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IR LITE Simulation

A quick-run version of the world-famous Statecraft IR Simulation!

Students still receive the core IR Sim experience: they become the world leaders and discover the complex mix of international and domestic factors that must be balanced in order to run a thriving country. Through the engaging simulation students experience course concepts first-hand and gain a deep understanding of global politics. 

The Lite version has a halved runtime of four weeks so it’s great for classes with time constraints or as an introductory Statecraft product for first-time users!

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Statecraft IR Lite works great 100% online or in-person for classes with 5 to 1,000+ students.


When students sign up for the Statecraft IR Lite Simulation they enter a rich fictional world where they must cooperate and compete to achieve global goals, competitive goals, and quality of life goals. They’ll start by taking a Foreign Attitude Survey so that the system can group them into a country with other likeminded classmates. In the “Lite” version of the simulation countries will already be configured for students so they can start playing immediately. 

The objective of the game is to gather as many points as possible and cultivate the most impressive country the world has ever seen! 


In the Lite version of the simulation students work towards Cooperative Global Goals that are shared with the entire world such as ending world hunger, plus a special Secret Goal that involves either military spending or domestic quality of life.


To gather points students can pursue a myriad of strategies: from avoiding conflict for domestic wellbeing to cautiously collaborative strategies that maximize economic synergies while carefully checking other countries' imperial motives. It is possible that every country could get a perfect score and all thrive; however (just like in the real world) that rarely happens.

Domestic Factors

Every turn countries will produce resources students must decide how to invest; they’ll bump up against the classic “guns vs. butter” conundrum. They’ll also get a Quality of Life score that equates to points for their citizens' health, welfare, environment, safety and education.

International Factors

Countries in the Lite IR Simulation are grouped into alliances to deal with big world events such as Ice Mountain melting and threatening to flood the entire globe! Both simulation events and classmates create drama and excitement that demonstrate how intertwined the world truly is.

Statecraft creates situations where students personally experience key historical and world politics concepts including state sovereignty, the collective action problem, international organizations, bureaucratic politics, and comparative advantage. Along the way they’ll have questions and struggles that can become prime teachable moments.

Regardless of their world ranking every student will grapple first-hand with the complex mix of international and domestic pressures that world leaders face, finishing with a much deeper understanding of International Relations.

How is the Lite Version different from the Full Sim?

Since this is a “Lite” version of the simulation you’ll only experience about 30% of the features and capabilities available in the full Statecraft IR Simulation. That said, you’ll still get a lot of benefits! You’ll still create intense engagement as students experience lessons first-hand. It’s a perfect teaching tool to add to your course last-minute in response to moving classes online. It’s also a great opportunity to try out a Statecraft Simulation if you’ve been curious but not ready to implement the full version in your class. 

You can read about the full suite of features offered in the comprehensive version of the Simulation on the Statecraft IR Product page >>

full Version

Covers over 50 course concepts within major IR sub-categories​

LITE Version

Covers a handful of course concepts including state sovereignty, the collective action problem, international organizations, bureaucratic politics, and comparative advantage

Timing is completely customizable with 7 to 10 weeks being common

Runs for 4 weeks

During the preparatory "Turn Zero" students configure their countries

Countries are pre-configured so gameplay begins immediately

Students can create large militaries and engage in interstate war

Military abilities and Complexity are significantly reduced

Poor Quality of Life scores mean unhappy citizens riot and create chaos

Simplified Human Security Engine system affecting Quality of Life scores and citizen behavior

Students pay $35

Students pay $24.75

full Version

Covers over 50 course concepts within major IR sub-categories​

Timing is completely customizable with 7 to 10 weeks being common

During the preparatory "Turn Zero" students configure their countries

Students can create large militaries and engage in interstate war

Poor Quality of Life scores mean unhappy citizens riot and create chaos

$35 per student

LITE Version

Covers a handful of course concepts including state sovereignty, the collective action problem, international organizations, bureaucratic politics, and comparative advantage

Runs for 4 weeks

Countries are pre-configured so gameplay begins immediately

Military abilities are significantly reduced

Simplified Human Security Engine system affecting Quality of Life scores and citizen behavior​

Students pay $24.75​

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Demonstrate Course Concepts

Students experience important IR concepts such as security dilemmas and collective action problems first-hand and personally feel how complicated leadership truly is. In order to succeed in the simulation, they’ll have to apply course-related knowledge. 

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Engage Students

Game-like play sucks students into the simulations where they must take ownership of their learning experience. They’re empowered to excel to their own personal limits and shine. Engagement enhances the knowledge acquisition process and makes it fun!

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Save Time

The simulation is easy to set up and runs itself. You have a new tool to draw connections to course concepts and spark dynamic conversations. All-unique simulation scenarios every semester promote academic honesty. Instructor tools do tasks like grading for you. 

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Easily create an unforgettable, dynamic online class

  • Fully-automated: Once launched, the system prompts students and moves them through the simulation without any instructor action required
  • Online chat & online messaging systems: to allow full class communication, student-to-student messaging and team collaboration all within the product interface
  • 24/7 live asynchronous design: students can play whenever they want on their schedule without needing to coordinate class time
  • Customer Support: available 7 days a week and ready to answer any and all online class questions!

This is a great choice for you if you’ve recently moved a class online and need an easy, effective way to spark student interest, create engagement and foster participation. It’s also a great choice if you’re unsure of what your class format will be next semester: these simulations will easily transition with you whether your class is 100% online, in-person or a blend. 

Course concepts covered

The multidimensional Statecraft IR Lite Simulation program covers a handful of course concepts within major IR sub-categories. Using the simulation creates new opportunities to demonstrate how course concepts come to life. Students are experiencing lessons first-hand so they’re more engaged and develop personal opinions about what they’re learning. Instructors report being able to have more productive lessons and more interesting conversations with students. 

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Global Environmental Politics

Levels of Analysis

International Political Economy


Theoretical Perspectives

Human Security

Foreign Policy

The full Statecraft IR Simulation covers more than 50 course concepts. Read about the full version here >>

how it works

The Lite version is extra easy to set-up & launch

  • Run through an easy 3-minute configuration and get the code for students to activate their simulation
  • When students sign up with the code they’ll pay for the simulation
  • Easily adaptable for small classes with as few as five students or for large lecture classes with 1,000+ students running multiple worlds; each world will have six to 108 students
  • Runs for four weeks; you choose the start date
  • The Foreign Policy Attitude Survey automatically groups like-minded students together into countries when they sign up, ensuring variation in countries’ views and policy approaches
  • Students receive a comprehensive instruction manual and their first quiz asks key questions from the manual to make sure they understand how to play
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Playing the Simulation

  • Students are playing to earn points by achieving both the world collective goals and their individual country goals
  • Everything is prompted by the system; it tallies points for performance and participation and calculates grades for you at the end of the simulation
  • The simulation runs live 24-7 so students can play anytime without you needing to schedule class time
  • Students communicate via live chat and a messaging system, or choose their own methods (e.g., Google Hangouts)​
  • At the end of each turn the decisions or “moves” students made during the turn actually happen and they can see the results of their actions

The Instructor's Role

  • Act as an executive consultant to help guide students and answer IR questions
  • Use the simulation events as learning opportunities to draw correlations to course concepts
  • Statecraft help desk will assist students with any technical questions or troubleshooting
  • Follow the developments in your “virtual world” through Statecraft’s newly improved world tracking tools​
  • You will receive materials including paper assignments, questions for online discussion boards, and a test bank of multiple-choice questions
  • If needed you can use a master account to make “godlike” decisions should there be world crisis; as the instructor you always have ultimate control over your simulation world
Instructor's Role Photo
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Conclusion & Grading

  • When the last turn ends global goal points are given, individual country points are tallied, awards are bestowed and grades are issued
  • The system provides a gradebook showing students’ final point totals in a table that is easily exportable to Excel
  • Statecraft also offers suggested assignments (quiz/exam questions, paper topics, and discussion questions) that can count toward students’ course grades
  • Recommended final debrief in which student's present their version of events plus learnings
  • Students can still receive a good grade for participating fully in the simulation even if their country and world collapse due to poor choices (you can always modify grades based on apparent effort)
  • There are unlimited outcomes possible for the simulation! Every run of the Statecraft IR Simulation result is unique

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an immersive virtual world

The Statecraft World Map is where all of the action happens! Students can log in via a desktop computer or a mobile device. The map illustrates the geographical layout of the world showing resource centers, deserts and mountains as well as the climate situation. The colored lines delineate territory zones belonging to each country. The icons mark cities, military units, landmarks and terrorist occupations. Once a student spies on a foreign country those cities and military units will also be exposed. Clicking on the icons reveals more information and there’s a detailed legend key to offer extra map guidance. 

In the nav bars at the top students can access all of the critical information for their world as well as look at their intelligence data for other countries. They’ll be able to access their Diplomacy, Military, Intelligence, Domestic and Research activities as well as manage their Resources. 

Tour the Statecraft World Map Student Interface:


  • Build International Organizations
  • Collaborate to solve global issues like climate change, world hunger, terrorism, and human rights
  • Construct Treaties
  • Exchange Ambassadors


  • Enhance military technological capabilities
  • Strategically build their national defense strategy
  • Build and maintain a navy, air force, and army
  • Forge collective security alliances


  • Spy on other countries' domestic politics, economy, and military capabilities
  • Build counter-intelligence capabilities to limit spying in their own country
  • Run covert operations to sabotage and undermine other countries
Statecraft IR World Map on a Mobile Phone


  • Enhance your Citizens' Healthcare and Unemployment System
  • Improve your Justice System and Environment
  • Invest in Public Education and University Systems
  • Foster your country’s unique culture and gain tourism points!


  • Gain new, powerful technologies that can enhance domestic ratings such as health, safety, the environment, or improve national security
  • Trade technologies with other countries to more rapidly develop their Quality of Life and National security

Resources Bar

  • Manage economic resources
  • Budget for enhancing domestic infrastructure or security
  • Trade with other countries and develop relationships with countries that produce needed resources


Click through the visual product tour below to see the Statecraft Intro to International Relations Simulation in action! You’ll see snapshots from the student experience on how they deal with International Trade, Security Issues, Global Environment, and International Organizations. Plus the tour explains how the “currency” system, domestic politics, technology, how goals appear, how notifications work and how students make moves in the simulation. Enjoy! 

Time-Saving instructor Tools

Foreign Policy Attitude Test

Student Assignments

Statecraft automatically assigns students to roles based on a brief attitude test  designed for optimum role fit and student collaboration during the initial signup process.

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Automated Student Prompting, Feedback & Calculations

Professors report an average of 13% time savings by using simulation tools that automatically prompt students, issue feedback, and guide outcomes.

Automated Grading in Statecraft IR

Automated Grading

The Statecraft system tracks all choices and outcomes and automatically reports final grades to the instructor in an excel exportable format for your convenience. 

Reasons the Statecraft IR Lite Simulation is so effective:

  • An innovative way to teach concepts beyond traditional lectures
  • Concepts become personal and experienced by students
  • Students are engaged and participating both inside and outside of class
  • Engagement enhances the knowledge acquisition process
  • Students take ownership of their experience and are empowered to shine
  • Teaches career skills like leadership, teamwork, negotiation and strategic thinking that help them become more employable
  • Students must apply course knowledge and do context-based problem solving to succeed
  • Working in teams on common goals fosters student collaboration and relationship building even in large lecture classes
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Large Lecture Class

Results you’ll experience:

  • Heightened student engagement & greater attendance
  • Quality student questions and requests for strategy consultation
  • Students are able to discuss course concepts intelligently and develop strong opinions that spark interesting class conversations
  • More camaraderie among the students, social connections, sense of community
  • Students will form study groups and you’ll hear students speaking about topics such as enforcing UN resolutions or the security dilemma
  • Statecraft Simulations promote academic honesty: since every simulation experience is completely unique it’s practically impossible for students to cheat
  • Your class popularity will increase due to previous student recommendations


out of 5 stars

Instructors rated Statecraft Customer Service 4.56 of 5 stars in the 2019 User Survey

Excellent Customer Support

  • You have help at every step of the process: from set-up to implementation with quick assistance for any questions you have along the way
  • Both you and students can reach out to us directly at any time
  • Our customer support is available 7-days a week from 7am to 11pm; we try to answer fast and always get back to you within 24 hours
  • We’ll take care of students' technical questions so that you just handle the political questions
  • Teachers who reach out and ask questions report some of the best overall simulation class experiences, so we highly encourage you to contact us!

Costs much less than a textbook

Students pay


  • You assign the simulation to students, give them the activation code and they purchase it just like they would purchase a textbook
  • Statecraft cares deeply about facilitating student learning so we keep pricing as accessible as possible

Get started today to experience how Statecraft brings International Relations to life in your course!

You can sign up online now to get started immediately or book your personal demo! We’ll give you a complete product tour, answer all of your questions and help you configure your first Statecraft IR Lite Simulation.

Statecraft Simulations are used in 15 countries at over 300 universities

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