Terms & Conditions of Use
Last updated: May 25, 2018
NationStates is a free online political game. Players should respect the fun, playful atmosphere of the game, and remain civil when interacting with each other. However, this is politics, and there are more players than moderators, so someone may post content that you find objectionable. By continuing, you agree that you understand this, and that NationStates.net is not a publisher and not responsible for posts by players.
Please also note that the NationStates forums sometimes contain discussions of a mature nature and are not suitable for visitors under 13 years of age.
You may submit content to NationStates.net so long as it is not obscene, illegal, threatening, malicious, or defamatory, does not invade the privacy or infringe the intellectual property of a third party, and does not constitute "spam." You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity, attempt to "hack" the site or another player's account, nor otherwise mislead as to the origin of information.
Should you breach these terms and conditions you agree to indemnify NationStates, Max Barry, and any and all employees, agents, administrators, moderators, volunteers, and affiliates associated with NationStates.net from and against any and all third party claims, demands, liabilities, costs or expenses, including reasonable legal fees.
You understand that this site is open to the general public, and agree that while using it you may encounter content posted by other users that you consider objectionable. You understand that while reasonable efforts will be exerted to ensure the site remains free from offensive and illegal content, the site administrator(s) and/or moderator(s) cannot control what other people upload. All responsibility whatsoever is expressly disclaimed for content posted by the general public.
You understand that this web site contains satiric content, and presents views and opinions exaggerated for the purposes of parody.
Where your country of access imposes laws regulating this web site, you agree to use your best efforts to comply with them.
All content, services, and software on this web site are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied. You assume total responsibility and risk for your use of the web site.
When you submit content to NationStates.net, you grant the site and its administrator(s) a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual license to reproduce, distribute, transmit, and publicly display such content. For certain content, which will be labeled as such, you also grant other users the right to create derivative works and submit them to NationStates.net likewise.
By entering the NationStates forum you assert that you are at least 13 years of age.
The portion of site content that has not been submitted by users is copyright under international law (c) Max Barry 2002-2015.
Any claim relating to this web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia without regard to its conflict of law provisions.
These terms may be revised at any time without notice and it is your responsibility to stay up-to-date with them. This document contains a "Last Modified" date at the top.
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