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In 1336, Gajah Mada, Prime Minister of the Majapahit Empire, made an oath not to eat any food with spices until he had united all of Nusantara (OTL Indonesia, East Timor, Brunei, and the southern peninsula of Malaysia) under the Majapahit Empire. Unfortunately for the Empire, Mada died before he could achieve his dream, and the Majapahit Empire entered a period of decline when Hayam Wuruk, the emperor, died. It was unclear who would succeed him, so a Civil War broke out, weakening the Empire. But what if Wuruk had another son, who succeeded him as emperor, and united all of Nusantara, creating a new empire, which lasts to this day?
In OTL, this was the year in which the Bubat Incident took place. Hayam Wuruk was supposed to marry Sundanese princess Citra Rashmi. However, Gajah Mada instead saw this as an opportunity to demand that the Sunda Kingdom submit to the Majapahit Empire, and Citra Rashmi would be a mere concubine to Hayam Wuruk. The Sundanese King was shocked by Gajah Mada's unreasonable demands, which lead to a skirmish in which the Sundanese Royal Family was slaughtered and the Majapahit Empire conquered the Sunda Kingdom. However, in this timeline, Hayam Wuruk is present at the time the incident is about to begin, and is able to prevent it. The Sunda Kingdom is peacefully annexed by the Majapahit Empire in 1360, and becomes a constituent kingdom in the empire. The wedding takes place, and Citra Rashmi and Hayam Wuruk have a son, Wibowo, who is recognized by all as the legitimate heir to the Majapahit throne, ultimately preventing the Paregreg war. However, aside from this, (and the fact that the office of Mahapatih is abolished and not restored until 1795) the timeline is only altered slightly until 1389, when Wibowo ascends to the throne.
Foundation of the Nusantara Empire (1389-1395)
In 1389, Hayam Wuruk, emperor of the Majapahit Empire, dies. He is succeeded by his son, Wibowo. Wibowo holds a very similar ideology to that of Gajah Mada, and believes in uniting all of Nusantara, creating the War of Nusantaran Unification. By now the Majapahit Empire was already in control of most of Nusantara, but not all of it. He began by invading Brunei in 1389. Majapahit, which was larger and much more militarily powerful than Brunei, conquered the Sultanate in only about a year. Wibowo than proceeded to conquer all of Borneo by 1392, as well as the Malay states in what is OTL the southern peninsula of Malaysia. He also conquered Lupah Sug, and all of OTL New Guinea (including Papua New Guinea) and the Solomon islands, which are collectively called "galak tanah" or fierce land, as many of the natives were ferocious and some were even cannibals. This was later corrupted into Galtana. By 1395, Wibowo unifies all of Nusantara and declares the Nusantara Empire.
Early Nusantara Period (1395-1497)
Following the foundation of the Nusantara Empire, Nusantara entered the Early Nusantara Period, which lasted until 1497. The remainder of Wibowo's reign was relatively peaceful, save for the Galtana Rebellion, which lasted from 1410 to 1412. When Wibowo died in 1426, he was succeeded by his daughter Wulan. Wulan went on to reign 50 years, and like her father, was very expansionist. She set her eyes on the Ayutthaya kingdom. Nusantara's soldiers plundered the city of Ayutthaya and conquered it, forcing the capital to be relocated to Phitsanulok. The war dragged on until 1436, when the king of Ayutthaya, Borommarachathirat II, finally surrendered. Following the Nusantaran conquest of Ayutthaya, Wulan began to send expeditions south from Galtana, Nusantaran sailors discovered the OTL Torres Strait Islands, which were made part of Galtana, after the natives were subjugated. Expeditions continue to go further south and OTL Australia is discovered, and is named Gringa, after the Javanese word garing, meaning arid. By 1445, all of Gringa was colonized by Nusantara. Wulan then decided to focus Nusantara's energy up north again, conquering the weakened Khmer empire by 1454. The remainder of Wulan's reign was peaceful, and Nusantara flourished in the arts, and Nusantara had a very diverse culture from being such a large empire. Religious freedom was allowed, as was freedom of speech and expression, and as a result there was little uneasiness among Nusantara's people. When Wulan died in 1476, she was succeeded by Bambang, her son, who reigned only five years before being succeeded by his brothe, Kuwat, who reigned 16 years before his death, and was succeeded by his son-in-law Raharjo, whose reign marked the end of the early Nusantara period.