The incredible story of Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr and the birth of EVE Online

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The story of Jón Gnarr, who in 2010 was elected mayor of Iceland’s capital and largest city, Reykjavík, could be mistaken for a story from EVE Online, the sandbox MMO created by Icelandic developer CCP. In EVE, players form corporations such as GoonWaffe and Hard Knocks (the ‘n’ is silent), taking part in fascinating, often-bizarre political and military shenanigans. In Iceland, Jón ran for office as founder of “The Best Party,” which he says wasn’t, and still isn’t, a real political party.

“It was supposed to be a complete nonsense party,” said Jón during a Q&A after last week’s EVE Online Fanfest in Reykjavík. “We promised whatever people wanted us to promise, but also promised to break all of our promises.”

Icelanders apparently appreciated Jón’s honesty, and he earned international fa...