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## WHAT IS IT?
This is a program meant as a simplistic model of two ant colonies at war. The colonies maintain a balance between number of soldiers, and number of guards. The target of both armies is to eliminate the enemy queen while protecting their own.
## HOW IT WORKS
The smallest turtles, the soldiers, meet and fight each other. A 'battle'consists of the program using a random number generation to act as a coin flip. If one soldier wins the coin flip, the other dies. Guards have a protection program that keeps them surrounding the queen unless they 'smell' and enemy soldier, in which case they follow the scent and kill the soldier. Once a guard kills five soldiers, it runs out of strength, and dies. The queen reproduces lost soldiers and guards when they die, and acts as a flag, when their queen dies, they can no longer re-produce, and are much more likely to lose.
## HOW TO USE IT
First, choose how many soldiers each side has. The number of guards is the number of soldiers not chosen, divided by 5. In other words, 200 soldiers out of 400 means
## THINGS TO NOTICE
Notice how luck plays a part in this model. Some games end overwhelmingly quckly, while others end in virtual ties. Sometimes an individual just gets lucky.
## THINGS TO TRY
Try changing the teams, how well uneven teams fair against each other, as well as even teams. Is strong defense or powerful offense a better tactic?
## EXTENDING THE MODEL
I'll leave that up to you. Contact me if you come up with anything interesting.
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## RELATED MODELS
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