The defendant wore a brilliant red and yellow checked shirt, khaki riding breeches and knee-high, shining black boots. A long mane flowed down his back from the heights of his domed head; a vast, bushy beard descended from his chin to his chest. He entered the tiny courtroom in Paris' august Palais de Justice reclining on a stretcher.
"Who are you?" asked Judge Rene Guillaumot as the accused was laid before him.
"I am Nohduorp the First, president of the Federated French Republic of Fresnes, one and indivisible."
This was slightly puzzling to the court. But it was soon established that Nohduorp is...