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Nameless Nations: A List of Generic Wargames
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Wargames are, by and large, historical recreations of famous battles, campaigns, or wars. There is often much reference material on the combatants--the nations, the leaders, even some of the more heroic individuals.

But there is also a large number of wargames which do not name specific, historical or topical nations. Instead, they are hypothetical tactical or strategic studies. These games are good, generic studies in military thinking, and can also lift the burden some carry of playing a specific nation in a simulation due to political, religious or other personal objections.

Here is a list of the generic wargames I am aware of. No named countries. No scenarios labelling Side A as "Country X" and Side B as "Country Y". No specific models of materiel. Not set in feudal Japan, the Roman Empire, or any other locale with reference data on Wikipedia or in the Encyclopædia Britannica.

Please, by all means, do add as many as you know of. And feel free to discuss any of them.

NOTE: this is NOT the same list as Mike Barlow's (Reprint) Wargames with generic units and generic maps. That list did include historical games with non-specific combat units. This is a list of games with non-historical nationalities.
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26. Board Game: Maneuver [Average Rating:3.88 Unranked]
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I just uncovered this POS game in a box of assorted games last night. It's so plain vanilla, I had forgotten about it.
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27. Board Game: Tri-Tactics [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:7138]
Neil Whyman
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Massachusetts
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28. Board Game: Dover Patrol [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:7696]
Neil Whyman
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29. Board Game: L'Attaque [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:8418]
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30. Board Game: Aviation: The Aerial Tactics Game of Attack and Defence [Average Rating:5.21 Unranked]
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31. Board Game: Rebels & Royalist [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Victoria
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Generic looking hijinks on the island of "Dabnis". Six rebel factions and a Royalist spoiler.
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32. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:4.94 Overall Rank:10297]
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I tawt I taw a coup d'etat!
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33. Board Game: Power Play [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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I did! I did taw a coup d'etat!
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34. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:648]
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GWANNY! Dere's so many coups in heah it's wike a pigeon nest!
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35. Board Game: Nieuchess [Average Rating:4.71 Unranked]
Steffan O'Sullivan
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Plymouth
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Don't forget this pre-Blitzkrieg AH offering.
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36. Board Game: BattleGrid [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
Steffan O'Sullivan
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The perfectly balanced African nations of Imperial Sibolia and the United Federation of Provinces, post-Vietnam war.

(Yes, I know, they're not nameless, but you listed Blitzkrieg which has equally nebulous names.)
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37. Board Game: Hotspots [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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38. Board Game: Le Jeu de la Guerre [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked]
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Generic Napoleonic-era game.
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39. Board Game: Field Command [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:3057]
Steffan O'Sullivan
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Plymouth
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Another one that fits.
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40. Board Game: Zomax [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:8311]
Steffan O'Sullivan
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Can't forget this gem (no matter how hard I try ...)
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41. Board Game: Minos [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3275]
Steffan O'Sullivan
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Do settings in ancient times count?
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42. Board Game: Battle: The Game of Generals [Average Rating:5.04 Overall Rank:9734]
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Here's a game that seems to fit the bill.
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43. Board Game: Smess: The Ninny's Chess [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:9202]
Randall Bart
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Winnetka
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If we're going this way, there are a lot of Chess like games.
 
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44. Board Game: Classic Warlord [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2920]
 
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This is on a map of Europe, but there are no historical countries. It's sort of futuristic, but the the nuclear chain reactions are total fantasy.
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45. Board Game: Attack! [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:3344]
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Surprised this one hasn't been mentioned. As with 'Risk', the game board is a map of the globe, with names on regions providing some tie in to 'reality'.

However, the players themselves represent no specific nations or forces, and utilize identical armies - differentiated only by color (blue army, green army, tan army, etc)
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46. Board Game: Freedom in the Galaxy [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1936]
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Generic "Star Wars" wargame.
Clearly this is not about any recognized countries (or planets!) unless the designers know something their not telling us.

Maybe if the central character counters were named Luke or R2D2 we could consider this non generic.
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