Why not simplify it to Sarawak Auxilia? That would only really make sense as the name for the second-tier non-professional soldiery roughly comparable to the British 'territorials', with the Rangers remaining the professional troops/special forces.
Also: about Sarawak's military. It makes me thinking about the name of the armed force of Sarawak.
Those names do sound cool, and Icedaemon does make a point on the convention. However, I wonder if there might be a third option on the matter; despite being British/Anglo-Indian, the Brookes cribbed Bruneian and British aspects of kingship to form their own. For instance: Lily Brooke, being a princess royal, is styled both as ‘Ranee Muda’ – Little Queen (very formal), owing to her eldest daughter status ; and ‘Dayang Lily’ – Princess/Lady Lily (semi-formal), which is how she is addressed by the public on most occasions. The Council Negri is another example of English-Malay mishmash in Brooke Sarawak.Why not simplify it to Sarawak Auxilia?
Oddly enough, some of my close relations have lately pushed me similarly, and to even publish a hard book from all this. As it is, I don't think the format could transfer well onto printed paper (the homosexuality would make this piece be rejected anyhow) and even with an online novel, I would need some rewrites to previous chapters – especially early ones – to clear up mistakes and make the overall flow more coherent. People will definitely call me out for not including figures like Syarif Osman and his clashes with James Brooke! (I genuinely did not know such a person existed until much later).I hope you seriously consider one day publishing this thread as an online novella/novel. It may not make you rich, but you may gain a nice passive income.
For some time now, I've been hinting along that both Clayton and Lily shall be marrying soon, courtesy of their mother and the Astana court and their wish to preserve the Brooke dynasty, especially with Rajah Charles and his heir-apparent now dead.Okay, what are you both talking about?
I will make one final guess before i leave it to time. Is it a fictionall more extant David O'Keefe family?For some time now, I've been hinting along that both Clayton and Lily shall be marrying soon, courtesy of their mother and the Astana court and their wish to preserve the Brooke dynasty, especially with Rajah Charles and his heir-apparent now dead.
People have been guessing on who shall be the suitors. I have made sure to keep them perpetually guessing.
For updates, an interlude is coming soon, which shall take place in the farthest setting from Sarawak as it could be. And then its back to the Great War in Europe.
Uhh, there are several David O'Keefe's that exist throughout this period (at least, from what I can find through Google) but I'm assuming you are referring to the O'Keefe that became the ruler of Yap Island in the Pacific.I will make one final guess before i leave it to time. Is it a fictionall more extant David O'Keefe family?
Welp. Ive given it my best shot. Il look forward to learning something new when you finally divulge the mystery.Uhh, there are several David O'Keefe's that exist throughout this period (at least, from what I can find through Google) but I'm assuming you are referring to the O'Keefe that became the ruler of Yap Island in the Pacific.
I wish I knew about this man earlier! Sadly, though his journey may follow the same way as in our world, his hot temper and bad luck may land David to an earlier grave. Additionally, the Pacific theatre of the Great War shall keep him too busy to care for matters in Borneo, and while he may be interested in setting up a marriage match between his children and Sarawak - it's one thing to control an island, but another to be joined to the White Rajahs themselves - the Ranee Margaret and the Astana court may reject him for his marital mishaps and stubborn independence, which
Still independent, though not without trouble. Just like OTL, the kingdom had seen enormous immigration from the U.S, Japan, and the wider world to the point that native-born Hawaiians are no longer the majority group. Along with this is increased diplomatic pressure from the United States, which has forced the royal family into conceding Pearl Harbour into an American base. As Prince Kalakaua noted, the move was highly controversial amongst the royals and government, but there are also powerful shipping and sugar interests that want a say on governing the islands.Whatever happened to Hawai'i ITTL?
Probobly one of the most intimate updates on this thread. Thank you for showing such a unique perspective.
'Intimate' is precisely the word. I found this quite touching.
Thank you! My plan for a confrontation between competing ideologies was laid for months before this update, but I wasn’t intentionally planning for this piece to be intimate. But as the idea grew, I couldn’t help but wonder exactly how Sarawakians will think of this clash of ideas/feelings/emotions, plus my experiences at Makkah sealing the need for a closer introspection between the Islamic east and west.But yeah, great job author as always.
Pan-Islamism is going to be a mindbender ITTL. The idea of a unified Ummah that could withstand colonialism and western influence is a powerful one, but it’s also an idea that opens a LOT of uncomfortable questions that TTL's nations couldn't ignore: What does it mean to be united? Does it mean supporting peoples that have done horrible things? Or Muslims who don’t feel like Muslims to you and me? (Borneo, India, and Papua will get this hard).Pan-Islam, a silent and conflicting cries in the mist of chaos. Seeing how well Brunei 'condition' in this tl, i'm worried about the fate of that movement.
…The Clunies-Ross family might make a good marriage match? They are British with their own little kingdom out in the middle of the Indian Ocean in the Cocos (Keeling)islands? I think King Ross IV was unmarried at this stage. And he would have been familiar with Malay culture as he had many Malay workers (slaves?) on his plantations on the islands
The mystery is solved, and I have learned something new....i feel relieved for some reason…
DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I ENJOYED CACKLING AT YOU ALL FROM BEHIND THE SCREEN? I WAS SO CLOSE TO SCREAMING OUT LOUD ‘YOU WILL NEVEEERR FIND OUT!’. YOU VILE, INSIGNIFICANT WORM. MAY ALL THE PLAGUES OF HEAVEN WASH UPON YOU AND SHOVE THEMSELVES UP YOUR A–
Nah, just kidding. Here, have a cake for being the first person in months – since I first got the marriage ball rolling, actually – to actually guess correctly.