Friday, 24 July 2015

Changing Names, Boundaries and Titles

Approximately 60% of administrative work, as well as about 25% of all administrative costs within Nilkawt, are associated with the changing of names, boundaries and titles.  In particular, the registration, de-registration and re-registration of names, boundaries and titles involves approximately 85% of Nilkawtian legal work.

Names are mainly associated with people, places, businesses, objects and even ideas.  Boundaries are usually associated with places and relationships.  Titles are connected with ideas about honour, prestige, privilege, opportunities, responsibilities and connections.  Titles rarely have much to do with competence or other aspects of ability.

All potential Nilkawtians spend at least the first twenty-eight years of their existence outside Nilkawtian territory.  It is not possible for anyone, whether as a visitor or potential resident, to gain entry to Nilkawt without attaining the right to apply for a Certificate of Entitlement. 

Within thirty minutes of first arriving in Nilkawtian territory, it is necessary for everyone to lodge a Maturity Notice with the Office of Fair Reason.  This requires a fee to be paid, of course.  Once the application has been initially processed, a Discussion Permit is provided. 

Unreasonable opinions in Nilkawt are subject to the presentation of infringement notices.   These either require the payment of fines or the attachment of demerit points, depending on the financial standing of the certificate holder.

Reasonable opinions in Nilkawt are rewarded with the presentation of entitlement notices.  These provide bonus payments or the attachment of merit points, depending on the balance of infringements connected with the same permit.

It is also necessary to return to the Office of Fair Reason no more than twelve hours and no less than six hour before intending to leave Nilkawtian territory on either a temporary or permanent basis.  The staff in the Office of Fair Reason then reassess each Discussion Permit. 

If the merit balance is negative, a further fine is required to be paid immediately.  If the holder of the permit tries to leave Nilkawtian territory without paying the fine as required, the amount will be doubled at the border. 

If permit holders argue that they do not have the funds to pay the fine, then other items will be taken from a person's person in lieu of the money.  It is often for this reason that persons leaving Nilkawtian territory are seen wearing little more than their underwear.

On the other hand, when a person enters the Office of Fair Reason on time and their merit balance is neutral or positive, a Certificate of Entitlement is provided.  This entitles the bearer not only to re-enter Nilkawt without having to apply for a further Discussion Permit, it also allows that person to express unreasonable opinions without the fear of receiving infringements.

However, most holders of a Certificate of Entitlement wish to upgrade their qualification to a Diploma of Enlightenment.  Most of the prestigious titles in Nilkawt are only open to recipients of the diploma, none of whom are known to make unreasonable remarks.

Only persons with a Diploma of Enlightenment are eligible to change any sort of name, title or boundary within Nilkawtian territory, subject to additional legal requirements. 

45% of Nilkawtians currently hold only a Certificate of Entitlement.  85% of non-Nilkawtian residents are similarly qualified, as are 12% of current visitors.

Only about 10% of current Nilkawtians, 0.1% of non-Nilkawtian residents and 0.05% of current visitors have received the diploma.

Anyone with a basic understanding of arithmetic will be able to do the calculations regarding the percentage of persons holding Discussion Permits.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Institute of the Twaklinesque

In terms of cultural diplomacy, there are many ways to interact with the culture of Nilkawt.  Through the Institute of the Twaklinesque, many of the best features of Nilkawtian life are promoted.

For example, Nilkawtian English is the best form of the English language in the world.  In view of this, and as a direct consequence of that fact, Nilkawtian literature provides several of the world's best examples of the literary arts.

The Institute of the Twaklinesque enables ordinary speakers and/or writers of the English language, whether it is their first language or not, to enhance their communication abilities to the highest possible level.

Just as this digital embassy exists to ensure pleasantness can continue not only in Nilkawt but also in this embassy, and every other Nilkawtian diplomatic mission, the Institute of the Twaklinesque extends that purpose throughout the entire world.  It does so wherever anyone has a need to be properly understood.

Additional aspects of Nilkawtian culture are also displayed, demonstrated and defined through the Institute of the Twaklinesque.

You may wish to discover more about the culture of Nilkawt.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Constitutional Reform

The Nilkawtian head of state, Her Illustrious Highness the Ethereal Grand Duchess, Twaklin I, has just given a highly unusual speech in the Thrown Room of the Royal Palace in Twaklinton.

Although the speech was officially presented privately, it was unofficially presented publicly in the presence of a large group of relatively unenlightened Australian tourists.  Nothing can ever be considered private when unenlightened persons gather together within hearing range, regardless of their nationality.

Her Illustrious Highness appears to have stated that constitutional changes are required in Nilkawt so that the matter of Nilkawtian constitutional reform can be discussed in public within Nilkawtian territory rather than just in private or outside Nilkawtian territory.  This point of view soon reached several members of the Nilkawtian cabinet, some of whom began cheering loudly and jumping up and down with glee upon receiving the news.

The idea of public discussion in connection with proposals for constitutional reform is a revolutionary concept in Nilkawt.  Clarification and verification regarding the comments of the head of state, and the actions of the cabinet ministers, has been urgently sought by this embassy.

---More to come... (hopefully)

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Artistry Registry and Tribunal

The Nilkawtian Artistry Registry and Tribunal (ART) has a prominent place in the cultural life of all Nilkawtians.  Anyone seeking to be taken seriously as an artistic person in Nilkawt is required to register with the registry at their earliest opportunity.

The registry registers all art forms alphabetically, with an intricate cross-referencing system to ensure no-one's talents are overlooked.  Within each art form, all persons are registered by date of application.  All applications must be made in person.

Once the artistic claims of a person are registered, it is up to the public to decide upon the quality of those claims.  Being able to identify true artistry is an important skill to acquire in Nilkawt.

Actors and art teachers are usually listed under A in the register.  All teachers and most tutors in Nilkawt are classified as performing artists, hence both they and the actors are also listed under P for performing and T for teaching and/or tutoring.

Amateurs are also required to register with the registry if they have aspirations towards artistic careers.  Talent in Nilkawt is rarely confined to persons paid to express it.

The artistry tribunal exists to prevent anyone claiming unfair rights over the talents of others.  The tribunal therefore examines complaints by artistic persons and about artistic persons.

Criticism of the arts is itself an art form, therefore critics are registered in the registry under C.  Music critics are also registered under M.  Reviewers are likely to be listed under C and R, at least if they have any credibility.

Crafts may or may not be arts.  All arts have aesthetic qualities rather than merely functional ones.

The tribunal has the authority, under administrative law, to decide whether anyone's artistry is of a standard suitable for state support.  Only former recipients of state-funded Artistry Refinement Twaklinesque (ART) grants may adjudicate at the tribunal itself.