New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) Oppressive prime ministers and caring dictators - elected with the click of a mouse - are running over 100,000 cyber nations armed with their unique flags, emblems, mottos and warped ideologies. Welcome to the world's most popular online simulation game.
It's not just the Americans and Europeans who are floating anti-Bush and anti-terrorist nations in cyber world. Indians are also increasingly showcasing their warped ideologies.
Sample this: In some Indian nation states the income tax is as high as 80 percent, the wealthy are viewed with suspicion, uranium mining is encouraged, the private sector is led by the gambling industry, racist remarks are illegal, and fur coats are the latest fad!
At one of the more popular Indian nations - the Armed Republic of Enlightened Indians whose motto is 'winners not wasters' - military service is compulsory. 'Surveillance cameras are banned, the tenet of free speech is held dear, and elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume,' states the nation's bulletin board.
A name, a currency and choice of politics - authoritarian or permissive, leftwing or rightwing, compassionate or psychotic - is all that is needed to create a nation on NationStates.net - an online simulation game hosted by Max Barry, author of 'Company' and 'Jennifer Government'.
'You can be a leftwing civil rights paradise with no money, or a rightwing economic powerhouse where the poor are left to fend for themselves,' declares Barry, the brain behind the game.
Although there are no military budgets in cyber world and nations can't go to war here, there is enough representation from nations in turmoil.
Some of the nations that get thrown up in a search for terror nations are the Theocracy of Islamic Terrorists, the Holy Republic of Abu Islam, the Theocracy of Al-Qaeda Islamic Army, the Islamic Caliphate of Believers in Islam, the Democratic States of Bosnian Islamic Rep, the Holy Empire of Din al Islam and the Holy Republic of House of Islam.
Those with a seemingly proxy mission have also registered their presence - the Holy Empire of Islamic Bomb Squad which has a motto 'ready or not, here we come'.
To counter the terrorist nations, there is the Hindu Republic of Isle of Bharat. It is a massive, socially progressive nation, renowned for its compulsory vegetarianism.
'Its compassionate, intelligent population of 1.401 billion love a good election, universities debate the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.'
There's also the Allied States of Bharat Varsh that sees capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt. Here a large private sector is led by the automobile manufacturing industry, followed by uranium mining and beef-based agriculture. It is illegal to make racist remarks in public and retirement homes are often fitted with luxurious suites.
The Republic of Renewed India is a huge, devout nation, notable for its punitive income tax rates. Nursing mothers are often arrested for indecent exposure and the government spends millions of rupees every year prosecuting spammers.
In the Empire of Bharat101, smoking is banned in public areas, a national academy regulates grammar and usage, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups, and fur<
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