Frequently Asked Questions
1.) Are multiple nations allowed?
No. A player may not have more than one nation. This rule was implemented Feb. 18, 2006.
There is one nation per player, period. Players in possession of multiple nations before Feb. 18 were grand fathered under the conditions that they do not break any game rules. Players controlling legal, grandfathered multiple nations may not use them to trade, send aid to the others or wage multiple wars on a single opponent. The game staff uses more than just IP evidence to detect multi users, so if you violate this rule you face nation deletion and/or a possible ban from the game.
*Violation of these rules will lead to immediate nation deletion.2.) My family/friend wants to play but we’re on the same network. What do I do?
Only one nation is allowed per IP as of 03/13/07. Period.3.) When does the game update?
The game updates at 6 AM GMT. Time Zone Converter4.) I don't like my nation/ruler name. Can I change it?
You may not change your nation/ruler name once it has been created. Thems the breaks. Choose carefully!5.) I just created my nation. Why can't I declare war?
New nations cannot declare war and cannot be declared upon for the first two days.6.) What are Teams for? What do they do?
Teams are most commonly referred to as “trading spheres” within the game. They offer nothing for your nation outside of a +1 bonus to Population Happiness when trading with a fellow Team member.7.) What are alliances? How do I make one?
Alliances are player-created and controlled groups that band together for mutual defense, etc. They are not a game feature. You can find them in the Alliances and Wars forum. Some alliances are based on a Team but not all. 8.) What is Environment and what affects its rating?
Environment gauges how clean your nation is. Environment ratings are gained by Technology level, Infrastructure level, Military level, Citizen-to-Land ratio and current resources among other things. Environment ratings have a direct effect on your Population Happiness and Citizen count.9.) What does Population Happiness do?
Population Happiness is used to measure how much your Citizens take home in income. The more money your Citizens make, the more taxes you may collect at the end of the day.10.) My Population Happiness just went down! Why?
Many things can unexpectedly drop your Population Happiness. Check your Trade Agreements to make sure one of your trading partners did not cancel the trade. Also check your government and religion; some governments add a bonus to Population Happiness. Other possible factors in decreased Happiness: Environment rating, soldier casualties and increased DEFCON levels.11.) How do I find out what my Pop. Happiness is?
To find the exact number that is your Population Happiness you will have to search for it. It is a hidden gem within the game. If you still cannot find it ask another player.12.) What are the hidden factors affecting Pop. Happiness?
The hidden factors are to remain hidden, by order of the Almighty Admin. You can find them/figure them out on your own but do not expect help from the game staff.13.) How do I get more Citizens?
The most prominent and elementary method of gaining Citizens is purchasing Infrastructure. Some resources also add to your Citizen count, as well as a high Environment rating.14.) What government/religion do my people want?
You will have to abide by the will of your people or set your own course in this aspect of the game. By choosing a desired government/religion you receive a Population Happiness bonus of +1 along with the affects of the selected government. Religions do not offer any bonuses outside of the +1 Population Happiness. You may use the religion cheat sheet, found here
.15.) How do I increase my nation's Literacy rate?
Purchase levels of Technology to increase Literacy in your nation. Literacy does not affect anything in the game. Technology increases Population Happiness until a level of 30 is reached at which point it becomes nothing more than a way to inflate military strength. Technology increases also affect your Environment.16.) I want a nuke! How do I get one?
Your nation will need a tech level of 75 or greater, an infrastructure level of 1000 or greater, access to uranium for nuclear weapon production, and be ranked within the top 5% nations in order to begin purchasing nuclear weapons, and you will need $200,000 dollars. A player can only purchase 1 nuclear weapon per day.17.) Who can I wage war on?
By clicking on the My Ranking
link you can find a list of nations who you may declare war on. Nations set to Peace Mode cannot declare war or have war declared on them.18.) What happens when you lose a war?
Losing a war usually will mean your nation has been sent into Anarchy. Your nation does not cease to exist after losing a war. Anarchy will affect your Population Happiness and economy. To quell the riots in your nation, purchase soldiers. Your economy will start to recover from the defeat after the purchase of an adequate defense.19.) What can I gain/lose from a war?
Attackers will loot the enemy and often take Land, money and/or Technology for spoils of war. Attackers may also lose some by abandoning equipment on foreign soil. Infrastructure can also be lost.20.) What is the Threat Advisory?
This was a feature that has been removed by administration. It use to help measure the potential threat of a particular nation against your nation. This feature may or may not return in the future.21.) How are battles determined?
Battles are determined at random. This is why battles are sometimes so lopsided. Technology levels can influence the the outcome of the battle and rumors are afloat that there is a secret attacking troop percentage. Be on the lookout for battle changes in the future.22.) What is Troop Deployment?
It is how many soldiers you have overseas, your able-bodied force who is ready to do battle at your command. These are the soldiers who will fight in your offensive strikes while your the rest of your soldiers at home defend. You must have troops deployed in order to attack and you may only deploy troops once per day.23.) What influences military performance?
Only Technology affects military performance at this point in the game. It should be noted that DEFCON can increase/decrease the cost of soldiers. You can change your DEFCON level by going to Edit My Nation on the game menu.24.) Why doesn't DEFCON influence military performance?
DEFCON is about defensive readiness, allowing you to purchase more soldiers for a cheaper price, but also at the price of decreased Population Happiness.25.) I lost Pop. Happiness due to casualties of war, how long does it take to recover?
It is said to last 3-5 days.26.) Does my position on the Google Map matter?
No it does not. Your nations position on the Google Map only reflects where your nation is located. It has no other affect in the game. 27.) How does natural growth work?
Natural growth works strictly on Land. If a nation has more Citizens than you but less Infrastructure it is due to the setup of that players trades and government.28.) Why is no one accepting my trade offers?
They may have their trade slots full, may be inactive or may not need/want what you are offering. Generally, if a trade isn't accepted within two days of the offer, cancel it and try somewhere else. It also considered a courtesy to inform your trading partners if you are canceling a trade.29.) What happens if I don't collect taxes and pay bills?
Your taxes and your bills will stack. You will be able to collect the missed tax and pay your missed bills as well. If you do not collect taxes after 20 days your nation will be automatically deleted for inactivity without notification.30.) Why can't I purchase anything?
You have to pay your bills. You can only go two days without paying your bills. On the third day you cannot make any purchases until your bills are paid. Bills also collect interest so paying them every day is always a good idea.31.) Why can’t I send Foreign Aid in peace mode?
Nations in peace mode were exploiting the Foreign Aid feature to supply warring nations without suffering the consequences of war themselves. Any nation in Peace Mode may not send Foreign Aid.32.) Should I buy Technology?
Whether or not you should purchase Technology is entirely up to you as a player and the leader of your nation. Technology improves your military strength, increases Population Happiness and improves your Environment. If you are unsure about what to do with Technology, it is best to balance it out as your Land and Infrastructure levels increase.33.) What are Improvements?
Improvements will help certain aspects of your nation. You may have one Improvement for every 1,000 Citizens. They are expensive and cannot be destroyed in war. You may destroy an Improvement for a demolition fee of $500.34.) What are Bonus Resources?
Well, bonus resources are actually a representative of what your resources go together to do. Say you have Water, Wheat and Aluminium via your trades and your starting resources, you can use all of those to go together and make Beer
. Having beer will increase your Population Happiness +1. There are other combinations available as well.35.) What is the red asterisk next to some names?
The red asterisk means that the player was online within the last hour.36.) I’m going away. Can I have someone look after my nation?
Yes. You may let someone look after your nation while you are on vacation. It is commonly referred to in the community as nation sitting
. The player for who you will be nation sitting must alert the game staff of the temporary transfer. Once someone has watched your nation for you, your nations will have been logged into from the same computer--the standard rules will then apply: you may never aid, trade, or war with/jointly against other players with that nation again. If you do, your nations will likely be deleted.37.) If I become inactive, what happens?
After a period of 20 days of inactivity (activity is defined as collecting taxes, NOT simply logging into your nation) your nation will be pruned from the system. It is a wise decision to give your nation to a friend during your absence to avoid deletion. 38.) The game told me not to cheat. What did I do wrong?
You must have clicked something more than once. Doing so will send multiple requests to the server and it will assume you are trying to cheat by doing something multiple times. Next time just click once and be patient.
Remember you are also not allowed to aid, trade, or war with any nation that has ever been accessed from the same computer or network as your nation. To do so is against the rules, and the game will raise a cheat flag.39.) Are there going to be any additions to military?
Kevin the Admin is a very busy person. You are playing an excellent game for free and are at the mercy of the Almighty Admin. Be patient.40.) Can I have a custom flag?
No.41.) How do I join my Team on the forums?
Go to the Opean Teams Forum and sign in the topic for your Team. Someone should PM you with the password to the private Team forum. If you do not get one, contact a Team member for it.42.) I heard about an IRC channel?
There is a popular un-official channel on IRC for Cyber Nations players. You can find it on the Espernet Server as #cybernations
. 43.) Why hasn't the Admin responded to me?
If the Admin has not responded to a PM, suggestion, etc., do not fret. He is a very busy person. Please be patient when dealing with the Admin or any game/forum staff. It may also be a good idea to ask around, as many of the seasoned players may have your answer.44.) How do I contact a staff member?
Send a PM to the staff for any concern you may have. For forum related requests contact any moderator you may find around. 45.) I want to donate but I want to know where my money is going...
Your donations will be going towards to game development, maintenance, and administration costs. These include but are not limited the highly priced servers needed to run the game over the Internet. For full details please visit the Cyber Nations donation offer
page.46.) How many times can I donate?
You can only donate once per month. You may donate the following calendar month if you wish. Remember the minimum donation amount is $5.00 USD.
WORK IN PROGRESS
I decided to revise this a bit for Rysonia and I will be adding in more questions. I wanted to also keep it a work in progress. Please keep contributing the to the FAQs! This post has been edited by Master Vivi on May 30 2007, 01:32 PM