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|Number in season:||5b|
|Original Airdate:|| November 15, 2013|
November 15, 2013
November 5, 2013
April 27, 2013
|Written by:||Tolon Brown|
Peter K. Hirsch
|Storyboard by:||Ken Cunningham|
"Speak Up, Francine!"
Tired of doing chores, Arthur and the gang agree to invent their own country: Kidonia. But when there are no rules, no laws, and no chores, someone is bound to ruffle a few feathers. Will this kid-ruled utopia flourish or descend into anarchy?
Arthur says that it would be great to have your own country when you can eat whatever you want and play whenever you want. By the time he jumps on his luxurious bed, one guard says its time for his speech. When Arthur arrives, people are shouting, "ARTHUR! ARTHUR!" But then it turns out to be a tape recorder, and another guard turns it off. Arthur concludes the opening by asking, "Is it really a country if you're the only citizen?"
Arthur tells his father that he will be at the park, but he says that he has to help with the garden work. Once it's done, his mom comes out and tells him he has to clean his room. Once he's done with that, D.W. mentioned he has to help build the Fairy Mary Moo Cow Cookie Castle she got, much to Arthur's dismay.
Later at the park, Arthur, Francine, Brain, and Buster tell each other about their mornings. Buster then says that some parents don't want their kids to have fun, and Arthur says that if he had a country, giving kids chores would be against the law. Francine says you can't just make your own country, but Brain says that you can since there are many tiny countries around the world. Arthur stands on the Pitcher's mound and says that the four of them are now citizens of Kidonia. They then make hats, a flag, a country border (around the tree of their treehouse), passports, a national anthem, and a hand gesture when they sing the national anthem. Up at the treehouse, now known as Kidonia, they decide to make a constitution. Arthur then writes on the constitution, "No Chores, No Laws, No Rules." The four agree on this. Buster thinks he will put his socks on his ears.
At Arthur's house, his father asks if he will help clear the table. But Arthur says that he is a Kidonian citizen and that he can't. But his mom says that if he doesn't help, no dessert! Arthur reluctantly does so. D.W. then says she made up her own country that's forbidden to eat broccoli, but it backfires.
Later that night, he and Buster talk about their backfires and that Kidonia was much better. They then say that they should have a sleepover at Kidonia, with snacks, games, and more. When buying snacks, Buster realizes that the Kidonian money doesn't work, and scolds Brain for this. Francine gives Buster air fresheners for his ears, but he scolds her too, saying you could do whatever you want there before leaving Brain's ice cream shop.
When Arthur leaves for Kidonia for the night, he imagines that everyone's singing their national anthem before staying up all night, because they can. Back in the present, Francine tells Arthur she's going back to her REAL home because the country smells, with Buster saying she's just jealous. She forfeits her citizenship and ability to return. In the treehouse, the only snack they have is a pretzel. They try to split it, but it turns into four pieces. Buster says the person who guesses what he's thinking of right now, they'll get the pretzel. Arthur gets it right, much to Brain's dismay. He too forfeits his citizenship. Arthur then states that having their own country wasn't such a good idea. Buster then says where else can you not get scolded by someone just by spilling apple juice, and Arthur notices that's why there are ants. The two have a fight on the constitution when Arthur asks why he didn't clean it up. He then writes that all spills must be cleaned, and Buster says that Kidonia is now like all the other places. He says that he forfeits his citizenship and moves to his own country. Arthur then declares that Kidonia is no more.
Arriving at home, he asks Mom if he can stay as long as he likes or until he is at least 30 years old. She accepts, and becomes clear with him saying to always follow the rules and do chores while living at home; he also accepts her deal back, but then says that because D.W. couldn't have her own country, she can be head security for the Read house.
D.W. arrives and says she'll need to look at everything in his backpack and have it be X-rayed, Y-rayed and Q-rayed. She then leaves the room, saying the process would take a very long time — with Arthur just following behind her.
- Buster still owns Yamlet, so this episode takes place within the timeline of "Prunella the Packrat".
- Kidonia is a pun on Kydonia, an ancient city-state on the northwest coast of the island of Crete.
- In the Arabic Language, the word 'دنية' or 'duun-ya' means world. So the name Kidonia could actually mean 'World of Kids'.
- The Latin on the flag of Kidonia reads "Ludus, ludus, ludus," which translates to "Game, game, game."
- Also, the money reads "Pecunia non omnis," which translates to "Not all the money."
- Brain mentions Principality of Sealand as an example of a micronation.
- This episode is similar to "Animal Farm" by George Orwell.