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* GreyAndGreyMorality: More freedom isn't necessarily a good thing by the game's standards; maximum freedom in all respects is classified as "[[AnarchyIsChaos Anarchy]]". Even an "[[GoldenMeanFallacy Inoffensive Centrist Democracy]]" can have ethically dubious policies. In the end, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement much of it depends on personal opinion and interpretation.]]

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* GreyAndGreyMorality: More freedom isn't necessarily a good thing by the game's standards; maximum freedom in all respects is classified as "[[AnarchyIsChaos Anarchy]]". Even an "[[GoldenMeanFallacy Inoffensive Centrist Democracy]]" can have ethically dubious policies. In the end, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment much of it depends on personal opinion and interpretation.]]

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** "Foreign Tax Credits Leave Film Industry Reeling" have your nation's film festival voting "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons (Nation) Getting Hit By Football]]" as best film

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** "Dàguó Takeaway" will have the first option from a Dàguó defector panicking at the foreign influence of Dàguó within a nation by claiming they [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants "They poisoned our water supply, burned our crops and delivered a plague unto us! Well not yet, but are we just gonna sit around and wait until they do?"]]

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** TurnedUpToEleven in "Controversial Coup Causes Commotion", where a former general of your country stages a coup in a peaceful backwater, which is based off an ''in-game'' headline of the former Arch-Chancellor of the [[TheFederation FRA]] (a Defender alliance) overthrowing the democratic government of [[TheKingdom the South Pacific]].

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** TurnedUpToEleven in "Controversial Coup Causes Commotion", where a former general of your country stages a coup in a peaceful backwater, which is based off an ''in-game'' headline of the former Arch-Chancellor of the [[TheFederation FRA]] (a Defender alliance) overthrowing the democratic government of [[TheKingdom [[TheGoodKingdom the South Pacific]].

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** TurnedUpToEleven in "Controversial Coup Causes Commotion", where a former general of your country stages a coup in a peaceful backwater, which is based off an ''in-game'' headline of the former Arch-Chancellor of the [[TheFederation FRA]] (a Defender alliance) overthrowing the democratic government of [[TheKingdom the South Pacific]].

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* AHellOfATime: If your Region's Founder or (if empowered) Delegate is displeased with you, they can banish you to an outbox region called "[[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace The Rejected Realms]]". After years of GameplayDerailment, players have given this region its own culture, identity and government, and it's now a well-respected participant in interregional politics that prominent players frequently emigrate to on purpose.


* GreyAndGreyMoraity: More freedom isn't necessarily a good thing by the game's standards; maximum freedom in all respects is classified as "[[AnarchyIsChaos Anarchy]]". Even an "[[GoldenMeanFallacy Inoffensive Centrist Democracy]]" can have ethically dubious policies. In the end, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement much of it depends on personal opinion and interpretation.]]

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* GreyAndGreyMoraity: GreyAndGreyMorality: More freedom isn't necessarily a good thing by the game's standards; maximum freedom in all respects is classified as "[[AnarchyIsChaos Anarchy]]". Even an "[[GoldenMeanFallacy Inoffensive Centrist Democracy]]" can have ethically dubious policies. In the end, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement much of it depends on personal opinion and interpretation.]]



* KarmaMeter: On a national scale, represented by the 27[[note:it's a three-axis system]] World Assembly Categories. It's not a good vs. evil system; instead, it's a three-axis system based on Economic Freedom (conducting private enterprise without government influence), Political Freedom (choosing the system of government without government influence), and Personal Freedom (making life decisions without government influence). [[GreyAndGreyMorality Note that more or less freedom isn't necessarily good or evil, and even moderate nations can have less-than-savory policies despite their "freedoms".]].

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* KarmaMeter: On a national scale, represented by the 27[[note:it's a three-axis system]] World Assembly Categories. It's not a good vs. evil system; instead, it's a three-axis system based on Economic Freedom (conducting private enterprise without government influence), Political Freedom (choosing the system of government without government influence), and Personal Freedom (making life decisions without government influence). [[GreyAndGreyMorality Note that more or less freedom isn't necessarily good or evil, and even moderate nations can have less-than-savory policies despite their "freedoms".]].


* CharacterAlignment: On a national scale, represented by the 27[[note:it's a three-axis system]] World Assembly Categories. It's not a good-evil KarmaMeter; instead, it's a three-axis system based on Economic Freedom[[note: conducting private enterprise without government influence]], Political Freedom[[note: choosing the system of government without government influence]], and Personal Freedom[[note: making life decisions without government influence]]. [[GreyAndGreyMorality Note that more or less freedom isn't necessarily good or evil, and even moderate nations can have dubious ethics]].


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* KarmaMeter: On a national scale, represented by the 27[[note:it's a three-axis system]] World Assembly Categories. It's not a good vs. evil system; instead, it's a three-axis system based on Economic Freedom (conducting private enterprise without government influence), Political Freedom (choosing the system of government without government influence), and Personal Freedom (making life decisions without government influence). [[GreyAndGreyMorality Note that more or less freedom isn't necessarily good or evil, and even moderate nations can have less-than-savory policies despite their "freedoms".]].


* AnachronismStew: [[EmergentGameplay Forum gameplay]] notwithstanding, the game's issues can send your nation back to TheMiddleAges or give it [[ArtificialIntelligence AI-run government]] and [[UterineReplicator cloning vats]]. Or you can do both and make [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically engineered]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]. The ability to do the latter at all suggests a TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture time frame, but you can ignore it if you choose.



* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: The game's simplistic economic engine leads to oddities such as nations with the strongest possible economy ratings having 100% tax rates (but sometimes higher for the wealthy), no private sector, and no government funds spent on economic production. And that's before we get into the economic models some players propose their nations run on. [[InvokedTrope Some nations even deliberately fail economics]] to avert Mary Suetopia. Or become one.

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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: The game's simplistic economic engine leads to oddities such as nations with the strongest possible economy ratings having 100% tax rates (but sometimes higher for the wealthy), no private sector, and no government funds spent on economic production. And that's before we get into the economic models some players propose their nations run on. [[InvokedTrope Some nations even deliberately fail economics]] to avert Mary Suetopia. Or become one.for the sake of roleplaying.



* AuthorAppeal: The name of the nation, the type of government and its leadership (Monarch/President-for-Life/Sporting Superstar/Chief General/Jedi/Sith) is all named after the creator. It's their nation, after all.
* AuthorAvatar: Pretty much the premise of the whole thing. Not all players though. Many people use it to play as different characters than themselves.

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* AuthorAppeal: The name of the nation, the type of government and its leadership (Monarch/President-for-Life/Sporting Superstar/Chief General/Jedi/Sith) General/[[Franchise/StarWars Jedi/Sith]]) is all named after the creator. It's their nation, after all.
* AuthorAvatar: Pretty much the premise of the whole thing. Not all players though. Many though; many people use it to play as different characters than themselves.



* CommonTongue: Every character within the game speaks English, even if they have foreign-sounding names or if the player's nation represents a non English-speaking one. This may be an [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality Acceptable Break From Reality]] as the game is created by and for English-speaking players. Also, within the game reality, several issues assume that while an issue is presented and written and English, the fictional people are speaking "the native tongue of NATION NAME".
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: There's lots of opportunity for embracing or battling corporate corruption, which is perhaps unsurprising given that the novel the game is based on is all about this.
* CrapsackWorld: As a parody of the real world, there's all sorts of horrifying things going on, including nations which openly have slave-based economies, dumping of radioactive waste in international waters, intrusive surveillance societies and so-on.
** In the fine detail, this trope is actually subverted when you look at some of the worldwide stats. For example, the NationStates world has far better average income equality than the real world, and crime has been eliminated or virtually eliminated in a majority of countries.

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* CharacterAlignment: On a national scale, represented by the 27[[note:it's a three-axis system]] World Assembly Categories. It's not a good-evil KarmaMeter; instead, it's a three-axis system based on Economic Freedom[[note: conducting private enterprise without government influence]], Political Freedom[[note: choosing the system of government without government influence]], and Personal Freedom[[note: making life decisions without government influence]]. [[GreyAndGreyMorality Note that more or less freedom isn't necessarily good or evil, and even moderate nations can have dubious ethics]].
* CommonTongue: Every character within the game speaks English, even if they have foreign-sounding names or if the player's nation represents a non English-speaking one. This may be an [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality Acceptable Break From Reality]] as the game is created by and for English-speaking players. Also, within the game reality, several issues assume that while an issue is presented and written and English, the fictional people are speaking "the [[TranslationConvention the native tongue of NATION NAME".
NAME]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: There's lots of opportunity for embracing or battling corporate corruption, which is perhaps unsurprising given that [[Literature/JenniferGovernment the novel novel]] the game is based on is all about this.
* CrapsackWorld: As a an often-grim parody of the real world, there's all sorts of horrifying things going on, including nations which openly have [[MadeASlave slave-based economies, economies]], [[PollutedWasteland dumping of radioactive waste in international waters, waters]], [[BigBrotherIsWatching intrusive surveillance societies societies]], and so-on.
so-on. Play your cards "right", and you can do this even in an otherwise "free" nation.
** In On the fine detail, other hand, this trope is actually subverted [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when you look at some of the worldwide stats. stats in detail. For example, the NationStates world has far better average income equality than the real world, and crime has been eliminated or virtually eliminated in a majority of countries.countries.
* {{Cult}}: The game's issues have a whole host of wacky cults (the Cult of Pizza [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin worships pizza]], and "Vive la Chèvre" venerates cheese), but the most prevalent by far is the Order of Violet. While not quite a ReligionOfEvil, the Order is involved in some less-than-savory deeds like HumanSacrifice and religious terrorism (although both are implied to be extremist views). Its influence even sneaks outside the cult; [[OhMyGods "For the love of Violet!"]] occasionally shows up as a mild oath. Violet is a common [[ColorMotifs Color Motif]] in general, with Earl Violet tea and movies like ''[[Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey Fifty Shades of Violet]]''.



** The fact that you can't make it so only men are forced to be nude is an example within the game itself.

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** The fact that you can't make it so only men ''men'' are forced to be nude is an example within the game itself.



* GreyAndGreyMoraity: More freedom isn't necessarily a good thing by the game's standards; maximum freedom in all respects is classified as "[[AnarchyIsChaos Anarchy]]". Even an "[[GoldenMeanFallacy Inoffensive Centrist Democracy]]" can have ethically dubious policies. In the end, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement much of it depends on personal opinion and interpretation.]]



* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Referenced in the issue "Tiara Sign of Oppression, Declare Feminists"; the second option has a MoralGuardian supporting a nationwide dress code for women, with "necklines that never drop below the base of the neck".

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* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Referenced in the issue "Tiara Sign of Oppression, Declare Feminists"; the second option has a MoralGuardian supporting a nationwide dress code for women, with [[InvertedTrope "necklines that never drop below the base of the neck".neck"]].



* InNameOnly: Whether you're a President, a Prime Minister, or a dictator, you always have complete say over the nations issues, and neither the Congress or Parliament or any other organization can overrule any of your choices. There are seemingly no checks and balances.

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* InNameOnly: Whether you're a President, a Prime Minister, or a dictator, you always have complete say over the nations nation's issues, and neither the Congress or Parliament or any other organization can overrule any of your choices. There are seemingly no checks and balances.



* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The issue "Dogman Deconstructed"

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The Quite literally in the issue "Dogman Deconstructed"Deconstructed".



* LordBritishPostulate: It's a nation-building political simulator where players answer issues twice a day and maybe chat on a forum. Players managed to create a [[PlayerVersusPlayer combat system]] anyway.

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* LordBritishPostulate: It's a nation-building political simulator where players answer issues twice a few times a day (at most) and maybe chat on a forum. Players managed to create a [[PlayerVersusPlayer combat system]] anyway.



* NonPlayerCharacter: There are several NPC nations in the game who will appear in certain issues.

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* NonPlayerCharacter: There are several NPC nations in nations, most of them hostile to the game player's nation, who will appear in certain issues.issues. For example:
** Bigtopia is a hostile dictatorship and the closest your nation has to an NPC ArchEnemy. Among its offenses include harboring anti-player-nation activists, calling for the extermination of your people, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking sucking away your nation's jobs]] with its [[EthnicMenialLabor cheap labor]]. Some issues imply that it has been (and might still be) at outright war with your nation. On the other hand, its emigrants suffer discrimination from both the player nation and other NPC nations.
** Blackacre is another dictatorship, seemingly engaged in a ColdWar with your nation. In addition, [[EvilIsPetty its dictator harasses and threatens other nations on]] [[BlandNameProduct Twitcher]].
** Brasilistan is [[RuleOfThree yet another dictatorship]] that abducts people (including its own citizens' children) to work in its diamond mines. Its mistake of kidnapping some of your nation's tourists prompts the "An International Incident" issue chain, the closest thing [=NationStates=] has to a proper StoryArc.
** Brancaland, on the other hand, is a cultured, friendly nation that's popular among tourists and retirees. Considering its multilingual policies, cold climate, and a [[BreadEggsMilkSquick violently separatist province]], it seems to be the NPC nation equivalent of [[CanadaEh Canada]].



** One particular RunningGag recurring in issues: Whenever an issue concerning your political or social freedoms springs up, you can be almost certain that one of your closest relatives (brother, cousin, sister-in-law, your aunt's best friend, etc) will come up and kindly suggest that you TakeAThirdOption and simply set up a totalitarian dictatorship. Whether or not you actually ''do'' it [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential is up to you]].

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** One particular RunningGag recurring in issues: Whenever an issue concerning your political or social freedoms springs up, you can be almost certain that one of your closest relatives (brother, cousin, sister-in-law, your aunt's best friend, etc) etc.) will come up and kindly suggest that you TakeAThirdOption and simply set up a totalitarian dictatorship. Whether or not you actually ''do'' it [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential is up to you]].you]].
* {{Satire}}: Of the GovernmentProcedural genre.



** The unit of measuring how atheist a nation is is the "Dawkins".



** Some of your advisers have the surname [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Dredd]].



** Randomly generated names for characters in issues include, among others, [[Franchise/StreetFighter "Chun-Li"]] and [[Franchise/StarWars "Anakin"]].

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** Randomly generated names for characters in issues include, among others, [[Franchise/StreetFighter "Chun-Li"]] and [[Franchise/StarWars "Anakin"]]."Anakin"]], or [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd "Dredd"]].



** "No, Minister" features government minister Jem Hacker and civil servant Humphrey Pearby and is of course a straight reference to YesMinister.
* SillinessSwitch: The Liberal and Conservative themes.
* SkeletonGovernment: No one wants to make up and explain all government ministries and offices.
* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: The entire game runs on this trope, and unless you dismiss all or most of the issues that come up, your nation will inevitably become this. Even the forum guide to creating new issues states explicitly that all solutions to all issues must be wrong in some way, and the results of your decisions usually sound like they're straight out of a corrupt-a-wish game.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Most issues are actual political problems but the easter eggs go in strange directions. For example, the issue "Murder, He Shouted", is the end of a murder mystery, and you have to decide who did it (the victim's friend, your secretary, you or the detective) rather than making a policy decision.

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** "No, Minister" features is a straight reference to Series/YesMinister, featuring government minister Jem Hacker and civil servant Humphrey Pearby and is of course a straight reference to YesMinister.
Pearby.
* SillinessSwitch: The [[StrawCharacter Liberal and Conservative]] interface themes, which change nation classifications to satirical exaggerations. For example, the "Moralistic Democracy" classification is called "Ordinary Decent Hardworking People" by the Conservative themes.
theme and "Narrow-Minded Backwoodsy Bigots" by the Liberal theme.
* SkeletonGovernment: No one wants to make up and explain all government ministries and offices.
offices, unless they want to.
* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: StrawCharacter: [[InvokedTrope The entire game runs on this trope, trope]], and unless you dismiss all or most of the issues that come up, your nation will inevitably become this. Even the forum guide to creating new issues states explicitly that all solutions to all issues must be wrong in some way, and the results of your decisions usually sound like they're straight out of a corrupt-a-wish game.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Most issues are actual political problems problems, but the easter eggs Easter egg issues go in strange directions. For example, the issue "Murder, He Shouted", Shouted" is the end of a murder mystery, and you have to decide who did it (the victim's friend, your secretary, you or the detective) rather than making a direct policy decision.



** This is [[LampshadeHanging lamp shaded]] by the issue "Hey Kid, Have A Cigar!" with the third option saying...:

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** This is [[LampshadeHanging lamp shaded]] lampshaded]] by the issue "Hey Kid, Have A Cigar!" with the third option saying...:



* [[VideogameCrueltyPotential Videogame Cruelty]] [[VideogameCaringPotential and Caring Potential]]: You can either make your nation a utopia, or a "Psychotic Dictatorship" where you refer to your citizens as "[[CosmicPlaything Your Little Playthings]]" and the phrases "Political Freedoms" and "Civil Rights" do not exist in your vocabulary.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: A serious problem when trying to make a specific type of nation, especially given the game's [[MortonsFork damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't issues]]. For example, even reasonable decisions such as banning incest or cannibalism can result in a decrease in personal or political freedom. Banning ''anything'', no matter how vile, can be seen as a restriction of freedom by the game system's standards.

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* [[VideogameCrueltyPotential Videogame Cruelty]] [[VideogameCaringPotential and or Caring Potential]]: You can either make your nation a utopia, or a "Psychotic Dictatorship" where you refer to your citizens as "[[CosmicPlaything Your Little Playthings]]" and the phrases "Political Freedoms" and "Civil Rights" do not exist in your vocabulary.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: A serious problem when trying to make a specific type of nation, especially given the game's [[MortonsFork damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't issues]]. For example, even reasonable decisions such as banning incest [[IncestIsRelative incest]] or cannibalism [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]] can result in a decrease in personal or political freedom. Banning ''anything'', no matter how vile, can be seen as a restriction of freedom by the game system's standards.game's logic.



* ZombieApocalypse: 2013 April Fools gag was a giant zombie apocalypse, with nations having to either kill, cure, or export the zombies in their country. This event was repeated for Halloween.
** It now repeats every Halloween, lasting 36 hours and giving a special issue. Each nation has some of their population turned into zombies and gets three options; set the military on the zombies (converts zombies to dead), research a cure (after a few hours you get cure missiles which allow converting zombies to survivors not only in your nation but in other nations of the same region) or joining the horde (creating more zombies and getting hordes to infect other nations in the region). The options encourage regions to work together as a team and there are several leaderboards to show success with each strategy.

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* ZombieApocalypse: 2013 April Fools gag was a giant zombie apocalypse, with nations having to either kill, cure, or export the zombies in their country. This event was repeated for Halloween.
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It now repeats every Halloween, lasting 36 hours and giving a special issue. Each nation has some of their population turned into zombies and gets three options; set the military on the zombies (converts zombies to dead), research a cure (after a few hours you get cure missiles which allow converting zombies to survivors not only in your nation but in other nations of the same region) or joining the horde (creating more zombies and getting hordes to infect other nations in the region). The options encourage regions to work together as a team and there are several leaderboards to show success with each strategy.

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* NoodleImplements: The issue "Dial L for Loan" centers around the government going bankrupt after an incident involving "a foreign casino, a gambling-addicted crime lord, and a secret agent that was a bit too confident in his poker-playing abilities".

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** "No, Minister" features government minister Jem Hacker and civil servant Humphrey Pearby and is of course a straight reference to YesMinister.


* ViolationOfCommonSense: When addressing issues, even perfectly reasonable decisions can result in a decrease in personal or political freedom, such as banning incest or cannibalism. Banning anything, no matter how vile, can be seen as a restriction of freedom.

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* ViolationOfCommonSense: When addressing issues, A serious problem when trying to make a specific type of nation, especially given the game's [[MortonsFork damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't issues]]. For example, even perfectly reasonable decisions such as banning incest or cannibalism can result in a decrease in personal or political freedom, such as banning incest or cannibalism. freedom. Banning anything, ''anything'', no matter how vile, can be seen as a restriction of freedom.freedom by the game system's standards.


** In game terms, the Anarchy classification comes from having maximum freedom/no regulations in every aspect, including business. Completely unregulated businesses can fuel extremely powerful economies, at the expense of [[NoOSHACompliance safety, happiness, and life expectancy]].



** That's only for nations that have been established (IE: Have resolved more than about 20 issues). When you first establish your nation, the first ten or so issues come one every half hour. After that, it cuts down to one issue per hour, then one every two hours, then one every four hours, before finally settling on one issue every six hours.

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** That's only for nations that have been established (IE: Have have resolved more than about 20 issues). When you first establish your nation, the first ten or so issues come one every half hour. After that, it cuts down to one issue per hour, then one every two hours, then one every four hours, before finally settling on one issue every six hours.



* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: A somewhat simplistic economic engine leads to oddities such as nations with the strongest possible economy ratings having 100% tax rates (but sometimes higher for the wealthy), no private sector, and no government funds spent on economic production. And that's before we get into the economic models some players propose their nations run on. [[InvokedTrope Some nations even deliberately fail economics]] to avert Mary Suetopia. Or become one.

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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: A somewhat The game's simplistic economic engine leads to oddities such as nations with the strongest possible economy ratings having 100% tax rates (but sometimes higher for the wealthy), no private sector, and no government funds spent on economic production. And that's before we get into the economic models some players propose their nations run on. [[InvokedTrope Some nations even deliberately fail economics]] to avert Mary Suetopia. Or become one.



* AuthorAvatar: Pretty much the premise of the whole thing. Not all players though. Many people use it to play as ''different characters than themselves''.
** Also the creator of the game have been known to appear in Issues in various forms. Most notably there are many references to author Max Barry, such as Max Barry the author in issue #46 (''[[BreakingtheFourthWall Jennifer Government Censorship Row]]''), Max Barry being named a beauty pageant queen as a result of pro-equality choices in ''Tiara Sign Of Oppression, Declare Feminists'', and even a computer game called Super Barry Brothers.

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* AuthorAvatar: Pretty much the premise of the whole thing. Not all players though. Many people use it to play as ''different different characters than themselves''.
themselves.
** Also Also, the creator of the game have has been known to appear in Issues issues in various forms. Most notably there are many references to author Max Barry, such as Max Barry the author in issue #46 (''[[BreakingtheFourthWall Jennifer Government Censorship Row]]''), Max Barry being named a beauty pageant queen as a result of pro-equality choices in ''Tiara Sign Of Oppression, Declare Feminists'', and even a computer game called Super Barry Brothers.



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The entire Issues game is often set up around this premise, with effect lines showing a "corrupted wish" outcome on a decision. Increase aviation safety standards with more inspections? You get told that planes can be grounded for months simply because an inspector "didn't like the color". This is design-as-intended, and the exaggeration and satire is the game's purpose.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The entire Issues game is often set up around this premise, with effect lines showing a "corrupted wish" outcome on a decision. Increase aviation safety standards with more inspections? You get told that planes can be grounded for months simply because an inspector "didn't like the color". This is design-as-intended, and the exaggeration and satire is the game's purpose.



* BlandNameProduct: There are several different types of products like this in the game which may appear in some issues. There's some irony here, in that the book that the game is based on openly uses the names of several real world brands as villainous mega-corporations, but in Nationstates its seen as standard practice to use parodic names. Examples include video-sharing site ''[[Website/YouTube WhoTube]]'', a role-playing game called ''[[TabletopGame/TunnelsAndTrolls Trials and Trolls]]'', films called ''[[Film/TerminatorSalvation Exterminator 4: Salvation]]'', ''[[Film/AlienResurrection Xenoform Resurrection]]'' and ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Transmorphers Vengeance of the Failbots]]''. In fact, parodic references come up in a good half of the game's Issues.
** There's also Maxémon Woah, a ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' stand in
* BreadAndCircuses: The issue ''We Who Are About To Die Would Rather Go Home'' allows your nation to institute gladiatorial fights to simultaneously entertain and to deal with rebellious elements.

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* BlandNameProduct: There are several different types of products like this in the game which may appear in some issues. There's some irony here, in that [[Literature/JenniferGovernment the book that the game is based on on]] openly uses the names of several real world brands as villainous mega-corporations, but in Nationstates its seen as NationStates it's standard practice to use parodic names. Examples include video-sharing site ''[[Website/YouTube WhoTube]]'', a role-playing game called ''[[TabletopGame/TunnelsAndTrolls Trials and Trolls]]'', films called ''[[Film/TerminatorSalvation Exterminator 4: Salvation]]'', ''[[Film/AlienResurrection Xenoform Resurrection]]'' and ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Transmorphers Vengeance of the Failbots]]''. In fact, parodic references come up in a good half of the game's Issues.
Failbots]]''.
** There's also Maxémon Woah, ''Maxémon Woah'', a ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' stand in
stand-in.
* BreadAndCircuses: The issue ''We "We Who Are About To Die Would Rather Go Home'' Home" allows your nation to institute gladiatorial fights to simultaneously entertain and to deal with rebellious elements.



* CommonTongue: Every character within the game speaks English, even if they have foreign sounding names or if the player's nation represents a non English-speaking one. This may be an ''[[AcceptableBreaksFromReality Acceptable Break From Reality]]'' as the game is created by and for English-speaking players. Also, within the game reality, several issues assume that while an issue is presented and written and English, the fictional people are speaking "the native tongue of NATION NAME".

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* CommonTongue: Every character within the game speaks English, even if they have foreign sounding foreign-sounding names or if the player's nation represents a non English-speaking one. This may be an ''[[AcceptableBreaksFromReality [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality Acceptable Break From Reality]]'' Reality]] as the game is created by and for English-speaking players. Also, within the game reality, several issues assume that while an issue is presented and written and English, the fictional people are speaking "the native tongue of NATION NAME".



** In the fine detail, this trope is actually subverted when you look at some of the worldwide stats. For example, the nationstates world has far better average income equality than the real world, and crime has been eliminated or virtually eliminated in a majority of countries in the world.

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** In the fine detail, this trope is actually subverted when you look at some of the worldwide stats. For example, the nationstates NationStates world has far better average income equality than the real world, and crime has been eliminated or virtually eliminated in a majority of countries in the world.countries.



* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Averageness of a nation is measured on the Average Standardized Normality scale
* DirtyOldMan / SickAndWrong:

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Averageness of a nation is measured on the Average Standardized Normality scale
Scale.
* DirtyOldMan / SickAndWrong: DirtyOldMan:



** When addressing issues, even perfectly reasonable decisions can result in a decrease in personal or political freedom, such as banning incest, or even ''[[HumanResources banning cannibalism]]''.



* DrillSergeantNasty: One of the issues is soldiers complaining about sergeants forcing them to crawl through muddy minefields and climb grease-coated walls. You can side with the grunts or the sergeants, or eliminate training altogether and send out troops who don't know how to shoot, or start [[TykeBomb raising children from birth to fight]].

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* DrillSergeantNasty: One of the issues is soldiers complaining about sergeants forcing them to crawl through muddy minefields and climb grease-coated walls. You can side with the grunts or the sergeants, or eliminate training altogether and [[WeHaveReserves send out troops who don't know how to shoot, shoot]], or start [[TykeBomb raising children from birth to fight]].



** Actually, it's considered part of good issue writing to make sure that every choice [[MortonsFork feels like a bad choice]]. The issue writing guide suggests that any decision made should always leave a player wondering if they've made the right choice. Of course, this doesn't always happen, usually because the choice given just isn't bad at all. One issue is about slavery and clicking the appropriate answer reads "Slavery is outlawed." That's it.

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** Actually, it's It's considered part of good issue writing to make sure that every choice [[MortonsFork feels like a bad choice]]. The issue writing guide suggests that any decision made should always leave a player wondering if they've made the right choice. Of course, this doesn't always happen, usually because the choice given just isn't bad at all. One issue is about slavery and clicking the appropriate answer reads "Slavery is outlawed." That's it.



* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: There is one issue which deals with abortion and whether or not it should be legal in your nation: you can enforce or defy this trope depending on what you choose.

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: There is one issue which deals with abortion and whether or not it should be legal in your nation: nation; you can enforce or defy this trope depending on what you choose.



*** For example, every time an issue involves animals they insert the name of the national animal, even if it wouldn't work with the given situation. Indeed the national animal, by default, "frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests." Even if it's a whale.

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*** For example, every time an issue involves animals they insert the name of the national animal, even if it wouldn't work with the given situation. Indeed the national animal, by default, "frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests." Even if it's a whale.



** Also, full nation names follow the format of The [Nation classification (e.g. Federation)] of [Nation], and you can make your own custom classification when you reach 500 million. Some have made weird or amusing names using this, such as [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=h2so4 The Water Bottles are Full of H2SO4]][[note]]sulfuric acid[[/note]].

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** Also, full Full nation names follow the format of The [Nation classification (e.g. Federation)] of [Nation], and you can make your own custom classification when you reach 500 million. Some have made weird or amusing names using this, such as [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=h2so4 The Water Bottles are Full of H2SO4]][[note]]sulfuric acid[[/note]].



* InNameOnly: Regardless of whether you're a President or a Prime minister or a dictator, you always have complete say over the nations issues, and neither the Congress or Parliament or any other organization can overrule any of your choices. There are seemingly no checks and balances.

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* InNameOnly: Regardless of whether Whether you're a President or President, a Prime minister Minister, or a dictator, you always have complete say over the nations issues, and neither the Congress or Parliament or any other organization can overrule any of your choices. There are seemingly no checks and balances.



* ItsUpToYou: Everything of importance that happens in your nation demands a personal response from you, the president/dictator/first citizen/god-emperor/whatever. This is NecessaryWeasel, since responding to these things is the entire game, but it can still come off a bit silly, as lampshaded in "A Prosthelytizer To Burn":

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* ItsUpToYou: Everything of importance that happens in your nation demands a personal response from you, the president/dictator/first citizen/god-emperor/whatever. This is NecessaryWeasel, since responding Responding to these things is the entire game, but it can still come off a bit silly, as lampshaded in "A Prosthelytizer Proselytizer To Burn":



* LifeImitatesArt: Issue 47 'The Great Wall Of (nationname)' proposes building a wall on the borders of the nation to keep immigrants out, intending this as a satire highlighting a stupidly impractical approach to controlling immigration. This issue was created in 2003, some time before Donald Trump proposed a wall on the US-Mexico border.



* ShoutOut: There are a lot of these, probably more than there are Issues in the game. Some examples include:
** The "What's in a Name?" issue directly references ''Series/ThePrisoner'', with a suggestion that the nation's children be given numbers instead of names.

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* ShoutOut: There are a lot of these, probably more than there are Issues issues in the game. Some examples include:
** The "What's in a Name?" issue directly references ''Series/ThePrisoner'', with a suggestion that the nation's children be [[YouAreNumberSix given numbers instead of names.names]].



** The unit of measuring how Atheist a nation is is the "Dawkins".

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** The unit of measuring how Atheist atheist a nation is is the "Dawkins".



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Most issues are actual political problems but the easter eggs go in strange directions. There's also the issue "Murder, He shouted", which is the end of a murder mystery and where you have to decide who did it (the victim's friend, your secretary, you or the detective) rather than making a policy decision.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Most issues are actual political problems but the easter eggs go in strange directions. There's also For example, the issue "Murder, He shouted", which Shouted", is the end of a murder mystery mystery, and where you have to decide who did it (the victim's friend, your secretary, you or the detective) rather than making a policy decision.



* TakeAThirdOption: Even when you feel an issue could only have two logical solutions, there's often another option that may or may not make sense. Example: allow public nudity, ban public nudity, or ENFORCE public nudity. Others are just a nonstandard extreme/ideal that would be really hard to bring about in real life. Not to mention you can just dismiss the issue altogether if it appears to be FailureIsTheOnlyOption.

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* TakeAThirdOption: Even when you feel an issue could only have two logical solutions, there's often another option that may or may not make sense. Example: allow public nudity, ban public nudity, or ENFORCE ''enforce'' public nudity. Others are just a nonstandard extreme/ideal that would be really hard to bring about in real life. Not to mention you can just dismiss the issue altogether if it appears to be FailureIsTheOnlyOption.



* {{Unobtainium}}: Issue 435 has miners excavating unobtainium ore, named as is.

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* {{Unobtainium}}: Issue 435 has miners excavating unobtainium ore, named as is.as-is.



* [[VideogameCrueltyPotential Videogame Cruelty]] [[VideogameCaringPotential and Caring Potential]]: You can either make your nation the aforementioned Utopia, or a "Psychotic Dictatorship" where you refer to your citizens as "[[CosmicPlaything Your Little Playthings]]" and the phrases "Political Freedoms" and "Civil Rights" do not exist in your vocabulary.

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* [[VideogameCrueltyPotential Videogame Cruelty]] [[VideogameCaringPotential and Caring Potential]]: You can either make your nation the aforementioned Utopia, a utopia, or a "Psychotic Dictatorship" where you refer to your citizens as "[[CosmicPlaything Your Little Playthings]]" and the phrases "Political Freedoms" and "Civil Rights" do not exist in your vocabulary.vocabulary.
* ViolationOfCommonSense: When addressing issues, even perfectly reasonable decisions can result in a decrease in personal or political freedom, such as banning incest or cannibalism. Banning anything, no matter how vile, can be seen as a restriction of freedom.

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** "Not Mushroom For Error" has a [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros plumber named Mario hand you a peach he found near an old castle.]]

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