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Simulated Country: Onsrud8 School: Deer Path Middle School West, w/ Mr. Kevin Onsrud Location: Lake Forest, IL
We have started off joyfully in the humble nation of Onsrud8. Members have formed into groups that openly trade and give to the fellow man. However, the wise watchers of this small country (including me) have predicted that these relationships will soon go sour, in both demeanour and economy. What should we do? Who will help, if anybody? What will happen to Onsrud8?
Terra Aliena, like any nation with a heavy government presence, has had it’s troubles with fascists trying to take control, but after it’s recent changes a new day is rising. After previous lapses in judgement and general dissatisfaction with MPs and the PM, the people of Terra Aliena were ready for a change, ready enough to take up arms, by the beginning of 2002 a revolution is brewing.
The revolution is fighting for the right for citizens to vote on all laws. This idea is quick to see action, as in 2003 a crisis vote is called, however it may have been rushed a little, as it is just barely prevented.
However the views and feelings of the rebellion are still alive and kicking, as later in 2005 citizen Kade Patterson proposes a law to MP Chance Tabor in private, this Law would allow citizens to vote on laws which involve a direct change in the political system, instead Chance decides to propose that citizens be allowed to vote on all laws.
With his superior speaking skills and debate experience, the government decides to finally let the people decide how to run their lives. And thus Terra Aliena transitions from an average representational democracy into direct democracy. Where will the future take us? All that can be said for certain is that, we are now as free as the wind and shall see where that blows us.
Simulated Country: Mookistan School: Waverly High School, w/ Mr. Trent Goldsmith Location: Waverly, NE
The Winter of 2001 kicked off with a bang during the legislative session. Citizens appeared to witness the session of the newly elected government officials today. Everyone believed that the session would run as any other would, but these expectations were shattered as the first course of action was impeaching the current president. He was accused of not taking action to improve Moockistan at all, such as with the energy crisis last year or helping homeless people find shelter to live in, as he said he planned to do.
This may not have been entirely unexpected, but the next actions of the meeting were a surprise blow to citizens. The Senate began their proposals and suggested multiple laws that would ultimately send the current Democracy on the road to destruction. The first law stated that there would be no further elections for government officials. Therefore, the current members of congress, regardless of their actions or public discontent, would be able to withhold their positions. But, there is still the option of impeaching, correct?
Wrong, for the next law passed prevents any impeachment of government officials. The chaos still didn’t stop there, for the next movement by Senate eliminated the Crisis Vote. This is a method displeased citizens could utilize to start a revolution to overthrow an unjust government. But now, with that option unavailable, there is no hope for the citizens of Moockistan to have a voice in government affairs.
This basically sealed the deal for the impending Dictatorship to become the new government system. An additional law passed now requires all citizens of Moockistan to salute their government officials, or be fined a shocking $100 as punishment. All of these new laws, plus a free market system with monopolies, are truly signs of dark days ahead for the young country of Moockistan as Spring time approaches.
Simulated Country: Moockistan School: Waverly High School Instructor: Mr. Trent Goldsmith Location: Waverly, NE
The nation of Moockistan is in mourning this week as three residents of Apartment building D4 were left without power, despite the terms of their tenancy agreement stating it was the responsibility of the landlord to purchase electricity.
The owner made an appearance in court as an angry citizen protested that this went against one of the amendments established by legislation early in the year of 2000, “All trades must be upheld and followed through”. However, the supposedly ‘neglectful’ landlord pleaded guilty, claiming the blame for this disaster truly belonged to the owner of the electrical company. Under oath, he stated that he had offered an astounding trade of $3000 for one electrical unit and was still waiting for a response, even after sending multiple messages inquiring of the trade.
Upon questioning, the owner of the company, which is currently a strong monopoly, informed that he had received the trade and did have an available unit for purchase. However, he didn’t feel the landlord’s need for electricity was good enough and he was saving it for a ‘just cause’. Even after asking about the importance of the lives of three people inhabiting the apartment, the owner responded by arrogantly expressing his lack of care for the lives of the citizens. The bold statements left the courtroom in complete shock. But considering the current market of Moockistan is free, there was nothing that could stop this selfish owner.
The trial concluded with the landlord being found guilty for violating the agreed upon contract. The money towards rent was refunded for residents, but that wouldn’t help save the family members who were lost. No other shelters were available. Most also remained unpowered, thanks to the tyranny of the electrical company. The debate for change in the monopoly is a hot topic. Rumors have been circling the government of ceasing a factory once the newer addition opens in winter of 2001.
Simulated Country: Canower School: Bluevale Collegiate Institute Location: Waterloo, ON
Today in Canower the owner of the country’s only power plant decided it would be of his amusement to develop it into a mansion. We entered our town hall meeting yesterday to find our beloved power plant 3/4 complete in its progress to become a mansion. He then, even since it is against the law, openly admitted what he had done before handing all his properties and money off to his friends.
Our country had some flaws in that not everyone was able to get the necessities they needed all the time but now we are much worse off. Most citizens in our country are able to survive this year seeing as he destroyed it at the end of the year so everyone has what they need. This year is almost over, but next year many people will die. We quickly learned how easily someone can destroy a country.
This does not look promising for the coming years of Canower. We are asking for spare power units from other countries if you have any to spare. We need four(4) power units to build a new power plant to ensure our country is not doomed. Any help would be appreciated to save our county from this crisis. If you have any to spare or are interested in helping let us know!
Simulated Country: CoconutCove
School: Nelson H.S.,
Location: Burlington, ON
Town hall began again this morning, and many different concepts were brought to the table. Some recurring issues, and some new. The current government and the people of Coconut Cove debated on how to confront these changes, in order to assure the betterment of the country A heated debate and even citizens suing each other were some of the highlights of Monday’s town hall. One such event of suing occurred due to the owner of an apartment complex evicting one of the residents without notice. Tempers flared and the government was involved in order to have the issue resolved.
A member of the government gave her on the concept.
“The issue is nonsense and not worth the time of the government. However, we are trying our best to resolve the issue and appease all parties.”
The issue has been considered big enough that a court case has been scheduled between Nada Shaltout and Olivia Dyer. Olivia Dyer says that Nada will be sued a lot of money, and hopes she will learn her lesson.
More Energy to be Produced
In other news, the government has decided to build another power plant, because of the recent shortage. The government has reacted to the public outcry and decided that this is the best possible action and would benefit everyone.
The green party feels that what the government is doing is a good thing and is beneficial, but say that they will do their best to preserve the environment. It seems that this is a win-win for most people, but the country must keep in mind that they must have a balance between what they want, and what they need.
Location: Orangville District Secondary, Orangville, ON.
“The government of Adanac is already failing to protect all of their people do to low electricity. No one knows what they will do any many are doubting their decision making process. Were they really the best choice for our government? See you next time with more gossip to come!”
#2 Citizens of Civania Created Its National Identity
Submitted By: Hayley Ma
School: Iroquois Ridge High School, ON
Location: Oakville, ON
We are proud to introduce our simulated nation and all its features to the world:
Identifying National Identity
Size: Medium sized Island
Temperature: Day 17-25 Degrees, 10-17 at night
Geographical Features: Waterfall, mountains, forests, beaches
Animal: Giraferoo (Ben)
Gov. Building: Hayley
Currency: Grams (Fatima)Values: Personal Freedom, Teamwork, Honesty, Independence, Financial Security, Health
Simulated Country: CoconutCove
School: Nelson H.S.,
Location: Burlington, ON
The town hall began once again today, and even with the recent changes made by the government to benefit everyone, such as an extra power plant, there were still problems and unsatisfied citizens. One such problem was the recurring issue of not every citizen getting their basic needs, such as education.
The government once again said that they did everything in their power to provide for all the citizens, and passed it off as technical problems. “Despite the government building more facilities to provide for everyone, it did not seem to work as intended, so there are still clearly problems in our ruling system and Country” one citizens says.
In other news, there was some debate between the government and citizens with jobs. The latter said that they were not being payed for being a environmental activist. The Government respond with “They should not be paid because the job had little to no contribution to the country, and that the money should be spent on things that matter” It is debateable whether or not the governmnet should the pay everyone, no matter what their job.
By Jovan Djurdjevic, Social Science Teacher at Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville, Ontario
In conversation today with our Gr. 12 Student of Excellence award winner (chosen out of a graduating class of 310), Olivia Haynes, explained that presently, her younger sister (Gr. 10) comes home everyday and the two of them excitedly discuss what happened in Georgia’s civic mirror class. Olivia helps Georgia strategize and explained that she used to stay up late selling food for large profits, as her hidden agenda was a capitalist.
Remarkably, Olivia stated: “Civic Mirror is one of my best high school memories.”
To me this was remarkable not only because of the statement but because of who it came from. Olivia has been a very active student and has participated in a great number of co-curricular activities at our school and even in international business competitions. So for her to make this statement, I’d say, is quite telling!
Great work, Civic Mirror! You are helping engage, educate and inspire youth around the world! 🙂
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Postscript, from “Younger Sister”
I am the younger sister Georgia from Olivia‘s testimonial. Again, thank you so much for creating an amazing game that allows me to think and strategize in ways I never thought possible from myself. I’ve learned so many people skills (I guess I should mention manipulation skills as well) and how to apply them to friends that I’ve known for my whole life. Really looking forward to seeing the testimonial on the website!