South East Asia 1789 CE
Dutch commercial and political influence now spreads far and wide throughout the islands and coasts of South East Asia.
What is happening in South East Asia in 1789CE
Burma again conquered Siam, in 1767, but within a decade the Thais regained their kingdom. Since then, a new dynasty has come to rule Thailand (and has held the throne up to the present day), with its capital at Bangkok. Thailand has gone on to expand its power at the expanse of its neighbors, Laos and Cambodia.
Vietnam has expanded southwards, to more or less its present-day boundaries. However, the country is now torn by a vicious civil war, between north and south.
To the south, the Dutch, through the Dutch East India Company, have extended the control over Java, with their commercial influence spreading throughout the Indonesian islands. A new power, the British, have entered the region with the acquisition of Penang Island, off the west coast of the Malayan peninsula.