OPTIMAES stands for Open Project To Investigate Money And Economic Systems

It was a collection of toy economic ComputerSimulations / AgentBasedModels in PythonLanguage to discover and argue about different economic models.

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.)