I’ve been playing a game called NationStates for a few weeks. It’s a pretty simple game where you log on once every day or so to respond to the latest issues facing your nation (one or two per day). It’s based on the book Jennifer Government by Max Barry, which I have not read. It’s not like a lot of MMORPGs, in that it doesn’t take a lot of time, it’s just a quick fun thing. My latest results for my country, The Serene Republic of Leard, a Libertarian Police State with Superb Civil Rights and a Strong Economy where Political Freedom is Rare, follow the cut.
Location: the South Pacific
Leard is a UN Member
The Most Serene Republic of Leard is a huge, socially progressive nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 222 million are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren’t tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.
The medium-sized, corrupt, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Healthcare, and Defence. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 13%. Private enterprise is illegal, but for those in the know there is a slick and highly efficient black market in Gambling.
Scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway, citizens drive tank-like vehicles with mounted machine guns, mobile phone masts are being erected all over the country, and ‘Mountain Doobie’ is widely regarded as the nation’s favourite drink. Crime is a serious problem. Leard’s national animal is the pug, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its currency is the tom.
Leard is ranked 4099th in the region and 88,585th in the world for Most Subsidized Industry.