The Epic International Geopolitical Catastrophe Game
I've had a fun idea for a new game, for those of us who like being armchair statesmen or just enjoy indulging in a bit of apocalyptic pessimism.
One person comes up with an entirely speculative "crisis" in current affairs. Subsequent posters take it in turns to say what they imagine would happen next. We can watch the crisis escalate and see where it ends up, and keep following the "story" through, either until we get to some kind of conclusion or until we get bored of it and want to try out another apocalypse!
FOR EXAMPLE: Let's say that someone comes up with the following scenario. There's a major terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. A subsequent Israeli investigation reveals it was carried out by a group with direct links to the Iranian government. What would happen next?
The next poster would need to think about how Israel would respond (would it seek justice first through diplomatic channels? If so, what channels and how would that work out? Or would it go to war? If so, unilaterally, or would it seek co-operation through the UN, or try to build its own coalition? How would the Western world / different parts of the Islamic world / Russia / China react to this?).
And we keep going, and see where we end up!
So, since I've already used one suitably depressing example, let's go with that. Terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, linked to Iranian government. What happens next?
(p.s. try to remember this is just a speculative game. Let's restrict ourselves to factual "predictions" of what would happen, and not start an Israel / Palestine flame war!!!)