Board Games Published by Governments
George Husted
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I know that there were games published by the Nazis during WW II and I know that Daring Eagle was published by the US Government during the GWOT. Were there any others?

This is a Geeklist of games published throughout time by various governments around the world.

Discussion of the game merrits or lack of merrits and also the political motivation behind the government's publication of a game are welcome and encouraged.
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1. Board Game: Daring Eagle [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:18621]
Board Game: Daring Eagle
George Husted
United States
East Hartford
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Daring Eagle is an abstract wargame published by the US Army National Guard.
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2. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:20328]
Board Game: Monopoly
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United States
Batavia
Ohio
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During World War II, the British secret service hatched a master plan to smuggle escape gear to captured Allied soldiers inside Germany. Their secret weapon? Monopoly boxes. The original notion was simple enough: Find a way to sneak useful items into prison camps in an unassuming form. But the idea to use Monopoly came from a series of happy coincidences, all of which started with maps.

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3. Board Game: Oh! Canada [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Oh! Canada
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Canada
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I'm not absolutely sure it was published by the Canadian government as such, but it was definitely distributed by it, to any schools or individuals who requested it. It was meant to promote bilingualism. I wish I knew what happened to the copy my family had.
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4. Board Game: Firefight: Modern U.S. and Soviet Small Unit Tactics [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:12850]
Board Game: Firefight: Modern U.S. and Soviet Small Unit Tactics
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A tactical game of modern (late 1970's) mechanized combat, partly funded by the US Army as a training tool, to show the effects of the long range and lethality of modern weapons on the techniques and tactics of the modern battlefield.
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5. Board Game: Carrying the Tools to Britain [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Carrying the Tools to Britain
Andrew Hodkinson
Canada
Owen Sound
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This educational game was made in 1942 by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) which is the national television network. Its aim was "to enable listeners of all ages to better visualize the mobilization of this country's vast resources in the gigantic war effort ... and in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic in particular."

Board Game: Carrying the Tools to Britain
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6. Board Game: Don't get Nabbed! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Don't get Nabbed!
Andrew Hodkinson
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Okay, while looking for the CBC one above that my uncle once owned during the war, I came across this one published by the Singapore National Council Against Drug Abuse (as part of the Partnership for a Drug Free Singapore).

Basically the game "Snap", it uses cards with illustrations of grotesque and pitiful creatures that have succumbed to the evils of drug abuse. Each card comes with a little rhyme detailing the sad fate of its character - for example:

MAK THE RABBIT
"I wish you peace" said Mak the rabbit.
His friends gave him drugs,
Now he can't kick the habit.

When two cards of the same design are seen, the first player to shout "NABBED!" gets to keep both stacks of upturned cards adding all of them face down to the bottom of his/her stack.

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7. Board Game: La Squadriglia degli Assi [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
Board Game: La Squadriglia degli Assi
Andrea Angiolino
Italy
Rome
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Simulation boardgame about air warfare in 1915-1918 on the Italian front. Published by the Air Force Ministry as a gadget for their youth magazine about aviation cluture.
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8. Board Game: 303 [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:7078]
Board Game: 303
Lou Coatney
Norway
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I am dumbfounded this isn't in this list.

EXCELLENT, simple little game. They have even had school/government-sponsored tournaments of it.

There are 2 other games in the series - one about the 1919/20 Russo-Polish War aerial/strafing defense of Lvov from advancing Red Army columns by our Polish-American Kosk. Squadron. The other is about the Polish Air Force trying to stop a 1939 Luftwaffe bombing of Warsaw.

Poland's Remembrance institute put(s?) this out.
 
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9. Board Game: Kolejka [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1594]
Board Game: Kolejka
Dave Lartigue
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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Also put out by Poland's Institute of National Remembrance. It's fun!
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