NationStates Jolt Archive

Open letter to makers of "calculators"

27-06-2005, 04:14
For all of you who made, or think of making, a "calculator"---don't tell me what my imports and exports are. There nothing in what NationStates says that determines that. It's not determined by my economy. It's all for RPing. Ya want proof? How about the RL USA?

Made in America by Bill Bryson, Chapter 20, p.335
By the early 1950s, most American homes had a telephone, television, refrigerator, washing machine, and car---items that would not become standard possessions in Europe and Japan for years, and not always then. With just 6 percent on the earth's population and 7 percent of its land area, the United States by the mid-1950s was producing and consuming 40 percent of total global output---nearly as much as the rest of the world put together. What is particularly notable is how self-contained America was in this period. Throughout the 1950's, imports amounted to no more than 3.2 percent of gross national product (an Americanism coined in 1946 by the economist Simon Kuznets, who won a Nobel Prize for his efforts) and direct exports to no more than 4.7 percent. The United States became the richest country in the world without particularly needing the rest of the world.

Made in America by Bill Bryson, Chapter 20, p.347
By 1988, imports, primarily of cars by also of cameras, televisions, radios, and much else in which America had once been self-sufficient, were equivalent to over 13 percent of America's gross national product, and the country's annual trade deficit had grown to $150 billion---about $600 for every man, woman, and child in the country.

OK, so he's kinda jingo-y. But the point's there. The USA economy was not hugely better or worse in 1988 than in 1958. The change in imports was from different ways of thinking and buying. That's something RPed, not made by looking at my Econ/Civil/Polital ratings. So stop saying YOU make up my imports and exports with your "calculator." 'Cause you dont decide it, I do by roleplaying. Please stop.
27-06-2005, 04:25
It's pretty rude to insist that other players play the way that YOU say, and no other. If you don't like NS calculators, then don't use them. If somebody likes to crunch numbers, let them. What's it to you?