The Centre for River Nations


Wherever you are (unless, arguably, you happen to live in the middle of a desert) you are in a river "catchment area". When rain drops hit the ground at your feet, they will start a long journey, aided by gravity, to discover the path of least resistance to the sea. In the course of their journeys, these rain drops will gather with other rain drops to form dribbles and rivulets and streams and tributaries and, eventually rivers. Apart from however else you may describe yourself in terms of nationality, gender, ethnicity, religion, even species, what you also and primarily are is a citizen of your river catchment area.

You won't receive a passport or a membership card or a free prayer book or even a letter of congratulation, because river citizenship is not as yet acknowledged by world economic and political powers. However, as a responsible human of the planet Earth, you still have some privileges and quite a few obligations.

First among the obligations are its care….  In these times of consumptive madness, little heed is paid to the dumping of effluent, the manipulating of flow, even, in some cases, the disappearance of rivers altogether.  River citizenship involves working with fellow citizens to protect the interests of the river for eternity.

Another obligation is to discover the oldest known name of the river and refer to both the river and your river nation by that name at all times and to campaign for the most ancient aboriginal name to be restored.

This is not a government or corporate initiative. This is a people's initiative. You don't need anybody's authorisation to declare your river citizenship. You just do it and take up your rights and responsibilities as you see fit.

Political/geographical boundaries should be defined exclusively by river Catchment Areas.

Want to participate?

You can start simply by sending an email telling us the name of your nearest river.  We will make an entry on the developing River Nations database.

If you can also include the names of the rivers via which your river connects to the sea, even better.

And if you can add descriptions and/or any historical information about your river, even better still.  This project relies primarily on informational contributions from individuals from around the globe. Please don't hesitate to email us your text.  All authors are credited.

If you'd like to see an example of the sort of thing we're looking for, here is one of the better examples to date.  But even just a paragraph will do for starters. 

General River Information

Glossary of River Terminology

Central Data Table

The Continents
Listed in rough order of human occupation.)






North America

South America

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    1. Congo
    2. Nile
    3. Ubangi
    4. Benue
    5. Niger
    6. Volta
    7. Zambezi
    8. Caledon
    9. Orange

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    1. Euphrates
    2. Tigris

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    1. Po
    2. Tiber
    3. Seine
    4. Loire
    5. Somme
    6. Dommel
    7. Aare
    8. Maas
    9. Waal
    10. Rhine
    11. Elbe
    12. Oder
    13. Ebro
    14. Duero
    15. Tagus
    16. Thames
    17. Great Ouse
    18. Nene
    19. Severn
    20. Avon
    21. Danube
    22. Dnieper
    23. Vistula
    24. Don
    25. Volga
    26. Ural

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    1. Indus
    2. Ganges
    3. Brahmaputra (Tsangpo)
    4. Kaveri
    5. Chang Jiang (Yangtze)
    6. Huang He (Yellow)
    7. Baram
    8. Tinjar
    9. Trusan
    10. Mekong
    11. Yenisei- -Angara
    12. Kiso
    13. Amu Darya
    14. Syr Darya
    15. Irtysh
    16. Ob
    17. Yenisey
    18. Angara
    19. Lena
    20. Amur

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    1. Darling
    2. Culgoa
    3. Warrego
    4. Murchison
    5. Finke

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North America
    1. Yukon
    2. Kitimat
    3. Mackenzie
    4. Fraser
    5. Colorado
    6. Carmel
    7. South Platte
    8. Mississippi- -Missouri
    9. Arkansas
    10. St Lawrence
    11. Hudson
    12. Ottawa
    13. New Brunswick
    14. Missisquoi
    15. Penobscot
    16. Connecticut
    17. Delaware
    18. Canadian
    19. Pecos
    20. Grande
    21. Balsas
    22. Panuco
    23. Usumacinta

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South America
    1. Orinoco
    2. Amazon
    3. Sao Francisco
    4. Madeira
    5. Araguaia
    6. la Plata
    7. Colorado

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This site is sponsored by the following organisations.  If you would like to add your organisation's name to the list, email.

East Coast Road Productions

CDA Anywhere

The Church of the Eternal Question

The Flying Patrol Group

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