Games – NationStates (Online game inspired by Max Barry’s novels)


Max Barry’s game is directly inspired by his novels (Jennifer Government… Company). I’ve already set a nation and played for a few days. It’s not breathtaking, I’m not addicted either, but I love checking how it’s evoluating depending on the choices I made the day before. You’ve got 1 or two choices to make, sometimes the UN will ask for another vote, and that’s it!
In fact, the description of your nation will change daily (If you choose, like me, to have issues and problems to solve raised twice a day) in many humorous ways. And for my own, it’s becoming very funny…

Here’s my nation, The People’s Republic of Nonsensevitch (“Don’t panic!” is our Moto). Go read the main page, describing my nation and how it’s so “special”. I’m now eager to read his books, as ruling my little land is very entertaining. It’s getting addictive !

The People’s Republic of Nonsensevitch is a small, safe nation, remarkable for its absence of drug laws. […] (err.. I do not remember voting for that) Education and welfare spending are on the rise, political parties are banned from advertising and receiving private donations, cars are banned, and all recreational drugs are legal. Crime is well under control. Nonsensevitch’s national animal is the pangolin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its currency is the holy octopussy.

Note that there’s also a large amount of people role playing the relationships between their nations, solving conflicts and so on, on NationStates’ numerous forums.

Drop me a line inside the game about your nation if you have one and would like to share ideas (I’m looking into creating a new region for fun too).

Max Barry’s NationStates main site


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