Civitas: The Government Card Game


Civitas is a card game about different forms of government. Pass laws, solidify your leadership, and rule the table in this smart, fast-paced game.

Mix-and-match the 8 included decks to rule in a:

  • Democracy
  • Monarchy
  • Communism
  • Theocracy
  • Plutocracy
  • Military
  • Republic
  • Anarchy



  • Ages 10 to Adult.
  • Play time: 5 Minutes to an hour.
  • Minimal setup/cleanup.
  • Box includes 225 Playing cards, 12 leadership cards, and simple rules.


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Civitas: The Government Card Game is a card game that teaches students how different forms of government work. Pass laws, solidify your leadership, and rule the table in a smart, fast-paced game for ages 10 and up. Compare and contrast the eight different government decks:

  • Democracy
  • Monarchy
  • Republic
  • Communism
  • Theocracy
  • Military Dictatorship
  • Plutocracy
  • Anarchy

Play with all the governments at once or try just a few each round! Sample lesson plans are available for free at PlayCivitas.com. Use the cards and the accompanying glossary of terms to launch an insightful conversation about government, human nature, and current events—right at your dinner table.

Civitas features:

  • 225 Playing Cards, 12 Leadership Cards
  • Simple rules and directions—if you can play Uno™, you can play Civitas
  • Minimal set-up and clean-up
  • Playing time of 5-60 minutes
  • Ages 10+


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 What people are saying:

“Even our 5 year old played with us and had a great time.”
Dawn & Brian at ActOutGames

“Tyler, here is my Civics class playing your Civitas game. They loved it!! They didn’t want to stop. I literally had to force them to stop because my next class was beginning. The one young man in the backwards cap became the Communist dictator, and we could not get him out of power. It was hilarious.”

Susan Kemmerer, Schoolhouse Publishing



“A hands-on way to learn how different governments operate while having fun—just what a homeschool mom loves. The fact that my college kids come home and love playing with their siblings…bonus points.”
—Stacey Lane, Layered Soul

“Got to say that we thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a winner. It kept everyone (of all ages) engaged constantly in the game.”
—Hal and Melanie Young, Raising Real Men

“Civitas is an engaging way to immerse yourselves in forms of government. Not only do you get to behave as a government would, you get to do it in a fun, fast paced card game with multiple rounds.”
—Heather Woodie, Blog She Wrote

101 Victorian Parlor GamesAs a perk, when you buy Civitas, you can get 101 Victorian Parlor Games free by using code PLAYGAMES at checkout. (Coupon code is not case sensitive.)

18 reviews for Civitas: The Government Card Game

  1. 5 out of 5

    As a homeschool parent I am happy to add CIVITAS to our collection of “go to” resources! We are always looking for hands-on activities for our older students and CIVITAS has quickly become an activity we not only use in our studies, but also share with other families. It was an instant hit with our history/government co-op because it easy gave the kids an opportunity to learn and discuss new topics with their friends in a fun and memorable way.

    My 15 yr old couldn’t wait to share CIVITAS with his friends. Here are a few points he wanted to share: “As someone who is interested in history and government, I find CIVITAS quite interesting because of how the game changes based on the leadership cards in play. Because you change governments so quickly you get to experience all of the different types of governments. This is good – it gives you an understanding of how leaders operate in these different types of governments. I think the game would be great as an introduction to different type of governments. My friends didn’t need to know how governments worked before we began playing the game because they could use the game to learn how specific types of governments work on a basic level. If students do understand how the governments work it makes the game a bit easier.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    We loved playing this game. Once we got the hang of how it worked, we really had a good time. We first played with just 4 decks of cards and really learned a lot about the 4 government types that we played with–monarchy, communism, democracy, military. Really eye opening and discussion worthy was the monarchy form of government. This game really helped us to think about different forms of government and how they affect the people living under those forms of government. This game is quick and easy to learn how to play (similar to UNO) but the leadership cards are really descriptive and get the kids thinking about how different governments around the world work. Sometimes we were surprised or even disappointed by the rules of different governments, but those all gave us opportunities to talk about these situations and how it is different or similar to where we live. We can’t wait to play again!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Civitas is a great way to help reinforce what they learn about government without burying them in facts and figures. We are always on the lookout for games that teach without being overly complicated, Civitas does this very well. The game is easy to play, and the kids learn about how each form of government works while they play. You can even stage a coup or start a revolution if the government in power at the moment isn’t working for you and you have the right card in your hand. It’s a fantastic choice for families looking for an entertaining and educational game that’s fun for the whole family.

  4. 5 out of 5

    My kids and I love to play educational games as part of our child led homeschooling method. As my kids are getting older it’s become harder to find games that are truly educational and fun. Civitas provides a great way to teach your children about different governments while having fun. While they loved being the ruler, when it came time to be on the receiving end of the rulings they quickly learned why Monarchy is not the government of choice. Civitas is a game that both I and my children enjoy playing several times a week! I love that it spurs conversation for further learning!

  5. 5 out of 5

    I am a homeschooling parent who loves educational games. Civitas is one game I am happy to be adding to our collection. With middle and high schooled aged kids in the house it can sometimes be tough to find games that are educational that they aren’t totally bored with. Civitas kept us moving along and allowed for great discussions stemming from the rich governmental terminology used on the cards of the game. Terms like coup d’état, filibuster, and red tape are just a few of the great terms we were able to discuss in a fun game setting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    We play games all the time for our schooling, and I’ve been on the lookout for a good game to show how governments work, and Civitas fills the bill for us. It’s a great game you can easily play with your elementary kids all the way up to adults. It’s similar in play style to Uno, but not as tedious as Uno can become. My kids all loved it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Is it an education disguised as entertainment, or entertainment disguised as education? In the end, it doesn’t matter: this game was just plain fun! We enjoyed the fast pace, the required learning of terms, and the multiple levels of play. A great game for large families and groups, this game spurs conversations and learning without feeling forced. Even better–the learning begun with playing Civitas spilled over into real life discussions of current events. As a homeschool mom, I value that kind of opportunity to interact with my children AND teach them at the same time!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Our family is big on incorporating games and fun hands-on activities to supplement what we’re learning. We all get involved in each of the kiddo’s school work, but History tends to be a major soft spot for us. Our eldest is a total History buff, if she could – every class would be History based. As we venture into these older grades, it is a bit hard to find solid resources that are fun and truly educational, to supplement our middle school studies. Now that we’re in middle school, were beginning to learn more about government and the difference between them. With Civitas we’ve been able not to only strengthen what we’ve learned, but also learn more! It’s such a fun way to build upon knowledge and learn more! Fun + Learning = TOTAL win for this mama. This is one of those resources that will remain in our homeschool collection as a go-to resource about different governments. As a family we have all enjoyed this game so much! We are thrilled to have added this to our collection of fun and educational resources!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Finding games that teach about ‘not fun’ areas, such as government, can be difficult if not impossible. Civitas is one game that we are so happy to add to our collection and pull out for some quick fun and learning. The game overall is simple to understand and play, and children learn about different styles of government because it is a ‘quick play’. Because it is fast moving, kids are not bored but instead are gaining an understanding of government workings. Civitas is rich in vocabulary and a great jumping off point for deeper discussions. So excited to have this resource!

  10. 4 out of 5

    I just played this game with my 13yo, 15yo, and 17yo. They complained about having to do “school” while on break, but the whole time we were playing they were laughing and having a lot of fun. I do not think that they will pick it up to play on their own, but they probably won’t complain too much when I ask them to play again. We only played with 4 governments, and they were complaining that they didn’t know what the different cards would do with each government, but the more we play the more they will learn. In the meantime the unknown cards acted like wild cards (in that the action was a surprise), and this was not a bad thing. I am glad that I got this game for them.

  11. 5 out of 5

    This game is a ton of fun! Buy it for the education, play it because it’s fun!

    When I first read the instructions, I thought, “this plays pretty much like Uno.” However, because the form of government is constantly changing, each card can actually do different things. (Eg, under a democracy, a “tax” card is voted on by all, but under a military government, “the General” gets to decide!) This adds a considerable amount of strategy as you try to figure out when to play each card to your best advantage.

    We played it with a 14yo, 17yo, 21yo, and 2 middle-aged adults, and we all enjoyed it. I think it could be played down to about 10yo, and it would still be fun, younger if they were highly interested in the topic.

    I bought it to help reinforce high school government, but we will play it a lot, just because it’s fun!

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Weight 2.00 lbs
Dimensions 10.5 × 6.5 × 2 in

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