BY SHAUNA SKYE
I used to play a game called NationStates a few years ago. It came to mind again recently, so I thought I’d go to the site and start a new game.
NationStates allows you to create your own country, and you can run it how you like. Do you prefer a democracy, or would you rather be a crazy dictator? It’s up to you. What’s cool is even someone with very little time can play since the game only gives you one political issue per day. How you respond will determine how your country is shaped. One decision on a seemingly “minor” issue can bring huge ramifications.
I just started my nation (aptly called “The Kingdom of Moonletters”) so it’s not had time to “go to pot” yet — but I’m sure the population will be rioting in no time.
This is how The Kingdom of Moonletters was described this morning.
The Kingdom of Moonletters
Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights: Below Average
Political Freedoms: Excellent
Regional Influence: Minnow
Location: Penny Lane
Overview • People • Government • Economy • Trend • Analysis
The Kingdom of Moonletters is a fledgling, devout nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape. Its compassionate, 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 large government devotes most of its attentions to Religion & Spirituality, with areas such as Commerce and Healthcare receiving almost no funds by comparison. The average income tax rate is 26%, but much higher for the wealthy. A robust private sector is led by the Soda Sales, Uranium Mining, and Arms Manufacturing industries.
Voting is voluntary, organ donation rates have hit a new low, euthanasia is illegal, and meat-eating is frowned upon. Crime is moderate. Moonletters’s national animal is the dog, and its currency is the Vella.
Moonletters is ranked 17,378th in the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 3 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.
This description will change each day, based on my choice from the day before.
If you decide to play NationStates let me know. I’ll bookmark your country and see how it’s progressing. (You can also join the region of Penny Lane if you choose; though I must admit I’m not that experienced with regions yet.)