An alleged teenage neo-Nazi said he was adopting a persona when he listed venues in his home city "worth attacking", a court has heard.
The 16-year-old boy, from Durham, drafted a manifesto entitled "A Manual for practical and sensible guerrilla warfare against the kike system in the Durham City area, Sieg Heil".
Within the document was a list of supposed targets including schools, post offices, pubs, council buildings, a passport office and a bus station, Manchester Crown Court has heard.
He also allegedly wrote of planning to conduct an arson spree with Molotov cocktails on synagogues in the Durham area.
But the youngster told a jury he had no intention of carrying out any attacks, did not hold racist views and only pretended to do so for "shock value" and to feel better about himself.
The document was seized along with a diary, books - including Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf - and computer devices by police who searched his home in March.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told prosecutor Michelle Nelson QC that his diary entries and online posts on a far right-wing forum were made in his false persona, which he said he created in 2017 because "it was the most extreme I could think of".
He denies preparation of terrorist acts, disseminating a terrorist publication, possessing an article for a purpose connected with terrorism and three counts of possessing a document or record containing information likely to be useful to a terrorist.
The trial continues.