Malaya, also known as the Malay Peninsula, is a peninsula in Southeast Asia. Most of its territory forms the political center of the Federation of Malaysia, with Kuala Lumpur as its capital, while the isthmus of Kra to the north connects it to Thailand and the rest of the continent.
Malaya was a British Colony in Asia, with an abundance of rubber. When Japan entered World War II in December of 1941, they attacked the Malayan peninsular. They rapidly drove the British down and back into Singapore, annexing the whole peninsula into their empire.
Malaya was ruled by a puppet nationalist government composed of local collaborators established by the Empire of Japan. Representatives from Malaya were present for the coronation of Hawaiian King Stanley Owana Laanui after Japan conquered the Islands in 1942.
Malaya was a British Colony in Asia, with an abundance of rubber, during the 19th and 20th centuries. After the Great War, the Japanese acquired new territories in South East Asia, but the British position in Malaya was too strong for them to challenge.
In the 1930s, as Winston Churchill came to power in Great Britain, British power in the region was decreased in order to strengthen their position in Europe. When the Second Great War began in 1941, the Malaya region was quiet, until the European war began to turn against the British. Sensing weakness, the Japanese pounced on their hitherto ally in 1943, taking the control of the whole peninsula by 1944.