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Will Fairbanks

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Someone I know is operating a geopolitical simulation that takes place in the year 1990. It is called "Balance of Power" and can be found here http://eregime.org/index.php?act=idx

He has run similar simulations for about ten years now. They are meant to educate and entertain and a lot of participating people have said they learned a lot from playing.

He wants to know if there is any educational institution or professor high school politics club or anything that might be interested in the concept.

The same forum currently has a simulation of the Mexican Revolution too.
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Is there a file of the rules and structure?
 
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Is it in any way based off Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition the seminal Chris Crawford game of the same name?
 
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Is it similar to this?

https://www.ted.com/talks/john_hunter_on_the_world_peace_gam...
 
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Will Fairbanks

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rosie_187 wrote:
Is it in any way based off Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition the seminal Chris Crawford game of the same name?
Yes it is.

(Apologies for taking months to respond)

Sonicwarhol wrote:
Is there a file of the rules and structure?
Here is the start of the very short rules list for the current iteration of the "Balance of Power" game (it started two months ago and is set in the early 90's)
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Balance of Power XV is a simulation of the world starting on January 1, 1990. Players may join as countries, parties, individuals, militant groups, intelligence agencies, or most any other position they can think of.

The game is played by sending a private message to the Gamemaster (aka GM, person in charge of the game, in this case Ismail) describing what you intend to do. "Issue threads" are created by the GM and dedicated to a specific issue. The messages players send to the GM result in him updating the thread as the issue develops throughout the course of days, weeks, months or years.
 
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Is the teacher the GM and does the teacher decide what happens in the world as a result of student choices? Are the decisions arbitrary?
 
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