Dream Team

Kemal Jufri / Polaris for TIME

Casts members dress as the current and past Presidents and Vice Presidents of Indonesia backstage before the show

As Indonesia prepared to send its athletes to the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand last month, a mock government Cabinet on satirical TV show Dreaming Republic discussed why the nation was no longer the regional sporting powerhouse it was during the 1980s and '90s. Actors impersonating leaders past and present blamed the 1997 financial crisis, before appealing to the live audience and viewers at home for more funding to help prepare Indonesian athletes. One of the show's most popular characters, impersonating former President Suharto, had a simpler solution: "Just return me to...

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