|Paloman Malaya and its Dependencies|
Paloman Malaya y Dependencias (Spanish)
Paloman Melayu dan wilayah–wilayahnya (Malay)
"He encontrado más" (Spanish)
(English: "I've found more")
|Sovereign state||Free Socialist State of Paloma|
|Territory formed||4 November 2021|
|Government||Devolved presidential Socialist dependency|
|Time zone||UTC+8:00 (Malaysian Standard Time)|
Paloman Malaya (Tanah Melayu Paloman, TMP) is a Paloman territory located on the Malay Peninsula. It was formed and annexed from Malaysia to Paloma in 2021 and later the former territory of Tekukor Island joined Paloman Malaya as a county in 2022. The territory shares a border with the Malaysian states of Selangor and Pahang and a maritime border with Singapore.
Paloman Malayans have been Paloman citizens since 2021, and are permitted to move between mainland Paloma and the territory. However, as residents of the unincorporated territory, Paloman citizens of Paloman Malaya are disenfranchised at the national level, do not vote for in elections and do not pay federal taxes. It is the westernmost point and territory of Paloma (reckoned from the geographic center of Paloma). Paloman Malaya's capital is Cheras.
Paloman Malaya was adopted due to the territory being on the Malay Peninsula, hence the name Malaya, which was the anglicization of Melayu or Tanah Melayu in Malay. However, in Spanish language it is known as Malayo Paloma which is similar to English versions.
Evidence of modern human habitation in Paloman Malaya dates back 40,000 years in the area. Traders and explorers from China, India and Middle East were also present very early in recorded history on the Malay Peninsula, however the Middle Eastern explorers and settlers had one of the biggest impacts on the regions culture and religion with the spreading of Islam. With the spread of Islam this sparked the birth of many sultanates in the area such as the Malacca Sultanate which was a major contributor to spreading the influences of Islam on the native populations in the region.
By the early 1500s the first European settlement was established in Malacca by the Portuguese and the Dutch later taking over in 1641. The British established a presence in the area in the later 1700s and would later unite its colonies in the area under one unit in which British Malaya became the Federated Malaya States.
In the 1940s, British Malaya would be invaded by the Japanese in World War II and for a few years was know as "Malai" or "Marai". The Japanese occupied Malaya until the surrender to allied forces in 1945 which returned British rule in the region. In 1948 all Malay states on the peninsula united under the Federation of Malaya and later formed into what is present day Malaysia with the Proclamation of Malaysia in 1963.
Formation of Paloman Malaya
With a growing Malay population and citizenry, Paloma began seeing interest in the Malaya region. With approval from the President Paloman Malaya was formed from land claimed in the Malaysian state of Selangor, not far from Kuala Lumpur. A declaration establishing Paloman Malaya was signed on 6 November 2021 and was completely written in Jawi script with some English and Spanish translations used by the Paloman Government. According to the declaration the main purpose of forming the territory was to protect Paloman interests in the region. The formation of Paloman Malaya is described by most as a more cultural appreciation towards the Paloman Malayans.
Tekukor Island merge
On 28 June 2022, due to lack of representation and strategic importance, through an act of the Supreme Paloman, dissolved the Territory of Tekukor Island and reintegrated it into Paloman Malaya as a new county. The name changed to be officially "Pulau Tekukor", which is the same name but in Malay and reserved the same flag and coat of arms as previously.
The Cycoldian Crown allegedly claimed Tekukor Island and stated it had documents that proved a legal claim before Paloma's. It was concluded that the evidence provided by the Cycoldian Crown was forged according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship statement. Paloman legal claims to the island date back to mid 2022.
Paloman Malaya as a territory operates as a devolved presidential socialist dependency. It is lead by a Governor which is chosen by the President of Paloma with help of the Supreme Paloman with recommendations. Paloman Malaya does not have a legislature however it does have a cabinet which handles the majority of political issues relating to Paloman Malaya. Although lacking a legislature, Paloman Malaya does have Court that handles law in Paloman Malaya and a separate court relating the Islamic law.
According to Common Law of Paloman Malaya, it follows all current Paloman laws and legislation. The Common Law also enforces Islamic law with the Muslims in the territory. The territory has an Islamic Law Court which is managed by a Qadi. The enforcement of Islamic laws is seen as controversial in Mainland Paloma
Paloman Malaya is a territory made up of four counties and 2 dependencies.
A list of the four counties:
The Paloman constitution grants freedom of religion and makes Paloman Malaya an officially secular state, while establishing Islam as the "common faith". Approximately 90% of the population practice Islam, 4% practice Buddhism, 1% Christianity and 5% Hinduism.
Muslims are obliged to follow the decisions of Syariah Courts (i.e. Shariah courts) in matters concerning their religion. The Islamic judges are expected to follow the Shafi'i legal school of Islam, which is the main madh'hab of Paloman Malaya. The jurisdiction of Syariah courts is limited to Muslims in matters such as marriage, inheritance, divorce, apostasy, religious conversion, and custody among others. No other criminal or civil offences are under the jurisdiction of the Syariah courts, which have a similar hierarchy to the Civil Courts. Despite being the supreme courts of the land, the Civil Courts do not hear matters related to Islamic practices.
Paloman Malaya does not have an official language however the common languages are Malaysian, a standardised form of the Malay language, and Spanish. The terminology as per government policy is Bahasa Melayu ("Malaysian language"). English remains an active second language and lingua franca.
Paloman Malaya has a multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society. The original culture of the area stemmed from indigenous tribes that inhabited it, along with the Malays who later moved there. Substantial influence exists from Chinese and Indian culture. Other cultural influences include the Persian, Arabic, British and Spanish cultures. Due to the structure of the territorial government, coupled with the outside Malaysian social contract theory, there has been minimal cultural assimilation of ethnic minorities.
Paloman Malayan art tends to refer to calligraphy and clothing.
Holidays and festivals
Muslim holidays are prominent as Islam is the largest faith; Hari Raya Puasa (also called Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Malay for Eid al-Fitr), Hari Raya Haji (also called Hari Raya Aidiladha, Malay for Eid ul-Adha), Maulidur Rasul (birthday of the Prophet), and others being observed. Paloman Malayan Chinese celebrate festivals such as Chinese New Year and Paloman Malayan celebrate holidays such as Christmas and Easter.