NationStates – Let’s built nations (and try not to screw them up).

So, we’ve been reading and talking about society, control, expectation, etc. I know I’m not the only person in this class who has played Civilization or anything like that, but I wanted to share something called NationStates with you guys. It’s run by Max Barry, the author of Lexicon and Jennifer Government. It’s this question-and-answer-fueled engine that generates a society/government based on your opinions on various topics. While there’s an element of silliness to it, NationStates is certainly thought-provoking. Something that seems like an obvious choice to you may harm other areas of and groups in your “perfect” society. Every day, you get two questions; over time, your answers to these questions shape your nation.

Here is one I made a few years ago in an attempt to make my idea of a “perfect” society, and here is another I made a month or so after the first one in an attempt to make the worst possible society. The first one, Sobriquet, sacrifices technology and a booming economy for the environment and human rights. The second, Teuqirbos, has virtually no human rights; people are heavily monitored and controlled, and it is effectively a police state. As a side effect, though, the economy is awesome! If anybody here makes one, please link to it in the comments so I can watch the growth!

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One Response to NationStates – Let’s built nations (and try not to screw them up).

  1. kalihira says:

    This is really cool! I made a nation and it’s fascinating how it’s forming from answering just a few questions.

    http://www.nationstates.net/nation=mephyr is my nation if you want to check it out.

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