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Attempted Genocide in Canower. Help Needed!

Written By: Kyle Judge & Andrew Murray

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.

flagOur 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!

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Clashing Concepts in Coconut Cove


Written By: Colin Kruger

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.

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Random, Student-Submitted Country Updates

#1 Governmental Failure in Adanac 126

Submitted by Hoopermelissa

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

civania_flagSubmitted 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
Climate: Temperate
Size: Medium sized Island
Temperature: Day 17-25 Degrees, 10-17 at night
Geographical Features: Waterfall, mountains, forests, beachescivania_animal
Flag: Karina
History: Adam
Animal: Giraferoo (Ben)
Anthem: Paul
Gov. Building: Hayley
Currency: Grams (Fatima)Values: Personal Freedom, Teamwork, Honesty, Independence, Financial Security, Health

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Has The Government Made the Perfect Country

Written By: Colin Kruger

Nelson_High_School,_Front_Office,_Oct_2015Simulated 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.

question_markIn 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.

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“Playing Civic Mirror Was One of My Best High School Memories.”

Quote from Olivia Haynes’ Acceptance Speech

unnamedBy 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!


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No Justice for the Judge? Part One

Lizanne Foster’s Students Contemplate How They Can Restore Balance to Their Country

Written by: Eunice Javier & Gurpreet Boparai
Location: Queen Elizabeth Secondary, Surrey, B.C.

judgeIt has been an obvious fact that relations have been contentious within Scylla, but recently, drama has been scaling to dangerous heights. Following a heated case which ended in a mistrial during National Court 2002, Scylla’s government announced that they would be taking our National Judge to court. BalrajC, who has served in such position since 2000, will be tried for consuming two extra food units before Year 2002 ended. He will be tried alongside DilpreetM, one of Scylla’s farmers, for committing the same crime. Bill G-1 states: “Each individual citizen can only buy and consume one unit of food per year.”

In an interview with BalrajC, however, he says that fingers are being pointed at the wrong people. It is the government that has done wrong, not him. RanjeetB, a member of our government, was the one who allowed BalrajC and DilpreetM to eat the extra food units during lunch break. Knowing that the year was going to end, he pardoned them so that they could gain extra well-being points. After all, the last civilians who needed to eat food units never log in. Then, in a turn of events, he vouched for their prosecution only a few hours later.

scyllaThe government’s motives behind these actions are unclear, yet many speculate they are using BalrajC and DilpreetM as fodder, to show the citizens that they were unbiased. In light of the Power Hex court case, where the government tried to unrightfully seize ownership from a girl, it is not so far-fetched. It has been claimed in the past that our so-called current socialist government has leaned towards fascism more than anything else. Slowly, the are taking over our judicial branch. First, they passed Bill 619: “The government will choose the appropriate jury for all court cases.” and now they will replace BalrajC with their friend as National Judge, a student who is not even a citizen of our nation. What else lies ahead for our country? Something tells me they only have more sinister plans up their sleeves.

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To read Ms. Lizanne Foster’s articles and opinion-pieces on all things education, visit her website.

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The History of Westopolis

A Student-Created History from Trenton High School, in Trenton, MI

Backstory: Every social studies class that uses Civic Mirror is tasked to create a fictitious history for the country they co-create. This one was submitted to us to share.


Written by: Angelia Pusino

The becoming of Westopolis is a tale of enriching history, romance, and war. Starting from the ancient war lands of the Jenners and Kardashians. The warning states were divided into the Kim, Khloè, Kourtney, Kris, Kylie, and Kendall kingdom. Each continue to fight for territory in the land, it was almost to hard to keep up. The states could never compromise and tension between them only increased. The warring states soon declared war and fighting broke out across the lands. Many lives were lost and disease spread taking the lives of loved ones.

Then out of nowhere a man, clad in clothes to fresh for you, came forth to stop the fighting. The man stood and spoke words that will be remembered to this day, “Yo Kardashians, I’m really happy for you. I’m gonna let you finish but not fighting is the best of all time.” Hearing these words of wisdom the Kardashians decided to put aside their differences and made this man their ruler. This man is the greatest man that ever existed, Kanye West.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.46.31 AMThe country was then rebuilt and named Westopolis after the Kardashians savior. Kanye soon rebuilt the country in his image and married the princess of the Kim kingdom. A child was then born and all was good in the lands of Westopolis. The child, North West, was favored by all the citizens, but her sister South West was sadly forgotten, as if she didn’t exist.

Outraged South declared war on North and Westopolis was soon thrown into war. Most families sided with North, but a few upset with the death of warring kingdoms sided with South. Battle raged on for twenty days and soon North was victorious, the land of Westopolis was saved. South was banished and all the ally families were stripped from their wealth. Now, present day Westopolis is a republic. The majority being North’s supporters well supported by the old West family. The minority are the old supporters of South that are now stuck with poverty.

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David’s Candidacy Speech for President of Westopolis

From Trenton High School in Trenton, MI

WestopolisWritten by: David Grieve, student of Mr. Dan Taylor’s Social Studies class.

Good evening Kanye West enthusiasts and citizens of Westopolis, I stand before you to declare my race for presidency.

I believe that there are changes that could be made to better our society and improve the living conditions, I believe that I am the best candidate to make these changes happen quickly and efficiently.

There are too many poor and impoverished citizens currently residing in this nation. Westopolis is a nation bursting with potential, so why haven’t we fully tapped into this potential. We have the brains and motivation to become the best nation in this universe. The only answer to truly achieve this success is electing me, David Joseph Grieve as president of Westopolis.

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 10.22.18 AMAs president I would like to ensure that every citizen who would like a job will be given one by the government. First, all government owned businesses will be ran by the citizens. The core responsibility of this job is to ensure that units are sold and that these units are sold to the right people. To clear up confusion the government will still own the business but one citizen will be accepting the trades and will be payed for their duties, this ensures that jobs will be created along with giving the government more time to worry about other tasks as opposed to having their time consumed by accepting trades all open market.

I would also like to use our newly developed E/I hex to develop and new education hex for the next year eliminating education shortages. As president I would like to have Olivia as a vice president, she will also be named the presiding officer of the Senate. I would also like to declare our saviour Kanye as our national god and everyday we will play a Kanye West clip.

A job I would also like to create and hire for is intended for a creative citizen or citizens that will be motivated to create a pledge to be recited everyday at the start of class, this pledge must praise our God Yeezy.

Thank you for your time Grieve out. *drops microphone*

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Elections at Ian Bazalgette Hold Interesting Results.

9th Grade Students from Ms. Ashley Polowski’s Social Studies Class in Calgary, AB Finish their Mock Elections

Written by John Knox


With the elections in both Exo and Bel-Air coming to a close, it has shown interesting results. In Exo, Prime Minister Sharp, leader of the Eastern Workers Union (EWU) was election with nearly two-thirds of the votes at a whooping 61.9% while the Misfits (MF) took the seats as the Opposition.

Meanwhile the people of Bel-Air were put in a different situation, having only one party led by now Prime Minister Nelson, forcing a completely united parliament under the Mighty Eight (ME) eliminating any real choice for the citizens. With multiple witnesses seeing both Sharp and Nelson discussing recently, we will see if their nations will truly acknowledge one another and if so, how the new nations to interact with both nations lead by sizeable majority parties.

Only time will tell the future.

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No More Draft Manuals!

PDF Versions of Published Manuals Now Available

CM ManualsWe are proud to announce that users can now access the PDF versions of the published CM Manuals on civicmirror.com. Whereas before users could only make copies of the Draft Manuals, from the Getting Started page, links to the super synchronized and awesome versions of the manuals are available.

NOTE: Teachers are permitted to make in-school copies for them and their students, on the condition that they do not upload them to an online space that is not password protected.


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