are we so terminally online that we like ... became an actual meme of ourselves?

Those are called life simulators, nowadays they're made as mobile and browser games


Hobo - Real Life Simulator on the App Store

I believe a country can do it over decades but it's much less efficient than currency exchange. I.e. as worker you earn less and your $1 buys less than in any other country. So there's virtually no point in handicapping your own economy that much

I think the game of life can be relevant here

Conway's Game of Life - Wikipedia

Seems like it will shift from imaginative exploration game into "fantasy GTA"

Let's do a trial run sometimes, anyone wants to join?