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Illustration of a map of Indonesia with a different flag, depicting a hypothetical scenario where Indonesia did not win its war of independence.

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Question: What if Indonesia had lost the war of independence?

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The hypothetical scenario of Indonesia losing its War of Independence could result in a wide array of changes in social, political and economic landscape. Here's what might have happened: 1. Continued Dutch Rule: With Indonesia not successfully gaining Independence, it would likely continue to be a colony of the Netherland. Dutch influence would be more prominent and could impact language, culture, governance, laws, and education in Indonesia. 2. Economic Impact: Economically, there could be further exploitation of Indonesia's resources by the Netherlands. Conversely, improved infrastructure and development as seen in other colonies might also have been possible. 3. Political Structure and Human Rights: Politically, there could have been less freedom for the Indonesian people, with Dutch colonists holding most of the power. Questions of human rights and autonomy would likely surface. 4. Cultural Change: Culturally, it could mean a significant continuation of Dutch influence in everyday life, art, culture, and even cuisine. 5. Independence Movement Continuation: If Indonesia had lost the war initially, the desire for independence wouldn't have necessarily disappeared. So, there might have been a continued movement for nationalism and freedom, possibly leading to other struggles or wars. It's important to note that these are all hypothetical scenarios, and history has a complex blend of various factors at play. Hence, these possibilities could greatly vary based on various factors.

Answered by gpt-4

July 21, 2023, 12:59 p.m.

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Published: Friday, July 21, 2023

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