Many aspects of Nilkawt's past are frozen in the lap of legend. The current head of state is one of several now known to history.
Before Her Illustrious Highness, Twaklin I, ascended the throne, the ethereal grand duchy was headed by the former Queen Empress Matilda, who preferred using the term imperial instead of ethereal. Matilda habitually attached Nilkawt, at least in documents, to her various other collections of territories. It is most fortunate, therefore, that Nilkawt is now truly independent.
Before Matilda, Nilkawt had Arthur. Most people know Arthur of the Round Table fame. He is still very keen on carpentry and mythology, as well as the legends of the present. During his Nilkawtian term of office he preferred the term kingdom.
Before Arthur, Nilkawt had Mr Plato as the head of state. He preferred the term philosopher-presidency. Before Plato there was Pepi II, who preferred the term land of the pharaoh-go, and before him, Professor Charlie Warra, who still prefers the word eternal.
Professor Warra knows all about myths, legends, creation stories, caring for natural environments, finding and managing local sources of food and water, and maintaining a sense of place. Most of his duties nowadays are dedicated to improving Australian society rather than the Nilkawtian one. He is not yet sure if his current devotion to Australia is a lifestyle choice. He hopes to have an answer to that question in about 40,000 years.
Pepi II is currently an investigative, global journalist. Mr Plato is spending his time volunteering and fishing. Arthur is enjoying a remote yet luxurious existence in Tasmania, well away from tourists. Matilda is currently giving private dancing lessons in Adelaide.
The official historians of Nilkawt mainly have oral records and works of art to assist them in understanding the past. Many Nilkawtian sayings, proverbs, adages, epigrams and jokes have been past down through the generations, most of which are unsuitable to be mentioned in public, or even illustrated on the walls of caves. It is mainly for this reason that young persons are no longer permitted to inhabit Nilkawtian territory at all. Their minds are incapable of accurately interpreting the past without giggling.
Ethereal Nilkawtians do their best to communicate with material ones, but sometimes the messages are misinterpreted. Such misinterpretations in other parts of the world are often given the name of religion. In Nilkawt, they are called opinions.