Monocle’s new book, How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide, explores all the elements you need to make a happy, vibrant and successful country. From designing a better parliament to choosing a flag, this book focuses on the small – and big – things that can make our nations work better for everyone who calls them home.

According to Monocle, the ideal country is one that feels like a cohesive community, knows what to value, and goes out into the world to “gently get its way with soft power, fine ambassadors, and compelling cultural offerings.” At home, this country celebrates “good education, well-made institutions, and its own people and their skills.”

For a further look into how to make a nation, watch the videos above and below and then head over to Gestalten to order a copy.

Brian Farmer is Highsnobiety's Managing Editor and is based in New York City.

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