Monday, 14 November 2016

County of State

Surrounding the Nilkawtian royal palace, Palazzo Twaklinilkawt, is Twaklinton, the capital city of Nilkawt.  Twaklinton is, in turn, surrounded by, and included within, the County of State, a local government area.

The County of State is surrounded by the other counties of Nilkawt:  Austrooliana, Backoutshire, Cupateeunkaique, Dada, Elegantshire and Foolya.

Most of the County of State, outside Twaklinton, is rural, peaceful and even bucolic.  Even most of the parklands of Twaklinton, and the parklands and wildlands in the royal palace grounds, are likewise.

There are environmental monitoring stations in the grounds of the royal palace, and in the parklands of Twaklinton and throughout the County of State.  These are scientifically calibrated to assess all sorts of natural and unnatural circumstances.

From the outside, the monitoring stations look like quaint holiday cottages.  Inside, they contain state-of-the-art laboratories.

The County of State is where the state of the Nilkawtian environment is now most carefully measured.  This was not formerly the case.

The director of the County of State Informational Resource Observatories (CSIRO) is Dr Henley Grange, a former Nilkawtian foreign minister.  Dr Grange is also responsible for all the bushfire prevention provisions in Nilkawt as well as all the biodiversity protection provisions.  He is also responsible for leading rescue missions whenever a rare marsupial or random bushwalker wanders into a cave near the Nilkawtian border.

Dr Grange and his colleagues have set up monitoring stations throughout the forests, farms and cave networks not only within Nilkawt but also in those in the surrounding countryside of neighbouring states.  Due to the prevalence of quaint cottages in and around Nilkawt, many unsuspecting tourists mistake them for the accommodation they have booked. 

Most tourists are, instead, given a key to a nondescript, uninsulated transportable cabin in an non-scenic area near a busy transportation route.  Those persons have usually failed to read the fine print stating that all photography is for illustrative purposes only and unlikely to be an accurate representation of the accommodation and services provided.

Dr Grange, on the other hand, seeks to ensure an accurate representation of science is provided to Nilkawtians and to tourists, and to anyone else for that matter.  Dr Grange is currently engaged to be married to the Minister for Housing.  He is, therefore, no longer a hermit though he still prefers to wear few or no clothes when not expecting visitors.