Book Imagines Gamers Taking over Government

June 22, 2010 -

What if Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was an avid gamer? Better yet, what if the entire structure of the U.S. government as we know it was thrown on its head and ordinary people came to occupy the nation’s most powerful posts.

This is the premise for a new book entitled The Naperville White House from author Mark Pedriani. The story, set in the near future, revolves around a “fantasy government game,” called Nationizer, in which players man different governmental positions. Following a terrorist attack on the nation’s capitol, the players in the fictional game are suddenly thrust into action, becoming “the nation’s only real hope.”

In the book’s preamble, the author describes the era in which fantasy government games took off in popularity. In a world with strife, the media started looking to virtual politicians for interviews and ideas, even as actual politicians, perhaps sensing a threat, denigrated their virtual brethren. In response to the game’s growing popularity, and some employers banning their charges from taking part in the title, the gaming industry formed the International Organization of Fantasy Government (IOFG).

The President of the Alternate government is Jay Weise of Naperville, Illinois, who serves as an insurance adjuster by day. His Secretary of State, Julia Ortiz, is a librarian, while the Secretary of Defense, Duane Kilmer, is described as "a part-time truck driver and obsessive gamer.”

Sounds like a crazy plotline that might be right up the alley of GP readers. We have an advance copy here that we will try to burn through and provide some more thoughts on.

Bancroft Press is publishing the book.


Comments

Re: Book Imagines Gamers Taking over Government

 

Jay Weise's government is real, intra-dimensional government—FG alternative to mainstream government.  Although,  as Secretary of Defense, I was able to apply tactics from inter-planetary and inter-dimensional warfare, namely, use misdirection to obscure an opponent’s vision with the first strike.   
 
Duane Kilmer
Secretary of Defense, Jay’s Alternate Government   
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Re: Book Imagines Gamers Taking over Government

Is there something wrong with putting a regular person with some common sense in office, rather than a professional politician who is only worried about getting re-elected?  We could use a few more people in office who will actually do what they are asking the rest of us to do, not to mention worry about paying down the national debt.

Re: Book Imagines Gamers Taking over Government

So, it's The Last Starfighter, but with public service instead of space combat.

 

...Rrrrrriiiiiight....

Re: Book Imagines Gamers Taking over Government

 I think one only has to look at CCP's EVE to see what happens when you take 'ordinary gamers' and put them in government roles.  You basicly end up with the same mess  you see in real governments only executed in a more sloppy way.

Re: Book Imagines Gamers Taking over Government

'Let's gank Syria... for the Lulz!!!'

 
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