Did I hear virtualization?
I never thought it would come up so quick again. Hot hot hot…
A friend of mine introduced me to this game, Erepublik (this is a referer link. It would benefit me if you used it as it is, so you are bound to use it as it is). It is supposed to be a virtual society, a real whole world, with the temporary exception of some small countries. By registering you become a civilian from the country you chose. There you will have to apply for a job, easy thing contrary to the real world, work, something which last only one click instead of the hours we work in real life, and train in the army, also easy one clicky.
The interesting part is that it has its own political system, marketplace and press. After some time you are able to create a party and have members in it. You are to have elections and be the president of the country. Vote for taxes, money deposits, alliances, create hospitals and lots of other things. Create a newspaper and inform people about your opinion for how things go, and affect their opinion about a matter of things. You are able to found a company and create items, construct, or provide a particular service, something that someone will need to develop himself or his company ingame.
The more interesting part is wars (as always)! You actually have lots of possibilities. A political take over (PTO) for example. Croatia has that problem now, as it approved many immigrants in the country. These immigrants created a party, that after some months got the majority. They raised export taxes, and lowered import taxes, so their economy was blown to hell. After that its territories were conquered. But Croatians did not give up. They have developed an outgame marketplace in which everyone may be informed which companies are national and buys from them, even if they are more expensive than the others. Also they are united against the common enemy, and will soon start a revolution war to free their territories, and lastly they have one united party in the upcoming elections to vote.
That proves my theory that wars unite people. We could actually make real life wars every day so humans were united too, and since from mistakes you learn – and war is a big mistake(they say) – your education would be academic!!!! Just think about it. If our politicians played this game they would not be so noobs right now.
You can read about the leading alliances, here and here. Also read your countries history, and finally get informed about the ongoing World War I, World War II, and World War III. YOU ARE OUTLAW PETE.