From NYT, via Craig:
"The kingdom is in crisis. After pledging to treat its citizens equally, the government stands accused of unfairly favoring one powerful, well-connected political faction. Many citizens have taken to open dissent, even revolt, and some are threatening to emigrate permanently...This specter of corruption has emerged most recently not in some post-colonial trouble spot but in the virtual nation of an Internet game called Eve Online."
CCP, creators and owners of Eve Online, now plans to hold election of an oversight committee to which it will "call in election monitors from universities in Europe and the United States".
When an online game starts not just calling itself, but behaving like, an emerging nation, something a lot bigger than computer gaming is going on.