Nathan is an exceptionally rare kind of politician. Though he’s only in his second year of high school, he’s already served a term as minister in the executive branch of the English government, two terms in the legislative branch, and is now the mayor of Idaho. This is Democraciv, a Reddit community where hundreds participate in a single game of Civilization 5 via a democratically elected government. They form political parties, hold elections, propose new bills, and blast each other with propaganda. But unlike the usual model governments found in most high schools, the decisions made by the elected officials of Democraciv have actual consequences—in the game, that is. “Democraciv is where we elect a government that runs a game of Civilization 5,” Nathan, better known online as ‘Nuktuuk’ tells me. “How that works is we have three branches, pretty much like the US government. We have a judicial, a legislative, and an executive branch. We do this all through a Twitch stream and we have people vote on most things, but it’s just one person actually playing the game.” The idea originated when ‘octopodesrex’ pitched the concept to the Civilization Reddit community. That’s when ‘Best_Towel_EU’ created Democraciv, which quickly… Read full this story
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