I'm mentioning this as I found it compelling and horrifying, and shows how an individual can fall foul, through no fault of theirs, of state authorities' incompetence and indifference.
I recently read about a woman in France who was wrongly declared officially dead. It happened during a legal action falsely brought against her when, without her knowledge, she was stated as having died by the prosecuting lawyer. Nobody checked this claim. Even though death certificates are required during such processes not one single official requested one, they all simply accepted the claim. Utterly bizarre for such a bureaucratic nation.
She first realised something was wrong when she couldn't renew her passport, her application to do so was repeatedly rejected. She then found she was now ineligible for free state healthcare and medication. Then her bank accounts were frozen. Basically, every fundamental official process and mechanism that enables us to navigate through society was now denied to her. She's due to draw her pension but won't be able to. She was ineligible for the covid vaccine.
Throughout this ordeal, which has lasted for nearly 10 years - yes, you read that correctly - various officials, when told what's happened, have sympathised but said there is nothing they can do to reverse a registration of death.
Her legal battle to deal with this nightmare is trundling on and apparently starting to look promising but even then she's been warned it could take several more years for her "death" to be officially reversed!
That's bloody weird.