Census of the Wechua Nation, 1682
A census of the Wechua Nation was conducted during 1682 AN, starting in 8.IX.1682 and ending in 12.XIII.1682 AN. Prescribed by legislation from the Council of the Wechua Nation, it was signed by the Sapa Wechua after the completion of a large westward expansion that saw the founding of multiple new settlements as well as remnants from the late Caputian kingdom.
The National Census Act of 1682 officially created the National Census Office under the Ministry of State. The National Census Office is responsible for all censuses and government canvassing in the Wechua Nation. During the debate and amendment process for the National Census Act in the legislature, discussions on using technology to aid data collection resulted in funding being provided to expand access to fill the census over the internet and by phone. This led to every household receiving invitations to complete the census over the internet, by phone, or by the popular paper questionnaire.
Article 12 of the National Census Act of 1682 governed how the census was conducted and how its data was handled. Information is confidential, providing stiff penalties and steep fines for not responding or for willfully providing false answers to any question.
National Census Act of 1682
Sarbanes-Lopez CyberSecurity and ESB Parap jointly won a series of contracts with a total of $300 million sols to capture and standardize data for the census. ESB Parap was granted a contract that included systems, facilities, and staffing. Information technology contracts were awarded to Sarbanes-Lopez CyberSecurity. This was the first census in the history of the Wechua Nation that used high-speed document scanning technology developed by Sarbanes-Lopez CyberSecurity. These technologies helped both companies complete the project before schedule and under budget.
The deployment of new technologies, heavily funded by the Wechua government, led to considerable challenges. In many parts of the country, hand-held computing devices with GPS capability were deployed, heavily used in the address canvassing operations that fanned the country. Many Enumerators (information gatherers) encountered operational problems with their devices, understandably making several negative reports. In rural areas, there were problems with transmission of data to and from the Ministry of State in Parap. The information gathered about the lack of access to communications (telephones, radio, internet, and mail) in the most remote areas of the country later led to the passage of the National Technology Development Act of 1683 in the Council of the Wechua Nation.