Having grown up in Illinois I’ve always loved when our state has taken a progressive stance on things. So that being said, the news today that the state is openly embracing a culture very alien to our own is heartwarming.
Yes, that’s right ladies and gentlemen – Illinois will now offer assistance to those whose primary language is Klingon.
Let’s be honest. It’s hard enough for other states to even admit to the existence of Klingons, let alone cater to their language, but if you need employment help in Illinois, you can sign into the website in Klingon. Read the site, ask a question and get answers all in your native language. Sure the website in its current form might not be 100% accurate (it’s using a certain Microsoft translator that can be found on Bing), but we all know that like at most major tech companies, things stay in beta for awhile. Certain words may still only show up in English but at least they’re trying. If ‘Star Trek‘ has proven anything, it’s that life exists beyond the stars (and not just a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…) If we’re going to boldly go where no man has gone before, we should absolutely be including those who aren’t exactly men… at least not exactly human.
I’m a little curious that we reached out to the Klingons before the Vulcans – that appears to be a bit of a historical inaccuracy on not only who we met first, but who we had a federation with first. Still, it’s good to know we’re at least trying!
When asked about the Klingon portions of the website, the response from a department spokesperson was pretty basic:
The unique language doesn’t cost the department any money: Rivara said the Microsoft translation service is free. While the 280 or so pages on the department’s website can be automatically translated, department staff members review each page in each language for accuracy and nuance. The department did not take time to review Klingon — so some words, like “appeal” and “unemployment,” don’t translate on the site.
How Klingon friendly is your state? Are they offering equal employment to all forms of intelligent life or are you stuck back in a human only environment that has yet to adapt to modern times?