Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture with 25 Projects

Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture with 25 Projects

For anyone who’s ever dreamed of ruling over their own empire, here’s your chance! Micronations are imaginary countries that have a lot of the same things as real ones: laws, customs, history—even their own flags, coins, and postage stamps. Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture takes readers step-by-step to create their own unique realm, using examples from real nations, micronations, and fictional lands. What makes a country a country? What symbols and systems define a country and help it function? Learn about geography and government, technology and the environment, art and culture, and the literary device of “world-building” used in works like The Hobbit, Harry Potter, and the video game Minecraft.

Activities show readers how to create authentic-looking artifacts and documents such as maps, currency, passports, a declaration of independence, and a constitution. Kids get to invent their own language, music, games, clothing, food, and holidays to fit their micronation’s traditions—anything that helps make their micronation seem real. Whether they create a land of time travel where every city exists in a different epoch, a peaceful realm where everyone is required to listen to 10 minutes of music every morning, or an underwater monarchy (motto: “Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles”) whose chief export is fish, Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture will engage kids’ imagination and teach make-believe rulers how the real world works.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $16.95
  • Hardcover, $21.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL T

Subjects

  • Geography

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For anyone who’s ever dreamed of ruling over their own empire, here’s your chance! Micronations are imaginary countries that have a lot of the same things as real ones: laws, customs, history—even their own flags, coins, and postage stamps. Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture takes readers step-by-step to create their own unique realm, using examples from real nations, micronations, and fictional lands. What makes a country a country? What symbols and systems define a country and help it function? Learn about geography and government, technology and the environment, art and culture, and the literary device of “world-building” used in works like The Hobbit, Harry Potter, and the video game Minecraft.

Activities show readers how to create authentic-looking artifacts and documents such as maps, currency, passports, a declaration of independence, and a constitution. Kids get to invent their own language, music, games, clothing, food, and holidays to fit their micronation’s traditions—anything that helps make their micronation seem real. Whether they create a land of time travel where every city exists in a different epoch, a peaceful realm where everyone is required to listen to 10 minutes of music every morning, or an underwater monarchy (motto: “Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles”) whose chief export is fish, Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture will engage kids’ imagination and teach make-believe rulers how the real world works.


Library Media Connection
“Micronations are nations that have been created by adults, children, groups, or individuals. Ceceri describes all the aspects which go into setting up a micronation; choosing a flag, a language, a currency, and the land or water formation on which to set it up. Drawings are found throughout the book. Each chapter has a “Words to Know” section with definitions of terms. Included with the descriptions are 25 projects, such as how to make coins from clay, how to make a patriotic sash to wear, and how to make your own disaster movie. This book would be useful in a Social Studies class that was studying government. Recommended”

Momma’s Bacon
“. . . Think you could make your own country and culture?  It’s not as easy as you think!  The 25 fun projects in this book not only help children learn about why rules and regulations are important in a society, it also shows them how they can be created.  Brilliant! . . . Project include create authentic-looking artifacts and documents such as maps, currency, passports, a declaration of independence, and a constitution.  You can even create your own language.  ZARB (that means ‘cool’ in our country.)  This is a fun and cool way for kids 9 and up to get a taste of how it really might feel to be a leader.”

Bookloons
“This book offers a creative way to teach older children how governments function and why geography, civics and economics are important. The 25 hands-on projects and activities show the reader how to create authentic looking maps, currency, passports, and even a constitution . . . a very useful guide for creating some fun and informative units on civics and related subjects.”

Katrinka Somdahl-Sands, Assistant Professor of Geography and Environment, Rowan University
Micronations is a fun and informative text, good for teachers and their students. It teaches geography, civics, and economics in an engaging manner kids will enjoy. The activities support the learning goals and are varied enough to appeal to many different learning styles. I am now thinking about how I could adapt this ‘kids’ book for my college-level political geography course!”

Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rhode Island College
“A delightful resource to help students understand all the inner workings of a country. Micronations combines free-flowing creativity with a structure and real-world  applicability that will make the knowledge meaningful. This hands-on, creative approach will capture imaginations and is destined to make geography come alive for countless children.”

His Excellency President Kevin Baugh, Republic of Molossia
Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture is a great book, very entertaining and informative. It’s a fun read and a great resource for anyone, young and old, who would like to start their own micronation—and I should know, I’ve been running my own micronation for 36 years!”

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Design Your Own Official Seal

Now that you have some ideas for symbols for your country, use them to create your micronation’s official coat of arms and a seal. Seals were originally designs pressed into a soft piece of wax with a mold. A seal put on a document shows that a person or government official has approved it. Today, seals are usually stamped on with an inkpad or pressed into a piece of paper with a special tool so that it leaves a raised mark. This project makes a rubbery stamp for putting an inked seal on important documents.

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Kathy Ceceri

Kathy Ceceri is About.com’s Homeschooling Expert and a fan of art mixed with science. Her books include Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future, named “Best of the Best” by the Chicago Public Library, and Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families. She lives in Upstate New York.


Chad Thompson

Chad Thompson has been drawing cartoons since childhood. He is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design and worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation studio in Florida animating movies for several years. In addition to animation, Chad does illustration and design work for a variety of clients. Chad lives in Kissimmee, FL.



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Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: T
Subjects: Geography,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Library Media Connection
“Micronations are nations that have been created by adults, children, groups, or individuals. Ceceri describes all the aspects which go into setting up a micronation; choosing a flag, a language, a currency, and the land or water formation on which to set it up. Drawings are found throughout the book. Each chapter has a “Words to Know” section with definitions of terms. Included with the descriptions are 25 projects, such as how to make coins from clay, how to make a patriotic sash to wear, and how to make your own disaster movie. This book would be useful in a Social Studies class that was studying government. Recommended”

Momma’s Bacon
“. . . Think you could make your own country and culture?  It’s not as easy as you think!  The 25 fun projects in this book not only help children learn about why rules and regulations are important in a society, it also shows them how they can be created.  Brilliant! . . . Project include create authentic-looking artifacts and documents such as maps, currency, passports, a declaration of independence, and a constitution.  You can even create your own language.  ZARB (that means ‘cool’ in our country.)  This is a fun and cool way for kids 9 and up to get a taste of how it really might feel to be a leader.”

Bookloons
“This book offers a creative way to teach older children how governments function and why geography, civics and economics are important. The 25 hands-on projects and activities show the reader how to create authentic looking maps, currency, passports, and even a constitution . . . a very useful guide for creating some fun and informative units on civics and related subjects.”

Katrinka Somdahl-Sands, Assistant Professor of Geography and Environment, Rowan University
Micronations is a fun and informative text, good for teachers and their students. It teaches geography, civics, and economics in an engaging manner kids will enjoy. The activities support the learning goals and are varied enough to appeal to many different learning styles. I am now thinking about how I could adapt this ‘kids’ book for my college-level political geography course!”

Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rhode Island College
“A delightful resource to help students understand all the inner workings of a country. Micronations combines free-flowing creativity with a structure and real-world  applicability that will make the knowledge meaningful. This hands-on, creative approach will capture imaginations and is destined to make geography come alive for countless children.”

His Excellency President Kevin Baugh, Republic of Molossia
Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture is a great book, very entertaining and informative. It’s a fun read and a great resource for anyone, young and old, who would like to start their own micronation—and I should know, I’ve been running my own micronation for 36 years!”


Projects

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Design Your Own Official Seal

Now that you have some ideas for symbols for your country, use them to create your micronation’s official coat of arms and a seal. Seals were originally designs pressed into a soft piece of wax with a mold. A seal put on a document shows that a person or government official has approved it. Today, seals are usually stamped on with an inkpad or pressed into a piece of paper with a special tool so that it leaves a raised mark. This project makes a rubbery stamp for putting an inked seal on important documents.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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Kathy Ceceri

Kathy Ceceri is About.com’s Homeschooling Expert and a fan of art mixed with science. Her books include Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future, named “Best of the Best” by the Chicago Public Library, and Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families. She lives in Upstate New York.

Chad Thompson

Chad Thompson has been drawing cartoons since childhood. He is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design and worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation studio in Florida animating movies for several years. In addition to animation, Chad does illustration and design work for a variety of clients. Chad lives in Kissimmee, FL.