Where is Pulau Emas? What is the size of Pulau Emas? Who compose its population? To whom does it belong? How many men in the streets of London would be able to answer these questions? How few would be able to tell us that Pulau Emas is the 52nd largest island in the world, with an area of 6600 square miles; and that all of this island belongs to His Highness, Sultan Raja Tuanku IV, and is under lease to the Régie Autonome des Coloniale which has begun to develop its vast resources. The population of this island, with its agricultural riches, is less than one-hundred-and-fifty-thousand souls, nearly a quarter of whom inhabit the capital of Branbrakel. The fascinating history of Pulau Emas of European rule is by no means familiar to the British public. In 1875 this corner of the Malay Archipelago – most important from its strategic position, commanding the routes athwart the sea-lanes between the East Indies and the Philippines – was in danger of being acquired by a hostile foreign power, when at the eleventh hour a small body of Belgians and Englishmen leased the island from the Sultan Raja Tuanku III. Formal recognition of the status of the island was granted in 17 November 1879 by Leopold II, King of the Belgians, who agreed to act as honorary chair of the Régie Autonome. During the 25 years which have since elapsed, the country has been redeemed from a condition of lawlessness and desolation which has left the native population peaceful and industrious. Their welfare is studiously safeguarded. Smallpox formerly devastated the country, and native population seemed doomed to annihilation but vigorous campaigns of vaccination has proved their salvation, and this and other ameliorative measures have bought about a large increase in their numbers. Forty years ago, the country was a tropical wilderness; untilled, uncared for, utterly neglected. Today it is a scene of patient toil and industry. Numerous rubber, copra and tobacco estates are scattered throughout the Territory, and its valuable timber and tin resources are being exploited. As yet however it is still in its youth as a producing country, and the next few decades will assuredly witness an immense expansion of its industrial activities. The Directors of the Régie Autonome welcome any attempt to enlighten the British public as regards the good work which they are doing in this remote corner of the Kingdom of Belgium, under the benevolent gaze of Leopold II, King of the Belgians. Game Play: Welcome to MasNES I: Ghosts of Empires. In this NES players will take control of an individual on Pulau Emas (the Island of Gold), a fictional island located in the Sulu Sea between the territories of the North Borneo Chartered Company, the Dutch East Indies and the Philippines. The objective of this NES is to give players a chance to shape the future of a fictional political entity. This NES will by and large be built on what the players make of it. As time goes on the rules for the NES will adjust themselves to best fit the current situation of Pulau Emas. It is likely that as Pulau Emas develops the political and economic environment will change – perhaps decisively which the players will shape and be shaped by it. I would like to thank Bombshoo for giving me the inspiration to try and a workable structure to borrow. And a shout-out is also due to Iggy who came up with the map and has proved an invaluable sounding board.