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The Citizenship channel is about the rights and features of a country's citizens. Learn more about topics related to currency, passports and immigration.

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How do I start my own country?

Wishing you could start your own country? There's good news and bad news. The bad news is that it will take a lot of hard work to make this dream come true. But the good news is that there's actually a procedure in place to make it happen.


Why We Vote on a Tuesday, and Why Weekend Elections Might Make More Sense

Why is Election Day on a Tuesday in America? Read about voting on the weekend or making Election Day a holiday in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

10 Misconceptions About U.S. Immigration

Is immigration a good thing or not? We sort out the facts from about some major U.S. immigration myths at HowStuffWorks. See more »

‘Lazy’ Americans: Is U.S. Voter Turnout Really Too Low?

Is voter turnout in the U.S. really too low? Find out why the U.S. voter turnout may not be that bad at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

How do new states become part of the U.S.?

How do new states become part of the U.S.? Find out how new states become a part of the U.S. at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What is the DREAM Act?

What is the DREAM Act? Read about the DREAM Act and how it could affect undocumented youth. See more »

How the American Dream Works

What exactly is the American dream? And how do you know if you're living it? Read about the American dream at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How do I start my own country?

To start a new country takes lots of plans, relationships with other countries and some political wiles. Learn about the process to start a new country. See more »

Is it illegal not to have a name?

Is it illegal to not have a name? Maybe not. But it is certainly a lot of trouble. Find out why it's not exactly illegal to not have a name. See more »

The world's population hit 6 billion people on this day in October of 1999. Read about the historic day in which the world's population hit the 6 billion mark. See more »

How Passports Work

A passport identifies a traveler as a citizen or national with a right to protection while abroad. Read more about using and applying for a passport. See more »