Monday, 18 April 2016

Planned Communities and Model Villages

All Nilkawtians live in extraordinarily well-planned communities, many of which are beautifully situated, well-designed model villages.  These are made possible by the fact that the levels of government in Nilkawt are strictly delineated.

Clustered, geographical dispersion is a highly developed technique of sustainability in Nilkawt.  It is based on the practical implementation of all necessary factors related to human ecology whilst keeping statistical dispersion within acceptable limits.

In most societies, urbanisation is a centralising phenomenon.  In Nilkawt, the opposite occurs.  Nilkawtian villages are not for fringe dwellers.  They are sophisticated, urban settlements, with all the best features of urban villages and garden cities but without urban sprawl or high-density living.

All policies in Nilkawt, at all levels of government, are devoted to the pursuit of healthy, joyful longevity.  Planning and training in Nilkawt therefore incorporates the essential cultural and environmental features of blue zones.

Thriving communities require population stability and social harmony.  Those communities consist mainly of highly educated, practically-minded residents who work philanthropically within those communities, contributing to local prosperity and interpersonal contentment.  Psychological tranquility and statistical centrality are the measures by which prosperity is judged in Nilkawt.

The conservation zones around each community most usually include interconnecting spirals of biodiversity instead of linear wildlife corridors.  These can be easily managed from each village, like the farmlands and orchards and water sources.

At any time of the year, most Nilkawtians will have at least four occupations, and possibly even six or more.  Even so, all Nilkawtians are also encouraged to use their spare time for creative pursuits.  The least imaginative Nilkawtians are therefore required to have more free time than most other colleagues and neighbours.

In many areas of the world, young people have a tendency to leave rural areas and other regions with limited economic opportunities.  This seems to suggest that the value of those individuals, as economic contributors in their place of origin, is limited to the importation of funds from elsewhere.  This is only the case if they do, indeed, send funds for the benefit of their remaining family members.

Young people, in many areas of the world, also move from rural to urban areas for their further education.   There are no relatively young people at all in Nilkawt at present.  This digital embassy provides all the information any young person may need in order to learn about life in Nilkawt. 

All new residents and citizens in Nilkawt are mature migrants from Australia.  Unlike Australia itself, Nilkawt has no overurbanisation.   There is no urban decay in Nilkawt, either, or at least not for long.  There are always opportunities to transform declining standards into something better, without destroying cultural heritage in the process.

The Nilkawtians have found that when people are happy in their work, and in their lives more generally, they are happy to continue working, whenever they are physically and mentally able to do so.  Pensions are almost unknown in Nilkawt.  Holidays are frequent.  Leisure time is usefully used.

The Nilkawtians know that reducing unfairness in society is the best way to tackle corruption.  Population decline and overpopulation only happen in badly run communities and societies.

Whenever a reasonable opportunity to do so arises, the Gini coefficient of Nilkawt is efficiently moved towards zero.  Income inequality is diminished in Nilkawt through a variety of strategies, none of which reduce societal prosperity.

As a wealthy and enlightened society, Nilkawt obviously has a very high level of human development.  All Nilkawtian citizens and residents have a right to enjoy that development as equally as possible

There is no bullying tolerated in Nilkawt.  There are no crude jokes tolerated in Nilkawt.  In accordance with its wide-ranging policy of stability, Nilkawt supports a stable population without natalistic tendencies.  There are always more than enough tourists and other temporary visitors, as well as plenty of temporary residents, to balance any natural and temporary declines in the permanent population.

No society should be worried about sub-replacement fertility, at least if it is a nice society in which sensible persons would wish to live.  Bringing up children and adolescents properly appears to be too difficult for most societies to achieve, whether they have too many children at any given moment or they have declining or ageing populations.

Poor quality childhoods are one of the main reasons why so many unacceptable persons are turned away at the borders of Nilkawt each year.  A good education and sufficient nutrition are required throughout life, without exceptions.  Proper processes should be in place to prevent and reduce traumatic experiences and provide comfort and remediation whenever trauma has occurred.

This embassy exists to inform the world about all aspects of Nilkawtian life.  It does not exist to provide an open invitation for all and sundry to experience that way of life without the necessary, prerequisite qualifications. 

Even potential tourists are expected to have acquired a sufficient education and attained a reasonable level of mental well-being before applying for visas.  Nilkawtians have a right to reduce all unnecessary disruptions to their daily routines.  All social vulnerabilities are humanely reduced in Nilkawt.

Children are often expensive to keep and to teach and to manage, which is why children are strictly forbidden from entering any areas of Nilkawt.  They would be an unacceptable burden on society.

Whenever there are waiting lists for services in Nilkawt, as well as when there are waiting lists for services through this embassy, priority is always given to older persons before younger ones.  The reasoning is that older persons have already waited longer for the best experiences in life and are therefore more deserving.

The most recent demographic transition, in the current territory occupied by the Ethereal Grand Duchy of Nilkawt, took place in 1839.   In that year, a drought caused all the broadacre crops and most of the grazing animals to die. 

All the people left, except for a few older individuals.  The older residents did not want the upheaval and uncertainty of moving.  They therefore decided to conserve their energy and their remaining water supplies and live on the remaining products from their gardens and store cupboards, supplemented by the edible native plants and animals in the local conservation areas. 

They survived as they had done in previous droughts but the younger populations had never experienced such a difficult situation before.  They had never developed a reasonable understanding of history.

The young often want to go where they think a more comfortable life will be possible.  This has a tendency to make them impatient, over-confident, discourteous, acquisitive and somewhat lazy.  In view of this, Nilkawt has found the fairest way to decrease its dependency ratio.  It has, consequentially, also managed to avoid the sleaziness prevalent in many societies.

There is unlikely ever to be a pensions crisis in Nilkawt.  Preventing most people from being eligible for pensions in the first place is a good idea for any society wishing to have a responsible citizenship.  Having properly planned communities provides the key, especially with model villages designed to meet the long-term needs and challenges often faced by older citizens.

In Nilkawt, the ageing of the population is carefully studied in a partnership arrangement between all citizens. The demographic transition underway in Nilkawt appears to suggest that the median age is likely to rise from a current 55 years to 58 years by 2025.  This correlates with all the healthy ageing measures now in place.

In acknowledgement of past difficulties, all households and all communities in Nilkawt have multiple water conservation measures.  There are numerous beautiful water tanks and technologically and biologically enhanced strategies for recycling greywater.  Evaporation is reduced through the use of mulches and shading.

All  Nilkawtian citizens, of any age, are encouraged to drink a small glass of fresh, pure, slightly chilled water at half-hourly intervals during daylight hours, even if not requiring medication.  Societal collapse is less likely to occur when the fluidity of society is adequately replenished.

The demographic window in Nilkawt is always open. This is how it will ensure it never experiences economic collapse.  Nor will Nilkawt ever become subject to demographic threats.

All the necessary variables are factored into the political analysis of demography in Nilkawt, before, during and after communities and villages are planned. 

Further reading about Nilkawt


Levels of government

Minister for Housing

Minister for Science, Arts and Enlightenment

Minister for Natural Limitations and Sustainable Trade

Neighbourhood relations

Office of Statistical Enlightenment

Wealth distribution

Twaklinton Academy of Science, Technology and Engineering

Convocations of the Pretty Council