Project Multatuli has created an interactive data story to help the public peel back the many layers of the “coal oligarchy”—the small group of men who control the dirty energy source—in Indonesia. The story is presented in the form of a game, in which players must answer questions about the businesses and networks of the nation’s 10 biggest coal oligarchs. 

The oligarchs are businessmen, politicians, politicians with business backgrounds, businessmen with military experience, and public officials with military and business backgrounds. With their capital strength and political influence, they have been able to perpetuate their coal enterprises for decades.

Play the game to get to know each of them. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Read the full story:

Researchers: Viriya Singgih, Mawa Kresna

Graphic designers: Muhammad Nauval Firdaus, Louis Lugas

Game developer: Louis Lugas

Translators: Viriya Singgih, Sebastian Partogi

Editors: Mawa Kresna, Evi Mariani, Sam Schramski (EJN)

This interactive data story is part of the #EnergiKotor (#DirtyEnergy) reporting series supported by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network through its special collaborative journalism project “Available but Not Needed”, which brings together six media outlets and more than a dozen reporters across seven countries to explore how public and private investments continue to fund fossil fuel economies in Southeast Asia.

About the writer

Viriya Singgih

Viriya has experience in covering a wide range of issues in including energy, mining, macroeconomics and politics for various media organisations including Bloomberg News and The Jakarta Post. In 2015...

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