Maloso controversy

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Maloso controversy
Kontroversi Maloso
Flag of Maloso.png
Flag of the Scout Republic of Maloso
Date: March - May 2012
Events
Plagiarism by Maloso
Questioning of Maloso's plagiarism by Indokistan
Argument between Maloso and Indokistani and Los Bay Petrosian officials
People
Adriansyah Yasin Sulaeman
Nicolás Stokes
William Timothy (as his personas)

The Maloso controversy (Indonesian: Kontroversi Maloso) was a micronational controversy involving the Scout Republic of Maloso and the governments of the Republic of Indokistan and the Federal Republic of Los Bay Petros. The controversy began when the actions of plagiarism done by Maloso were questioned by the Indokistan and Los Bay Petros, which led to an argument between Maloso and the governments of Indokistan and Los Bay Petros. The controversy was ended after Maloso announced their dissolution on May 2012. A few years after the controversy, Maloso (and all its "citizens") was later revealed to be a sockpuppet of William Timothy, the former President of the controversial Federal Republic of Santos.

Background

Scout Republic of Maloso

The Scout Republic of Maloso (Indonesian: Republik Pramuka Maloso) was an Indonesian micronation that was founded on January 2012. The country was founded and led by Patrick I, who are the President of the micronation. Maloso was famous for its Scouting culture, even the flag of the micronation featured a depiction of coconut bud (Indonesian: Tunas Kelapa), which is the symbol of the Indonesian Scout Movement.[1] Maloso was one of the member states of the Association of Indonesian Micronations from February 2012 until its dissolution on May 2012.

Indokistan and Los Bay Petros

The Republic of Indokistan and the Federal Republic of Los Bay Petros were two of the most prominent micronations in the Indonesian sector at the time. Both micronations were known for its close diplomatic relations and both were the founding members of the Association of Indonesian Micronations. In addition, both micronations have previously engaged in a conflict with the Federal Republic of Santos, in which they declared embargo to and revoked Santos's membership on the Association of Indonesian Micronations due to "disrespectful acts and plagiarism".[2]

Chronology

Plagiarism by Maloso and questioning

On 26 March 2012, an editor of The Indokistan Times published an editorial article, titled "Maloso, why you [sic] doing that?". In the article, the author expressed his disappointment to Maloso due to their acts of plagiarism. The author pointed out that Maloso had plagiarised an illustration from Los Bay Petrosian News Network and edited it and uesed the edited illustration on Maloso's website. In addition, the editorial author pointed out that the resignation letter of "Satrio M.", the Minister of Defence of Maloso, was in fact a plagiarised copy of the resignation letter of Farhan Abdurrahman as the President of Indokistan (see De-Farhanisation), albeit slightly edited and roughly translated to Indonesian.[3]

The author of the article criticised Maloso's actions and described it as "childlish [sic], silly, and un-tolerate-able [sic]" and "disgraceful". In addition, the author asked Patrick I, the President of Maloso, to stop plagiarise other people's works, especially from Indokistan and Los Bay Petros.[3]

Maloso argument

The editorial published in The Indokistan Times was not well received by Maloso. As a result, an official from Maloso who goes by the name Georgia, the Prime Minister of Maloso, posted a comment on the editorial page in which he accused The Indokistan Times to slander and defame him. In addition, he posted a profanity-laden tirade (albeit censored with asterisks) and a request to "do not denounce Maloso". The comments by Georgia was strongly criticised by both Indokistani and Los Bay Petrosian governments. One of them, Nicolás Stokes, who was the Deputy Foreign Minister of Los Bay Petros at the time,[4] described the actions of Patrick I and particularly to Georgia (due to his tirade) as "childish".[3]

Dissolution of Maloso and aftermath

In May 2012, the government of Maloso announced their dissolution, ending the controversy. Shortly after the dissolution of Maloso, the President of Los Bay Petros, Adriansyah Yasin Sulaeman, through Los Bay Petrosian News Network, published an editorial article entitled "The Chronicles of William Timothy". In the editorial, he suspected that William Timothy, the former President of Santos who was infamous for his acts of plagiarism, was the person behind the government of Maloso. He claimed that the Indokistani and Los Bay Petrosian governments have "a storage of strong envidence [sic]" regarding the link between Maloso and William Timothy.[5]

In 2014, Maloso and its citizens were confirmed to be a sockpuppet of William Timothy after he confessed himself to be Patrick I (and several other personas, particularly Georgia and Satrio M.) and later acknowledged that his actions were "wrong". He also attempted to comment an apology on the editorial page at The Indokistan Times. However, the editor refused to approve the comment, fearing the controversy to be revived.

See also

References

  1. Yunita, Niken Widya (18 September 2019). "Tunas Kelapa dan Artinya dalam Pramuka (in Indonesian)". Detik News. Jakarta. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  2. "LBP and Indokistan Embargoes Santos". The Indokistan Times. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Maloso, why you doing that?". The Indokistan Times. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  4. UMN Wiki contributors (24 June 2013). "Federal Republic of Los Bay Petros". UMN Wiki. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  5. Sulaeman, Adriansyah Yasin (10 May 2012). "Editors opinion: "The Chronicles of William Timothy"". Los Bay Petrosian News Network. Retrieved 7 July 2020.