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Spy #3 – Max’s first speech

In Espionage, For the British East India Company (Undercover Agent), Verbrugge on 15/04/2009 at 11:11

Today I witnessed an incredible feeling; Havealarr is a true poet of discussion. His words are more powerful then a pointed gun locked and loaded, ready to fire. Working for the British East Indian trading company if they knew how I felt about this man it would ruin my reputation and most likely ban me from my job.

I cannot let this affect my work, I must continue to find out how the Dutch East Indian trading company works, (remember stay on the job!!!). Back to duty….. Havelarr gave a speech to many of the chiefs here in Rangkas-Betung, which I am told only occurs once a month. The speech began as all of us at the table were unprepared for what would come out of his mouth. He talked of slight changes that would lead to a better life not just for him but for the company and the people in Lebak. One move in a different direction would create an immense full change. I am beginning to believe that the truth behind the secret to the Company is not any one thing, but it is how important the leaders perform. It seems that the General was right in setting me this course. Even though Max was an Assistant Resident and had been working for less that 24 hours, he was talking as if he had been on the job for a decade, and knew everything he wanted for Indonesia and the Company.

As I was taking notes on all of his ideas, his main concern was of mistakes and that all humans make mistakes, but it was their job to minimize these. Havelarr used both justice and paternalistic leadership styles. It was not that he wanted to strike fear into his chiefs, but he wanted them to believe in him enough so that he would be respected and trusted

After his talk and all the chiefs dispersed, I stayed back as my secret identity. Havelarr took me aside and asked me if I knew anything about scandalous abuse of authority in Lebak. General had informed me of some backstabbing going on but I was unaware so I decided to play the part and act as if I knew what Max was talking about. I learned that the Regent used forced labor to do all his biddings (almost three times as many people). Max started getting very emotional and I saw his caring side. Max stated that once the coffee was gone, the regent would steal money from the people in his name. Why did the Regent would do this if he already had some fortune, while almost all the natives of Lebak are poor working every day for little or nothing? General I have done some fantastic research, and am slowly unfurling the web of the Dutch company. Max is a stable resource for information, and it looks like I’ll be playing the part for a while here. If possible could you please send me more disguises.

Reply from Governor

In Analysis of Plot, Espionage, For the British East India Company (Undercover Agent) on 13/04/2009 at 09:18

Thank you for the information you have gathered soldier, and i agree with your latest response. Dig deeper into the mind of this Assistant  Resident, he could hold the key to the Dutch power.  Make sure you watch every move and tell me about anything.  Until next time……. Verbrugge

Spy – Latest Discovery

In Espionage, For the British East India Company (Undercover Agent), Max Havelaar on 13/04/2009 at 09:08

I apologize for the lateness of my most recent response governor, but as I have said I am the spy above all spies requiring me to do more work in as little time as possible, you must understand. I have outstanding news for you lord, as I have uncovered some truly impeccable information dealing with the Dutch East Indies (those worthless ****). Anyway, back to my latest discovery, the secret to the well tuned Dutch is their system of power. The ‘Kingdom of the Netherlands” is entirely a team effort, which begins with the Governor-General, who is assisted by a council. This then branches out to departments which forms a link between the supreme authority and Residents (which control an area they occupy outside of the Netherlands such as Batavia). By appointing chiefs such as the Resident and Assistant resident (who I am have been affirmed from an inside man is a new man by the name of Havelaar), it enables officials to stay in close contact with their high-er powers. In this way the Dutch followed in the steps of the Romans, whose purpose for this was make certain that each region remained a province, or a conquered region. It is becoming clearer and clearer to the secret of the Dutch, only now I must focus on a particular aspect and go undercover. I am tired of hiding away in the forest. This Havelaar seems to be a character; I might be able to justify what I have found out by paying close attention to him. Alas I must go, but you will be hearing from me soon Governor, the real secret to the Dutch may still be out there, but for now I am assured that the system of power is able to keep control of everything.

Zach’s first post

In Espionage, For the British East India Company (Undercover Agent), Historical Context, Ideas for this blog on 23/03/2009 at 09:32

The Dutch East Indian company had been set up in the early seventeenth century to maximize trade interests in the Malay Archipelago. By 1700, a colonial pattern was well established; the VOC had grown to become a state-within-a-state and the dominant power in the archipelago. Its territorial possessions became the property of the Dutch government. This is what my job description is. I am the spy above all spies, quietly following the trade by the Dutch. In 1800, the Powerful British Empire took over what was gaining from the Dutch, including Java. It was not until 1824, that we ceded to a treaty with the Dutch, in which Malacca, the Malay Peninsula, and possessions in India were given to us in exchange for a new capitol for the Dutch trading company in Batavia. This treaty marked the day I was assigned a job of watching over Dutch trades. My main target is a person I know little about; Max Havelaar. A born Dutch (Amsterdam to be exact), i have been monitoring his everyday life, in search for the secret of the success of how the OVC came to be. To achieve my goal I shall stay unapproachable, and set traps everywhere. Someday soon we will unlock the furtive. Until next time, I must make camp; someone might find me in the night.

My ideas

In Espionage, Ideas for this blog on 23/03/2009 at 08:54

I would in some way like to pursue the coffee trade idea that surrounds this novel. It would be interesting to see how coffee has evolved and show why it is so important in some countries and not others. I would also like to take the role as an average Javanese, explaining how the dutch are taking over everything. My final idea, is to focus on another powerful empire, such as the British empire, and act as a secret undercover spy observing the Dutch and the East Indian trading company