Once upon a time we had a power template designed to keep nations in tidy boxes that prevented power gaming. (Link: http://www.europe-game.eu/index.php?threads/population-and-economy-guidelines.8031/) Right now I believe we have a large movement for reform because of general beliefs that the forum has moved in a direction that caters to mysterious unknown quantities of weaponry, backed up by powerful economies, and large populations. More or less, we have too many nations that have too many things that are good. Too many nations without weaknesses. It hurts RP possibilities, but also creates opinions and feelings of disdain privately. I think there are two options to take moving forward. The first one is an opinion that we should move the timeline back to the 1950s again. This limits tech power creep. Rather than discuss the merits of that approach, this is I think one of the best approaches to fixing our current modern timeline. I want to take the old template and add an additional category. This will have population, economy, military budget. The goal is that all nations need to pick on a ten points scale for each category. Additionally, I want to place bonuses for types government. So you have a limited amount of points you can spend, but get bonus points for certain qualities. Additionally we as a community can award superpower bonuses, which can only be awarded to a maximum of three nations at a time upon consensus, but also have some requirements, as for example a nation with a population of 15 million cannot ever be considered a superpower and in fact a superpower must be maxed out on the population slider. As a result a superpower gets an automatically maxed out military budget slider, leaving their remaining points to only put in the economy if they wish. Of course you can choose not to spend all your points. The points are only there to show a maximum if you want to play a powerful nation. Otherwise, they serve as a symbol to just show where you are at. I’m going to work strongly with averages. Population is measured by millions. Economy will be measured by GDP per capita because it gives a sense of what roughly your total GDP would be at, but also your rough standard of living and taxable base. The population numbers are based upon average world population of a country, which in real life is 34 million people in a country. The GDP per capita (PPP) is based on the world average of 16,000. In total, every nation has 15 points to spend, and you automatically start at 1 as the lowest, so your first point spent takes you to 2. As stated, superpowers get an automatically maxed military slider bonus, which I’d only assume is Kadikistan and the Anti-State. Population slider: (via Wiki) 1: Less than 1 million (Luxembourg, Malta, Iceland) 2: Less than 5 million (Ireland, Croatia, Mongolia, Estonia) 3: Less than 10 million (Sweden, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark) 4: Less than 15 million (Zimbabwe, Belgium, Czech Republic, Portugal) 5: Less than 20 million (Romania, Chile, Netherlands) 6: Less than 30 million (Yemen, Nepal, Australia, Taiwan #1) 7: Less than 50 million (Spain, Ukraine, Poland, Canada) 8: Less than 75 million (UK, France, Italy, South Africa, South Korea) 9: Less than 100 million (Egypt, Vietnam, Germany, Turkey) 10: Anything above 100 million (China, India, USA, Russia, Japan) Economy slider: (via IMF) 1: Basket case (Congo DR, Somalia) 2: Less than $3,000 (Nepal, Uganda, Ethiopia) 3. Less than $5,000 (Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania) 4. Less than $10,000 (Jordan, Ukraine, India, Vietnam, Pakistan) 5. Less than $15,000 (Colombia, South Africa, Albania, Georgia) 6. Less than $25,000 (Uruguay, Bulgaria, China, Botswana, Brazil) 7. Less than $35,000 (Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, Romania) 8. Less than $45,000 (ex Japan, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic) 9. Less than $55,000 (ex Sweden, Germany, France, UK) 10. Anything above $55,000 (ex Qater, Norway, USA, Netherlands) Military Budget slider: (Via SIPRI) 1: Less than $3bn (Most of the world) 2: Less than $10bn (Algeria, Norway, Mexico, Sweden, Switzerland, Romania) 3: Less than $15bn (Iran, Poland, Netherlands, Singapore) 4: Less than $20bn (Turkey, Spain, Israel) 5: Less than $25bn (Canada) 6: Less than $30bn (Italy, Brazil, Australia) 7: Less than $50bn (Germany, Japan, South Korea) 8: Less than $60bn (UK) 9: Less than $70bn (Saudi, France, Russia) 10: Anything above $70bn (USA, China) Boosts: Liberal Democracy or Post Delegationist: +2 economy Leninov-Marxist or Dictatorship: +2 military budget Fascist, illiberal or mixed democracy: +1 military budget, +1 economy Thoughts? Or is the original system easier and thus better? I can understand how this can seem game-like, but even classic RP games like D&D have stat starting points. I also have a feeling that this system will be quite frowned upon, but with so much discontent and many players sitting on their hands waiting for the time change, or even a great voiding of the recent RP, I think we ought to be a bit more proactive or expect to see activity die.