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NationStates (2002) is a government simulation game where you manage a virtual country's administration. You do this by responding to issues which affect your nation's political freedom, civil rights, and economy. It is up to you to decide how your country is run which makes it an unusual combination of problem-solving and political manoeuvring.

At the start of the game, you set up a nation by answering a political questionnaire that determines what type of government your nations has. You can create your own flag, choose a currency, motto, national animal, and a classification. Then, as time proceeds, various issues are brought to your attention, and your response to them affects your government and your nation's attributes, either positively or negatively.

You start with five million inhabitants and as real time passes, you gain more population and unlock three more characteristics: a capital city, leader, and national religion. You can then join the World Assembly, which is similar to the United Nations. This enables you to participate in passing legislation or recognising other nations for good or bad actions. You can also join regions and groups of nations controlled by other players online to control a geographical region.

This results in a game that is undeniably unique. NationStates stands to provide a political playground for players of all ages to learn about how a nation is run through fun, interesting role-play and decision-making.

Our examiner, Joe Eaton, first checked NationStates 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Simulation game with Communication and Role-Play elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 20-player online game. You role-play as a nation in big conglomerates called regions, like the EU, that other players join. There's one which is like the United Nations, which anyone can join.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 100 hours to complete. There are over fourteen hundred issues in NationStates, meaning that there is plenty of content for players to enjoy over a long period of time. However, many players play NationStates short-term, simply enjoying creating nations and exploring the statistics and governmental aspects NationStates has to offer. This means that you can play for as short or long as you'd like.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


You can only play this on older systems (Web Browser) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.


Web Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You have the option to buy account upgrades or one-off purchases that allow you to send mail to many people at once. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/11/2002

Price: Free

Out Now: Web

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1 (20 online)

Genres: Brain Game, Simulation (Communication and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Max Barry (@MaxBarry)

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