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It seems that there's a never ending stream of pundits on all sides of every issue.
Create a game akin to the various Fantasy sports leagues where players start from a given recent point in history, and play out a simulation of how the world affairs would have turned out had they been in charge.
candidates are obvious players (i.e. Gore 2000, Dole 96, Bush 92) but so are pundits and just about everyone interested in politics.
Everyone plays by the same rules, so results in the game could actually be useful in determining candidates for political office.
A similar game. [Laughs Last, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
The LGC Challenge
Warning! Very dull. [DrBob, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
Political simulation game
[theircompetitor, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
more political games
[theircompetitor, Oct 19 2004]
Nation States Game
courtesy of zen_tom [theircompetitor, Jan 25 2005]
[theircompetitor, Apr 22 2006]
Seems to be on this track [theircompetitor, Mar 14 2009]
[theircompetitor, Mar 23 2010]
10 years of playing Civilization
Seriously? [theircompetitor, Jun 20 2012]
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||Baked on a slightly smaller scale. In the UK, the (very boring) magazine 'Local Government Chronicle' runs an annual competition wherein teams of staff from a large number of real-life authorities take on the role of politicians in control of a mythical town. The competition lasts a couple of (real life) days during which the teams are confronted with a variety of events and problems that crop up in the mythical town. The group that deals best with the problems is declared the winner and gets a prize.
||DrBob -- I can't for the life of me imagine anything duller then Fantasy Baseball...
||No, wait a second -- I think I DID imagine it.
||Point systems would be a little wierd, seeing as you'd have to make a lot of subjective stuff objective. I imagine using an "I told you so," kind of system to quantify good/bad decisions made in the past.
||Reminds me of the old "Balance of Power" game... first PC game I ever played back in '85.
||Quick, get the paper - has Africa made IT'S move yet?!
||Yeah--it's looks like they're getting ready to attack Africa...
||See PeaceMaker link for latest game entry in this area
||Have you tried out this game [theircompetitor]?
||ah, not really, [blissmiss], I mostly write games, I don't actually have time to play them :) But it came up in some research I was doing and reminded me of this idea.
||I meant the one on your link just to be clear.