Create Your Own Country!
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Introduction: This project will test your research skills, your critical thinking skills, and give you an opportunity to do what we all would like to do: rule your own country.
Directions: This project has several parts. You must complete each part before moving on to the next portion of the project. Part I must be completed first and turned in with your poster. You must use GoogleDocs to do the written portion. You must COPY AND PASTE this entire document. You must answer EACH part of EACH question. Hand it in as a packet.
Create a country of your own. Use your imagination. The sky is the limit. Have fun. Want your country to cover half of the globe? Go for it!!! Want your people to speak only in monosyllabic grunts? No problem!!! There are just two rules. First, it must be logical. Don’t have tropical vegetation in a desert for example. Second, you must take this seriously! Don’t rush through it just to get a grade. It is about learning and preparing yourself for life beyond high school.
When creating your country, use the questions in Part I as your checklist for making sure you have addressed all the necessary points for your country.
Part I: The research and the creation of your country! (this section must be completed before you make your map)
1. What is the name of your country? ______________________________________________________
2. What is the name of the capitol city? _____________________________________________________
3. What are the names of at least five other cities or towns? (you may have up to ten if you would like)
4. Location: 3-4 sentences. Use map and Atlas. Where in the world is your country located?
For this portion, you should look at a world map and decide where you would like your country to be. When you design your country, it should be similar to what would be found in that region of the world (latitude, longitude). For example, if your country will be located along the equator, there should not be glaciers there! (Use a world map or Atlas to help you). In this section, include: longitude and latitude; the name of the area today; whether it is surrounded by water or not; what its borders are; and explain why you chose this area.
5. Geography. 5 or more sentences. Use Atlas.
Describe the physical geography of your country. Does it have mountains? Is it an island? It is landlocked? Does it have multiple regions? It must have at least five types of land forms and three bodies of water and they must all have names. i.e. The Dizzle Mountain Range, the Rathke River, etc. (Use a world map or Atlas to help you)
6. Climate and vegetation. 6 or more sentences
Describe the climate and vegetation of your country. What kind of weather does your country normally get? Is it cold and snowy? Is it dry? Is it a desert? Does it have rain forests? Remember to take your country’s physical geography into account when discussing its climate. (Use an Atlas or computer to help you)
7. Natural resources. 5-6 sentences.
Discuss the natural resources found in your country. What types of resources does your country have? Does it have an abundant energy source, or are does it need to import it? Does it have any resources to export? Do they do any kind of mining (for gold, diamonds, coal, etc.)? (Use the internet to help you)
8. Economic activity. 6 or more sentences.
What kind of economic activities occur in your country? Agriculture? Manufacturing? Both? What kinds of raw materials and finished goods are produced? Does your country import or export raw materials and/or finished goods? What is the money called in your country? Do the people even use money?
9. Population. 6 or more sentences.
Describe the population of your country. Where do people live? Why do they live there? Does your country have a huge population, or a very small one? (must be at least 1 million but no greater than 1 billion) Is your country’s population growing? Shrinking? Stable? Why? Do people in your country migrate a lot or do they stay put? (Use the internet to help you)
10. Movement: 6 or more sentences.
Movement: How do the people in your country move around? Automobiles? If so, what kind of road system exists in your country? Trains? Planes? Boats? Where are your airports, train stations, and boat ports located? How do the citizens of your country exchange ideas?
11. Political system. 6 sentences minimum first section. Followed by constitution outline (number of sentences is listed below).
First 6 sentences: What kind of political system does your country have? Is it a monarchy, a democracy, communist, or a dictatorship? Is your country governed by one big central government or is it run by many smaller governments at the local level?
Second section: Include a short constitution outlining the form of government. Please write a constitution for your government. To write your constitution, see p. 774 in your Government book (Glencoe). For this part on the constitution, follow this outline:
A. What are the general goals of your government? (include a minimum of three). PREAMBLE (4-5 sentences)
B. Who will make the laws for the country? How will the laws be made? ARTICLE ONE-LEGISLATIVE BRANCH (3-4 sentences)
C. Who will be in charge of carrying out the laws of the country? ARTICLE TWO-EXECUTIVE BRANCH (3-4 sentences)
D. What will happen if there are questions or problems with the laws or their enforcement? ARTICLE THREE-JUDICIAL BRANCH (3-4 sentences)
E. What will happen if someone does not follow the laws? ARTICLE THREE-JUDICIAL BRANCH (3-4 sentences)
F. What are the qualifications needed to be an officer in each part of the government and how they are chosen? (ARTICLES I, II, AND III) (4-5 sentences). Include: Who will run your government? What are the limits of power that the person(s) in charge of your government will have? How is a new leader come to power (elected? By who? Or how?). What other elected officials are there in your government and what do they do and who do they represent? How long are terms (how long do elected officials stay in office?)
G. How will the new government protect the citizens of the country? (ARTICLE II) (3-4 sentences)
H. What are the rights of each citizen of the country? (BILL OF RIGHTS) (5-7 sentences). Include: How will your constitution guarantee that the voice of the people be heard? Include any other important rights that people should have in your country and government (see the first 10 Amendments starting on p. 789 in your government textbook for ideas)
12. Cultural traits. 8 sentences or more.
Describe your country’s cultural traits. What kinds of work do they do? What are their beliefs? Do they have any interesting ways of doing things? What customs or traditions exist in your country? What kinds of food do they eat? What is the language of your country? Do they have multiple languages? Are there any challenges to your country’s culture or cultures? What is the religion of your country’s people? Are they Christians? Buddhist? Muslim? Jewish? Hindu? Are they polytheistic or monotheistic (look up these words)? You may create your own religion if you would like to but it must be appropriate… you know what I mean by that!!! (Use the internet or Atlas to help you)
13. Favorite place. 3 or more sentences
Describe in detail your favorite place in your country. Why is it your favorite place? Do you have special memories there? Describe the geography, weather, etc. of this place.
Part II: The Maps
You need to draw two maps for this project.
· One map needs to be a world map showing the location of your country.
· The second map will be of your country only. This is where you take the questions you answered in Part I and draw them for us to see.
Each map needs to have the following elements:
· Your large map must have a key, a scale, a compass rose, and any lakes, rivers, mountains, or other major physical features. They must show all of the cities and towns as well as your nation’s capitol. They should show any borders it has with other countries. They should be colorful, creative, and neat. They should be large enough to present them to a group of people. I will provide you with a poster board size sheet of paper. Again - the more detail, the better. You must use at least 5 colors on your maps.
Map Checklist – Use this checklist to make sure you have all the necessary parts of your maps. To meet the standard here you must meet these minimum requirements.
_____ My map has a key or legend.
_____ My map has a scale.
_____ Both of my maps have a compass rose.
_____ My map has the appropriate and important physical features.
_____ My map has the capitol city.
_____ My map has all cites / towns.
_____ My map has all of the geographic features I chose.
_____ My map has lines of latitude and longitude clearly marked.
_____ My map shows any borders with other countries (if applicable).
_____ My maps are creative, colorful, and neat.
_____ My maps are use at least 5 colors and are on thick white paper (ask teacher)