Tradition maintains that the ethereal Nilkawtian head of state will remain in that position for at least a thousand years, unless abdication is chosen. After about two thousand years, it is likely that any society would want a different head of state, hence the constitution limits the term of office to 1,101 years, 101 hours and 11 seconds.
The previous head of state
had a relatively short term in office, having abdicated after little
more than 800 years. Even so, she still intends to attend many of the
ethereal events of the Nilkawtian Social Season, if invited to do so.
She also intends to attend royal events, anywhere else in the world,
whether she is invited to attend those events or not.
Although Nilkawt has many laws in place to prevent its traditions becoming completely ridiculous, all Nilkawtians embrace the comfortable certainty and reassuring regularity of official celebrations. In view of this, the traditional Social Season in Nilkawt still begins on the second Friday in October and lasts until the last Tuesday in March. It is therefore unlike the traditionally silly British one.
In view of the above, a coronation ceremony is rarely part of the
Social Season. Even so, the most important opening event of the Season usually
requires the presence of all the most distinguished members of
Nilkawtian society. They have traditionally participated in a
magnificent procession from the Royal Palace in Twaklinton to the Palace
of the Parlours, where Parliament
sits, and onwards to the Hike Kawt Court of the Caught, where the
Constitution of Nilkawt is enshrined in a beautiful, shining shrine.
procession takes place at 10am on the second Saturday in October every
year, including leap years. At the head of the Constitutional Procession is the
Sublime Solar Royal Carriage, in which the head of state and members of
the Order of the Charter sit.
there are no horses in Nilkawt, as everyone else in the Constitutional Procession is
required to walk barefoot behind the carriage, unless presentations of
Socially Special Sandals have been made to them by the head of state
On the first day of the Season, the day
before the Constitutional Procession, all the judges of the Hike Kawt Court of the
Caught are required to run ceremoniously down the hill from their high offices in full court dress, all the way to the Royal Palace. Those surviving the Jogging of the Judges Ceremony are then
provided with somewhere to recover themselves until the Constitutional Procession begins the following
day. This tradition ensures all the highest judges in Nilkawt remain
sufficiently fit for office.
Any judges deemed unsuitable for
continuation as judges, whether in a physical, mental, judicial or
civic capacity, are subsequently examined publicly, later in the Social Season, by a panel of
honourable citizens, carefully selected at random and appointed
ceremoniously by the Humour Rights Commissioner.
This process is conducted openly and publicly so that suitable replacements for the
retiring judges can then be identified and appointed with egalitarian
dignity, in accordance with equitable tradition.
Attendance at many other events of the Social Season is strictly by invitation only. This exclusivity is maintained to ensure all attention-seeking persons and inadequately respectful media personnel are kept away.
All the most highly prized invitations for the most exclusive occasions of the Social Season are sent out on behalf of the Nilkawtian head of state during the third week of January each year. Replies are required by the last day of February, except in a leap year, when replies are not required at all.
The Nilkawtians have traditionally avoided all
displays of conspicuous poor taste. In keeping with Nilkawtian tradition, therefore, no events of the Social Season are
permitted to be sponsored by corporate entities.
Also in keeping with
the elegantly egalitarian aspects of the Nilkawtian Social Season, there are no
charity balls to attend. Social extravagances in other parts of the
world have been known for the condescending self-indulgence of overly wealthy persons rather than for encouraging widespread, enlightened