# In most countries I will get sacked for this

In my country,

I have a 24 hour job but I am never awake doing my job

In most countries I will get fired for doing this.

Yet here, folks show a lot of respect to me.

I am important

Who am I?

• I think this should have the knowledge tag. – Acccumulation Aug 9 at 3:48

This may be a cop out but are you a

sleeping policeman - a British term for a speed bump. Road traffic should slow down, but in other countries this implies a policeman sleeping, which if on the job, would be a risk to it.

• +1 for rot13(gur onq cha!) – happystar Aug 7 at 0:19
• Actually, that is also the term we use in Indonesia :) – athin Aug 7 at 2:01
• The term is also used in some Caribbean countries. Some countries like Russia and Columbia use "Lying-down" policeman for the speed bumps. Go figure. – DrD Aug 7 at 12:19
• Though @DEEM 's user profile claims USA, where I've never heard the term (might be regional here?) – Darrel Hoffman Aug 7 at 13:49
• Can confirm athin's =) I'm actually surprised that this term is used somewhere else too – justhalf Aug 9 at 6:32

You are

In my country,

I have a 24 hour job


you are the Eternal President since 1998

but I am never awake doing my job


In most countries I will get fired for doing this.


if a president dies, he/she/they is/are removed from the office automatically. There are even procedures to remove comatose presidents from the office.

Yet here, folks show a lot of respect to me.


You bet!

I am important


Of course - the whole North Korean ideology revolves around your legacy

• This is my favourite answer! – Ken Y-N Aug 7 at 17:25

Are you

A sleeper agent

Because

Your job is just a cover. When "activated" you will do some sabotage, but for now, you're "sleeping". If people found out, you would be fired from your "cover" job. But back home, you're a hero.

You are

an alarm clock

because

Your job is to wait 24 hours and sound an alarm. Basically you are sleeping for 24 hours.
A worker who sleeps during their job would be fired.
Most people obey and get up when the alarm clock so orders.

• Not sure what "my country" refers to in that case, though. – jafe Aug 6 at 13:05
• But how does this match the second line of the riddle? – Voldemort's Wrath Aug 6 at 13:05
• Not sure how a clock will get fired though – DrD Aug 6 at 13:20
• Yeah I am not totally satisfied either. it doesn't explain why "in my country" and "in most countries". – Florian F Aug 7 at 6:15

Are you

A Fire Alarm?

Reasoning

A fire alarm must be active 24/7 to be effective, but a majority of that time it isn't actively sounding. Pulling a fire alarm when there isn't a fire can cause someone to lose their job, especially if the alarm activates a sprinkler system. Fire alarms are often seen as necessary devices in buildings, thus making them "respected".

Are you

A nuclear weapon?