NationStates is a nation simulation game where players set up their nation by tailoring their flag, history, national animal and answering a short questionnaire that defines the type of government. New nations emerge in one of five main game regions but are able to move or create their own. Inactive nations get recycled in three regions called Osiris, Balder, and Lazarus. Players can create a tyranny, a socialist state, or any other flavor of government. The government simulator permits players view a nation in crisis and understand what is needed for a stable government. Facing daily issues offers several options and each player picks a government stance from a list of options or simply shelves the problem. Each action or inaction influences the country’s well-being. For the first 30 only game-developed matters appear but following the trial period any approved issue may be dealt with by the player. There is no winner but daily World Census reports rank nations on everything from economic strength to the most liberal public laws. Players can also move between regions, conquer opposing regions, network on chat boards, and vote on motions at the World Assembly.