The ups and downs of Virtua

Like everything in life, Virtua also faces her ups-and-downs. Lately, many of the most notable Virtuans have been taking a holiday in Cyberia or outside of the federation. This results in somewhat slow rounds, but most practically also in an ineffective government. This round, we face a lack of functional education department and sufficient judges to preside cases in the Virtuan Court. What will be the answer to these problems?

In this article I wish to highlight my position in a discussion that is not about being right or wrong, but about what feels right for most of the people while respecting the traditions and customs of the greatest nation of the Miniconomy federation.

First of all, having ups and downs are reality. Last round we had almost zero trading activity, but this round the Virtuan economy booms with the NSQ stock quotation being the highest of the entire federation while writing this article. In my opinion, the same can be said for our government. The efficiency of the government and her departments is fully dependant of the input of an active group of players committing themselves to the same noble cause, improving Virtua. Positions like judge and teacher can be taken at the same time as many of the other professions, but still it is a fact that you need at least a group of about 10 players to achieve the minimum level of efficiency.

The solution for solving inefficiency of the government should not be sought in changing the law. The law preserves the most important values and customs most of the inhabitants feel most comfortable with. For example, having an educational system where you have to take an exam to acquire a degree needed for certain jobs maintains a level of professionalism in a country where we take things seriously. At this moment, we are the only country to do so and I think it is not coincidence that the larger part of the international jobs is held by experienced and valued Virtuans like Tuned, Mystq (CoV) and natcha12 (IC).

No, instead of changing the law, we need to guide new players into all the dimensions this game provides. We should contact our old friends who have been taking long holidays from the Miniconomy Federation. And above all, we should cherish everything our fellow Virtuans do for our shared cause.

Viva Virtua!

Turnover statistics week 1

Below you may find the turnover statistics of week 1. Special thanks to Federal Researcher for sending us these!

1 YAN 1,016,477.23 Nasdaqar
2 The King 2 1,009,943.92 El Peso
3 natcha12 954,943.29 Cashington
4 Hubinho1 839,680.38 Zwollar
5 Likemyitem 802,993.30 Nasdaqar
6 BolleTripolire 771,730.29 El Peso
7 sahib 767,371.54 Centropolis
8 desmalen 703,623.62 Kronenburg
9 Fiorelli Alvarez 694,891.20 Ibisha
10 Charleene 654,666.72 Zwollar
11 bonanza 640,539.37 Kronenburg
12 siemenrey 585,876.99 Roebelarendsveen
13 Ritz 575,944.67 Kronenburg
14 hubinho 560,975.85 El Peso
15 Federal Government 538,701.85 Sans Francishco
16 Zoe gek wie sjek 531,312.60 Ibisha
17 Rokta 515,518.35 Nasdaqar
18 jeroentje312 513,805.03 El Peso
19 TK MV 507,039.75 El Peso
20 nasi 495,014.00 El Peso
21 martijn5 451,670.20 Kronenburg
22 loco_tazz 448,716.73 Monapoli
23 GK0 415,590.34 Nasdaqar
24 Leonardo_Alvarez 380,718.78 Ibisha
25 Oxigeon 365,710.63 Kronenburg

vNews edition 2 round 152

 

Hi and welcome to a shortened version of vNews.

As some of you may know I, viraxje, was bankrupted this round.
Turns out having a newspaper is a lot less interesting when you are bankrupt.
I found it difficult myself to still log in and keep encouraging players to write articles for the paper, Hence also this short edition(which I apologize for).
To be fair I haven’t done much of the work this round,  I am very grateful to both Riviat and Mystq this round for keeping the activity going behind the scenes. Actually Riviat managed to write articles his fourth edition in a row now, which is quite the achievement! Therefore Riviat is winner of the vNews Writer of the Round award!
I also wish to thank Mystq for publishing edition 1 this round whilst I was on vacation.

Since my holiday period is coming up I won’t be able to spend as much time on vNews as I have been able to last round.
However I do find it very beneficial for the English community to also have a newspaper in English around, therefore I ask you to contact me if you’re interesting in helping out ensuring the continuity of vNews.

-V

 

Gas Crisis

Good Morning, Afternoon, or perhaps Evening. Recently, Virtua has befallen a new crisis. A Gas crisis. As gas becomes evermore sparse, traders are paying through the roof just for a few liters. After a few days of virtually no gas, a number of new MVs have sprung up. All offering gas. Gas prices have recently reached record highs. Prices can be seen as high as 3.89, 3.99, even 4.20.

We are uncertain at this time what sort of impact high gas prices are going to have on the economy. Some people believe it will cause more cars to be left abandoned on the side of the roadways, much like many cars have been left abandoned in Cashington. Hopefully it will not, but alas, we can only hope that in the near future, gas prices will come down and stabilize.

Robbing the Robber

Twas a hot afternoon during round 152. I found myself scouting out potential new investments in the city of Nasdaqar, quite the scenic area compared to the industrial Cashington. There I was, purchasing some lots and preparing for my move when suddenly, I heard a friend cry out. News spread fast that Axmili was being robbed. A quick look at who was about and it was quite clear that Hubinho was the culprit.

I was enraged. Aximili, my good friend, was being held up by a criminal from a foreign land. I rushed over to the city of Centropolis as quickly as I could, with one goal in mind. I was going to pay back the robber.

Unfortunately I had no weapon, but that did not stop me. I quickly located Aximili and Hubinho, situated together. in lot 599 – 866. I ran into the area and tackled Hubinho to the ground. I got a few good hits in then started yanking money from his pockets. Shortly after I was apprehended by the local police. It is interesting that only after robbing him for the second time that they nabbed me, as opposed to Hubinho who robbed Aximili four times. But alas, that is the way things are. I was issued a hefty fine and jail time, but I feel my actions were worth it if only to bring some justice to my good friend Aximili.

Ordered Effects

Hello everyone. I wanted to write this article in order to let some of you in on a little secret that many of the successful players utilize. This ideology is how some individuals are able to accrue enormous profits and turn-overs. It is also not immediately apparent like some other common tips such as “teamwork” and “specializing”. No, what I’m talking about, is Ordered Effects.

So what are Ordered Effects? Ordered Effects are the fallout of certain decisions we make, and how they impact the environment around us. People are normally highly aware of first order effects. I buy your Computer, I receive a computer and you receive 630ish. Simple enough. I will most likely hunt around for the cheapest computer I can find because that will allow me to save the most money and therefore profit the most? Right?

Wrong.

Let’s take this computer scenario a bit farther into Second Order Effects. Let’s say that I am a chip salesman. Vendor 1 sells his computers for 630ish each. Vendor 2 sells them for 660ish each. My initial instinct may be to buy from vendor one because cheaper, right? However, vendor 2 buys his chips from me whereas vendor 1 buys them from somebody else. By purchasing from vendor 2, I am increasing my own profits because I know he will replenish his stock by purchasing my chips. Make sense? Good. Because next we are going to talk about Third Order Effects.

Second Order Effects aren’t too hard to plan for. Obviously we want to support the vendors that buy from us because that promulgates our own sales. But what if I wasn’t a chip trader, but a wood trader? Wood has nothing to do with computers, right? Who I buy my computer from shouldn’t matter, right? Once again, wrong.

It all goes back to that supply chain. The computer vendor has to get chips from Supplier 2. Supplier 2 uses my wood to dig his gold for his chips which he sells to Vendor 2. By purchasing from Vendor 2, I am benefiting myself in the long run, because the Third Order Effect is that I am part of the supply chain for that computer.

It goes deeper then that. There can be fourth, fifth, even sixth Ordered Effects. Understanding how everything weaves together is how many of the skilled players form their trade alliances in order to maximize their profits. By carefully examining the Ordered Effects and understanding where your product fits in, you too can begin to make even greater profits and hopefully land your name on the leaderboard.

Best of luck to everyone and I hope my article was helpful to a few, if not many.

-Riviat

Opening Word 1st Edition of Round 152

Welcome back to another vNews! The first week of Round 152 got off to a good start in trade. Many new players returned and showed excitement for the round.

Politically minded citizens were bustling to share their opinions this week as the Federals decided to do away with the former High Council and Federal Union and replace them with the Council of Veterans (CoV). At first, a sense of chaos ensued, as some voiced their confusion and concerns. Then tempers flared a bit as citizens argued about how things should be and how they could be. loco_tazz, Tuned, and Mystq are tasked with operating the CoV. Who knows what will happen next?

Crime rates in Virtua are stated to be at an ‘all-time high’. Many citizens witnessed as an Officer and multiple players were shot bankrupt in town. Over 100 shots could be heard through the night. Bank busts and personal robberies have ensued, putting the country on high alert. Without enough Officers to watch over and protect all three cities, what new crimes with be reported this next week?

An exciting NEW development appeared this round; for the first time in Miniconomy history, Premium Members are able to select multiple lots from which to harvest resource. This new feature saves time, but comes with risk as excess resources that do not fit in one’s warehouse will be lost forever. Many watched in excitement as this new element was revealed.

This edition features multiple articles on the above topics and more, plus statistics, charts and an interview! Read on and enjoy.

 

Economy Halted

Extra Extra, Read all About it! The Virtuan economy recently came to a screeching halt! With the recent bankruptcy of GK, Shady Mouse, and Tobilo, our economy has been hurting, especially in the area of construction. A shortage of bricks, wood and glass has caused many problems for our great nation. Fortunately, Woshiempire() has attempted to fill in the void as a wood supplier with Aximili providing bricks, but it is very difficult for them to both keep up with the demand. Currently, sales are going to foreigners who have managed to build shops and import their goods to our soil. Normally I would be fully supportive of the competition, but not when they were the cause of the bankruptcies in the first place.

Hopefully in the near future more Virtuans will step up to the plate and work together in order to bring our economy blazing into the future with many sales and grand amounts of turn over. Remember, when we work together, we all ultimately make greater profits!

Turnover Stats! Day 7/21 Round 152

Total shop revenues: 14,217,395.83 ISH
# Name Revenue (ISH) Home town
1 Tranqer 973,476.49 El Peso
2 Tyc00n 591,100.74 Ibisha
3 You know me 581,978.60 Monapoli
4 Leonardo_Alvarez 580,904.74 Ibisha
5 natcha12 571,536.16 El Peso
6 De Vier Digies MV 511,041.87 El Peso
7 Fiorelli Alvarez 489,982.70 Ibisha
8 nasi 421,544.06 El Peso
9 BolleTripolire 408,553.95 El Peso
10 The Socialist 394,637.33 Ibisha
11 El tomacho 384,020.92 El Peso
12 gelaarsdekat 334,359.47 Cashington
13 Federal Government 333,078.05 Sans Francishco
14 Aximili 311,640.67 Centropolis
15 martijn5 309,061.75 Kronenburg
16 el-capo 295,393.20 Roebelarendsveen
17 Woshiempire() 285,984.75 Cashington
18 The King 2 280,068.41 El Peso
19 desmalen 278,693.26 Kronenburg
20 Giulio Alvarez 232,587.35 Ibisha
21 the mega handelaar 228,466.64 Kronenburg
22 Plastic dame 226,968.75 Kronenburg
23 Shady Mouse 226,493.03 Cashington
24 Tobilopeso 225,786.75 El Peso
25 A Lontra 222,860.99 Zwollar
26 MR electro 204,049.51 Ibisha

Stats Corner: Top-10 Country Player Base

Today is another day for a statistics article. Today we are going to take a look at how many players are in each country in Miniconomy. I used the statistics page for this article and there is a note: “The countries are shown as entered with registration. This will not be completely accurate, but should give a good indication of where players live.” Let’s get it on!

To start this article off, it is no surprise that the country with the most payers is The Netherlands. The Home-base of Miniconomy, where it was born. There are 53.952 players based in The Netherlands.

Following the second country, which was to my surprise: the United States, a non-European country.I was expecting Belgium to be second, as a big part of Belgium is dutch. But the facts say something else. I think it’s good; Miniconomy is an international game, and with having lots of players in the US, is even better for the international status of Miniconomy. The US is known as a big country, with lots of people living there. But, the player group based in the US is very small compared to the number of people living there. 11.880 players are based in the US.

At third we have Belgium, and to be honest, it doesn’t have much difference with the number of players based there as in the US. 10.931 Players are from Belgium.

The United Kingdom is following Belgium, but with way less players than Belgium has. 3.985 players, that is almost 6000 players less than Belgium.

Something I really did not expected to be in the top-10 is Afghanistan. The country that is in war for years now. And still 1093 players are based in that country.

Here is the chart for the top-10 countries with most players.

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We will see you next week again. Have fun and good luck in the round!