1. Skip to content
  2. Skip to navigation

Revolution Crippled!

Written by: Alexey Chipeev

Simulated Country: Republic of Clout
School: Captain Nichola Goddard School
Instructor: Mr. Jamie Nybo

After Lionel.H, Our Supreme Dictator, rightfully suppressed the foul minorities, they rebelled in a Communist Rebellion, lasting until Fall. A Official Opposition Minister Michelle.Y lead a crisis vote to overthrow the Majority Fascist Government and almost succeeded but to relief our Security Forces prevented their treason, but riots continue. This was prompted by the seizure of their property and most of their funds (Except $50 if you complied) not to mention when laws passes greatly impacted and successfully destroyed their livelihoods.

All Hail Lionel!

Posted in From the CM Trenches | Leave a comment

Terrific Teamwork in Terabithia Falls

Written by: Alli McGee

Simulated Country: Terabithia Falls
School: Craig Kielburger Secondary
Instructor: Ms. Leesa Allison
Location: Milton, ON

In Terabithia Falls, the amazing minority government is working together to help their country thrive and survive. In the year 2001, there was no deaths, this just proves that they are doing everything in their power to help there citizens get everything they need. Now that it is 2002, the government is working hard to improve their overall country score and insure that every citizens survives and gets all of there needs without draining all their resources. Development will occur and new laws will be made, as a citizen of Terabithia Falls I’m excited to report all is well!

Posted in From the CM Trenches | Leave a comment

Is A Monopoly Beginning in Ferda?

Written by: Mathias McDougall

Simulated Country: Ferda
School: Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute
Instructor: Mr. Kevin Brooks
Location: Kitchener, ON

It’s a battle of popularity as two private residents battle it out for the right to own Ferda’s sole security hex. One, the leader of the opposition. The other, the national historian and sole owner of the police force on the island.

Both are powerful people as far as wealth concerns. It is rumored that the opposition leader will be suing the Historian for the rights to the property in the year 2002.

“He claims that the Judge and the Jury will be on his side due to his popularity with the rest of the island’s population,” the Historian claims as he stands outside the Police station with one of the K9 dogs used on the unit. “And to think this all started because I raised the price of the security unit for him. Like, common man. You have 7 hexes that I need to protect, where as many only have one or two.”

We could not reach the opposition leader for comment on this issue.

And while the two race for the chance card, the people of Ferda are at the edge of their seats as this battle of wealth and popularity begins a race around the bored.

More on this story as it develops.

Posted in From the CM Trenches | Leave a comment

Wapicol Citizens Are Starving

Written by: ZachVH

Simulated Country: Wapicol
School: Westfield Middle School
Instructor: Mrs. Stephanie Walker
Location: Westfield, IN

There is enough food to go around, but not enough care. Farm hex owner, Kyle W., neglected to sell food to multiple citizens and continued to sell them to others. There are currently six deaths that will occur in the year 2001 and four of them will be because of lack of food. KyleW currently has six food units in stock, so this issue is clearly avoidable. Lauren R. plans to take him to court for his actions. This has been ZachVH of Wapicol National News.

Posted in From the CM Trenches | Leave a comment

Boland Has Confidence In Their Government

Written by: Quinn Gauder

Simulated Country: Boland
School: Abbey Park High School
Instructor: Ms. Lauretta Weir
Location: Oakville, ON

The Government of Boland has recently passed a monumental bill.

During the years 2000-2002 a total of 2 votes of non-confidence were made just because the first bill to be addressed on legislation day wasn’t well received. On top of that one unfinished bill was passed into legislation just because the government in power was afraid of non-confidence. Because of the ruckus caused by these non-confidence votes, the government rarely had time to pass any essential bills.

Recently, after a re-election caused by a vote of non-Confidence, the United Buddies of Boland with the full support of the opposition passed a bill stating that if a situation that previously required a re-election, or a few MP’s to cross the floor, (a.k.a. Non Confidence) occurs this will now lead to an actual vote of all MP’s on whether or not a re-election should occur. This is a momentous occasion as the government was actually able to pass one more helpful law directly after the aforementioned bill was passed.

Boland no longer has strings holding it back from its true potential.

Posted in From the CM Trenches | 2 Comments

Gotsinos Citizens Urged to Move to China

Written by: Samantha R. 

Simulated Country: Gotsinos
School: Nelson High School
Instructor: Ms. Shannon Cote
Location: Burlington, ON

The government of Gotsinos has way to much power and recently passed a law saying “Communism isn’t that bag lets screw over everyone else just for fun”.       Luckily our king decided not to sign the law, but the government still tried to make us follow it.
The national judge has been impeached from his position because people finally realized what we were telling them all along, THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS EXTREMELY BIASED. Even when the “Supreme Chancellor” of Gotsinos was clearly best friends with the old “Supreme Chancellor”, and this was brought up during the election, people still voted for the party that they wanted impeached, because it had a different name.

Everyone in Gotsinos is screwed unless you are the Supreme Chancellor, so we should to China or North Korea where their dictators aren’t as bad as our Supreme Chancellor.

Posted in From the CM Trenches | Leave a comment

Civic Mirror Forums Fully Functional

Dear Civic Mirror Users,

We are excited to announce that the forums are running normally again. You may have encountered an error saying that your post contains too few characters, despite writing a sufficient post. This error occurred when using BBCodes, the feature that allows you to enrich your posts with lists, boldsitalics, quotes, images, and more.

This happened because we upgraded from PHP6 to PHP7 to improve performance. The problem was that our current version of phpBB, the software that runs our forums, was not compatible with PHP7. We tried upgrading phpBB, but because of our heavy customisation to better integrate phpBB with Civic Mirror, we decided an upgrade was not the best option. We instead tweaked phpBB to make it compatible with PHP7.

We sincerely apologise for those that encountered this bug in the past, and hope that you will continue to write posts full of BBCodes in the future!

Derek Lam
CM Support Lead,
Action-Ed Learning Resources, Inc.

Posted in CM News | Leave a comment

Civic Mirror Tips

Written by: Khadeeja

Simulated Country: Hexicos
School: Milton District High School
Instructor: Ms. Christina Paquette
Location: Milton, ON

Is it your first day on Civic Mirror? Are you confused about what to do? Well, this is the article for you.

Tip 1) BUY A HEX. I, unfortunately, made the mistake of not buying a hex and this made my journey in civic mirror extremely difficult.
Tip 2) PARTICIPATE. It is very important to participate in all town hall discussions and the National Court because even if you do not do well in Civic Mirror, you can increase your grade by participating.
Tip 3) HAVE FUN Even though understanding Civic Mirror may seem overwhelming, it is important to enjoy and have fun with your friends.

Posted in From the CM Trenches | Leave a comment

Namaste Citizens Discontented with Townhall

Written by: Liam Waterman

Simulated Country: Namaste
School: Centennial Collegiate & Vocational Institute
Instructor: Ms. Jennifer Phillips Alaan
Location: Guelph ON

Another town hall was held recently, and most citizens are in agreement that it was extremely boring. The issues discussed were trivial and pointless, and the only thing that was achieved was making most citizens want to kill themselves. A long discussion ensued on the subject of a proposed “tax” bill that wasn’t even passed! “It technically is a tax, but we worded it poorly.” -Matthew Tam. Many people were disgusted by the shocking admission of the government’s own incompetence. “If the government is split on the subject of taxes, then maybe we should start a charity,” Amanda said. Unfortunately, no one liked that idea at all, and the discussion quickly moved on. At one point Matthew said: “The citizens are greedy for nothing, basically.” “That’s a little sketch,” said an anonymous source. Matthew also brought up the fact that he was very unhappy with the judicial system. “Should we just not have a judge?” Matthew said, implying that the judge position shouldn’t even exist. Later on, a new Judge was appointed, Andres Rodriguez. “Rodriguez sounds a little bit too Mexican to be a reliable judge,” said an anonymous source. Keep in mind that is no reflection on the views of the author of this article.


Things eventually started to heat up once the subject of a new refugee was brought up. Despite the fact that the citizens voted for her to be kicked out of the country, the very same Andres Rodriguez decided to let her live on his dime. “What a slimy little Mexican,” said an anonymous source.

Posted in From the CM Trenches | Leave a comment

More Privatizations, Less Limitations

Written by: Nailah Jamal

Simulated Country: Namaste
School: Centennial Collegiate & Vocational Institute
Instructor: Ms. Jennifer Phillips Alaan
Location: Guelph, ON

In the nation of Namaste, citizens are very varied in their emotions and progress in the game. Few report to be progressing well, with minimal deduction of status/well-being points. Many citizens answered with negative connotations. After taking a short survey, it was shockingly revealed that 66% of citizens were living with less than 20 well-being points. However, a man who some believe to be a convict, is doing quite well. With the 3rd highest amount of status points and being in the top 5 richest people in Namaste, is Liam, our former prime minister. Many citizens are angry and unsupportive of the new laws. An individual who has a considerably large amount of money, says the government is “repressing hardworking people”. Probably referring to the new law that involves taking money from the rich to give to the poor to diminish the wealth gap. Another citizen says the government is “stealing”. Since the new law promoting more government ownership has been passed, many businesses have been taken into government possession from citizens. Residents say the government is “using their power to control everything”. A commoner who says the government has too many rules and restrictions is fighting for the idea of “more privatization, less limitations”. If more citizens join this cause, daily life in Namaste could get a little interesting. A particular individual is grieving a loss of their family member, and can’t forget a statement made by the government earlier; a government member said that “people have to die this year”. This could be thought as a form of apathy, as this person is not taking into account how hard it is to lose a member of the family, and how much it affects the individual’s life. Overall, there are many mixed emotions about the country’s functionality among citizens. Stay tuned to find out what happens in the following week in the country of Namaste.

Posted in From the CM Trenches | Leave a comment