After a number of incarnations on Earth and unhappy with the opportunities nations offer souls to grow, our hero, Kanli (you) is offered a chance to .. do better. He will try, over a number of simulations, to build a state, survive the hardships of time whilst helping as many souls as possible evolve beyond the taints.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The game has been in development for a while now. There is a lot of content that is already available. However, we still have to balance out things and add strategies. The game resets every month, so there is plenty of room for BOLD ideas and changes.

  • - The game has 150 algorithms that manage all of the processes of nation building. This obviously needs a bit of testing at scale before a full release.
  • - We would like to get feedback on our features and ideas and improve the product further before release.
  • - We are not sure if the speed of the game is right for our core target audience. It may need a little tweaking.
  • - We would like to add about 20 continent maps and another 20 stories.

We feel that Steam is one of the best places to get in touch with experienced gamers who can take this game to the next level.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game should be out of Early Access by winter 2020 / early 2021.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will continue on what you have achieved in early access.
You will retain your Steam achievements.

We are hoping to add multiple updates [BLITZ version, trade, archetypes, jobs, single player version] by then and add more in-game content like stories and maps. Iron out the algorithms and test the game at scale. We are also hoping to deploy on multiple servers throughout the world which should make for a more enjoyable experience with local competition.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“At this time we have over 231 types of effects [3,602 individual effects] spread over multiple game actions that can be applied to your nation.
There are 154 algorithms that calculate a variety of aspects of nation-building.

The ideological content of the game is mostly done:
- 303 questions and 1230 answers
Out of which:
  • 49 questions and 196 answers refer to spiritual methods.
  • 147 questions and 535 answers refer to nation governance.
  • 84 questions and 355 answers refer to societal pressure.
  • 17 questions and 44 answers refer to astral plane management.
  • The rest are event chains.

The game already explores the following 13 ideas:
  • 1 The Nation as a school for souls
  • 2 Religion as the development of methods, not a popularity contest
  • 3 Governance as a collection of answers to communal questions
  • 4 Effects that change over time
  • 5 Effects that change based ON your production of their associated resources.
  • 6 Algorithms that try to incorporate a bit of realism
  • 7 Technology as a number of general subjects and not as a tech tree
  • 8 Armies have to carry food and soldiers are recruited from the labor force
  • 9 War, lies & propaganda
  • 10 Karmic years & soul cycles
  • 11 Astral plane management
  • 12 Free-to-play continents, custom wonders, heraldry and more
  • 13 Climate change

For more details and screens see the "description" / "about this" section.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We haven't decided how we will release the game.

We offer free-to-play with microtransactions as well as 100% free to play without microtransactions for a limited number of continents every simulation.

This will continue from early access through the lifetime of the product. The ratio for the "100% free to play without microtransactions" changes monthly, regardless of product status.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“There is an in-game forum where the lead developer is accessible.”
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About This Game

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After a number of incarnations on Earth and unhappy with the opportunities nations offer souls to grow, our hero, Kanli (you) is offered a chance to .. do better.
He will try, over a number of simulations, to build states that survive the hardships of time and scarcity whilst helping as many souls as possible evolve beyond the taints.

13 ideas that we explore in Minds of Nations

1 The Nation as a school for souls

You play the custodian of a state through millennia. The nation is both a state in the classical sense,
but also a school for souls that are interested in overcoming this plane.

You have to consider strength, the material needs of a community and the evolutionary needs the souls that take birth in your realm have. A sluggish state will have them stuck for centuries into the same thoughts, fears and vices. While a weak state may not provide enough bodies or opportunities in life.

2 Religion as the development of methods, not a popularity contest

Incarnated or not, souls generate ideas for you. Ideas are of three types:

The first is the spiritual path that your nation discovers.
Ascetics tired of the endless cycle of birth-rebirth and desire-aversion, are developing methods for transcending this plane of existence.

So they develop the stages of concentration, reflections, prayers, mantras, breathing and other techniques for purifying consciousness.

It does not matter how many people adhere to the path your ascetics uncover. It is NOT about having many provinces declaring themselves Catholic, but rather, having a path that frees more persons from the chains of desire, hatred. Having more methods that incorporate different mindsets, that free one from all attachments and bonds


3 Governance as a collection of answers to society's questions

Instead of having broad systems like Communism, Monarchy, or Democracy, you use ideas to answer each individual governance questions like:

"Who leads our nation ?"
- It can be 1 person, it can be three, it can be a couple, it can be a council..
"How is that person chosen ?"
- Leadership can be inherited, elected by others and then you'd have to choose who can elect your leader. Only landowners ? Everyone older than 14 ?

-Or, your leaders can also be selected in more unorthodox ways:
- You can go the Athenian way and choose them by sortition, randomly.
- You can go the Tang Dynasty way and have examinations.
- Then, you select the exam subjects.
- Moralism ?
- Science ?
- Archery ?

Alternatively, if none of these options fit your vision, you can create really custom systems. Maybe you believe that the leader should be selected after a death match or some other way. You can add this custom option.

We approach every issue of community management in the same way, from economics to the justice system.

And many other options giving you complete control.

4 Effects that change over time

If you switch to an authoritarian regime, in the short run, changing government policies will be cheaper. But, in the long run, after the first generation of rulers die, corruption and nepotism will increase significantly.

Or, if you grant women access to office. You'll have a gradual increase in ideas, but a gradual decrease in natality. Less children per woman.

5 Effects that change based ON your production of their associated resources.

For example: you can get a one time bonus equal to 10 times your yearly food production. That way it is has value to you both in the early game and in the late game.

6 Algorithms that try to incorporate a bit of realism

The algorithm for food is divided into 3 parts. Food produced - food consumed - food wasted.

Each working person: based on tech, knowledge of the technology throughout your state, and other datapoints - produce a number of kilograms of food per acre. Soil quality is also involved as "province fertility".

Consumption and food wasted, are based on the diet your economy and govt. encourage plus other options. A vegetarian diet will mean less food is consumed but more is wasted. A carnivorous diet will also give you a slight military bonus. etc.

Everything matters.

7 Technology as a number of general subjects and not as a tech tree

We take a more general approach to technology, instead of individual discoveries, technologies are grouped into their parent subjects:

- Biology & medical, chemistry & materials, math & economy, physics and engineering.

8 Armies have to carry food and soldiers are recruited from the labor force

You need to carefuly watch your armies' food supplies, as they may disband before reaching their destination. Also, when an army goes to war, it takes with it a significant part of the labour force - decreasing the food production at home.

You can set your nation back centuries by taking an ill-advised opponent to war and having most of your working men die of starvation in enemy territory.

9 War, lies & propaganda

We explore the way politics has been poisoning our mindstream for millennia. Spinning half truths into rigid dogma and encouraging us and our ancestors to commit various atrocities.

In preparation of a war, you can claim the opponent's territories on the global stage. Then, to declare war, you have to choose an exterior cassus belli - what other global actors will be told about this conflict - the "just cause".

You can claim that your "holy" traditions will liberate the pagan world, that you're bringing freedom to their people tired of the tyrant's yoke, that your ethnic minorities are oppressed and you're just trying to protect them, that your ancestral lands are being occupied, that you have the mandate of heaven for the unification of the world.
Each cassus belli limits the demands that you can have after the war.

You also have to choose an interior propaganda - what you tell your own people. You can tell them that the other nation's soldiers are barbarians, cannibals, that they have infiltrated our government and are running our nation from the shadows, that their traditions are a threat to our freedoms or.. you can be honest and just explain that we need more territory.

The more hatred your lies inspire, the bigger the military bonus. However, a lie will have a negative effect on your nation's production of ideas and other karmic effects. Millions of minds repeating a lie for ages: that's not profitable. Or is it ?

10 Karmic years & soul cycles

We try to incorporate the idea of karma into wars. A nation that attacks will get years added to the time needed for its souls to pass through each independent evolutionary stage. This means that fewer new ideas will appear in your state due to the emotional traumas caused in the conflict.

We have 3 evolutionary stages:
1. Common souls - only interested in themselves and only contribute ideas to the day-to-day category.
2. Noble souls – which are common souls that have gone through multiple experiences and have now turned their minds towards science, community and government. They now contribute ideas to the governance category too.
3. Ascetics – after noble souls give all they can to the scientific fields and community, they turn their minds to more, to trasncendence. And then uncover the spiritual methods that free us all.

Once their interior work is completed ascetics are freed and leave our world.

11 Astral plane management

You can limit incarnations in the astral plane tab. You can forbid beings ridden with vices and desires from being born into ruling families. This will improve the way in which the nation is ran but will decrease the common soul's evolution speed because you're denying them leadership experiences. But imagine someone only being interested in themselves being given the keys to the world.. They might use the entire national treasury for their own personal gain while the many suffer. Is this a risk you are willing to take ?

You can also allow Artificial Intelligence incarnations.
This will essentially permit an A.I. to incarnate as one of your citizens and perform tasks or serve purposes that most souls would outright refuse. Endless possibilities.

12 Free-to-play continents, custom wonders, heraldry and more

You can fly a banner with custom heraldic elements that are not found in Europe in the Middle Ages.

You can also build new wonders - enough with the eiffel tower.

Every simulation includes continents that have no microtransactions. 100% free. However, their total capacity is limited.

13 Climate change

The game simulates the effect that large, monocultural, agrarian societies have had on the environment.
Just as some ancient civilizations had fallen on Terra due to bad soil management, your state will be at risk if you ignore the issue.

In a nutshell, these are the key ideas and features we explore in Minds of Nations.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection

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