Simulating a worldwide economy

An important reason work on Particracy Classic or its handful of reboots I have undertaken over the past decade has always stalled, was that my vision of the game requires simulating a worldwide economy, and that is just really hard. Not just a player-controlled economy you see in games like Civilization or Stellaris, but an actual private sector with supply, demand, exports and imports, and government taxes, investment and regulation on top of that. Sounds easy right? One person I was talking to a few years ago referred to this particular challenge as the problem that brought down the Soviet Union, which to be honest did daunt me a little. This time around however, I’ve gained a few insights and developed techniques that I’m confident will enable me to build a decent economic model to act as a foundation for the simulation aspects of the game.


Technical Details

For those interested in the development side of this project, I thought I’d write up some information about how the game is being developed. If you’re not interested in the technical side of things, you could always forego this post, or just skip to the fancy colorful diagram at the bottom.

Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.Bill Gates



Worlds and their geography

An important way to make an imaginary world believable, is to present its geography with maps. The context of the game — national and international politics — demands believable geometry and necessitates good looking maps. In this article, I will explain a little more on how the underlying geometry of a Particracy world map is created. This article gets a little technical in the second half, so don’t say you weren’t warned.