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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, and 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 and Harry Potter.
Kids get to invent their own language, music, games, clothing, food, and holidays to fit their micronation's tradition. Whether they create a land of time travel where every city exists in a different epoch or an underwater monarchy 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.
This title meets Common Core State Standards for literacy in language arts, history and social studies; Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
Kathy Ceceri is a Senior Editor for Wired.com's GeekMom blog and a longtime contributor to the GeekDad blog. She writes educational activity books that combine science with history and art, as well as features on parenting, family travel, and crafts for newspapers and magazines. Kathy lives in Schuylerville, NY.
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Create Your Own Micronation Chapter 1: What Makes a Country a Country? Chapter 2: The Lay of the Land: The Physical Geography of Your Country Chapter 3: Law and Order: How Your Country Is Run Chapter 4: The Material World: Your Country's Economy, Industry and Commerce Chapter 5: All Systems Go: Your Country's Infrastructure Chapter 6: Cultural Geography: Forge Your Own National Identity Chapter 7: Your Country and the World Glossary Resources Index