- "When the land is not enough, set sail. The ocean shall reveal more land."
Daring Gitarja, Majapahit queen of ten thousand islands, Indonesia's seas are your greatest strength. As Exalted Goddess of the Three Worlds, you shall spread your divine influence to all waters touched by the sun. Rely upon your loyal fleet, bold queen! Unleash a frightful storm upon those who bring strife to Indonesian shores.
Her leader ability is called Exalted Goddess of the Three Worlds. She can purchase naval units with Faith, and her religious units can embark and disembark for free. She also receives +2 Faith from City Centers that are adjacent to Coast or Lake tiles.
Indonesia wants to find coastal shores with lots of bays and inlets. Such land is ideal territory for placement of most districts to maximize their adjacency bonuses. As soon as Shipbuilding comes online, Gitarja's builders can augment those cities with off-shore Kampung stilt houses, reducing the need for farmland to grow large cities. Indonesia should try to maximize Faith generation which can be used to either fund a huge Jong-powered navy, claim critical Great People, or power toward a religious victory using her water-crossing religious units.
Agenda-based Approval: You avoid the smaller shores. Such deference is noted—and well-regarded. (ꦱꦶꦫꦲꦔꦼꦢꦺꦴꦃꦲꦶꦥꦱꦶꦂꦲꦶꦏꦁꦭꦸꦮꦶꦃꦲꦭꦶꦠ꧀꧈ ꦏꦮꦶꦒꦠꦼꦤ꧀ ꦥꦿꦺꦴꦥꦿꦤꦪꦲꦶꦏꦤ꧀ꦭꦤ꧀ꦲꦶꦁꦔꦫꦤ꧀ꦤꦤ꧀ꦲꦲꦪꦸ꧉ / Sira angedohi pasir ikang luwih alit. Kawigaten, pro pranaya ikan lan ingaranan ahayu.)
Agenda-based Disapproval: You cannot keep hold of your island territories. You should deliver them to someone who can. (ꦱꦶꦫꦢꦠꦤ꧀ꦧꦶꦱꦲꦁꦒꦼꦒꦼꦩ꧀ꦮꦶꦱꦪꦤꦶꦁꦤꦸꦱꦥꦤꦸꦱꦤꦶꦫ꧉ ꦲꦧꦼꦕꦶꦏ꧀ꦏꦶꦁꦲꦮꦺꦲꦫꦶꦁꦮꦺꦴꦁꦲꦶꦁꦏꦁꦮꦼꦤꦔ꧉ / Sira datan bisa anggegem wisayaning nusa panusanira. Abeciking aweha ring wong ingkang wenanga.)
Attacked: Truly? Didn't you know my vengeance puts monsoons to shame? Soon you will. (ꦲꦠꦸꦲꦸ꧈ ꦥꦫꦤ꧀ꦤꦺꦴꦫ ꦮꦿꦸꦲꦠꦏ꧀ ꦔ꧀ꦏꦺꦴꦮꦊꦱ꧀ꦱꦤ꧀ꦏꦸꦲꦁꦒꦶꦫꦁꦔꦶꦮꦱꦏꦭ꧉ ꦫꦶꦏꦩꦁꦏꦺꦱꦶꦫꦧꦏꦭ꧀ꦮꦿꦸꦲ꧉ / Atuhu? *chuckles* Paran nora wruha tak ngko walesanku anggirangi wa sakala. Rika mangke sira bakal wruha.)
Declares War: Before this war ends, you will know the fury of a thousand ships. (ꦱꦢꦸꦫꦸꦁꦔꦶꦫꦥꦿꦁꦥꦸꦥꦸꦠ꧀꧈ ꦱꦶꦫꦧꦏꦭ꧀ꦮꦿꦸꦲꦏꦿꦺꦴꦝꦤꦶꦁꦗꦸꦁꦱꦺꦮꦸ꧉ / Sadurungira prang puput, sira bakal wruha krodhaning jung sewu.)
Defeated: The dream of Nusantara is lost to the turning tide. (ꦲꦶꦩ꧀ꦥꦺꦤ꧀ꦤꦶꦁꦟꦸꦱ꧀ꦮꦤ꧀ꦠꦫꦲꦶꦭꦁꦲꦶꦁꦲꦒꦿꦸꦧ꧀ꦧꦶꦁꦥꦱꦁ꧉ / Impening Nuswantara ilang ing agrubing pasang.)
Greeting: I am Gitarja, Indonesia's queen and protector. Those who thought us weak litter the ocean floor. (ꦱꦁꦓꦶꦠꦂꦗꦠꦲꦏꦸ꧉ꦫꦠꦸꦤꦶꦁꦏꦭꦮꦤ꧀ꦥꦁꦔꦿꦏ꧀ꦱꦤꦶꦁꦆꦤ꧀ꦢꦺꦴꦤꦺꦱꦶꦪ꧉ ꦱꦶꦤ꧀ꦠꦼꦤ꧀ꦤꦲꦶꦏꦁꦏꦸꦩꦶꦫ꧈ ꦲꦏꦸꦠꦤ꧀ꦥꦧꦶꦱꦭꦸꦩꦿꦃꦲꦤꦺꦁꦝꦱꦂꦫꦶꦁꦱꦩꦺꦴꦢꦿ꧉ / Sang Gitarja ta aku, Ratuning kalawan pangraksaning Indonesiya. Sintena ikang kumira? Aku tanpa bisa lumrah aneng dhasaring samudra.)
[Note: Despite the fact that the word "Indonesia" was never used during her time, she still uses the word in this line.]
It is an honor to meet you: Our city is near. Come, you should visit! Take a walk through the kampung.
Delegation: Our delegation brings oncom spore cakes. The red oncom needs ginger sauce, but the black is delicious alone.
Denounced: You call that an insult? A pathetic attempt from a crusted barnacle!
Denunciation: You are like the muck that spreads around ships in calm waters. When in your presence, it is best to sail away.
How does one go from being a princess locked in a tower to a warrior-queen regent of a Fourteenth Century spice empire? First you start with a little assassination.
Much of what we know about Gitarja's reign comes from the epic poem 'Nagarakretagama.' Written by court poet Rakawi Prapanca, this mix of history and myth should be taken with a grain of salt. But 'Nagarakretagama' tells us that Gitarjah, the Duchess of Kahuripan's story truly begins with the murder of her half-brother, King Jayanagara.
Queen Regent Tribhuwannottunggadewi Jayawishnuwardhani, also known by her familiar name Dyah Gitarja, was born sometime before 1309, daughter to Raden Wijaya, father of the Majapahit empire and the queen consort Gayarti Rajapatni. She ruled the Southeast Asian spice kingdom from 1329 to 1350, succeeding her half-brother, Jayanagara (also known as Prince of Kadiri) during a time of open revolt and chaos for the Majapahit Empire.
Legend has it Jayanagara was so beset by enemies that he even saw his sisters as threats to his throne. So he locked them away in a palace, out of reach of potential suitors. What he didn't account for was a jealous palace physician, who killed the king in 1328 after learning that Jayanagara had seduced his wife.
Because Jayanagara spent more time wooing his subjects' wives and less so siring an heir, the queen consort was able to appoint her daughter, Dyah Gitarja, to the throne in 1329. The newly crowned Queen Regent, would now be known by her official title of Tribhuwannottunggadewi Jayawishnuwardhani.
That same year, she would appoint Gajah Mada 'pati,' or prime minister of the Majapahit Empire. The histories paint Mada as a vigorous expansionist of the Majapahit Empire, loyal to the Rajasa dynasty across three monarchs, and a palace schemer. It remains to be seen whether the rumors of Mada having anything to do with the assassination of King Jayanagara are true, and the historical record is mum on whether Dyah Gitarja was aware of her pati's possible hand in a little regicide.
That same year, free of her icy tower of loneliness, she would take the noble Chakradhara as her consort, and together, they had a son, Hayam Wuruk, in 1334.
The Queen Regent's reign would see her quell rebellions among the Sadeng and Keta regions. She's said to have ridden into battle alongside her cousin, Malayapuran king Adityawarman.
But history will remember her reign for the Majapahit conquest of the island of Bali under the martial skills of her prime minister. Gajah Mada would end the line of the local Balinese leadership, allowing the kingdom to fall under Majapahit domination.
Gitarjah's reign came to an end not through warfare or palace intrigues, but through an unfortunate quirk in Majapahit succession. Her mother, Gayatri, was responsible for granting Gitarja the title of Queen Regent, meaning Gitarja ruled at the pleasure of the queen dowager. But when Gayatri died in a monastery in 1350, Gitarja lost her patron and was forced to abdicate the throne.
Gitarja would be succeeded by her son, Hayam Wuruk, who would usher in what some Indonesians consider the golden age of the Majapahit kingdom. Depending on the historian, Hayam Wuruk took the empire which his mother was able to secure and saw its borders pushed beyond present-day Indonesia and out to some of what is now Malaysia.
As for Dyah Gitarja's life after the throne? The record is silent on the facts of her later years, or even when she died. But she'll be remembered for expanding the boundaries of her empire and increasing the majesty of the Majapahit.
- Gitarja's diplomacy screen shows a golden palace within a tropical forest.
- Gitarja's leader ability is a direct translation of her regnal name, while her leader agenda references Indonesia's status as an archipelago.
- Gitarja's prime minister, Gajah Mada, is the Indonesian leader in Civilization V: Brave New World.
All Beneath the Wings of Garuda
Win a regular game as Gitarja