Greetings, secret agents! As a part of Mission Epic Orphan, our crowdfunding campaign that will help make nuclear risk game Epic Orphan a reality, we would like to share with you declassified information about countries that are actively working with nuclear weapons. This will give you an idea of some of the cases you will work on in Epic Orphan and that are currently facing our world today.
You can help us in the final days of this mission, too! See the redacted information that looks like this: ?
Do some of your own legwork and tweet us a nuclear weapons fact that you found surprising about this country with the hashtag #EpicOrphan and link to the Kickstarter page for a chance to win passes to next year’s 2017 Games for Change Festival, the annual conference in New York City that celebrates games for social impact. Selected agents’ facts will appear in our updated dossier and will also be commended on our Twitter feed. The Festival passes will be raffled to one agent at the end of our Kickstarter campaign (November 20).
We look forward to your help! Stay tuned for additional dossiers. Good luck, agents!
Leader: Vladimir Putin
Nuclear weapons possession since: 1949
Number of weapons in nuclear arsenal: 4,500
Number that are operational: 2,600
Background: Russia currently has the largest nuclear weapon stockpile in the world, being handed down the USSR’s WMD complex back in 1991. While in the past two decades Russia has done a lot to dismantle its nuclear arsenal, the country still looks to modernize some of its nuclear weapons and delivery systems to retain its status as a major military power. It is imperative that Russia remains an active member of international nuclear nonproliferation and arms control.
Additional findings on nuclear arsenal:
- Total nuclear tests: 715
- Most recent nuclear test: October 24, 1990
- Number of nuclear weapons waiting to be retired: 3,200
- Concerns over adequate storage
Known nuclear incidents:
- On April 12, 1970, a K-8 USSR submarine sank in the Bay of Biscay which held four nuclear warhead torpedoes. The depth the submarine went down to made the recovery of these weapons impractical. (more info)
- Recently, Russia has stationed nuclear capable missiles in Kaliningrad, Russia’s Baltic enclave, and increased military presence in its conflict areas. In retaliation, NATO has been doing its own military build up near Russia’s borders. (more info)