I played the game for a few hours and I think it’s a great piece of software - all the politicians should play it before they start meddling with the real state!
But I found one series flaw - the game completely ignores the fact that some of the countries are members of the European Union. Being in EU have some really serious implications:
- New expense - member states have to transfer some funds to the European budget.
- New income - EU donations. Less developed countries (generally new member states, e.g. Poland) get much more than they pay. However, EU donations are targeted - country would get 1 billion to spent on law enforcement, 1.4 to prevent pollution, 0.8 for schools etc.
- Less control - e.g. no death penalty, no ignoring fishing quotas, obligatory environmental care, tax rate no higher then A and no lower than B. In the game, the player should be able to break the regulations (real countries sometimes do that), but at the risk of limited donations.
- Other treaties - EU members may choose to introduce euro instead of the national currency (more tourists, more GDP, business will like it, patriots won’t), Schengen treaty (no border control with other treaty members - more tourists, less border control expenses, more immigration, possibly slightly more crime).
How do you like the idea?