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.