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The International Games is an International Project in Brave New World, and as such may only be initiated by the respective Resolution in the World Congress. It consists in organizing and conducting a worldwide sporting event, similar to the Olympic games in real life. In order for this Project to be possible, at least one nation needs to discover the Radio technology first. Once initiated, every nation can contribute to organizing the Games by using their production facilities and contributing PPs in each city they choose.
International Project. Contributors receive rewards as follows:
- Hosted Games (Highest contributor): Tourism +100% for 20 turns; Free Social Policy
- Won Medals (720 Production or more): +3 Happiness; One-time increase by 30 of your Influence with all City-States
- Parade of Nations (360 Production or more): +3 Happiness
The International Games is the second Project which becomes available through the World Congress, and it is of great importance to nations striving towards a cultural victory. A double Tourism output will go a long way towards imposing one's cultural influence over the other nations; also, the additional Happiness and City-State Influence is very nice.
If you're NOT going for this type of victory, and don't manage to block it from passing, you still might want to attempt to win the First Place (Gold) reward, simply to frustrate your opponents' intentions. Not only may the social policy also be of use to you, but the tourism can prevent you from suffering an increase in dissidents from ideological differences.
You can get the current world completion status by holding your mouse over the current build of a city working on the International Games. It is updated as each civilization has its turn, which can give you an idea of who is contributing and how much. That includes you; by looking at the percentage before your next turn starts and after, you can see how much of the total percentage you are contributing to the completion.
The first instance of conducting international games (that is a sports competition featuring athletes from various states) is undoubtedly the legendary Olympic Games, religious and athletic festivals held every four years at the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. These Games featured mainly athletic but also combat sports such as wrestling and the pankration, horse and chariot racing events. It was widely believed that during the games something called the Olympic Peace (or Truce) stopped even the bloodiest wars among Greek states, but this is today found to have been untrue - those wars never stopped for whatever reason. Still, evidence has been found that athletes going to the Games were able to pass unmolested through enemy territory, and at the Games themselves athletes from enemy nations could compete without fear. These ancient Games gradually declined with the increase of Roman power, and then were completely extinguished when Roman emperors started purging "pagan" cults and festivals after they accepted Christianity.
In contemporary times Olympic games were revived by the Greeks themselves after their War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821. Evangelos Zappas, a wealthy Greek-Romanian philanthropist, first wrote to King Otto of Greece, in 1856, offering to fund a permanent revival of the Olympic Games. Zappas sponsored the first Olympic Games in 1859, which was held in an Athens city square. Athletes participated from Greece and the Ottoman Empire. Zappas funded the restoration of the ancient Panathenaic Stadium so that it could host all future Olympic Games. In 1890, after attending the Olympian Games of the Wenlock Olympian Society, Baron Pierre de Coubertin was inspired to found the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Coubertin built on the ideas and work of Brookes and Zappas with the aim of establishing internationally rotating Olympic Games that would occur every four years.
The Winter Olympics was created to feature snow and ice sports that were logistically impossible to hold during the Summer Games. Figure skating (in 1908 and 1920) and ice hockey (in 1920) were featured as Olympic events at the Summer Olympics. The IOC desired to expand this list of sports to encompass other winter activities. At the 1921 Olympic Congress, in Lausanne, it was decided to hold a winter version of the Olympic Games. A winter sports week (it was actually 11 days) was held in 1924 in Chamonix, France, in connection with the Paris Games held three months later; this event became the first Winter Olympic Games.
Of course, the Olympic Games are not the only International Sports competition (although they're undoubtedly the most famous). The next most famous world competition, the FIFA World Cup of Football, had its first inaugural edition in 1884 (although under the name British Home Championship). As football grew in importance, it was officially included in the 1908 Summer Olympic Games. Planned by The Football Association (FA), England's football governing body, the event was for amateur players only and was regarded suspiciously as a show rather than a competition. Great Britain (represented by the England national amateur football team) won the gold medals. They repeated the feat in 1912 in Stockholm.
With the Olympic event continuing to be contested only between amateur teams, Sir Thomas Lipton organised the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy tournament in Turin in 1909. The Lipton tournament was a championship between individual clubs (not national teams) from different nations, each one of which represented an entire nation. The competition is sometimes described as The First World Cup, and featured the most prestigious professional club sides from Italy, Germany and Switzerland, but the FA of England refused to be associated with the competition and declined the offer to send a professional team. Lipton invited West Auckland, an amateur side from County Durham, to represent England instead. West Auckland won the tournament and returned in 1911 to successfully defend their title. In 1914, FIFA agreed to recognize the Olympic tournament as a "world football championship for amateurs", and took responsibility for managing the event. This paved the way for the world's first intercontinental football competition, at the 1920 Summer Olympics, contested by Egypt and thirteen European teams, and won by Belgium. Uruguay won the next two Olympic football tournaments in 1924 and 1928. Those were also the first two open world championships, as 1924 was the start of FIFA's professional era.
Due to the success of the Olympic football tournaments, FIFA, with President Jules Rimet as the driving force, again started looking at staging its own international tournament outside of the Olympics. On 28 May 1928, the FIFA Congress in Amsterdam decided to stage a world championship itself. With Uruguay now two-time official football world champions and to celebrate their centenary of independence in 1930, FIFA named Uruguay as the host country of the inaugural World Cup tournament.
In present-day there are hosts of international championships in practically every sport conceivable.