Victoria II Demo released

Yesterday, Paradox released their demo of the upcoming game Victoria II.  It’s an empire-building game.  If you don’t know what that is, think of a really, really complicated version of Risk.

I have the first Victoria game; it seemed hideously complicated–I kept getting shut down early on for lack of machine parts, which only the British Empire can produce early on; everyone else must trade with the British Empire to obtain this crucial resource, and there’s a queue, with the British’s BFF’s getting first pick.  The game Imperialism was much more accessible, if not so realistic.

Anyway, Victoria II seems a bit of an improvement, and has the tantalizing mention of the great Austrian Economist, Ludwig von Mises! (It also has a reference to Hayek).  The only thing about it, though, is to obtain Mises (you “invent” him), you must first develop Keynesianism.  This is silly, because the Austrian School precedes Keynes’ theories by several years.  Members of the Austrian School correctly predicted the Crash of ’29 based on their business cycle theory. (see www.mises.org for more information).  Keynes wasn’t even really an economist; he was a mathematician who was forced into the economics profession by his daddy.  Furthermore, Keynesian theories have been totally debunked by “stagflation”, which is a phenomenon that was never supposed to happen; it was never considered possible to have high inflation and stagnant to nonexistent growth.  I’m sure the “neo-Keynesians” have some smoke they’ll blow up your nose if you let them, but the theory is a falsified one, and the only reason it is still popular is because it gives credence to government intervention in the economy.  Government-types like people who proclaim that more power needs to be given to government.

Anyway, there’s something else interesting about Victoria II; the title screen:

Victoria 2 Demo: Title Screen

Now why is Bobby Lee in the main screen of a game supposedly about Queen Victoria?  And why is he fighting the British?  I find it interesting that the stigma associated with the Old South does not permeate the consciousness of those not from the U.S.  Or, perhaps people outside the U.S. understand that the South was fighting the aggregation of Federal power and U.S. imperialism more than they were fighting to preserve black slavery (even if the Southrons themselves at the time didn’t fully understand that that’s what they were doing).  Which is possibly why we have a picture of the Confederate Army taking on the British Imperial Army.

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