Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Gross Domestic Product

Since the restoration of the money key in Nilkawt, GDP has officially risen considerably.  This has mainly been as a consequence of boom-like prosperity in Backoutshire and Elegantshire.

Even so, there has been much concern expressed in parliament.  It is feared that the beautiful Nilkawtian national parks could be under threat from proposals for new infrastructure.

The Minister for Housing has been reviewing the situation.  The cabinet has recently proposed that the entire County of State should immediately become a conservation zone.

There are also many other matters requiring decisions.  No-one wants to deal with the ongoing constitutional conundrums.  Unfortunately, the consequential traffic through the remote wilderness areas of the royal palace grounds have been causing considerable disruption and disturbance.  This is an urgent issue of national security.

Backoutshire was once known as the Ethereal Kingdom of Back.  It was, at that time, imaginatively ruled by the Mozart siblings.

Since becoming a county of Nilkawt, the former kingdom is an integral part of the Nilkawtian system of local government.  Lord Dughall Google Platter-Plus-Bugle, the current Earl of Backoutshire is soon to end his tenure as the chief officer of that county.

For a significant amount of time now, the earl has also been assisting the Head of State with her considerable constitutional duties.  That has prevented the earl from touring the training facilities of Backoutshire as regularly as he would prefer.

Lord Backoutshire, as he is also known, wishes to extend his influence in relation to the further industrial development of Nilkawt.  He is particularly interested in expanding opportunities for business in Backoutshire.  Yet the traditional transitional arrangements of the Nilkawtians will probably prevent him from having as much influence as he would prefer.  The Earldom of Backoutshire is about to lapse.

As The Most Reasonable Company of Simplifiers has already been asked to look into all the most complicated problems in Nilkawt, the cabinet hopes most of the problems will be solved quite easily within the next few days.

The Company has already provided the cabinet with a confidential assessment of the border and broader issues.  It is already known, by most Nilkawtians, that currency trading has been causing artificial perceptions of prosperity in various parts of the world. 

In neighbouring Little Outbush, for example, most of the country has been developed into Merrie Olde Little Outbush, a Utopian Pseudo-England with much better weather than the real one.  Yet the currency of Little Outbush, the Duckling, has suffered a major decline since its borders closed.

There may even be artificial perceptions of poverty occurring around the globe, especially with so many persons claiming hardship whilst living in comparatively expensive houses in relatively peaceful locations. The Nilkawtian government budget not only addresses such problems locally but also globally.

The difficulties for returning citizens to Nilkawt are continuing as they gather at the only open border, waiting to pass in single file through the passport control point.  The outreach services of the Perpetual Wait are kept busy.

In the County of State, there is much concern about the current barriers to trade.  The caves under Dada, Backoutshire and Foolya have many mysterious twists and turns.  The crisis in Little Outbush has caused a funnel tunnel effect down rabbit holes, wombat holes and Hobbit holes in the principality.  Everyone is trying to escape.

For some strange reason, increasing GDP is a considerable concern of governments around the world.  It apparently means gross domestic product.  But what does gross domestic product really mean?

It apparently refers to the market value of all items currently for sale.  It is measured in money, particularly the money likely to be exchanged between buyers and sellers.  It does not measure the usefulness or peacefulness of the market itself.  It does not measure poverty or pollution or inequality.

The Nilkawtians do all they can to prevent economic inequality within their own society.  The Constitution states that every Nilkawtian is equally entitled to live in a beautiful, healthy environment and enjoy a peaceful, prosperous society.  That is why so many Nilkawtians are continuing to make their way home from other parts of the world.