NationStates is a multiplayer government simulation browser game. It was created by Max Barry and was publicly released on 13 November 2002, based loosely on his novel Jennifer Government.
Players set up their nation by answering a short questionnaire about their intentions for its economy, civil rights and political freedoms, and giving it a name, a national animal, a currency and an official motto. The player's response to the initial questionnaire defines the type of government they are running.
The Glorious Borderlands of Swith Witherward is one such nation. It's a FT colony stemming from the Nifidium (different nation account on NS).
I encourage you, the reader, to visit the website. It really is an interesting and often-intellectual way to pass the time (unless it's a typical NS Summer). The site itself offers a variety of forums to interest people from all walks of life: Nation role play, sports play, and the World Assembly. In addition, there are general discussion forums where users gather to talk about the latest events. Players can also engage in general role play covering just about any genre their hearts desire. Check out Portal to the Multiverse.
That's my specific haunt, by the way. I serve as a P2TM Role Play Mentor. You can find out more about me by visiting my nation's factbook page. Cheers!
OOC INFORMATION, RP GAME QUOTES,
REGARDING NIFID AND CLARK'S THIRD LAW
This then falls under Clark's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. The Nifid, like nearly all First Ones, would seem to operate on a godhood level to less advanced societies and species. Humorously, several variants of Clark's Third Law have been applied to Nifid.
There arises contention regarding perceived Nifid actions. Is an action a result of malice on the Nifid's part, or has it arisen due to general lack of understanding? More often than not, it is deliberate malice under the guise of cluelessness. The Ba'a, an antediluvian machine race on par with the Nifid, state it best:
"The Nifid are cosmic trolls. They deliberately provoke lesser races with the intention of causing maximum disruption for their own grins, and then use the lesser race's poor reaction as an excuse to involve themselves in a bid to "manage" that race's [knowledge] resources. Fucking annoying parasitical virus, that's what they are. And if you actually manage to get a rise of them, they'll drop a damned rock on your planet to remind you that they're "gods". Nobody likes them. But you can't squash one. Oh no, slap down one little troll and the whole hive mind responds. Did I say respond? Correction: overreacts beyond comprehensible belief! The Ba'a have long had an anti-Nifid vaccine: IGNORE. Don't let them play you. Don't feed them." - Pulgittah Zieeg, Prime Legate of Ba'a Hixtl Military Forces
1. Rubin, Charles T. (5 November 2008). "What is the Good of Transhumanism?". In Chadwick, Ruth; Gordijn, Bert. Medical Enhancement and Posthumanity (PDF). Springer. p. 149. ISBN 9789048180059. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014
2. J. Porter Clark (16 November 1994). "Clark's Law". Newsgroup: alt.news.misc. Retrieved 2014-12-10. They were apologetic and seemed sincere, but sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from malice. 8-)
3. Urban Dictionary: Grey's Law
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