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Max Barry set up Jennifer Government: NationStates, a game on the World Wide Web inspired by, and promoting, his novel Jennifer Government. Max Barry Max Barry (born March 18, 1973) is the Australian author of Syrup (his pen name for that novel was Maxx Barry for satirical, not pretentious, purposes) and Jennifer Government. ... Graphic representation of the World Wide Web around Wikipedia The World Wide Web (WWW, W3, or simply Web) is an information space in which the items of interest, referred to as resources, are identified by global identifiers called Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). ... Jennifer Government (titled Logoland for the German and Italian editions) is a black comedy written by Max Barry. ...



In the game, a player has charge of a "nation", deciding government policies on automatically-presented issues from a list of options. These decisions affect the character of the nation's status in the areas of Civil Rights, Economy, and Political Freedoms. Based on these criteria, nations range from categories like Scandinavian Liberal Paradise and New York Times Democracy to Compulsory Consumerist State and Psychotic Dictatorship. Players can also dismiss issues: this has no effect. For publications of this name, see also Nation (disambiguation) The most popular modern ethical and philosophical doctrines state that all humans are divided into groups called nations. ...

Players may also join the so-called United Nations, making their nations automatically affected by the decisions of that body, although various players role-play disobedience. Discussions on proposed resolutions take place on the forums, often home to all manner of political debate. A dedicated team of volunteers moderates the forums; most of them also moderate the game to keep it free from vandalism. The United Nations, or UN, is an international organization established in 1945 and now made up of 191 states. ... In role-playing, participants adopt characters, or parts, that have personalities, motivations, and backgrounds different from their own. ... Gaia Online, the largest English language forum-based community as of April 2005 — powered by a modified version of phpBB. An Internet forum is a web application which provides for discussion, often in conjunction with online communities. ...

Group play

Groups of nations form regions. All players begin in one of five Pacific regions and may move their nations into any other region at any time, or set up a new region. Many regions have an elected leader and some participate in complex regional governments, though some contain only a handful of nations. Players commonly attempt to collectively "invade" another region by entering it and seizing control. Some regions have password-protection to stave off such attacks. Invaders must follow certain rules: nations that don't follow these rules often get deleted. In common usage, leadership generally refers to: the position or office of an authority figure, such as a President [1] a position of office associated with technical skill or experience, as in a team leader or a chief engineer a group or person in the vanguard of some trend or...

Many multi-regional organisations have formed - either to organise invasions (known as raider-play by its adherents) or to organise those who defend against raider play (which defenders, as well as Max Barry, generally refer to as 'region crashing'). The longest-lasting and largest defender-group has the name the Alliance Defense Network or ADN. Other organisations include the Red Liberty Alliance (RLA, socialist defenders), the Allied Liberation League (ALL), the Ten Thousand Islands Treaty Organization (TITO), the Emergency Auxiliary Army (EAA), the Rejected Realms Army (RRA),the Global Liberation Army (GLA), the South-East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO), The Reborn Imperial Stronghold Empire Coalition (TRISEC), and The Defender Coalition (TDC). The color red and particularly the red flag are traditional symbols of Socialism. ...

Invading, or "region crashing," first became prominent with a group of players calling themselves the Farkers, who all arrived due to links between the game and the website Fark.com. Later, groups such as the Atlantic Alliance and the World Pudding Alliance took up the hobby. Screenshot Fark. ...

The growth of defender organizations such as the ADN has lead to rivalries between them and other groups such as the New Pacific Order, or NPO, The NPO has recently reconstituted its government into the People's Republic of the Pacific. Other groups mostly comprise alliances of invaders. Some invaders include DEN II (formerly DEN), the SAOP, the Rebel States of Heleth, and the self-explanatory region "Invaders".

Some invader organizations don't exist for region-crashing but rather for expanding territory and for the destruction of regional groups dedicated to opposing ideologies. The organizations become fewer over time as region-crashing becomes more popular among newer players who have fewer ideological affiliations. Commonly, fights occur between regions supporting Fascism and regions supporting Socialism. An ideology is a collection of ideas. ... Fascism (in Italian, fascismo), capitalized, was the authoritarian political movement which ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943 under the leadership of Benito Mussolini. ... The color red and particularly the red flag are traditional symbols of Socialism. ...


NationStates' relatively simple simulation has given rise to more in-depth and freeform role-playing, with players using their nations' statistics to measure how their nations would fare in international trade, diplomacy, and war. Some players have even developed complex statistical calculators such as NSEconomy (though some controversy exists over the taking of most of the code from The Meritocracy). Part of the appeal of NationStates lies in the ability to create an unrealistic utopia (or dystopia) as the subject of conversation and political philosophising, without needing to worry about practical matters, like national defense, that might become factors in a more comprehensive simulation. International trade is the exchange of goods and services across international borders. ... The United Nations, with its headquarters in New York City, is the largest international diplomatic organization. ... An act of war - the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan during World War II War is a state of widespread conflict between states, organisations, or relatively large groups of people, which is characterised by the use of violent, physical force between combatants or upon civilians. ... Utopia, in its most common and general meaning, refers to a hypothetical perfect society. ... A dystopia (alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia or anti-utopia) is the antithesis of a utopian society. ... Political philosophy is the study of the fundamental questions about the state, government, politics, property, law and the enforcement of a legal code by authority: what they are, why they are needed, what makes a government legitimate, what rights and freedoms it should protect and why, what form it should... Any activity or effort performed to protect a nation against attack or other threats. ...


One of the fascinating facets of the role-playing section of the game lies in growth of unofficial divisions to allow for a person to role-play not just what their nation does, but also what their nation is and when. The forums have evolved into several time-frames (Past, Modern, Post-Modern, Near-Future, Future, and Fantasy) where a player may model any of an unlimited number of fantasy or alien races as well as use technology that has long become obsolete, or even non-existent, in the present. Some regard the divisions between the times as barriers, so that players chosing to play in a more primitive time, say in Ancient Greece, would not have to contend with players utilizing space-ships and laser weaponry, such as one might find in certain types of science fiction, if they don't want to. Gradually, players often learn to have such interactions in a fair and balanced manner so that no player remains completely off-limits if one truly wishes to interact. On the other hand, some players desire to role-play only with nations in the same time-frame for realism. Postmodernism (sometimes abbreviated pomo) is a term applied to a wide-ranging set of developments in critical theory, philosophy, architecture, art, literature, and culture, which are generally characterized as either emerging from, in reaction to, or superseding, modernism. ... Look up Fantasy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary For other definitions of fantasy, see fantasy (psychology). ... Ancient Greece is the term used to describe the Greek-speaking world in ancient times. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...

Originally, the role-play section of the forums covered solely Modern-tech (meaning that nations used only technology either currently available or which they could expect to become available within an undeclared length of time). But play began to expand into Past, Future, and Fantasy times with the establishment of more and more nations. But few people playing the game have personally experienced anything outside of Modern-tech, and for quite some time the other Times remained un-organized and regarded as something in which the more childish players would occasionally indulge. Over time the nations playing in the past or the future began to form alliances and organizations similar to those existing in the real world and in Modern-NS, and the more fantastic areas of game play began to become more orderly and taken more seriously. An alliance can be: an agreement between two parties, made in order to advance common goals and to secure common interests. ... An organization is a formal group of people with one or more shared goals. ...

The ability to use one's imagination furnishes another interesting dynamic of the game. While a vast majority of NationStates regions follow the simple founder/delegate scheme of the regional governments, some show more complexity, and assign Ministers with such portfolios as War, Recruitment, and Propaganda. Others completely revolutionize the system and employ even less-traditional governmental structures.

Technical history

Due to the unreliability of the NationStates server, which commonly led to slow or inaccessible forums, January 2004 saw the announcment that the British gaming company Jolt would take over hosting of the site as well as the development of NationStates-2. On 28 June 2004, after several delays, the game switched to the new servers; however, continued programming issues compounded by the death of Max Barry's father caused the forums to remain down until July 13. Flag size increased to 10k from 6k approximately around August 15. January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... (Some entries on this page have been duplicated on August 1. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 13th is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ...

A second version of the game, currently in development and called "NationStates 2", may include complex functions for war, trade, diplomacy, and customization.


As of July 22, 2005, players had set up over 1,300,000 individual nations since NationStates premiered in late 2002. At any time fewer than 150,000 remain in existence as a result of the deletion of nations due to various rule infractions and to inactivity. Though the specific time has varied greatly over the two years on-line, NationStates has a current inactivity limit of 28 days (or 60 days if nation-owners place their offspring in "Vacation Mode"), after which the system automatically deletes the quiescent nation. However, the Moderators can resurrect nations deleted for inactivity (though not for rule-violations) on the request of the nation's original owner. July 22 is the 203rd day (204th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 162 days remaining. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also:

Jennifer Government (titled Logoland for the German and Italian editions) is a black comedy written by Max Barry. ... Max Barry Max Barry (born March 18, 1973) is the Australian author of Syrup (his pen name for that novel was Maxx Barry for satirical, not pretentious, purposes) and Jennifer Government. ...

External links

  • Official Website
  • NSEconomy
  • Map of NationStates' political classification system
  • Jennifer Government webpage
  • Jennifer Government: NationStates Forum
  • List of Regional Websites/Forums
  • NSwiki



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