Throughout its history, Nilkawt has been known for its many occasional, traditional ceremonies. Most of these obviously continue to be of relevance to Nilkawtians, especially whenever a ceremony is associated with a public holiday.
The annual Election Announcement Ceremony is likely to continue be held in the Thrown Room of the New Royal Palace each May, unless more frequent ceremonies of that sort are demanded by an overwhelming majority of Nilkawtian citizens. The elections themselves, of course, are usually held only in even years, to ensure the balance of power is maintained sufficiently.
In addition to regular ceremonies, there is the very rare Coronation Ceremony with the Pomp of the Pompoms. From time to time, there are the glorious occasions of the Imaginative Investiture Ceremonies of the Order of the Charter. There is, in addition, the annual New Citizen Ceremony at the beginning of July.
Outside Nilkawt, there are also Nilkawtian ceremonies. This embassy, for example, holds a grand reopening ceremony from time to time, especially if the chancery has previously been locked for a while, or even just for a few days. The embassy also holds grand closing ceremonies, to ensure the grand reopening ceremonies are possible.
In Nilkawt itself, there has been some speculation that the Jogging of the Judges ceremony will not take place this year. There has also been great concern expressed that various traditions associated with the Constitutional Procession ceremonies will be modified this year. It is not yet known, therefore, if the Socially Special Sandals ceremony will take place this coming October. The current head of state is known for promoting egalitarian principles and elegant, well-fitting footwear, regardless of the wealth of her subjects.
The ambassador of this embassy, as a world leader in digital diplomacy, is occasionally required to adapt traditions and ceremonies to take local conditions and other unusual circumstances into consideration. For Nilkawtians, only their own society is obviously considered to be normal under the provisions of the uncommon law.
Occasionally, the ambassador may require at least one member of her staff to work during a public holiday, but only for exceptionally important reasons. For example, several employees of this embassy may be required to work officially on the first or last day of a Nilkawtian public holiday, and even on the days in between, in order to facilitate the renewal of documentation for absent-minded Nilkawtians and tourists.
Many Nilkawtians have been known to leave Nilkawtian territory with only an Australian passport, forgetting that they will not then be in possession of the relevant passport for re-entry to Nilkawtian territory. It is very expensive to process documentation in such circumstances, particularly during public holidays, and therefore the embassy staff require reasonably high fees to cover the costs of their efforts and inconveniences.
In addition, non-Nilkawtians wishing to enter Nilkawt as tourists, mainly in order to visit relatives, have been known to ignore the fact that there are restrictions mentioned in the small print on the authorisation certificate. It is always important to read diplomatic documentation very carefully indeed, regardless of one's status during travel.
A consequence, in this example, is that both high fees and severe fines are likely to be presented in the invoice attached to the re-issuing documentation. This is particularly the case for any persons appearing to lack an interest in Nilkawt's greatest cultural attractions upon arrival at the border crossing.
The Nilkawtian border guards are highly trained interviewers, as no doubt any well informed potential visitor will be aware. They pride themselves on their ability to keep ignorant and immature persons out of Nilkawt, without ever resorting to excessively unpleasant methods.
As a consequence of a few, minor constitutional disruptions in Nilkawt towards the end of last year, several embassy staff unofficially took additional time off from their duties here to examine the situation for themselves. Gaining first-hand knowledge of relevance to their work is certainly beneficial for any employee, particularly unofficially, in which case there is no official need to pay their expenses.
Since the official ceremony in Nilkawt, in December last year, for the official opening of the official Nilkawtian Tourism Commission headquarters, several staff members of this embassy have taken the opportunity to travel to other parts of the world in the company of the new Nilkawtian tourism commissioner, both officially and unofficially.
Anyone wishing to work officially with the official Tourism Commission of Nilkawt is required to speak and sing in several languages, with and without amplification. They may also be required to perform proficiently on several musical instruments without amplification, with or without other proficient musicians in attendance. The additional ability to dance a minuet is preferred, especially when attempting to decipher the Minutes of recent intergovernmental proceedings.
In accordance with their desire to travel the world, even the temporary, part-time, clerical, non-diplomatic employees of this embassy have been keen to work on public holidays in order to promote their careers. It is for such reasons that this digital embassy often remains open during public holidays, and during the evenings, and all night and even during weekends and cold, wet Monday mornings and sunny Friday afternoons. It is only when election campaigns are officially underway that this embassy is officially closed.
History rarely details the most essential features of ceremonies, namely their political purposes. There are private ceremonies as well as public ceremonies, of course. There are ceremonies in which no-one is quite sure what is meant to occur as well as ceremonies in which every detail is documented with insufferably authoritarian precision.
As there is still no official history of Nilkawt, most ceremonies are considered to be something of a joke to persons wishing to remain reasonable on all occasions. However, the most unreasonable, publicly-accessible ceremonies are adored by the vast majority of tourists and Nilkawtians, particularly persons with dull, ordinary existences, hence there is much revenue to be gained from the continuation of dramatically colourful proceedings.
Important announcements in Nilkawt are often ceremonial occasions. This embassy, for example, receives much of the material it announces through the official channels supplied by the head of state's three very private Private Secretaries, as well as through various government departments.
Ceremonies associated with the Order of the Charter, in accordance with the provisions of the Magnanimity Charter, after which the Order was named, are often related to the establishment of the enlightening missions of Nilkawt's ethereal cultural ambassadors and ethereal commissioners. Ethereal persons in Nilkawt do not receive salaries, though ordinary mortals acting on their behalf often require recompense. This is why the official Ceremony of the Ceremonies and Salaries is of immense importance to precariously pecunious persons seeking to retain the privileges of affluence.
The Ceremony of Ceremonies and Salaries is also of interest to persons receiving sinecures. This is not because the recipients of sinecures do anything of any importance. The payments they are required to make at the Ceremony of the Ceremonies and Salaries, in order to keep their prestigious job titles, pays the salaries of persons doing important work who would otherwise fall into poverty.
The ambassador, as an enlightened leader, frequently presides during dignified inter-cultural occasions in Adelaide. Her Excellency also provides guidance to the ethereal cultural ambassadors, including Liz and Geoff.
If you are not yet particularly familiar with Nilkawtian culture, the following information will undoubtedly enlighten you:
Head of State
Order of the Charter
The Faculty of Official Historians
Important Government Announcement
Beginnings of Nilkawtian digital diplomacy
Official opening of this embassy
Example of a grand closing of the embassy
Example of a grand re-opening of the embassy
System of honours