about 1 month ago
Victoria 3 has a really interesting economic simulation where money actually flows around the economy (and is only minorly minted and destroyed), which leads to some interesting game effects, like “deficit spending so that your interest payments enrich favored political groups.”
I, uh, may have run Japan’s economy into the ground by trying too hard to modernize the country while operating on a feudal capital stack because I insufficiently curtailed the power of the shogunate and he blocked reforms like abolishment of serfdom and open internal borders.
Now I’m teetering on bankruptcy, can’t default on the debt because my one power base (the capitalists) would be economically devastated if I devalued their JGB, can’t build anything, and the shogunate and samurai are revolting while also oops controlling the army and police.
The mark of a great strategy game is when continuing to lose is more fun than restarting.