OPTIMAES stands for Open Project To Investigate Money And Economic Systems
The idea was to get rational argument between different political ideologies through building models to illustrate how each 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? – BillSeitz
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.)