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How to Start Your Own Country Paperback – February 1, 1984


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Breakout Productions (February 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893626156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893626157
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,630,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You can have a country anywhere!
Robyn
The remainder of the book is a presentation of case studies.
S. M. Hopkins
Although a bit outdated, this book is a very good read.
turtlestampede

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Patri F. Friedman on October 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Unlike most of the projects described, this book is pretty realistic about the problems facing prospective nation founders. It contains an excellent compendium of past projects, with some amusing commentary. While the title is rather overstating the content, it does provide some decent ideas about how to go about this difficult task. The material is dated, but at least its not absurdly utopian or impractical like some of its competitors (ie Marshall Savage).

Expect humor pointed at foolish projects, some hard talk about realism, and some good ideas to get started. Don't expect a true handbook or fleshed out ideas, its a short book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Hopkins on June 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Many people wonder whether or not their current government or state is able to hold firm through times of economic crisis, war, corruption, and natural disaster. Others wish to secede for their own agenda; profit, heritage, lifestyle. And many just want to have fun and create their own country. This work by Erwin S. Strauss provides information, ideas, and concerns with starting your own country.

Ironically, the author of this piece has most of his work in science fiction. But don't let that turn you away from this scholastic effort. Strauss begins this small book by introducing the present opportunities available, the five approaches, and the pros and cons of each. This is quite a simple process and is easily understandable to someone with little or no knowledge of history or government. From there he presents the unlikelihood of being able to produce your own traditional sovereignty and encourages the construction of a model country, unless of course you are inclined to form a large army and play with the big dogs (any developed country). The remainder of the book is a presentation of case studies. This presents examples of the many failed and struggling attempts by individuals and groups to create their own country. Some stories are in depth and very well known, others are minute and little is known of them. But it does give great examples of countries that were completely serious and others that were just fun. The examples range from all 7 continents, on islands, on water, in space, underground, in homes, and even in someone's backyard. The economics, population, type of government, and success of each are listed. A great addition is the black and white photos and scans.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robyn on February 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
The best thing about this book is that it provides hope for all of us out here who want to have thier own country, but may not necissarily have the space. You can have a country anywhere! Read the book to find out. I loved it!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cory on May 15, 2003
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I found this book to be quite entertaining, I myself started my own country with the help of this book (The Principality of Saint Corjimia). Although this book is wirtten with em' big words and all, its a great read. I also noticed you get funny looks when reading this book in public.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William Boritz on October 3, 2009
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My wife and I started a micronation in the late 60's. It slowly grew out of control. We went ahead this year and made a website. Using hints for "How to Start You Own Country" we were able to improve on our micronation's status and website. Great book, good read even if you are not going to build your own country. [...].
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By turtlestampede on January 11, 2009
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Although a bit outdated, this book is a very good read. It has either a very blatant tongue-in-cheek tone, or is dead serious. In any case, the book clearly explains how one can go about starting their own country. It explains the pros and cons of each method. The book also has a listing of examples of micronations and other attempts at independence, including the classic Sealand. The only drawback really is its outdatedness. The book could use a huge update or complete rewriting that would omit all the obsolete information that still appears within the book, notably the dangers associated with construct nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and threatening to deploy them.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2000
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This book contains very outdated information from the 1970s and early 80s. While it has a good value as a historic information it lacks in more practical ideas, i.e., *how* to start your own country, as the title suggests.
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