The Oalderapo had a tradition: If you indicated your intentions and nobody stopped you, you were free of any repercussions for those actions, unless the entire town suffered with you.
Over time, this had evolved: one could not, normally, simply say “I feel like killing the tzar” and have nobody stop you, but one could paint a very clear picture of one’s self killing said tzar and then wait twenty-four hours.
That had only happened once.
The next tzar had banned literal representations of crimes in paintings, sculptures, or drawings.
Three tzars later, interpretive dance and poetry of criminal act were banned.
One could go back to saying “I feel like killing the tzar tomorrow;” one could try to say it very sarcastically. One could write allegory, or plays.
Or one could run with idiom. For instance: Most ships where an Oalderapaline served had a ship painted on the starboard deck and a broom painted on the port. One could indicate by a simple game of hopscotch if one planned to jump ship or jump broom.
On the ship Epalanano, named for the tzar who had banned paintings, there was also a drawing of a grave, a nice one, and a piece of chalk, although the current Tzar’s name had taken up near-permanent residence.
Today, there was quite a bit of dancing.
Written to October 4th’s Thimbleful Thursday Prompt: https://thimblefulthursday.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/thimbleful-thursday-prompt-54/