Reddit user Lycerius struck viral gold when he posted about his insane 10-year-long game of civilisation II. Even Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was amazed by it.For those unfamiliar with the Sid Meier games, Civ II lets you control a civilisation from ancient times into the modern world.
Why did he keep this game going for so long?
“Though long outdated, I grew fascinated with this particular game because by the time Civ III was released, I was already well into the distant future,” writes Lycerius. “I then thought that it might be interesting to see just how far into the future I could get and see what the ramifications would be.”
Here’s what his world looks like — “a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation.”
The Celts are a communist state and are allied with the Americans, who are a theocracy. The Vikings are also a theocracy.
The Celts rid themselves of democracy a thousand years ago because of conflicts between the senate and the ruler. Since then, there have been massive guerrilla uprisings popping up against Celtic Empire every few years.
The nations have been locked in a 1700-year conflict, and dozens of nuclear wars have broken out over the centuries
The ice caps have melted (repeatedly) due to the nukes, so the entire planet — except for the mountains — has become swampland that can't be used for farming. Much of it is filled with radiation.
Large cities no longer exist. 90 per cent of the world's population has died from nuclear wars or the global famine
And the cities can never be improved, because each nation is constantly preoccupied with building tanks to send to the front
The world's engineers are always busy too. They're building roads so that armies can push their forces forward to the front lines, and they don't have time to clear the swamps or nuclear fallout
Every time a cease-fire is signed or the U.N. forces a peace treaty, the Vikings surprise attack one of the other nations soon after. Thus, the war never ends.
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