahim ordered the first rounds of Mass Arrests that will become common as the years go by, with as many as 120,000+ people being detained for political reasons, with allegedly 45,000+ people being "disappeared" allegedly by the government as reported by the Human's Rights Watch. The Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao, namely the Lumads, and of North Borneo are also experiencing oppression as the M.N.A. militarizes their villages for anti-communist operations and arresting any indigenous chieftain and representatives that dares to protest against the presence of the police and the military.
Despite the ramped up presence of the military and militias, the insurgents continue to grow in numbers, with the Bruneian Independence Front and the CPP-NPA reaching nearly 60,000 members as of 2021. Aid and support for the insurgents primarily comes from neighboring countries opposed to Moroland such as the Federal States of the Visayas, the Tagalog Republic, East Indonesia, and the United States, while Moroland is currently recieving aid from Indonesia and the Republic of China. The regions of Brunei, Sabah, and Mindanao are in open revolt against the Moroland Government, and would continue to be so for an additional six years until President Ebrahim was overthrown in a "People Power" Revolution and subsequently executed by communist forces, ending both his authoritarian rule and Moroland as well as North Borneo declares independence from them, while a more democratic party takes over in mainland Mindanao to proclaim the Federation of Mindanao.
For now, however, the Authoritarian Government of Moroland enjoys its total grip over the country and its people, completely unaware that their vain attempts to hold on to power would lead to their own demise several years down the line.
Wrote this while under meds, so I apologize if it sounds weird.