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A government simulation or political simulation is an Internet-based game that attempts to simulate the government and politics of a certain nation. Government simulations differ from micronations in that they deal with existing nations (such as the modern day United States, United Kingdom or Canada), whereas micronations normally deal with fantasy countries or even historical nations (i.e., The Roman Empire). Government simulations normally are conducted over Internet-based message boards, but have also been played over electronic mailing lists.
The first known government simulation was the AOL Senate Sim, which was conducted purely on AOL-based message boards. However, several Internet-based simulations popped up not long afterwards including the National Government Simulation and the Online Senate Simulation.
The history of government simulations can perhaps be best divided into three eras. The first began with the founding of the AOL Senate Simulation and other lesser Internet-based simulations. The second era began with the second incarnation of National Government Simulation, with Senate Sim developing later. The third era began with the introduction of the American Government Simulation.
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