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'let us say Nollop WERE all-hallow preeminent Omnipotentate, why-still- shut out all those with whom one shares the planet?
on 29 March 2013
Extremely intriguing idea; must have been great fun and challenge to write!
Basically the governors of the island of Nollop(an autonomous island nation off the S. Carolina coast)one day notice the 'Z' tile has fallen off the memorial to Nevin Nollop, deviser of 'the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.' Interpreting this as a sign that the great Nollop no longer wants them to use this letter, they ban its use with stringent penalties. Immediately all books must be destroyed, people have to watch their speech (a teacher is reprimanded for using the word 'dozen', shopped by a pupil's zealous parents.)
As more tiles fall, more letters are banned. Many people leave the island, their homes being seized by corrupt officials. Language becomes a sort of pidgin, where even the words God and love are impossible; the cult of Nollop gains pre-eminence.
Perhaps a rather weak ending: when our heroine Ella Minnow Pea manages to come up with an even shorter pangram than Nollop's, (PACK MY BOX WITH FIVE DOZEN LIQUOR JUGS), the powers that be resign, and the former happy life can be resumed. But an interesting way of illustrating an extremist regime.