Friday, 30 September 2016

Election Day

Although many Nilkawtians have been attempting to keep a low profile over recent months, others have been rather more vocal. It is not known which sort is the most reluctant to serve in the Nilkawtian cabinet.

Today is election day.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Returning Citizens

Since the restoration of the Money Key to its rightful place, many Nilkawtians have returned to Nilkawt from foreign lands.  Peace and prosperity have prevailed.  The current Minister for Housing has directed the Twaklinological restoration of many formerly abandoned buildings to provide temporary accommodation for the returnees.

Since the opening of the Twaklinian School of International Law and Peace, after the closure of its predecessor institution, all contractual agreements in Nilkawt have been straightforward and fair.  At the same time, there have been problems with the intended use of the Cell-Fee Building, primarily due to the fact that it is often fully booked with law-abiding writers of one sort or another.

Since the traditional official ribbons have now been replaced by digitally designed, automatically manufactured versions, the originals have been transferred to the National Museum of Former Traditions, as have all the marchionesses responsible for formerly formally maintaining those traditions.  This means that the opening of new buildings and the restoration of old buildings can now occur without too much fuss and bother.

As the traditional social season is about to begin again in Nilkawt, this means that all the occupied buildings throughout Nilkawtian territory are required to be properly spring cleaned before the season starts.  The safest hygienic methods must now be used, without nasty chemicals or unnecessary smells.  Indeed, all nasty chemicals and unnecessary smells have long been banned from Nilkawtian territory.

Redevelopment is currently occurring throughout the formerly less pleasant parts of Nilkawt, which is why business in Backoutshire is booming.  Everything is being tidied up, without making anywhere look sterile or desolate or otherwise unwelcoming.

Persons with the ability to leave one location for another may or may not have the ability or willingness to return to their starting point.  Encouraging the willingness of the most appropriate sorts of persons to participate fully in society has long been a challenge for most societies.

Persons with internationally valuable skills, particularly internationally valuable language skills, have long been able to make more choices than the rest of humanity.  If you are a Nilkawtian citizen seeking to return home, do please prepare to do so as soon as possible.  There is a likelihood that persons such as yourself will have your Nilkawtian passports cancelled unless you choose to return home soon.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The Best Foreign Workers

A Twaklinological approach is currently being applied to the ongoing review of Nilkawtian immigration processes and visa categories.  The aim is to ensure only the very best foreign workers are admitted to assist the process of development.  The review involves the application of Twaklinist critiquing practices.  This intellectual approach is an advanced version of critical sociological and political theory.

Every society has much to consider in relation to visas.  Nilkawt is no exception.

With a predominantly middle class society, Nilkawtians are known to be mainly a reasonable and reasonably well-educated people.  They wish to ensure unreasonable individuals are not admitted to Nikawtian territory as readily as they have been in the past.

All Nilkawtians and Australians continue to be invited to participate in the visa consultation process, at least if they are familiar with the current requirements.  Civil unrest and foreign incursions must be prevented to ensure another constitutional crisis is averted.  The prosperity of the Nilkawtians will depend on it.

Since most of the consultation is being conducted through the Twaklinian School of International Law and Peace, this ensures public trust in the process can be maintained. Poor quality foreign workers continue to have their visas cancelled.  There are still plenty of jobs for good quality workers, if suitably qualified and experiences, and willing to undertake additional training.

Construction and maintenance projects provide a large amount of seasonal work in Nilkawt, as do arts events, tourist events, traditional events and social events more generally.  This was a prominent topic of discussion at the International Conference on Global Finance a few months ago.

There are now sufficient processes in place in Nilkawt to ensure business and government activities are no longer disrupted by public holidays or other traditions.  Foreign workers are not permitted to take time off for public holidays, weekends or birthdays in Nilkawt, and nor are robots.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Architecture, Urban Design and Infrastructure

All building design, urban design and all construction of infrastructure in Nilkawt is currently approached from the perspective of human scale critical regionalism.  In view of this, all Nilkawtian renovation, restoration and conservation work must be in accordance with the new, critical design, construction and maintenance principles.  The same obviously also applies to all new construction work.

The theoretical basis of the critiquing stems mainly from a Twaklinological and Twaklinist perspective rather than a Marxist or market-driven one.  Markets are mindless.  Marxists are often bullies.

Only a Twaklinesque approach to communication and consultation, incorporating Twaklinist features in the context of public policy, can supply practical, aesthetic, personal and community standards in accordance with a culture of reasonable kindness and gentle ambition.

The main features of human scale critical regionalism in Nilkawt include the following:

a) Streets and residences of safety, character, health, durability and efficiency;

b) Commercial areas of long-term viability, charm and calmness;

c) Beautifully welcoming and relaxing public areas of long-term aesthetic merit;

d) Sufficiently wide footpaths without obstacles and obstructions;

e) Safe and accessible local emergency health facilities for peace of mind;

f) Unifying services and attractions to link the past, present and future magnificently, both philosophically and physically;

g) A focus on long-term quality of life for everyone.

In most societies, the relationship between property developers and political players is corrupt, hence the Nilkawtians wish to avoid that unfortunate situation.

To ensure everything in Nilkawt is interesting, and sometimes even picturesque, the avenues and boulevards and lanes have never been designed on an Adelaide-like grid pattern.  The roadways of Nilkawt are, in addition, always likely to remain gracefully curved, just as the footpaths are suitably wide and uncluttered.

Nothing excessively bland or annoying is permitted in Nilkawt.  The kitsch is used only for satirical purposes.

Most of the Twaklinesque improvements are being supervised by Twaklinologist members of The Most Reasonable Company of Simplifiers, many of whom are professional architects, urban planners, structural engineers, civil engineers and interior designers.  They are also supplying the training to Nilkawtians unfamiliar with the theories and practices of human scale critical regionalism.

Many gregarious visitors to Nilkawt admire the companion houses and mingling mansions.  Many other visitors prefer the planned communities and model villages, as do their residents.  Well-informed visitors, as well as well-informed Nilkawtians, are keen to take Nilkawtian ideas about intentional communities, settlements and residential care institutions and transfer them appropriately to other parts of the world.

There is not much to improve in Nilkawt in relation to its health institutes, as any worthy health practitioner will already know.  According to Twaklinological theories, the purpose of good architecture, good urban design and good infrastructure is to support good health and to restore health whenever possible.

The theme of human scale critical regionalism will most likely feature prominently at next year's Foolya Biennale.  Prospective foreign exhibitors are already queuing up to obtain visas to attend.

In the refreshingly responsible retreats, which take place all year round, human scale critical regionalism has long been a central feature of the experience.  The retreats are usually also associated with compassion in Cupateeunkaique as they usually take place in that county.

The current Minister for Science, Arts and Enlightenment has spent a great deal of time supervising the financial arrangements for all the upgraded infrastructure over the past year.  The current Minister for Natural Limitations and Sustainable Trade has been providing assistance in that regard.

Funding infrastructure, and the services associated with it, has often been a priority for visionary governments.  Such governments never sell off that infrastructure for an unfair price, just as they do not buy and demolish older structures for an unfair price.

All the performance venues in Nilkawt have long been highly successful examples of buildings fit for purpose.  Their acoustics and sound proofing are highly beneficial features in relation to neighbourhood relations, as all the citizen-advocates will testify.

Monday, 26 September 2016

A Culture of Reasonable Kindness and Gentle Ambition

In Nilkawt, it is frequently observed that unenlightened persons have a propensity to express maliciousness.  They often do so unthinkingly and unquestioningly.  They have prejudices and excessive ambitions, or no ambitions at all and an aggressive sense of entitlement.  They may be egocentric or even narcissistic.  They may intentionally or unintentionally be abusive.

It is usually only possible to forgive unintended maliciousness, especially when the perpetrator volunteers for training in remedial etiquette.  In Nilkawt, a culture of reasonable kindness and gentle ambition is predominant, or at least it has been predominant since the coronation of the new head of state.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Enrolment and Ennoblement

In Nilkawtian elections, enrolment and ennoblement are often intertwined.  This particularly applies in relation to local government elections.

The Royal and Noble Coterie of Her Illustrious Highness the Ethereal Grand Duchess provides supervision of local election processes.  Members of the Coterie are highly trained in the art and science of enlightened democracy.

The central government elections are quite different, as reflected in the election results.  There are several official and unofficial levels of government in Nilkawt some of which are more useful than others.

The Ethereal Grand Duchess, as Head of State, is the Nilkawtian Fount of Honour.  Her Illustrious Highness wishes to ensure future ennoblement is supplied purely on the basis of merit.  This is particularly pertinent in relation to the Official Ceremony of Salaries and Ceremonies.

The Order of the Charter provides the highest level of ennoblement though its holders gain no special title apart from their usual job titles and an official copy of the Magnanimity Charter.  Additional titles are only provided for an additional cost.

Digital diplomacy is itself a noble pursuit, especially when demonstrated by a relatively noble ambassador acting on behalf of an enlightened nation.  Any form of diplomacy on behalf of unenlightened nations is likely to be less dignified.

No-one in Nilkawt is permitted to display a coat of arms though Her Illustrious Highness has a royal coat of farms.  As a peaceful society, Nilkawt never encourages symbols of aggression.

The system of honours has been developed to ensure prestige in Nilkawt has meaning in relation to elections and other selection processes.  It also has meaning in relation to taxation.  Persons with grandiose titles pay more tax in Nilkawt than persons with relatively ordinary titles.

Local elections often involve changing names, boundaries and titles, though not necessarily in that order.  They may also involve the work of the local low kawt courts.

Local elections in Nilkawt require enrolment and enrolment at the local level requires ennoblement of one sort or another.  Many forms of ennoblement in Nilkawt are based on the counties and not the Nilkawtian state in its entirety.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Ballot Box

The most useful ballot box for Nilkawtians is situated on the Table in Parliament in the Upper Parlour of Parliament.  That is the ballot box into which, on a daily basis, all citizens of Nilkawt are permitted to place their most urgent and relevant concerns.

All those concerns are required to be neatly written in pencil on otherwise clean pieces of paper.  In the same box, in the same way, Nilkawtians are permitted to place indications of their societal budgetary and administrative requirements.

Three times a day, or even more often if required, three of the Independent Commissioners Against Corruption arrive ceremoniously to empty the box of its contents.  The most senior commissioner of the three unlocks the ballot box.  The other two commissioners then lift the ballot box and turn it upside down.

On the Table in Parliament, next to the usual position of the ballot box, is a large policy basket, into which are tipped all the pieces of paper.  The most senior of the Commissioner against Corruption is then blindfolded by the other two rostered commissioners.

The blindfolded commissioner then becomes known as the selecting commissioner.  The duty of that person is to select the items to be sent to the Select Committee for the Prevention of Corruption.

Once the blindfold is suitably in place over the eyes of the blindfolded, selecting commissioner, the other two commissioners shake the basket vigorously.  When they stop doing so, the selecting commissioner takes one of the pieces of paper out of the basket and waves it in the air.

The piece of paper is then taken from the hand of the selecting commissioner by the next most senior commissioner of the three.  That commissioner is then known as the examining commissioner.

The examining commissioner examines the document to ensure it is clean and neatly written, with no staples, sticky tape or doodles on it.  The piece of paper is additionally examined to ensure it does not contain any personal names or contact details.  Anonymity and privacy is very important in all ballots in a properly enlightened democracy.

In addition, the item is required to be presented in the English language.   It is helpful, therefore, it the item is written in that language.

If the examining commissioner considers the item to be in accordance with all the requirements, it is then handed to the other commissioner, who is then known as the orator.  The orator, who is well versed in public speaking, then announces, with great authority and stage presence, the contents of the document.

All Nilkawtian Independent Commissioners Against Corruption are required to have very good eyesight and hearing.  They are additionally required to have above-average reading skills in the English language.

Nilkawtian citizens without the ability to see will be expected to have their concerns translated into pencil marks from oral dictation or Braille, before the items are placed in the ballot box.  All items on the Table must be in the same, easy-to-read format for the majority of citizens.

If the examining commissioner considers an item selected by the selecting commissional to be unsuitable to be orated by the orator, it is placed in a plain, cardboard folder, ready for immediate processing and storage in the Nilkawtian State Archives.  The folder will then be placed in a large archival box with the label: Tabled in Parliament on followed by the date.

There is usually a large pile of empty cardboard folders in an empty archival box under the Table in Parliament.  This ensures the efficiency of the process.  The folders are regularly replenished as most of the items from the ballot box are usually unsuitable for oratory.