OPTIMAES stands for Open Projet To Investigate Money And Economic Systems

Was a toy economic ComputerSimulation / AgentBasedModel in PythonLanguage to discover and argue about different economic models.

The idea was rational argument between different political factions through building models to illustrate how they thought the economy worked.

It's still kind of a good idea. But it's in CthulhuMode

Is Optimaes the same as http://webseitz.fluxent.com/wiki/z2003-05-02-NationBuildingSim

Not really. It's more a tool to look at the types of behaviours of economic systems. I don't think it's there to make forecasts or tell us the one right thing to do. (I'm a big believer in ScenarioPlanning rather than forecasting.)