Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Faculty of Official Historians

Since this digital embassy opened last year, the global public has been fortunate to obtain at least a little knowledge of life in the Ethereal Grand Duchy of Nilkawt.  This embassy and its staff have, of course, already provided the world's best example of digital diplomacy.

Much has happened here since the grand official opening.  Much history has occurred.

2015 is likely to be a very busy year indeed for Her Excellency, Madame Magda Carter, the Nilkawtian Ambassador to the Digital Sphere and Head of Protocol to the Government of Nilkawt.  Madame Carter is an expert on parliamentary democracy, unlike most of the current members of the Nilkawtian cabinet, and unlike most parliamentarians and congressional personages around the world for that matter.

Her Excellency knows, for example, that Magna Carta is one of the most important documents in history because it states that everyone, at least in pleasant societies, is subject to the rule of law, including the sovereign.  Fortunately, the current head of state of Nilkawt is very keen to uphold the rule of law, as long as the law is reasonable.  Even the former head of state tried to do likewise, though her rule began before Magna Carta was signed.

The current Nilkawtian head of state only began in the position in April last year.  The former incumbent held the position for well over eight hundred years.  By some estimates, considering the fact that documents of that time have never been held in safe keeping within current Nilkawtian territory, the former head of state ascended the Nilkawtian throne in 1168.

In that era, Nilkawtian territory was mainly situated in Europe rather than Australia, at least according to the majority of members of the Nilkawtian Faculty of Official Historians.  Even so, the Nilkawtian people have always found anarchy and authoritarianism to be just as distasteful as each other.  Historians have often been known to practice anarchy and authoritarianism amongst themselves, whether officially or unofficially, on many occasions.

Enshrined in the Nilkawtian Constitution, since at least the fifth century BC, as far as anyone can remember, has been the duty of all Nilkawtian citizens to uphold Nilkawtian democracy within the limits of social liberal pleasantness.  Nilkawt has always been advanced in many ways, regardless of the eccentricities of its traditions, its academics, its legal fraternity, its cabinet members and its business persons.

Religion has never had much of a place in Nilkawt, mainly because it causes too many arguments and no-one can agree about it.  Nor can anyone make demands on its behalf without thinking they are above the law.

Persons professing to understand the will of a deity always turn out to be nutcases, in every case.  Even with just a rudimentary knowledge of reasoning, all arguments in defence of religion in a political context are usually found to be flawed.  That was why democracy was needed in the first place.  No-one wants to be ruled by a tyrant.

As far as anyone is aware, Nilkawt is the only nation in the world with a Minister for Tolerance.  It is for this reason, perhaps, that Nilkawt has never suffered an investiture controversy.  In fact, Nilkawt is known for its wonderful stability, founded upon ancient customs.

The Faculty of Official Historians within Nilkawt is responsible for ensuring anyone wishing to learn anything at all within Nilkawt is suitably trained in the history of Nilkawt, both officially and unofficially.  There has never before been an official history of Nilkawt, mainly because no-one within the faculty could agree with anyone else on what an official history should contain.  It is hoped that this year will be different and an official history, whether from the official historians or anyone else, will find its way into the history books of the world.

Visitors to Nilkawt, whether as tourists, students or business persons, are usually interested in visiting the Parliament of Nilkawt, taking a tour of the royal palace, learning about Nilkawtian local government and central government, and about the mission of this digital embassy.

Most potential visitors want to know about the types of visas for which they may be eligible, and whether their visit will coincide with ceremonies associated with the Order of the Charter or those of any other Nilkawtian traditions.

In its democratic pursuit of openness, the Nilkawtian government seeks to ensure the selection processes for allowing foreigners to enter Nilkawt are as fair as all the other selection processes within Nilkawt.

Unfortunately, or fortunately as the case may be, no government, individual or institution, anywhere in the world, is able to guide the selection processes pursued by Nilkawtian historians.