My friend (with minimal convincing) has me playing a Nation Building Game.
It's fun, you answer 20 or so Political questions and a nation is created and then everyday you get "issues" to decide on which shape your nation. So far the description of my Nation's status is:
UN Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights: Excellent
Political Freedoms: Superb
The People's Republic of ElleWoods is a tiny, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its absence of drug laws. Its compassionate, intelligent population of 5 million love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.
The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded government devotes most of its attentions to Social Welfare, with areas such as Law & Order and Defence receiving almost no funds by comparison. The average income tax rate is 34%, but much higher for the wealthy. An almost nonexistent private sector is dominated by the Automobile Manufacturing industry.
Crime is well under control. ElleWoods's national animal is the English Bulldog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the Snap.
We'll see how this develops.