When I hear the phrase 'supreme ruler', I think of the kid at school who had some sort of outlandish sliderule with extruding pieces festooned with measurement units I'd never heard of and a built-in magnifying glass and probably a hyperdrive or something, while the rest of us stared miserably at our 15cm strips of easily-shattered plastic.
Perhaps, in time, I shall also associate the phrase with Paradox's brink-of-nuclear-apocalypse strategy game Supreme Ruler: Cold War. You too can now familiarise yourself with this grand strategy title thanks to this here demo.
Its 400MB put you in the shoes of the UK (that's us!) as you attempt to defuse explosive tensions between East and West Germany. Apparently, the UK is only considered a 'supporting nation' by the full game - with the real conflict being between the US and USSR.
Huh. Forever the bridesmaids, us.
Anyone had a crack at Supreme Ruler yet? As Richard observes, it looks a little on the frightening side, but I probably should hone my brain on such a thing, after too many months spent obsessing over dungeon crawls.