NationStates

  • tongun18

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    Jan 26, 2011 9:01 PM GMT
    I know this thread probably belongs in Group Activities or some other category but I wanted to be sure to catch the attention of the politico's on here.

    Have you guys ever played the browser-based game, NationStates? You essentially create and develop your own little country by responding to various issues posed to you on a daily basis (up to three a day from what I recall). Your responses would then adjust your nations ranking in three different areas: civil rights, the economy, and political freedoms. Based on those rankings your nation would then be categorized and compared to other nations. It's been awhile since I've played but I remember my nation was usually in one of three categories: civil rights love fest, capitalist paradise, or inoffensive centrist democracy... it occasionally did fall into anarchy though.

    The responses to issues and the consequences of picking one are sometimes a bit extreme but it is just a game. Here's the link if you're interested:

    http://www.nationstates.net/

    Would be interesting to see (though probably not too surprising) how some RJ'ers would develop their nation.

    Edited***
    Here's a link that will help explain it a bit better then I did.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NationStates
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    Jan 27, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    I got this

    Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
    Civil Rights: Very Good
    Economy: Very Strong
    Political Freedoms:Excellent
    Regional Influence: Minnow
    Location: the South Pacific

    The Free Land of Rohimi is a fledgling, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its absence of drug laws. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 5 million have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

    The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Social Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 19%. A small private sector is dominated by the Trout Farming industry.

    Crime is moderate, and the police force struggles against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Rohimi's national animal is the fluffy bunny, and its currency is the yam.


    Ahem, so my country is crime-ridden.. GREAT!!! just GREAT!!!


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    Jan 27, 2011 2:29 AM GMT
    Dude, Ive been playing this game, this shit is awesome.. I could totally get addicted to this and do it all day long
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    Jan 27, 2011 2:30 AM GMT
    Hmm, I just took a away a freedom... I instated compulsory voting in national elections.. this stuff is SOOOO COOOLL!!!!
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    Jan 27, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    And now I get to decide with which other countries I get to create strong allies...

    now should I go for other inoffensve centrist democracies and cause worldwide polarisation of issues??? Or do I go and ally myself with anarchists capitalists and utopias so as to create acceptable compromises?

    Hmmmm.. Decision, decisions... its hard being a world leader icon_rolleyes.gificon_razz.gificon_cool.gif
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    Jan 27, 2011 4:32 AM GMT
    I like this game.... just started.
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    Jan 27, 2011 6:33 AM GMT
    Making voting compulsory made my country drop a notch in political freedoms icon_sad.gif instead of Excellent, Im now only very good..

    DONT DO IT!!!!
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    Jan 27, 2011 6:33 AM GMT
    jude114 saidI like this game.... just started.


    Share some info and strategies man icon_biggrin.gif
  • tongun18

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    Jan 27, 2011 7:16 AM GMT
    wow, you really like it, eh Pato?

    Mock, Socal, Meninlove, SB, Christian and Q, you guys in particular were in mind when I posted this. Any chance you guys will give it the ol' college try?
  • tongun18

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    Jan 27, 2011 7:23 AM GMT
    Hey jude.... sorry, what are your stats so far?

    just made mine:

    Name: The Confederacy of Populus Liberalis
    Motto: “Libertas, aequalitas... fraternize on your own time”

    Category: Inoffensive Centerist Democracy

    Civil Rights: Very Good
    Economy: Strong
    Political Freedoms: Excellent

    NationStatesThe Confederacy of Populus Liberalis is a fledgling, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its burgeoning wolf population. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 6 million have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

    The small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Social Welfare, and Healthcare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 15%. A robust private sector is led by the Retail, Woodchip Exports, and Basket Weaving industries.

    Voting is voluntary. Crime is a problem, and the police force struggles against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Populus Liberalis's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the dollar.

    Populus Liberalis is ranked 3155th in the region and 47,459th in the world for Largest Public Transport Department.


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    Jan 27, 2011 7:52 AM GMT
    It looks kinda cool, guess I know how I'll be spending 5 hours on lax tomorrow icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 27, 2011 12:30 PM GMT
    I just founded the Empire of Gearmaine. First act was to take away voting rights. Who needs them anyway with a benevolent dictator? icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 27, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
    Civil Rights:
    Very Good
    Economy:
    Strong
    Political Freedoms:
    Excellent

    Location: The North Pacific

    The Confederacy of The Bright Day is a fledgling, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its burgeoning fox population. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 6 million have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

    The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Social Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 21%. A small private sector is led by the Information Technology industry, followed by Uranium Mining and Door-to-door Insurance Sales.

    Crime is a problem, and the police force struggles against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. The Bright Day's national animal is the fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the carat.

    The Bright Day is ranked 3031st in the region and 38,299th in the world for Largest Public Transport Department.
    National Happenings

    lol, thanks tongun...I need my private sector be much much larger, dammit!..Hmmm perhaps lowering corporate tax to about 15%....

    I also want to see more people working and off social assistance, so I'm thinking of an incentive - a supplement to a low paying job which will mean people entering the workforce from welfare will see their welfare reduced but not cut off. This will assist business in keeping wage costs a bit lower and give them something that benefits them back for their tax-paying. As the individual makes more and moves deeper into the job market the supplement reduces until it's zero.

    -Doug

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    Jan 27, 2011 4:33 PM GMT
    BUMP


    This is a good exercise. Try it!

    -Doug
  • tongun18

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    Jan 27, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    Tazo995 saidIt looks kinda cool, guess I know how I'll be spending 5 hours on lax tomorrow icon_rolleyes.gif


    Tazo, definitely wanna follow yours. what are you naming your nation?

    5 hours!? why do you have to be at lax so long?
  • jim_sf

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    Jan 27, 2011 5:53 PM GMT
    The Commonwealth of Redmondia

    “Ceteris paribus”

    Category: Democratic Socialists
    Civil Rights: Very Good
    Economy: Developing
    Political Freedoms: Very Good
    Location: the Pacific
    Regional Influence: Minnow

    The Commonwealth of Redmondia is a fledgling, socially progressive nation, notable for its devotion to social welfare. Its hard-nosed, intelligent population of 5 million are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

    The government -- a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass -- is mainly concerned with Social Welfare, although Education and Healthcare are secondary priorities. The average income tax rate is 37%, but much higher for the wealthy. A small private sector is led by the Pizza Delivery industry, followed by Gambling and Basket Weaving.

    Voting is compulsory. Crime is well under control. Redmondia's national animal is the horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the squim.


    Hrm. Basket weaving?
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    Jan 27, 2011 5:58 PM GMT
    Hey jim_stl,
    instead of basket weaving how about tourism? After all, you've got the gambling (casino-hotels etc) icon_wink.gif

    Still figuring out how to tweak those aspects that just pop up.

    -Doug
  • jim_sf

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    Jan 27, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
    meninlove said Hey jim_stl,
    instead of basket weaving how about tourism? After all, you've got the gambling (casino-hotels etc) icon_wink.gif


    I know! Lush forests + pizza delivery + charming, hand-woven basket-tchotchkes + gambling = TOURIST PARADISE. I think I'm going to go have a little chat with my tourism ministry now.
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    Jan 27, 2011 6:13 PM GMT
    jim_stl said
    meninlove said Hey jim_stl,
    instead of basket weaving how about tourism? After all, you've got the gambling (casino-hotels etc) icon_wink.gif


    I know! Lush forests + pizza delivery + charming, hand-woven basket-tchotchkes + gambling = TOURIST PARADISE. I think I'm going to go have a little chat with my tourism ministry now.


    Say!! My people could use a more exotic tourist destination when they go on holidays! You could add a nominal sales tax, offer refunds of it to your own citizens and lower their income tax and corporate rates a little. That way your fancy tourist hotels and such can make discount offers to my people as an incentive to visit.

    Hey, it's one world and together we are more than the sum of all of us (my country's slogan)

    -Doug
  • tongun18

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    Jan 27, 2011 9:08 PM GMT
    jim_stl said

    “Ceteris paribus”



    I came close to making that my motto :-)
  • jim_sf

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    Jan 27, 2011 9:21 PM GMT
    tongun18 saidI came close to making that my motto :-)


    It is a great little phrase, isn't it?
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    Feb 05, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
    It's been an interesting exercise, unfortunately the site offers very few tools to assist making any kind of issue resolution viable.

    No matter what choice you make on an an issue the end result is extreme. lol! For example nowhere can you look at your country's budget and make decisions based on whatever levels of funding you already have for various things or how much you can tweak spending or fiscal trimming.

    As much as I've enjoyed the game, both Bill and I are finding the mechanisms at work...well, child-like.

    As well, two days ago the population of my country was 5 million. Today it's 20.
    My country's animal is the fox. An issue was to start killing them and serving them up as a delicacy and selling the furs etc. I said no to that and voila the next day my country was enduring enforced vegetarianism. Ridiculous extremism.

    -Doug
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    Feb 06, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    lol, wackier and wackier. An issue facing my country was that some scientists were able to clone human beings and wanted to 'mine' human cloned embryos. I said no to that and only that, and this is what it said today:

    "2 days, 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Bright Day, genetic researchers have been expelled."

    So somehow denying scientists the right to experiment on live human embryos equated to them being expelled from the country. Talk about extremist programming on the website, which I think is simply mirroring extremist thinking and slippery-slope fear mongering put into practice. icon_lol.gif

    How, er, U.S.
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    Feb 06, 2011 2:24 PM GMT
    This game has the potential to swallow a bunch of my time. I had no idea that countries could be transported with giant helicopters.

    I'm not sure if this is going to be a blessing or a curse on my overall life but thanks none the less.
  • tongun18

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    Feb 07, 2011 5:19 PM GMT
    Yea, its not quite as developed as I remember it being... bummer.