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You play this game as a president or leader of a country. As a president, you can control developments in your country. There are many pages showing details about education, health, defense and war situation and many more pages about your economy, employment in your country, trade agreements with other players, federations and common markets you may become member of etc.
It is not necessary to see all the details and you do not need to understand all of it at the start. With time you will gain more experience, read more of the hints and all the details will become clear.
You may just look at developments in the country but this alone will not make anything run better and will not get you into any great success.
There are many ways you can influence what is going on. You can build more hospitals and as a result, health care will slowly improve. But do you have the money to build hospitals? Do you have the doctors and nurses needed to run it when it is built and do you have the money to pay their salaries every month after that?
You might be able to add several hospitals but may not have enough doctors or nurses to build the number of hospitals you need. You may need to change the education priorities so that more doctors and nurses will graduate from your universities. When these professionals are available, you will be able to build more.
The same applies to the education system. You can add more schools but not as many as needed for excellent education and excellent education you will need if you want to get to the top players list. So you need more teachers. Again, the education priorities are important.
There are many things you can improve and you need a lot of money to make these things happen. So you also need a large and successful economy that will earn you the money you need to do what you think is right.
You are the president and you will have to decide whether to change the corporate taxes, buy weapons to protect your country against evil players who are out to destroy what you have achieved, build excellent education to have the people you need to run your economy and more.
You cannot expect to be able to do all this directly. Look at the real world. Things change but not overnight. Building an army takes time. Building a strong economy takes time and so does everything else. Driving your economy is like steering a huge tanker. You must start turning the wheel long before you want it to turn.
Your country will grow fast to about 6 to 7 million people. There are many children, and they go to schools and universities; many people are retired, unemployed or disabled and receive government support and pensions. Many work of course; each country has 10 to 100 very large corporations.
The game is running three game months in one real day. On some of the worlds it runs 4 or 6 game months per day. This means that when you look at your country the next day, the date is moved by three months. The current world date shows on the screen all the time and you can follow the date changes.
Some things take place just once per 8 real hours (or once each game month).
Computing how many babies were born and how many people are in each age group happens once a (game) month. Employment numbers, school children numbers too. Also corporation's profit and losses are done once a game month.
Trading and delivery of products is on-going all the time. This does not mean that everything you buy or sell will be handled directly. Generally, if the products are available they will be handled within hours. It is possible to influence the speed of product delivery. Details are in the trading documentation.
We advise you not to start changing everything at once. Start by looking at your schools because you will need more than you have at the start to make it work. Look at the education and education priorities. Read some of the hints showing on the pages and you will start getting an idea of what is going on.
And what happens if you are doing nicely and then go on vacation? Does it mean your country will decline or be attacked while you are out?
Not necessarily. You can automate some of the functions and everything will run by itself. We do not promise you the very best automatic decisions but it will run reasonably. Your country will probably be in secured mode and cannot be attacked. If you have chosen for the full game, including the war part, it remains possible to turn on temporary war protection and prevent war while you are out skiing with your family.
First, if you want the system to do something for you automatically, you must ask for it and set the automatic system on! Do not forget that or otherwise these functions will not work, including your defense.
You can also decide to leave the automatic defense on and let it defend your country while you are not available. If you want the automatic defense to do a good job, buy many defense weapons. The automatic defense system will defend your countries with the weapons they have. It will not purchase weapons for your countries and it will not attack anyone, just defend. It is far better to turn on the temporary war protection, as the automatic defense is always weaker in face of a strong attack.
If you are in secured mode, no war will ever take place.