Ultimately you will create a wiki for your utopia. Your page will include all of the components to follow. Its purpose will be to attract and inform potential inhabitants. It should look like an online brochure for your utopia. Therefore, it should be thoughtfully designed and artfully laid out.
You will use Google Docs to collaborate with your group.
You must form a culture that is free from the troubles of the current society. You must first identify what you believe to be wrong with the world today; then you must attempt to correct those problems.
As the smoke clears you take stock of the situation. Your plane has crash-landed. Just a few minutes before the crash, you and 100 of your fellow students had been flying over the Pacific Ocean, on your way to participate in a student exchange program. A terrible storm forced the plane hundreds of miles off course and, if that weren’t bad enough, lightning struck the plane, doing enough damage to force the pilot to attempt an emergency landing on a small, remote island. The pilot, co-pilot, and several students are injured and require care. As they are attended to, others set off to explore the island. . .
A few hours are enough to see what the island has to offer. As fate would have it, there is a clear spring for fresh water, wild fruits, vegetables, and some game on the island. There is an abundant forest of trees as well. Further the group is able to salvage many items from the plane including a first aid kit and clothing. So far so good. “We can survive here, “ you think to yourselves. . .
There is bad news too!! When lightning struck the plane it damaged the radio and emergency transmitters. The pilot is unsure as to whether his distress calls were received. Worse, because of the storm the plane was way off course. The island may even be outside of the normal search grids. Reality sinks in . . . You all may be here for a very, very long time!
The first sign of trouble comes from one student who refuses to take his turn collecting water from the spring. Other students support him. They wander off, refusing to do the work necessary for survival on the island; they are planning to establish their own community. The different groups of students begin to compete for the island’s dwindling resources. Your once cohesive group is splitting into factions. Something must be done or everyone’s chances for survival will be threatened. Disaster is imminent!!
It is clear to you that rules are needed to govern the group. You need a code of conduct. You need a common purpose.
You must create a government.
Explain why you and your classmates need a government in this situation.
Given the situation, how would you go about the process of creating a government?
What are the four purposes of government? Provide an example for each.
List and describe the three types of government.
List and describe the three types of economic systems.
Using the answers to your questions as a guide, think about what type of government would best achieve the purposes of government in this situation. When you have decided, write out your answers. Make sure to identify your reasons for your decision - you are going to need them to convince your classmates!!!
Look at the US Declaration of Independence; note its structure and content.
Preamble & Statement of Beliefs: Write a statement outlining the purpose and philosophical basis for the creation of your utopia. This will be a brief statement (2-3 paragraphs) describing the reasons for your formation of a utopian society. Include the fundamental values and goals of your society. Refer to the preamble and statement of beliefs of the US Declaration of Independence.
List of Complaints: Make a list of reasons for forming your society. In other words, what is it that you do not like about the current society? What are your specific complaints? How has the current society broken trust with you? Why do you feel the need for a more perfect society?