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Dan Cristelli
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I'm going to apologize right off the bat because this is all coming from memories of a game played over 20 years ago.

To give a little back story, we played this in my World History (or maybe U.S. History) class, and there are only sparse memories left from what this game was...if it was indeed a game at all. Here's what I know:

1. There were several nations that were involved in this game. The class was divided between these nations. I believe that while the nations had fictitious names, it was implied that they were fictional representatives of actual nations.

2. Every "round" we would have to talk as a nation about what we were looking for. If we needed to import goods we would have to talk to the nations that provided those goods and work out a trade. I distinctly remember each nation having a specific thing in which they excelled(agriculture, manufacturing, etc.).

3. Each nation had a "leader". While the group was supposed to talk about decisions in a democratic fashion, the leader could chose whatever orders he or she wanted and execute those.

4. And speaking of executing, one nation actually had a coup and disposed of their leader by assassination.

5. I seem to have a memory of each nation having a flag - and I'm pretty sure one of them kinda resembled the old Traffic album John Barleycorn Must Die:



6. I can say without a doubt that this was NOT Diplomacy. Unless, that is, some odd variant exists that I haven't seen before.

So hopefully the hivemind will have better luck than I have finding out what this was!

(BTW, I'm going to be very disappointed if Chapel doesn't at least have a guess.)
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It's almost certainly a game designed specifically for classroom use, like Dangerous Parallel (but that probably isn't the one you're thinking of).
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Did it have cards or a board or any such thing that indicated it was a commercial product?
It may have been a teacher constructed simulation. This happened a lot in high schools, where the game played was completely created by the teachers involved.
Just saying you may not find an identifiable title to hang this one on.

edit: Like Dan said, just ahead of me...
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tanik wrote:

Did it have cards or a board or any such thing that indicated it was a commercial product?
It may have been a teacher constructed simulation. This happened a lot in high schools, where the game played was completely created by the teachers involved.
Just saying you may not find an identifiable title to hang this one on.

edit: Like Dan said, just ahead of me...

It could be an educational simulation which was a published product. There used to be a fair number of those. (And I don't recall ever playing something designed entirely by my teachers.)
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tool wrote:
It's almost certainly a game designed specifically for classroom use, like Dangerous Parallel (but that probably isn't the one you're thinking of).

Wow. I'm 99% sure that's it!!! I'm going to confirm with a friend that was in that class as well. But I think that's it!
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Might as well go to 99.9 because Nordo (India) has the flag that you mentioned.
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There was a similar game, if not the same one, that I played in Government class in High School as well. I remembered it being called Propaganda or something similar but assumed it was a game made up by my teacher. It seems it might have been a real game now.
 
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Yah. I'm going to say that was it.

I remember the nations of Nordo, Transania and New Zenith being in play.
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rdonato926 wrote:
tool wrote:
It's almost certainly a game designed specifically for classroom use, like Dangerous Parallel (but that probably isn't the one you're thinking of).

Wow. I'm 99% sure that's it!!! I'm going to confirm with a friend that was in that class as well. But I think that's it!

Wow, that flag really did look like the cover of that Traffic album.
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Oh great! Now you've got Stevie Winwood in my head. I can't rest until I put on one of those old albums.
...not necessarily a bad thing.
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