Development and shareware status
While the game was billed as shareware, the authors never collected any registration fees, because they were planning to release a feature-complete version before asking the players to register. However, the development of Great Nations
was abandoned before reaching this stage. The registered version was supposed to be completely customizable, with the ability to easily create new graphics and modify nearly every aspect of the game simply by editing text files. Also, the authors hoped to add a single-player mode with functional AI, which was also never implemented. Because of these limitations, every public release of Great Nations
is designated as a "Demo", even though all of them are fully playable in hot seat and network multiplayer modes.