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Kingdom of Banten Nusantara


The Kingdom of Banten Nusantara is one of the founding Member States of Ignita Veritas United (IVU) Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO). The Kingdom of Nusantara thus primarily operates through IVU as its chosen vehicle in conventional international law, for its diplomatic relations and sovereign infrastructure.


Historical Statehood


The Kingdom of Banten Nusantara, of ancient origins from ca. 14,000 BC, ruled the Indonesian Archipelago Islands from 600-1749 AD. It is named by the Old Javanese words ‘Nusa Antara’, literally “islands within” Southeast Asia, thus meaning “Archipelago” [1].


Historically, the Kingdom of Nusantara covered most of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Thailand. The Kingdom is actually a unified sovereign State, comprised of its ancient Five Sacred Kingdoms:

Dhaka Atlantea Kingdom, in Old Javanese and Sanskrit meaning “Waters Source of Atlantis” as the source of a worldwide Golden Age civilization [2] [3], ruling ca. 14,000 BC – 600 AD;

Poerwa Tjarita Kingdom, in Old Javanese and Sanskrit meaning “Lotus of Royal Waters” [4], ruling ca. 14,000 BC – 600 AD.


Mataram Binuangeun Kingdom, in Sanskrit meaning “Mother Source of Royalty”, ruling Banten, West Java and Central Java [5] [6] from ca. 600-1749 AD [7];

Medang Kamulan Kingdom, in Old Javanese meaning “Origins Gracefully Appear”, ruling Central and East Java from 732-1006 AD [8] [9] [10];

Pajajaran Poerwa Kingdom, in Old Javanese meaning “Equality from the Waters”, ruling Banten of West Java, Central Java and Jakarta from 669-1579 AD [11];

Candi Sewu Temple of the Medang and Mataram Kingdoms of Nusantara (ruling ca. 600-1749 AD) in Central Java, Indonesia

The unified Kingdom used the name “Nusantara” since ancient times to identify the combined territorial realms of its Five Sacred Kingdoms, as confirmed in the Javanese Nagarakretagama Manuscript (1365 AD) [12] which inspired the Indonesian Independence Movement [13].


The Kingdom is named “Banten Nusantara” because its two largest constituent Kingdoms which held ruling power the latest, Pajajaran (until 1579 AD) and Mataram (until 1749 AD), were both governed by Royal Houses based in the Banten province of West Java.


King Solomon Heritage


The Kingdom of Solomon (ca. 970–931 AD) had such a close and strong partnership with the Kingdom of Nusantara, that the more ancient Nusantara thereby inherited the surviving heritage from Solomon’s Kingdom:

The Biblical King Solomon regularly sent navy ships to bring gold from the mines and reserves of a Royal Alliance led by Nusantara, in an oceanic place called “Ophir”, at a distance for which the ships need three years to return (I Kings 9:26-28, I Kings 10:11,22; I Chronicles 29:4).


The 1st century historian Flavius Josephus located Ophir in the Indonesian islands [14]. The 2nd century Ptolemy of Alexandria calculated that those Royal Mines would be on the Indonesian island of Sumatra [15]. The 8th century Canggal Inscription stone tablet confirms that the Archipelago Islands were “rich in gold mines” [16].


The Queen of Sheba, a consort of King Solomon, was also involved in assisting these shipments of gold from Ophir (I Kings 10:10-11; II Chronicles 9:9-10). A region in Central Java is named “Wonosobo”, in Old Javanese ‘Wana-Saba’, meaning “Sheba’s Forest” [17]. Archeologists found thousands of gold artifacts in Sheba’s Forest, near Borobudur Temple, which are associated with “a mountain range called Ophir [in] north Sumatra” (where Ptolemy said it would be), the next adjacent island [18].


Borobudur Temple (9th century) between Wana-Saba (“Sheba”) and Sleman (“Solomon”) in Java, covering and preserving an underground site from the Kingdom of Solomon

Borobudur Temple near Sheba is only 40 kilometers north-west of the region named “Sleman”, named after “Solomon”. The 9th century Borobudur foundations include an underground hidden structure [19] [20], which local historians believe was designed to cover and preserve remains of an earlier Solomonic Temple.


The leading Royal House of the Kingdom of Banten Nusantara carries direct succession of royal lineage from King Solomon, which is officially recognized by numerous Asian Royals and International Judges [21].


Knights Templar Heritage


The Kingdom of Nusantara engaged in diplomacy and cooperation with the 12th century Knights Templar, acquiring some Templar heritage:

The authentic name of the Knights Templar is actually the “Order of the Temple of Solomon” [22] [23], as it was founded in 1118 AD inside the archaeological site of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. The Templars built the Castle of Tomar in Portugal in 1160 AD, where the Knights decided to sail their ships to “the Indies” (Indonesia) for international relations and trade [24] [25].


The Solomonic Royals of Nusantara received the medieval Knights of Solomon with much interest and cooperation, and the resulting Templar involvement in Indonesia is widely recorded in history books as significant cultural “Portuguese influence”.


(Click to see the Templar Order restored as a Principality)


Modern Restoration


The nationalist populist cultural leader Prince Soekarno was established as King of Nusantara in 1926 [26], which is believed to have positioned him to become the first President of Indonesia in 1945.


Nusantara Kingdom featured at the Hall of Independence of the National Monument in Jakarta

After the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence in 1945, President Soekarno designed and commissioned construction of the National Monument in Jakarta, with the Hall of Independence at its base, which began in 1961, and opened in 1975. Inside, the north wall of the Gate of Independence features a gold plated map of the Kingdom of Nusantara, confirming that the principles and heritage of Nusantara had inspired and guided the Indonesian Independence Movement. [27]


The royal successor to Soekarno was his loyalist Marshal Dato Abu Wahab, established as King of Nusantara in 1970.


During 2012-2017, Prince Bungsu Mudakir of Nusantara, son of President Soekarno (by the consort Machasi) [28], led the reunification of the Five Sacred Kingdoms, restoring the Sovereign Council of Nusantara.


In 2017, the retiring King Wahab transferred the royal throne to Prince Bungsu as the new King of Nusantara, and the official Coronation of King Bungsu was completed in 2018, witnessed and ratified by 44 Asian Royals (from 20 kingdoms) and International Judges. [29]


Royal Diplomatic Status


Under the modern framework of conventional international law, the Kingdom of Banten Nusantara possesses statehood as a sovereign “subject of international law” (1969 Law of Treaties, Article 3), with official diplomatic status as a non-territorial State (1961 Diplomatic Relations, Articles 1(i), 23.1, 30.1).


[1] T. Friend, Indonesian Destinies, Harvard University Press (2003), p.601.

[2] Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 3rd Edition, G. & C. Merriam Co., Springfield MA (1916), “At’las”, p.68; Plato confirmed (ca. 360 BC) that “Atlantis” means “a collection of maps” covering “the world”.

[3] Dhani Irwanto, Atlantis: The Lost City is in Java Sea, Indonesia Hydro Media, Bogor West Java (2015); Scientific analysis establishes that most of Atlantean civilization was based in the Java Sea of Indonesia; The author Dhani Irwanto is an Indonesian civil engineer and expert in hydrology.

[4] Klaus Glashoff, Spoken Sanskrit-English Dictionary (2005), Version 2.1, Cochin, India, published from Lugano, Switzerland (2017), “Payoruha”.

[5] Canggal Inscription, Artifact, stone tablet (732 AD): in National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta, found in Gunung Wukir Temple complex in Indonesia; Written in Sanskrit, describing a King of Medang (Nusantara) as also being “Lord of Mataram” (Line 732).

[6] Anjuk Ladang Inscription, Artifact, stone stele (937 AD), in National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta (Artifact No.D-59), found near the remains of Candi Lor Temple in Candirejo village; Issued by the King of Medang (Nusantara), identifying “Medang in the land of Mataram” (Line A-15).

[7] Sojomerto Inscription, Artifact, stone tablet (c. 650 AD), found in Sojomerto Village in Reban, Batang, Central Java in Indonesia; Written in Old Malay, documenting the Selendra Royal House of the Kalingga Kingdom ca. 600 AD, which became the Sailendras Royal House of the Mataram Kingdom of Nusantara.

[8] Bujangga Manik Manuscript, Artifact, traditional text (ca. 700 AD), preserved in palm-leaf manuscript (15th century): in Bodleian Library of Oxford University in England (MS Jav.b.3-R); The oldest surviving document naming ancient “Medang Kamulan”, written in Old Sudanese (2nd manuscript, Lines 782-783).

[9] J. Noorduyn, Bujangga Manik’s Journeys Through Java: Togographical Data from an Old Sudanese Source, Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, Vol.138, Issue 4 (January 1982), Brill Books, Leiden, pp. 413-442.

[10] Canggal Inscription, Artifact, stone tablet (732 AD): in National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta, found in Gunung Wukir Temple complex in Indonesia; Written in Sanskrit, describing a King of Medang as a “universal ruler”, and confirming that Medang was the primary ruling Kingdom of the region since 732 AD.

[11] Dutch East Indies Kantoor voor de Volkslectuur, Nederlandsch Indie: Platen Altas met Korten Beschrijvenden Tekst, Volkslectuur, Netherlands (1926).

[12] Nagarakretagama Manuscript (1365 AD), in National Library of Indonesia (No. NB-9); Theodor Gautier Thomas Pigeaud, Nagarakertagama: Java in the 14th Century: A Study in Cultural History (1960).

[13] Maull, Hanns, Segal, Gerald & Wanandi, Europe and the Asia-Pacific, Routledge (1998), Chapter 1 by Kwa Chong Guan: “The Historical Setting”, pp.1-10, at p.6.

[14] Angus Sutherland, Quest for Legendary Ophir – The Biblical El Dorado, (16 December, 2016).

[15] Angus Sutherland, Mystery of King Solomon’s Mines: An Unsolved Ancient Enigma, (09 August 2018).

[16] Canggal Inscription, Artifact, stone tablet (732 AD): in National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta, found in Gunung Wukir Temple complex in Indonesia; Written in Sanskrit, describing the Kingdoms of Java as “rich in grain and gold mines”.

[17] Titus Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews (ca. 93 AD), Book II, Part 10; The Queen’s name “Sheba” is from the Arabian word “Saba” (Psalms 72:10), the name of Sheba’s Kingdom in South Arabia.

[18] Sue Smith, Indonesian Gold: Treasures from the National Museum Jakarta, Art Exhibitions Journal: “Grafico Topico”, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (January 1999); Republished in: The Courier-Mail, Queensland (13 February 1999); Sue Smith is a Curator from Queensland Art Gallery.

[19] Newspaper “Kompas”, Borobudur Pemah Salah Design?, Indonesia (07 April 2000).

[20] Soekmono, Chandi Borobudur: A Monument of Mankind, The Unesco Press, Paris (1976), p.18.

[21] United Kingdoms of Nusantara, Coronation Letters Patent Installing King Bungsu (08 October 2018): King Bungsu Mudakir was officially “recognized as the lineal and hereditary descendant of… King Solomon” (Page 1); Ratified by 44 witnesses including numerous Asian Royals and 10 International Judges.

[22] Charles G. Addison, The History of the Knights Templar (1842), pp.4-5, citing a Vatican document by Pope Urban IV (Jacques Pantaleon), the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, as “Pantaleon, Lib. iii. p. 82.”

[23] Henri de Curzon, La Règle du Temple, La Société de L’Histoire de France, Paris (1886), in Librairie Renouard: Formally “Order of the Temple” (Prologue Header preceding Rule 1, Primary Header preceding Rule 9, Rules 67, 68, 70); Officially “Order of the Temple of Solomon” (Rules 51, 65, 66).

[24] Tamalia Alisjahbana, The Last Templar, The Jakarta Post (19 June 2013).

[25] Antonio Pinto da Franca, Portugese Influence in Indonesia, 1st Edition, Gunung Agung (1970); Antonio d’Oliveira Pinto da Franãsa (1936-2013) was a career diplomat and Portugese Consul-General to Indonesia (1965-1970), a Grand Cross Knight of the Templar “Order of Christ”, and Grand Cross of the Portuguese “Order of Merit”.

[26] United Kingdoms of Nusantara, Coronation Letters Patent Installing King Bungsu (08 October 2018): “President Soekarno was established as King of Banten Nusantara in Bali on 06 May 1926 by King Pakoe Boewono X” (Page 1).

[27] The Monument of the Indonesian National Struggle, National Monument Office, Jakarta Capital City Administration (1996), pp.3-9, pp.24-28.

[28] United Kingdoms of Nusantara, Coronation Letters Patent Installing King Bungsu (08 October 2018): Bungsu Mudakir was officially “recognized as… son of President Soekarno by the consort Machasi” (Page 1).

[29] United Kingdoms of Nusantara, Coronation Letters Patent Installing King Bungsu (08 October 2018): Bungsu Mudakir was “established as Crown Prince in December 2017 by King Marshal Dato Abu Wahab” (Page 1), and thus “legalized and established” as “King of Banten Nusantara” in 2018 (Page 2).


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