NationStates Jolt Archive

A proposal for a new ‘Settings’ option : Population Decrease

The Ctan
09-05-2004, 13:19
A proposal for a new ‘Settings’ option : Population Decrease/Freeze.

This is an idea I’ve been toying with for a while, and I’d like to sound it off here. Basically, I’ve come across a few people and nations who are in roleplayed situations that require them to have lower populations than they already have, for example, the aftermath of wars, genocides, geographical pressures or just far flung colonies.

Now, the basic idea is that there would be at least one new option in the nation settings, which would allow you to set your population to appear as anything below your ‘real’ population, possibly implemented as a drop down menu with increments of fifty or one hundred million, or a scrolling counter that showed ever possible increment, which would work in the nation description in the same way the April Fool’s reduction worked.

Problems and other things

It shouldn’t be permanent, due to mistakes, players changing things, and so on, however. This opens up the occasional avenue for abuse of the system, but certainly more mature RPers would be able to handle it with care.
The various automatic budget calculators, and of lesser importance, the nationdata.cgi wouldn’t show it, and it’d really be an RP tool, the same as some people RPing their population lower than it ‘really’ is, but easily seen

09-05-2004, 13:39
I've always believed in a population limit in crease and not and actual population increase.

What this means:

Every day, another 5million-7million is added to your nation's population. Instead, it should be added to a limit. The user (via the 'Settings Menu') sees something like diagram 1-1.

Population Limit - 2.433 billion: [_____]

In this text field, the user can type in a population ranging from 1 - their limit.

I don't think it would be that hard to program into the game, and I think even if it was, it would be worth it.