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What follows is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Please check this document before sending mail to the WebMaster. This list is maintained daily.

Table of Contents:

1. Awards ranks and scores
2. Money and Loans
3. Trading
4. Corporations
5. Improving health, education and transportation?
6. Defense and War
7. Game settings and rules
8. Shortages
9. Education - priorities - workers and employment
10. New users
11. Federations
12. Communicating with other users
13. Other issues

1. Awards ranks and scores [ top ]

Explain awards to the top players?
When are awards paid and how many are there?
Who is getting an award?
Can a first prizewinner win every month?
How will the awards be paid?
How is the score computed?
Sometimes I see my score drop or increase. Why does it happen?

Explain awards to the top players?

Sicountry wants to award good players for their effort and success. Your countries or enterprises will win awards if they end up at the top group of countries or enterprises.

When are awards paid and how many are there?

Awards are paid every month. The number of awards depends on the number of players in each world. The more people participate the more awards will be given. There are currently more than 100 awards each month. The world pages show how many president awards there are and how many enterprise awards and also how large these awards will be in the current month.

Who is getting an award?

We are using the ranking list at midnight EST on the last day of the month. The best players on that list receive the awards.

Can a first prizewinner win every month?

Awards cause the winner a "score penalty". The penalty depends on the size of the award and will decrease the score substantially.
In time, the penalty wears off, the score recovers and the player can win again.

First prize winners receive a score penalty that can prevent them from winning awards for several months. With excellent performance, the score can increase faster.
Some win multiple large awards on multiple worlds and receive accumulating penalties that can prevent them from winning any awards for a long period.

The winners of smaller awards, receive a small score penalty and can win more awards in the following months.

How are the awards paid?

All awards are paid in gold coins into your account in the game. The gold coins can be used in the game to purchase game assets.

Under some conditions, players can request a cash payout in exchange of 500 gold coins. The exact conditions are specified on the payout request page.
Payments are always $ 25 and are paid out by use of Paypal. Such payments do not constitute part of the Simcountry game and can be discontinued at any time.

How is the score computed?

The score is a combination of many indexes that depend on the situation in your country. Factors in the score include the welfare in the country, the education, healthcare and employment level, social security level, the defense indexes, the assets you have, the utilization index in corporations, the salary levels, the financial balance (income and cost), the transportation system and more.

The score also depends on your game level and war level and on your war status. Countries that are not using war protection get a boost to their score. The score can be influenced by recent awards you have won and the "score penalty" that is associated with these awards. Full members also receive a score boost.

Sometimes I see my score drop or increase. Why does it happen?

The score depends on many conditions, and these change from (game) month to (game) month. If you build schools, the education index will increase. The defense and war indexes may change fast if you are involved in a war and the assets index may change dramatically if you have sudden war damage or if your industry suddenly reduces production.

You should look at your index page and check some of the graphs, including the assets graph or at the value of your corporations, and you will see when the changes took place. Your loans graph and, for example, the defense costs graph, will show you what happens when you go shopping for weapons and how this may result in a drop in the score. Try to read the finance page. It shows exactly what was changed, this month and year to date.

2. Money and Loans [ top ]

Why is spending limited even if I have enough cash?
It seems that I get loans without asking?
Is it bad to have large loans?
How can I balance my finances?
Why are the costs for education, transport and defense so high?
Does it make sense to increase salaries for government employees?
I have built schools and hospitals, why are some of them being closed?
May I change the tax levels for my citizens?

Why is spending limited even if I have enough cash?

There is a spending limit per (game) month for all your purchases. (A month in the game is 4 hours). If you wait longer, the amount will increase. If the financial balance of your country is positive and your economy is making money, you will be able to spend more.

The limitation is intended to prevent unrealistic growth in countries. It is unrealistic to make huge purchases that may disrupt the markets. The spending limits are high enough and sufficient for fast expansion of the economy of the country.

It seems that I get loans without asking?

You should not have a negative cash position in your country or enterprise. If you spend more cash than you have, you will receive a loan to cover the shortage of cash. Taking loans is ok but you pay interest and you pay the loans back when they are due. If the maximum loan limit is reached, your cash might go negative and many country functions will be blocked.

The interest on your loans is higher if you take more loans. The higher the amount you owe, the higher the interest rate. Loans from other players if available, carry a lower interest rate than loaned from the world bank.

At some point each country or enterprise must create a positive cash flow, become profitable and in time, pay the loans back.

Is it bad to have large loans?

No. You must take loans, most countries do. You should invest the loaned money in your economy so that your income will increase. If all of the money goes to the army, your economy will not grow and you may be driven into bankruptcy.

How can I balance my finances?

There are two ways around this. You either reduce your cost or you increase your income. Reducing costs means that you must look at all the cost numbers and try to reduce them. Social security can be reduced, schools may be closed, hospitals too. Reducing the army, or moving weapons into the reserves will reduce the cost too.

An even better way is to try to increase your income. You may decide to increase the tax rates on your corporations. It will increase the country's income but will reduce the corporate profits and with it, their market value which is based on profit after tax. You can try and make them more profitable by upgrading them and improving their competitive position in the market. Profitable corporations pay more taxes.

Why are the costs for education, transport and defense so high?

The costs for education depend on the number of schools. Schools need teachers and other workers and they need materials. The cost of operating schools adds up to a large amount that the government must pay, Only a portion of this education money is contributed by the population. You can see these numbers on the finance page.

The same applies for all other facilities in your country. It is also true for the army. With every weapon you purchase, your army must have the people to operate them. Every base, weapon, missile battery etc. has people in the army to operate it and the cost of the army is mainly based on the salaries of the soldiers and officers and maintenance cost of the weapons and of course, the money it costs to purchase them.

Does it make sense to increase salaries for government employees?

It makes sense to a limit. Government employees' salaries should be in line with the industry to keep their workers happy. You can decide on the salary level and make it depend on the economic situation.
Salary levels influence the welfare index and can improve productivity in the country.

I have built many schools and hospitals, why are some of them being closed?

You need teachers to operate schools and doctors for hospitals. The numbers of professional in your country changes with the education and aging of your population. If your education system does not educate enough teachers or doctors etc. more people may retire when they are 65 than the education system is delivering. The total numbers of these professionals may decline.

At some point, you can reach a situation where there are not enough teachers to run the existing schools or not enough doctors to work in the hospitals. In that case, some of them will close. It is clear that with such shortages, you are unable to build new schools or hospitals. Check the education priority pages frequently. This is probably the most important page in your country. Update the education priorities to make sure you have no shortages in any of the workers groups.

May I change the tax levels for my citizens?

No, at this point you cannot change income tax levels for the population. This function may be added at a later stage.

3. Trading [ top ]

There is a world market demand and supply on the trade menu. What is it?
Can I keep the products I produce and sell them to my own country, or to my friends?
Can corporations sell products directly to each other?
Can countries sell products directly to each other?
Can countries purchase directly from corporations?
Can countries sell to corporations?
I signed contracts and sometimes get a message that it is not delivered. Why does it happen?
If I trade directly with anyone, when does delivery and payment take place?
Is it possible to trade privately at different prices?

There is a world market demand and supply on the trade menu. What is it?

The world market page shows all the products that are traded in the world. It also shows for each product, the latest price on the market, the total supply, the total demand and the difference between them. Shortage is in red, surplus in green.

If you do not get products delivered to you, you can find out why. The world market will show a shortage. You can also look for products that are always in short supply and build corporations to produce them.

Can I keep the products I produce and sell them to my own country, my friends or federation partners?

Yes you can. We call this private trading. You can make a corporation retain some or all of the products it produces. You can also close private contracts with others, including countries and corporations. This is all specified in the trading system (trade menu). You can bypass the world market and you make your trading less dependent on the market. You can ensure delivery of vital products to your own country and corporations and you can trade with your friends and federation partners.

It is also possible to setup common markets with other players and try to become less dependent on the world market. Countries can also setup strategic reserves of products to deliver to their own corporations when there are shortages on the world market. Many such contracts are executed at market price. That can end up less profitable.

Can corporations sell products directly to each other?

Yes they can. There is a "trade deals with others" link on every corporation page, and specific functions in the trade menu. You must specify the country where the corporation is and you get a list of all the corporations in that country that use the product you offer. Some products may not be used by any of the corporations in some country. Cacao is probably used only when making chocolate so if a country does not have a chocolate producing corporation, no corporation will show up on the list.

Can countries sell products directly to each other?

Yes they can. You do it on the trade pages (trade menu). There are some conditions. They must have the products in stock. The prices must be reasonable. Agreements may be arranged for a one-time sale or for long-term monthly deliveries.

Can countries purchase directly from corporations?

Yes, this can be done on the trading pages. You can set up a one-time deal or a deal that will run monthly for a longer period. You can agree on quantities and prices. You may not set prices to an absurd value. It has to make business sense. Corporations selling to your country, must keep some of their products and not sell them on the market. If they do not, they will not be able to honor their obligations.

Can countries sell to corporations?

Countries can setup strategic reserves of any products and sell them to their own corporations. This is mostly done with products that are on short supply. Having strategic reserves makes it possible for the country to deliver to their corporations and allow continuation of their production.

I signed contracts and sometimes get a message that it is not delivered. Why does it happen?

Some contracts are set for a high percentage of what a corporation produces. This is a risk because the corporation might be forced to reduce production. If a corporation does not have all the raw materials it needs or cannot hire enough workers, it will reduce production.. Workers can move into corporations with high salaries. Workers also sometimes join the army to become soldiers and officers and leave the industry wondering what happened. As a result, the corporation may produce less and will not be able to deliver on their contacts.

If I trade directly with anyone, when does delivery and payment take place?

If it is a one-time trade, it happens directly when the other party accepts the agreement. Agreements for monthly deliveries are executed as normal orders. They are placed on the private market once a month and the trading process is executing them and takes care of the delivery and payment at the same time.

Is it possible to trade privately at different prices?

We would have loved to let the contract prices free. It creates many possibilities for abuse of the system. In the past, fake sales at arbitrary prices were used to transfer cash.

4. Corporations [ top ]

I do not understand the cash flow of my corporations. Can you explain?
My corporation is making a profit but its cash is not going anywhere is that possible?
Can you explain how tax payments work?
When can I build a new corporation and what are the limitations?
How many corporations can I build?
What are production plants and why do I need them?
I see very low hiring and production levels why does it happen?
Do salary levels in a corporation matter?
Do people move around between Corporations?
There is a difference between the hiring level and the production level. Why does it happen?
What is the delivery time for products?
I reserved products for direct trade contracts. Why do I get messages about not delivering on my contracts?
What are quality upgrades in corporations?
What are efficiency upgrades?
How many upgrades can be installed in one corporation, is it limited?
Why not upgrade all my corporations all the time?
I am a president of a country How can I prevent takeover of my corporations?
Is it bad when they takeover some of the corporations in my country?
I am an enterprise CEO. Is it bad if they takeover some of my corporations?
What is the difference between state and national corporations?
What corporations should I keep by making them national industries?
How do I change the status of a corporation from national to a state corporation or back?
Do private corporations pay their profits to the enterprise?
How do I change the name of a corporation?
What happens when a corporation closes?
What happens to loans of the corporation when it closes?

I do not understand the cash flow of my corporations. Can you explain?

Corporations have income and cost. The income of a corporation comes from the sale of its products. The income results in the increase of the cash of the corporation.

The cost for the corporation includes the cost of salaries paid to the workers, there is fixed cost which is the cost of maintaining the site of the corporation, marketing cost and other general cost. In addition, there are maintenance products that are used each month to maintain and replace the corporate equipment. The corporation also pays interest on loans it receives and it uses raw materials that it has to purchase on the market or in direct contracts.

There are also the raw materials. A gasoline producing corporation uses oil as raw material. Imagine the corporation uses 1 billion worth of oil every month. You expect the cost to be 1 billion per month. But there are months that the corporation does not buy any oil. It may buy once in 6 months for 6 billion.

This means that the corporation will show 5 months with no cost for this raw material and then one month, it will have a 6 billion cost and make a huge loss. We prevent this.

When the corporation is buying the oil, the cash goes down by 6 billion, but the value of the materials it has, goes up by the same amount. This means that the corporation spent cash but did not make a loss. The cost for the corporation is what it is using each month. So in many cases, it does not spend any cash (it has a big stock of oil), but the cost for the corporation in that month is 1 billion because it did use materials for 1 billion and the value of the raw materials it has in stock declines by the same.

This makes the cash flaw a little more complex to follow.

To make all this a little easier, we are showing the cash at the beginning of the month, we show all the revenues and income that increased the cash and then show all the items that reduce the cash during the month.
We are also showing the revenue and real cost for the month and the resulting profit and loss.

In addition, we have a cash log that shows all the amounts received and paid with all details. It is possible to exactly follow the cash changes.

My corporation is making a profit but its cash is not going anywhere is that possible?

Corporations sometimes make a very nice profit, but they pay a lot in taxes and most of what remains, goes to the owner. The setting of taxes is 30% and you can change it. The rest of the profit (70%), can remain in the corporation. In general, large part of the remaining profit goes to the owner. (You may change this percentage). It means that if profit payments are at 80% then only 14% (20% of the 70% remaining profit after tax) of the profit of the corporation remains in the corporation.

This can be changed. You can reduce both percentages and keep more money in the corporation.

Can you explain how tax payments work?

The profit of the corporation is taxed by the government of the country where the corporation resides. All corporations, both state owned and private corporations, pay the same tax percentage. The standard is 30% but some presidents change it.

Both the profit and the tax amount are showing on the corporation page.

When can I build a new corporation and what are the limitations?

You can always build a new corporation. Depending on your game level, you may or may not be able to build some types of corporations. Some types of corporations require a higher game level (high tech corporations for example).

If there are no unemployed workers in the country, it may make sense to wait until workers are available. Corporations might be built and have difficulties in operation due to lack of workers. An enterprise must find a country that has most of the workers it needs in each group of workers.

When you start building a corporation, an order is issued for a production Plant. When the production plant is delivered, the corporation starts operations. Enterprises cannot own more than 20 corporations in one country and it is not possible to have more than ten corporations under construction at the same time.

The workers that are needed to operate the new corporation are unemployed until the start of operations but they are counted as workers needed for new facilities.

How many corporations can I build?

Most countries have between 20 and 200 corporations the number is however unlimited and some have more than 300. The number depends on the population of the country and on the size of these corporations. If you look into the unemployment numbers in your country, you may find that you can start more corporations but very soon, you may run out of workers in some of the groups of workers you need for the corporation. Setting up several more will be a problem. Some corporations will not be able to produce at full capacity.

There are however, ways to increase the number of corporations. You can work intensively on the education priorities of your country and try to change the balance of available professionals. If you succeed in educating the right balance in number of workers in all groups, it can result in a possibility for more corporations.

Another way is in trying to reduce the number of workers in each corporation. This can be done by efficiency upgrades in the corporations. The result will be that corporations will use smaller numbers of low and mid level workers and more executives and high-level workers and managers.
If your education system is capable of producing the high level professionals you need, this is a way to increase the number of corporations.

What are production plants and why do I need them?

Each corporation needs a production plant to operate. In all cases, when you start building a new corporation, a production plant is ordered and it must be delivered for the corporation to start operations.

I see very low hiring and production levels why does it happen?

A corporation might be forced to reduce its operations and even stop production altogether if it cannot find the workers it needs. If a corporation needs 10.000 high tech seniors and it can hire only 5.000, it will reduce it whole staff by 50 percent and its production too. This is the single most frequent reason for corporations to stop production.

Another reason for reduction or a complete stop of production is lack of raw materials. If no raw materials are available, the corporation cannot continue the production. The products must also be sold on the market. If a corporation does not succeed in selling its products, it will reduce its production.

Do salary levels in a corporation matter?

Yes they do. If salaries are low, workers are less motivated. Production levels will be reduced. Low salaries will reduce the corporate welfare index.
Workers can move to other corporations where salaries are higher. Good salaries are important and will prevent large numbers of workers from moving between the corporations.

When salaries go very high, corporate profits will suffer. The salary costs are an important factor in the corporations' finances.

The corporate welfare index is crucial to the production level. If the index is at 120, the corporations' production level can reach 120% of the standard capacity.

Do people move around between Corporations?

Yes, workers are moving between corporations. If wages are better in another corporations. These movements are limited to about 5% of the work force per game month.

There is a difference between the hiring level and the production level. Why does it happen?

The difference depends on the motivation of the workers shown by the corporate welfare index. If the workers are poorly paid workers produce less.
On the other hand, if wages are good, the country has a high welfare index, the production level may rise beyond the hiring level.

I reserved products for direct trade contracts. Why do I get messages about not delivering on my contracts?

A corporation has a certain production capacity per month. It may produce at full capacity but if there is a shortage of workers or raw materials, the corporation can be forced to reduce production. Production may not be sufficient to fulfill all contract obligations.

What are quality upgrades in corporations?

You can upgrade the quality of the products your corporations produce. In general, the quality of the products in the world is 120. If you purchase one quality upgrade for a corporation, it will start producing goods at a quality level of 121. It will make your products sell better and for a higher price. 5 quality upgrades will make your products also look 5% cheaper. Quality upgrades will help you make your products more attractive and your corporations will make more profit.

What are efficiency upgrades?

You can upgrade the efficiency of your corporations. Every upgrade in one of your corporations, will make it produce the same amount of product with a smaller number of workers. The corporation will employ a smaller number of low-level workers and more managers and executives. You should look into your education priorities and make sure you are educating the people you need.

The efficiency upgrades reduce the total amount of salaries. It makes your corporation more profitable. If you use a smaller number of workers, you will also be able to build more corporations. Efficiency upgrades cost money and also increases the use of robotics products.

How many upgrades can be installed in one corporation, is it limited?

Upgrading is limited to 100 upgrades per corporation. That is 100 quality upgrades and 100 efficiency upgrades. Private and public corporations can be upgraded 125 times, or even 150 times for some public corporations.

Why not upgrade all my corporations all the time?

You can do so and many players do. The efficiency upgrades reduce the number of low-level workers in the corporations but require more managers and executives. If you upgrade your corporations very quickly, you should make sure you have the needed managers.

I am a president of a country. How can I prevent takeover of my corporations?

You can protect up to twenty four corporations from a takeover. This is done by turning them into National corporations. You can do it with the strategic industries like the defense industries or some other corporations that you want to keep.

The best way to prevent a takeover, if you think you must, is by making these corporations very successful. If a bidding is in process and your corporation is increasing its market value month by month, then the bidder will have to increase his bid time and again. If the best bid is lower than the current market value of the corporation, the bidding process will fail.

Is it bad when they takeover some of the corporations in my country?

It is not bad at all. If you make sure your corporations are well developed, other players will have to pay a lot of money for them. The corporations remain in your country and they provide many jobs. They also pay part of their revenue to the country and they pay taxes.

The difference between a corporation you own and one you do not own is that the profit after tax belongs to the new owner. On the other hand, you receive billions in cash when the corporation is sold.

I am an enterprise CEO. Is it bad if they takeover some of my corporations?

It is not bad. The bidder pays for the corporation and in most cases it will be several times higher than what you invested.

Use the money to purchase some corporations at the bottom of the list, improve them, increase salaries, reduce product price and upgrade them. They will increase in value very fast.

What is the difference between state and national corporations?

Both are owned by the state. National industries cannot be taken over by an enterprise and cannot become private corporations. State corporations may be taken over by a private enterprise.

What corporations should I keep by making them national industries?

You can decide to keep the ones that produce weapons. You can also decide to keep some of the most profitable industries or products you like.

How do I change the status of a corporation from national to a state corporation or back?

There is a link on the detailed corporation page. The link is either: "Change its status to a state corporation" (if it is a national one), or "Change its status to a national corporation", (if it is a state corporation). You can have 24 national industries.

Do private corporations pay their profits to the enterprise?

Yes. The success of the enterprise depends on profits it receives from the corporations it owns. The profits are not passed automatically but can be paid manually. It is a good practice to leave enough cash inside the corporations, so they can pay their debts and invest in upgrades.

How do I change the name of a corporation?

A name change function is placed on the details page of each corporation. A country president can also click on the corporation on the map of the country and use the name change procedure in the info window.

What happens when a corporation closes?

You can always decide to close a corporation you own. In that case, all contracts are canceled and all workers are fired. The corporation is discarded from your list and will disappear from the map of the country. This procedure takes some time to complete and the repainting of the map can take place one or two days later.

What happens to loans of the corporation when it closes?

The loans of a corporation that is closed by the owner or is declared bankrupt are inherited by the owner of that corporation. This might be the country that owned it or the enterprise. The owner also inherits all the cash the corporation might have at the time of the closing.

5. Improving health, education and transportation? [ top ]

Why should I build Hospitals in my country?
How does good transportation help the economy?
What is the influence of good education on the economy?
Why should there be good social security system?
Why do I need mid-level-managers?
Where do soldiers come from?
Why do I have shortage of low-level workers? How can I get more?

Why should I build Hospitals in my country?

The level of your health system depends on the number of hospitals. If you build more hospitals, your health index will improve. It will increase the welfare index and have positive influence on your total score and rank. More hospitals mainly reduce the death rate in all age groups. The population of the country will increase faster.

Hospitals cost a lot of money to build, they employ many doctors and nurses and you must have them in the country (check your education priorities), there is a monthly cost running them. Your economy must produce the income to pay for the health system.

How does good transportation help the economy?

Good transportation has a positive influence on the welfare index and the score. Build more roads, railroads and also water treatment installations. Get your transportation index to 120 or even higher.

Your country map will be repainted from time to time if there are big changes in your transportation system. This is not done every game month.

What is the influence of good education on the economy?

Education is essential. The education system is responsible for the education of all the professionals that are needed to run everything in the country. It should be balanced and produce all the professionals you need. Shortages in any of the groups may reduce work in corporations or stop them completely.

The education system is also responsible for the education of doctors and nurses. If there is a shortage of any of these, hospitals cannot be built and some of the existing ones may close. This will result in bad health care and damage the welfare of the people, make them less motivated and produce less.

Why should there be good social security payments?

The level depends on your own judgment. If payments are low, it will make people spend less and they will of course pay less tax. It will also reduce the good feeling people have about their country and reduce their motivation and production. The welfare index will decline. On the other hand, government will pay less in social security payments. You can see this in the monthly report on the financial page.

The best is to have a high level of social security payments and a low percentage of unemployment. IT will reduce the number of people who receive these payments.

Why do I need mid-level-managers?

Midlevel managers are an essential group in all corporations. The numbers that are needed per corporation differ widely but they are needed in each and every corporation. Mid level managers are also needed in the army. All the officers in the army are recruited from this group. Officers are recruited from the age groups of up to 50 years old.
This means that if you build a large army, that army will hire many of the mid-level managers and your corporations run the risk of not being able to operate at full capacity.

The education priorities must be adjusted to increase their numbers and this should be done before a large army is being built.

Where do soldiers come from?

Soldiers are recruited from the low-level workers group. This is the largest group of workers and they are needed in large numbers in all corporations. The army has a high priority when recruiting them and if they are in short supply, corporations may suffer man power shortages as a result.

Why do I have a shortage of low-level workers? How can I get more?

Both the army and all the corporations in the country need low-level workers and as a result of better education, their numbers may decline. More young people are being educated and some become higher level workers and as older workers retire, the number of low-level workers may fall. There are only a few things that can be done about this like reducing the education system which is not a good proposition for many other obvious reasons, or by purchasing more population on the market.

There are ways however, to reduce the need for low-level workers. One way is to upgrade your corporations. If the efficiency of your corporations is increased by upgrades, they will hire a smaller number of low-level workers and hire more educated people while the total number and cost of workers in the corporation declines.

Building a large army takes low level workers out of the economy. Doing so while this problem is looming, may accelerate the process. The shortage of workers will be much bigger if the army is taking many of them away from the industry.

6. Defense and War [ top ]

I want to start a war. What should I do?
Do I need an army?
How fast can I build my army?
Can I always purchase all the weapons I want?
I see the number of soldiers and officers changing. Is that automatic?
In war, can I use all weapons against anybody?
What weapons are most effective in attacks and against what?
How do I protect against nuclear attacks?
How does a war end?
Can a war end automatically?
How do I repair the war damage?
What can be attacked in my country?
What is the effect of defensive weapons on attacking forces?
Can attacks be stopped without damage?
There are many wars and we see players defeated. Can we prevent it?
What happens if a country is defeated?

I want to start a war. What should I do?

You may but they will fight back. Wars are expensive and you must be economically strong to have a large army. If you want to succeed build a strong economy first, along with some army bases and mainly defensive weapons and build your army more seriously later, when you can afford it.

Do I need an army?

You need a defensive army or you can choose to become a peaceful player. Your main country is always in secured mode and cannot be attacked (except for countries in the Fearless Blue world).
There are always some countries that will start wars and you must defend yourself. Simcountry had a document describing how to build the army.

You can also choose to become a peaceful country and never participate in any wars. Just never attack anyone. Your country will remain in war level 0 and you cannot be attacked.

How fast can I build my army?

Weapons can be purchased either in the trade section or in the defensive, offensive and strategic army sections. The army needs officers and soldiers. Soldiers are recruited from the low-level workers and officers from the mid-level managers groups. Both are limited to people younger than 50 years. If you recruit them all into the army, your economy will decline. When you purchase weapons, you automatically recruit soldiers and officers to operate them.

Can I always purchase all the weapons I want?

You can only purchase weapons if you have a base to place them. For example, you need an offensive military airport if you want to purchase bombers. And you need a strategic army base if you want to purchase strategic missile launchers. You are also limited by the monthly purchasing limit that depends on your financial situation.

I see the number of soldiers and officers changing. Is that automatic?

The number of soldiers and officers is determined by the military assets in the country. There is a fixed number of officers and soldiers that are needed to operate these weapons and maintain them. If a country is building a new a defensive airport, or a strategic military base then the number of officers and soldiers in the army will increase.

The same applies to all the weapons. An Interceptor needs a pilot (in many cases more than one), but also some people on the ground to maintain it, and keep it running during service. When Interceptors are purchased, the army grows. The same applies for all the weapons that are available in the game. When you receive a delivery of such weapons, you will see the size of the defensive, offensive and strategic armies grow accordingly. It depends on what weapons have purchased.

The size of the army decreases if the number of weapons declines. This can be the case during a war, or as result of selling some of the weapons to others or the result of deactivation part of the army and turning it into a reserve army that can be called back to duty when needed. The weapons document shows how many soldiers and officers are needed for each weapon.

In war, can I use all weapons against anybody?

You cannot use your defensive army to attack. You can use your offensive and strategic weapons only. There is also a difference between a war against your neighbor and a war against a faraway country.

When you fight a neighbor, you may use all your offensive and strategic weapons and your military units. When you fight a war against a country with no common border, you can use only air power and missiles and you can land forces in that country. Each weapon system has a limited range and a weapon is usable in war only if it is within range of the target.
When the navy is used, navy missiles and airplanes can be in range of countries far away from yours if the navy is positioned close to these countries.

What weapons are most effective in attacks and against what?

The weapons document shows many details on each and every weapon system that is available in the game. It shows the ammunition that is used in each attack round, the chance of hitting the target and the damage to the target if it is hit. The damage is shown as a percentage of destruction.

All weapons have their specific characteristics and are good in different situations. The picture is complex because there are many different weapons and they may be stationed in combinations that make them very strong against any attack. In general, Land based military units can attack other military units. There are many conclusions that can be drawn and some experimentation is needed.

A good defense includes a large number of air force units and in order to destroy them, you need many offensive air force units. The defensive air force units are stationed at the defensive airbases and they are launched against any attack by air. Their efficiency can be higher if the country has radar planes to warn of an incoming attack.

If a radar plane is not available for the defense, the defensive air force will not know where the attack is coming from and will be sent to many different places. The number that will be sent to each possible target will be smaller. In case a radar plane is available, air force units will be directed to counter the attacker.

An effective attack may start with trying to destroy the radar planes. If there are several, this will be more difficult. Defensive interceptor units must be destroyed to allow your air force free play. An attack can be more effective if the defensive land units are destroyed. For that you need either offensive air force units including bombers or strong land units to invade the enemy territory and destroy the defenses. Beware these defensive units. They shoot back onto your offensive units and can destroy them.

How do I protect against nuclear attacks?

There are multiple types of nuclear attacks. They can come with missiles, both tactical and nuclear missiles. It can involve nuclear submarines or it may include hydrogen bombs, delivered by strategic bombers.

The only way to prevent a nuclear attack is by stationing nuclear defense batteries as part of your garrisons in all potential targets (only large cities and military bases can be attacked by nuclear weapons). You must have nuclear defense missiles that are used by these defensive batteries.

How does a war end?

A war can be stopped if one of the parties offers peace and the other party accepts. It will also end automatically if there is no action for several game months. A war can also end, if one party resigns or is defeated.

Can a war end automatically?

Wars stop if there were no hostilities for a period of 7 game months. Any attach during such period will prolong the war. This is done to prevent wars from going on forever while there is no activity by either party.

How do I repair the war damage?

War damage repair is automatic but may take some time. To repair war damage, the country is placing orders for construction and the damage is reduced each month. By clicking on an object on the map, you can see what the damage to the target is.
Damage to corporations is handled in the same way. Damage repair is on going for some months and corporations reduce their production accordingly. As the damage is reduced with time, corporations gradually restore their production levels.

What can be attacked in my country?

An enemy may attack any target in your country. An attack can be aimed at the target itself, trying to destroy a city or a factory. Your enemy may attack your military units only, or she may attack the long-range weapons that reside in your military bases.

What is the effect of defensive weapons on attacking forces?

The defensive forces only function when you are attacked. Defensive units shoot at targets on the ground, they will counterattack the offensive units that are attacking them. Antiaircraft missiles that are part of defensive units will shoot down both bombers, attack helicopters etc. There is a fair chance they hit but you need a well equipped garrison to defend a target. Your defense garrison and its defense batteries that are deployed to the target will launch missiles. The more you have, the greater the chance they hit these air planes.

Can attacks be stopped without damage?

Yes they can be stopped. When the fight is on, the defensive forces get the first shot. If you have a large number of weapons that have effect on the attacking forces, you may be able to destroy them all before they even shoot once. In most cases this is unlikely to happen and only some attacking weapons will be destroyed. The ones surviving the first round, will be able to damage the target.

There are many wars and we see players defeated. Can we prevent it?

We see many of these fights and we urge you to defend yourself. We have seen that attackers are losing more material, and their success is limited but many times they win too easily. Defensive units are not purchased in large quantities. This means that you just do not defend yourself good enough.

What happens if a country is defeated?

If a country is defeated, its president will lose the country, lose his job. He will leave the country and it will become part of the empire of the winning party. The losing president can start a new country. If you start a war, be advised that you may lose a country. If you want to prevent defeat you should keep building de defenses.

There is always the option of the peaceful country that will free you from any worries about defense and allow you to participate in the economic part of the game.

7. Game settings and rules [ top ]

How long will this game last?
What is the policy on multi playing?
When does the trading take place?
How frequently does the ranking list set?
When does month processing take place?
I noticed that my map is changing from time to time. When is it done?

How long will this game last?

There is no time limit to the game. The intention is to continue for a very long period with countries and corporations going through different periods in their development in a world that becomes more complex all the time.

More worlds will start running in the future, some will have exactly the same rules. Some worlds may be different. Development is ongoing and there are many new features to come.

What is the policy on multi playing?

Multi playing is not tolerated in Simcountry. It is however sometimes hard to prevent. Our policy is to make multi playing difficult, and when we discover such accounts we take action.

Players can have only one account in the game.

When does the trading take place?

Trading takes place most of the time. There are 6 main processing sessions each day and they run several hours. During these runs, every product in the world is traded 6 to 7 times. The trading of a product takes everything that have been offered or requested at that time and try to match them into transactions. In addition, users can place immediate orders and these are traded directly.

It is impossible to predict when the products you offer or request will be traded. When you look at your outstanding orders, you will see that the queue of waiting orders becomes shorter in time and most times disappears within an hour or two. It depends on market conditions, prices requested and offered and possible shortages of products.

When an order is executed, clearing is immediate. The product is delivered and paid at the time of the transaction.

How frequently does the ranking list set?

The ranking list is re-computed directly after a month processing is completed. Most changes in countries and enterprises are taking place during the month processing 6 times every day.

When does month processing take place?

You might wonder when trading takes place and also processing in general. The large simulation runs start at 5:20 am, 9:20 am, 12:20 pm, 3:20 pm, 7:20 pm and 11:20 pm EST.
They run about 1 to 2 hours each, depending on the size of the world.

During processing, all countries and corporations are re-evaluated, normal trading takes place as part of these simulation runs. Changed maps are repainted and all contracts, agreements, private trading and loans are processed. At the end of each run scores and rankings are recomputed.

I noticed that my map is changing from time to time. When is it done?

Repainting takes place if there are "significant" changes. A change of the name of the capital city will trigger it. Many new roads or railroads, a military base or a new city (if your population expends) also trigger a repaint. Generally it happens once in several game months.

8. Shortages [ top ]

I see shortages of products in my factories, why?
Is it bad to have shortages in factories?
How long does a factory remain idle if there are shortages?
What can I do when a corporation has shortage of supplies?
There is a shortage of Air Transport. Who can build a corporation?
There is a shortage of Production plants, what can we do about it?
I have shortage of products in my country. How do I solve it?
My corporations have shortages. How do I solve it?
How do immediate orders work? Should I use them?
What happens if I sell immediately?
I see shortages and they disappear within several hours. How does it happen?
I have many unsold products. How can I sell them?
There are shortages of upgrade products, can I purchase them immediately?

I see shortages of products in my factories, why?

Your factories are placing orders for raw materials. These are delivered during trading which takes place most of the time. If you see shortages, you can check the world market, the link is on the trade page. If you see a shortage in a product you need, you can replace the order by an immediate order. It will be delivered directly, but it costs more.

Is it bad to have shortages in factories?

Yes. If a factory does not get its raw materials, it will stop production. If many corporations are not producing, your economy will decline. Make sure the factories have all the raw materials they need.

How long does a factory remain idle of there are shortages?

A corporation will remain idle or partially idle as long as it does not have enough raw materials needed for the production process. Every game month, before the production is taking place the process is finding out how much product it can make. It looks into the available raw materials and the available workers. It then computes what can be done with these people and materials and decides on the quantity it can produce.

Raw materials that arrive after the decision is taken will be used in the next game month. Everything needed for the production process should be available at the time the production is decided upon.

What can I do when a corporation has shortage of supplies?

You can replace an outstanding order by an immediate one. The products will be delivered immediately. These orders cost more but an idle corporation is worse.

There is a shortage of Air Transport. Who can build a corporation?

Countries only. Air Transport corporations imply the construction of an airport. Each air transport corporation will cause the construction of an additional airport.

There is a shortage of Production plants, what can we do about it?

There are corporations that build production plants. You can build such corporation yourself and deliver production plants. Production plants are very large objects and have a very high sale price.

I have shortage of products in my country. How do I solve it?

Shortages in your country are bad for your citizens and reduce your welfare level. You can replace some of these orders by immediate orders and they will be delivered directly. You pay more; the price is about 15 to 30% higher.

My corporations have shortages. How do I solve it?

A corporation with no raw materials will stop production altogether. It will not pay salaries, people are sent home, and the corporation does not produce a profit. You should watch out for this and replace regular orders by immediate orders. Rethinking your sale strategy and offering more money for the products will help too.

How do immediate orders work? Should I use them?

Immediate orders you place for products are put into the market and are traded immediately. The trade transaction is executed directly. You get the products and pay immediately. I

The price you pay is higher than the market price. It is 15 to 30% higher than the current market price. This makes sense in case you have a corporation that might stop production if the products are not available.

What happens if I sell immediately?

You can place immediate offers. These offers will be traded with the highest priority at the beginning of the next trade run. The price you receive for these orders, is 10 to 20% lower than the market price.

I see shortages and they disappear within several hours. How does it happen?

Your country is evaluated or processed each game month (About 4 real hours). During processing it places some orders on the market. Trading takes place during the processing time. Products are bought and sold depending on prices and priorities. When your requests are processed, you receive the products you ordered. In many cases you will receive everything within two hours after the processing of your county is completed. If there are shortages, orders will wait for the next trading run and for new products to be offered on the market.

I have many unsold products. How can I sell them?

You can make sure that your products are sold if you place them on the market at a price slightly lower than the market price. Set the sale strategy for some or all of your corporations where you have a problem.

If you have unsold products now, you can retract your offers and then sell all the product you have using the immediate procedure. You will receive a little less money for them but unsold products are hurting your corporations.

There are shortages of upgrade products, can I purchase them immediately?

Upgrade products can only be purchased on the market. There are no direct contracts and no immediate orders.

9. Education - priorities - workers and employment [ top ]

Education priorities: what is better a higher or a lower number?
I increased education priorities for senior doctors and the numbers remain low. Why?
Unemployment in my country is going up. Can I do something about it?
How do I know how many mid-level managers I have and how many will be needed for the weapon systems I purchased?
How do I increase the number of mid-level managers so the army can get officers?
Can my education system overheat? What happens then?
What are "Workers needed for new facilities"?

Education priorities: what is better a higher or a lower number?

The higher the number, the higher the priority and the better off you are for that profession. The total of these numbers should be 120. A total lower than 120 reduces the number of graduates from your schools. A total more than 120 does not increase the number of graduates.

I increased education priorities for senior doctors and the numbers remain low. Why?

Increasing the priorities changes the way the education system works. For any senior doctors to come out of the education system, it must function at a certain level. If the education system it might be for a lack of schools or universities. The education index might be too low.

If the number of graduating senior doctors used to be 100 a month and you increased the priority 2 fold the number will eventually rise to 200. This will take some time. But if you increase the quality and size of your education system, the number of graduates might increase to higher levels. The education index should increase to 150 or even to 250 so that even lower priorities will produce large numbers of professionals. Educate many teachers and university teachers and build schools and universities.

Unemployment in my country is going up. Can I do something about it?

Yes you can. Unemployment goes up if your corporations reduce the number of people they employ. If a corporation is not able to sell its products on the market or in direct trading with others, it will reduce its production capacity. It will also reduce the number of people working in the corporation. When it succeeds in selling all its products, it will increase production and hiring again.

You can make it easier for the corporations to sell their produce. You can reduce prices, increase the product quality and place direct offers on the market.

Another important reason for increase in unemployment is lack of workers in one or more workers categories. If you build a large army, you recruit many mid-level managers as officers. This will reduce the number of mid-level managers available for the industry. IF a corporation gets only 50% of the number of workers it needs in even one category, it will reduce the total hiring for all groups to 50%.
If all corporations are producing at 100% and your unemployment is high, you might need to add a new corporation.

How do I know how many mid-level managers I have and how many will be needed for the weapon systems I purchased?

The employment page shows how many people are available in all professions. It shows how many are employed, unemployed and how many will be needed soon.

How do I increase the number of mid-level managers so the army can get officers?

Change the education priorities and increase the priority for midlevel managers. It will take some time but their numbers will grow. The number will also depend on your education index.

Can my education system overheat? What happens then?

If you build many schools, high schools and universities for a very long time, your education index could reaches 250 to 300. Your education system will produce a very large number of graduates. It might produce much more than needed for your economy. The priorities can be reduced and the education system will cool down in a day or two.

The education priorities page shows the number of graduates every month. You should follow the changes and react on time to prevent overheating.

What are "Workers needed for new facilities"?

When you start building a corporation or place an order for the construction of schools, the system makes sure you have the workers needed to operate such corporations or schools. The construction of such facilities can take some time and in that period, these workers are unemployed but cannot be hired for any other job. The numbers of such workers that are needed for facilities under construction is showing on the employment page.

10. New users [ top ]

I am a beginner, what should I do first?
I am a beginner, what should I NOT do?
Is there information for new users?

I am a beginner, what should I do first?

Improve your education. Increase the priorities of education to a total of about 120. Teachers are very important because you need schools. You also need High tech executives and midlevel managers. Invest in schools, high schools, universities, roads, hospitals, and if you have many unemployed, start new corporations. Also read the beginners document, it is part of the documentation set.

I am a beginner, what should I NOT do?

Do not spend your resources on stuff that is not improving your economy. Do not start building the offensive or strategic forces. These forces drain a lot of resources you need to build the economy. Defensive forces can be strengthened but there is no need to build a large army. Check the three education indexes and create a balance between schools, high schools and universities.

Is there some information for new users?

New users should start with the beginners document and look into the �Now What� section that can be entered from the country home page. Enterprise players and presidents should read the FAQ document (this document) as it includes many answers to common questions we receive from mainly new users. There are also tutorials and videos showing you how to use basic functions in the game.

11. Federations [ top ]

Can a federation change the rules that govern it?
How does it work when a federation member is attacked?

Can a federation change the rules that govern it?

The rules of a federation can be changed by a vote of the members. The percentage of members that need to vote for such a change is part of the rules of the federation.

How does it work when a federation member is attacked?

If a federation member is attacked and the federation rules include mutual defense of the members of the federation, then the air force of the federation members will assist the attacked member by sending their defense wings. These forces might be damaged in such attacks.

Federation members can also setup automatic war declarations if their friends in the federation are attacked. This feature reduces the time between a war declaration by an enemy and the intervention by allies.

12. Communicating with other users [ top ]

How can users communicate between them?

How can users communicate between them?

Users can send messages to each other. They can participate in the Forum adding their comments on existing discussions or start new discussions.

Players can also participate in the chat rooms in the game and communicate directly with other players in live discussions.

13. Other issues [ top ]

Can countries merge?
Can people migrate to another country?

Can countries merge?

Countries cannot merge. However, if you conquer a country, you become the president of that country and you may run it. In that case, you can move resources between your country and the one you conquered. It is possible to conquer multiple countries and build an empire.

Can people migrate to another country?

People may migrate to other countries. Migration is triggered by a bad situation in the country compared to others. A bad situation means mainly low salaries, bad health system, social security and education. The situation in a country may also deteriorate as result of war and people dying in war. Depending on the relative situation in all the countries in the world, some migration may be triggered from very poor and failing countries to the rich ones that can easily absorb the immigrants and have many available jobs for them.

Immigration always involves young and middle age people with their families. The numbers may become very high if a country is selling its population.