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|Official language||Jambi Malay (Bahasa Jambi)|
|Establishment|| Srivijaya: 200s-c.1800|
Netherish colonization: c.1800-1949
Republic of Jambi: 1949-present
|Currency||Jambi Ringgit (JBR)|
|Our Timeline Equivalent||the majority of Jambi, South Sumatra, and Lampung provinces of Indonesia, minus some portions in the far interior of Sumatra.|
Jambi is a republic located on Sumatra, in insular Southeast Asia. It used to be perhaps the most proserous area in insular SE Asia, but over time, Malacca, Penang, and finally Sundarapore took away most of the international trade that it relied on. Also, through infighting and colonization, the region suffered more humiliation. However, it regained some importance during the colonial period as well. Now, Jambi is a relatively well-off nation and a popular tourist destination, espeically for other Malays and Macronesians.
Jambi has had a relatively stable mix of religions throughout the past few centuries, with Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims roughly making up the same percentage.
Jambi has a long and distinguished history. Both the historical cities of Palembang and Jambi (close to their modern counterparts) were once the capital of Srivijaya, the most powerful empire in insular Southeast Asia for some time. Srivijaya controlled many coastal areas around Southeast Asia, but the area of what is now Jambi was long its headquarters. Over time, Srivijaya's influence waned and a series of kingdoms squabbled over the land. It was into this situation that the Netherish came. Colonization started with Netherish rulers propping up those rulers who allowed them more access to trade, but over the decades, the Netherland government started to directly control the area. This situation lasted until the Japanese takeover during the Pan-Global War. Soon after, it gained independence. Since its 1949 independence from Netherland, Jambi has modernized to a great degree, but it remains more traditional in many ways than its continental Asian counterpart, Malaya. Its ruins from its glorious past bring in history-minded tourists. Jambi has continued throughout time to preserve its history and not forget its roots.
- 65% Vegetarian
- 35% Non-Vegetarian
Jambi's largest ethnic group is the Malays. Except for recent divergences through colonization and other types of cultural drifting, Malays and Jambinese are generally the same people, both racially, culturally, and linguistically. However, there are some differences religiously, as Malays in Malaya tend to mostly be Hindu, while Jambi Malays tend to be split between three religions (see "Religions" section below).
- 71% Jambinese (Jambi Malay)
- 06% Javanese
- 05% Sundanese
- 04% Kerinci
- 03% Chinese
- 03% Komering
- 02% Indian
- 02% Minangkabau
- 02% Banyuasin
- 02% others (Banjarese, Buginese, etc)
- 31% Buddhist (mostly Mayayana)
- 30% Hindu
- 27% Islam (Nusantara Islam predominant)
- 09% Non-religious
- 05% atheist
- 04% agnostic
- 03% other (Daoist, Christian, etc)
- 78% Jambi Malay
- 22% others (largely conforming to ethnic boundaries)