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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:24 pm    Post subject: Nation States the GAME Reply with quote

Nation States is a game on the Interwebs. You define your State and then the game give you issues:

The Issue
When the latest National Census asked citizens to specify everything from their shoe size to number of sexual partners, leading privacy activists and the casually paranoid started raging that the process has become too intrusive and that the anonymity of the respondents is at risk. 
The Debate
“Enough, I say!” melodramatically rails Warren Brandeis, while angrily doodling crude images of the male anatomy in every tick box on the census form. “With this level of detail, any hope of anonymity and personal privacy will be but a distant whisper. Why should we trust the blasted establishment to know every single detail of our lives, let alone where we live? I have no intention of entrusting the government with my full demographic profile, and I implore anyone with a shred of decency and respect for the sanctity of the domestic sphere to opt-out of this Orwellian intrusion!”
“Nonsense!” counters Sophie Quimby, policy wonk at the Auristanian Bureau of Statistics, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s of an essay question. “Without accurate and meticulously detailed census data we’ll be completely lost! How can we make informed decisions when there’s no information? How will we know what areas of the country to target with our... welfare programs? No, we need to have greater authority to make sure everyone is filling out the census!”
“Yee-haw, pardners,” strums country-music star Kirby Li. “No need to bring out the big guns there fella, I’m sure these fine folks would be just gosh-durned happy to fill out all of your ticky boxes, if you get them in the right mood. Let me and my friends churn out some songs advertising the glories of checking boxes, and you’ll have them lining up to submit all the data you want in no time! To make sure they really, really get the message, you should make all them medias play our hearty honky tonk exclusively during census-time! Now ain’t that a peach?”
“Let’s be reasonable here,” suggests Melissa Blofeld, manager at ‘Surveys R Us’, while wielding a sharp pair of scissors. “Me and the gang can trim down and freshen up the census for you - a slice here, a dice there - and make it into something so feel-good and inoffensive that nobody will object to answering it. Granted, the results will have to be a bit more, eh, let’s say ‘aggregated’, but I’m sure the boys at the Bureau will manage to make somewhat informed and semi-relevant estimates nonetheless.”
“Do we really need a national census anyway?” yawns Newt Cage, a meme-analyst at social media site MyFace, who is using the form as a paper airplane. “It’s a lot of trouble for nothing, if you ask me. If you want to know where someone lives or what their spiritual animal is, you add them on MyFace like everybody else. Why spend a lot of money doing an official census, Leader, when you can easily set up a profile with us and just add everybody?”

It has come to your attention that there is some serious debate over whether Auristania’s postal service should be either privatised or nationalised.
The Debate
“The postal system ought to be privatised,” says Maria Leach, Director of PostHaste, a small package delivery company. “All the government is doing is putting the tax dariqs of hard-working citizens into an outmoded and wasteful system. Private businesses can offer a much more efficient system with less junk mail. A little more expense on stamps is worth that right?”
“Uh huh? And what about those in rural or remote areas?” asks Apu Perkins, the CEO of Auristania Mail, the government-owned postal service. “If you privatise this business then they’ll get marginalised and ignored. With a nationalised service everyone can use the system and cheaply too. We provide a good service for our customers and have been doing so for a very long time! The postal service should be nationalised and all competition banned!”
“There’s plenty of room for compromise,” says Kate Rodriguez, a stamp collector. “How about we just privatise the mail system and allow other competitors to move in but continue with government funding to Auristania Mail? That way everyone can get their post and the companies can have their own slice of the pie. It’ll require an increase in tax to cope with losses to competition but not too much. I think. To be frank, I just want more stamps.”

And each decision you make has consequences. Your nation becomes mightier or gayer.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah - I see why you spend so much time in Galborg and Auristania : could you point them out in Nation States ?

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