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Cyber Nations (also known as CyberNations and abbreviated to CN) is a massive multiplayer online geo-political simulator. Players assume the role of a national leader of a fictional nation they create and then run.

Cyber Nations was created by Kevin Marks, modelled on a game he invented as a child involving a world map and push pins. In 2003, Marks started a website for the game, although the domain sat idle for two years. On December 24, 2005, he began to code the game, and Cyber Nations was finally released to the public on January 6, 2006.

In the beginning, Cyber Nations was heavily linked to Jennifer Government: Nation States and a lot of its oldest members were recruited from there. Several of the oldest teams from Nation States became Alliances in Cyber Nations. However, this link is no longer so prominent. Most members now join from places other than Nation States.

Gameplay

When a player first creates a country, they choose a national name, a capital city name and location on Cyber Nations's planet, known by various names including Digiterra (from digital and Terra, Earth), Cyberverse (from cyber and universe) or Planet Bob (originated as a reference to the film Titan A. E. and often attributed to one of the in-game alliances), the income tax percentage, and various other settings such as the structure of government and positions on various issues, all of which are changeable after nation creation. Nations may collect taxes and pay bills daily, or wait for an update cycle (24 hours) to gain interest. Many factors affect the happiness of a nation's citizens, which in turn directly impacts that nation's income. By buying more infrastructure, a player can improve the economy and increase the population of their nation. Factors that affect a nation's income include the nation's technology level, infrastructure level, resources available, war readiness, position in colour team, and inter-colour team trading.

Alliances

A large amount of game play is alliance based, and players are recruited almost immediately as they join the game. Alliances are created by players but have been coded into the game. An alliance offers many benefits, including protection from attacks, camaraderie, aid (money or technology or military) and information on basic game play and nation building. Most alliances have off site forums and charters to explain their rules and several IRC channels.

As of November 2009, four of the most powerful alliances are: The Order of the Paradox, the Mostly Harmless Alliance, the New Polar Order and Sparta. The oldest alliance in the game is the Global Alliance and Treaty Organization. There are language based alliances such as FOK!, who are almost all Dutch and website based alliances such as Fark, and there is also a nationality based alliance such as Nusantara Elite Warriors. The alliance FOK! is ranked 10th in score as of Nov 1, and Fark is ranked 7th.

Several wars between various alliances have occurred, the most prominent recent one of them being the Karma War, which was a global war (like World War II) between major alliances, the bulk being New Pacific Order and allies (as the Hegemony) against a coalition of sixteen other prominent alliances and their allies defending Ordo Verde (known as Karma). Karma eventually defeated most Hegemony alliances, forcing its major enemy, the New Pacific Order, to surrender. The cause of the war was Ordo Verde accepting screenshots of classified information on the New Pacific Order's Forums; however, most said the act was a minor one and that the New Pacific Order over-reacted.

Controversy

On January 2, 2007, an in-game alliance of nations known as Nordreich caused controversy when a Norwegian newspaper posted a story about a neo-Nazi group posting propaganda on YouTube, using the Norwegian national anthem. The Norwegianmarker government and press did not check up on the story further, but were outraged over their national anthem being used in the background for a "neo-Nazi cell based in Germany" and requested YouTube to pull the video immediately. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry contacted YouTube about the video sometime prior to December 25, 2006, but YouTube did nothing at the time. The stated reason for the removal request was the "Nazi references and symbols" present in the video.

The next day, after an official statement from Nordreich in which one of the leaders of Nordreich stated that they were not neo-Nazis and did not condone such behaviour, the incident was cleared up. The Norwegian papers which attacked Nordreich in print were also verbally reprimanded for their poor research and journalism. The video in question was later removed by YouTube on the grounds of copyright violation. The second Aftenposten article's mention of Cyber Nations made Cyber Nations more popular - causing Fark to link Cyber Nations to their main page, as well as nearly doubling the number of people who signed up for the game daily.

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