Jennifer Government: NationStates

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Jennifer Government: NationStates
URL nationstates.net
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Government simulation game
Registration Yes
Owner Max Barry
Created by Max Barry
Launched 13 November 2002
Revenue Partially from advertising, and encouraged book sales
Alexa rank 21,152 (July 2013)[1]
Current status Active

NationStates is an browser game where you run your own country. It was made by an Australian man called Max Barry and the idea for it was from his book Jennifer Government. It came out on 13 November 2002 [2]. There was a sequel, NationStates 2, but it is now closed.

Gameplay[change | edit source]

Beginning[change | edit source]

In the beginning, you create your own country. On the first page, you choose your name, flag, motto, money and government type. On the next page, the answers decide the first rankings of your nation. At first, a country has a population of 5 million and rises every day.

Issues[change | edit source]

Issues are the most important part of the game. In it, you have to choose an option to solve a problem in your country. Also, you can just click "dismiss" to ignore it. None are the right one, as each one has it's downsides [3]. After the 30 original issues, Max Barry realized that more were needed so he gave players with a population of over 500 million an option to send him their own issue ideas.[3]

Rankings[change | edit source]

The way you choose the solutions to the issues changes your civil rights, political freedoms and economy rankings. The names of the rankings can be seen below:

Rankings in NationStates
Civil Rights Outlawed Unheard Of Rare Few Some Below Average Average Good Very Good Excellent Superb World Benchmark Excessive Widely Abused Corrupted
Economy Imploded Basket Case Fragile Weak Struggling Developing Fair Reasonable Good Strong Very Strong Thriving Powerhouse All Consuming Frightening
Political Freedoms Outlawed Unheard Of Rare Few Some Below Average Average Good Very Good Excellent Superb World Benchmark Excessive Widely Abused Corrupted

Based on these, each country is placed in one of 27 types, such as Inoffensive Centrist Democracy, Scandinavian Liberal Paradise and Corporate Police State.

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