Commander in Chief (video game)
|Commander in Chief|
|Publisher(s)||Interactive Gaming Software (IGS)|
|Release date(s)||July 25, 2008|
|Genre(s)||Government simulation game
Real Time Strategy
|Distribution||Download, CD (retail or mail-order)|
Commander in Chief, also known as Geo-Political-Simulator is a government simulation game that places you as the head of state of virtually any nation that existed on January 1, 2009. Players have a large amount of control over their nation, although this varies based on the form of government the player's nation has. This game has been released in French, German, Spanish and Russian. The English version was released on July 25, 2008. The French version has been named Mission-Président.
When starting a new game, players may choose between various scenarios, some of which have set objectives while others are more akin to a "sandbox" mode.
Similarly to other government simulation games like Democracy, the player assumes the role of the chief executive of their chosen nation such as the President of the United States of America or the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Unlike in the Democracy series the player may amend the constitution of their chosen state and run it as a dictatorship.
The game refers to the position of chief executive as "Head of State" which is not true for all states—for example, the U.S President is the Head of State, but the British Prime Minister or German Chancellor are not—and in the game, the player plays as the chief executive. In many states there is a distinction between the Head of Government and the Head of State, with the Head of State often being a ceremonial president or monarch. There is also no distinction in the game between any upper and lower houses of the parliament.
There are also inaccuracies relating to nations in the game, as many nations are misrepresented. For example, the Finnish are inaccurately portrayed as being culturally Scandinavian, all Finnish have Swedish names when Swedish speakers only constitute 5.5% of the population. Other inaccuracies relate to the religion. Certain minority religions, such as the Baha'i faith in India, are not represented in the game, nor are pagans of any kind. There are also mistakes relating to ethnicity. For example, all the people of Kyrgyzstan, as opposed to a sizable minority, are represented as being Caucasian rather than east Asian and also all have Russian names. Similarly, almost all Filipinos, mostly have Indian names.