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1/27/2003

NationStates

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Rooster which is in the early evening.
The moon is Waning Crescent

Be your own dictator!

Or, whatever kind of ruler you might want to be. Someone on a ConCulture list I belong to posted a link to a site called NationStates, a new, interactive game of political experimentation. It’s by an author of a book called Jennifer Government and it’s his spin on viral marketing. But, really, it’s just a cool little game. The only problem you’ll have is the pace, which is slow, and getting signed in to the game! There are so many people playing that the server is constantly overloaded.
So far, my little nation has only dealt with one small issue, but I hope for more opportunities to show the benefits of a militaristic meritocracy in action. Only time will tell. The site has been active since November 2002, but there are over 9,000 nations going. Pretty crazy. Of course, I have no idea how many of them are active at all. For all I know 8,500 of them have been abandoned. And, there might only be 12 players running hundreds of nations each. There’s really not any way to tell. In any case, it seemed like a cool experiment. I look forward to seeing how it plays out.
If you’d like to visit my little slice of the NationStates world, the Holy Empire of Megaria is up and running!

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