How to Start Your Own Country
by Erwin S. Strauss

The title should be "How Not to Start Your Own Country." Strauss briefly describes all the attempts he was able to find (as of 1984) of people who actually tried to start their own countries. He also includes descriptions of people who played at creating their own make-believe (model) countries.

All the ones who actually tried failed ignominiously. The ones who merely played at creating countries succeeded in such activities as designing flags, issuing postage stamps, and giving themselves fancy titles.

Many of the projects he describes fall somewhere in-between real and imaginary attempts to create new countries.

Year Read: 2001

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