Cyber Nations offers you the chance to craft a budding super-power or play as a rogue militaristic state.
Multimedia: Cyber Nations
Number of players: Infinite
ESRB rating: Not Rated
Developer: Kevin Marks
US release date: 2006-01-06
Everybody wants to rule the world, and what better place to start than as the ruler of your own nation? Cyber Nations -- an online nation simulation game that boasts a world with some 35,000-odd user-ruled nations -- offers you the chance to do just that. Featuring an array of building-block economic, social, and military options, the game offers you the chance to craft a budding super-power or play as a rogue militaristic state. Form trade agreements with other players, build civic features, join alliances, or fight in wars, do anything you can to continually improve your piece of the pie.
Eurasia as ruled by Cyber Nations
Similar in nature to the more limited NationStates, but boasting more interactive features and group play in a manner analogous to the cheeky fantasy game Kingdom of Loathing, at first blush Cyber Nations seems unlikely to hold interest. You can collect taxes for money only once per day, making the strategy as much about judiciously allocating your resources as it is about action, and navigating global politics and striking bargains are as much parts of the game play as fighting battles. It's also worth mentioning that playing alone is a bit less fun -- and less advantageous -- than getting some friends together to play as a group. However, despite its deceptive simplicity, the limited amount of single-round play is oddly addictive, and given that it's a free online game, you definitely get more than your money's worth.