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Nationale solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Napoleon's Square | Nestor >>

Goal: An ace and a king of each suit are set out. Build the aces up to king in the same suit. Build the kings down to ace in the same suit.

While the layout is being dealt one pile of 8 cards at a time, cards are immediately played to the ace and king piles if they can. As a result, pile lengths will vary.

Build the 12 piles of the layout up or down in the same suit. Empty piles can be filled with any card. Rank order wraps, so kings and aces can play onto each other.

You can only move one card at a time. Each empty pile doubles the number of cards you can move, since multiple moves would allow it.

Also known as: The Nation

Variation of: Capricieuse

Difference: The 2 redeals are replaced with the ability for aces and kings to play onto each other. The layout is dealt a column at a time rather than a row at a time, and cards played out during the deal are not replaced.

None of the sources listed here make any mention of wrapping from king back to ace, but modern implementations have adopted the rule. It allows you to reverse the build direction of an ace or king without requiring an empty space.

Lady Cadogan keeps the 2 redeals from Capricieuse.

Comtesse de Blanccoeur states that an empty space can be filled with a sequence of cards, but as David Parlett believes, that is likely a mistake.

Rules source: Lady Cadogan's Illustrated Games of Solitaire or Patience, Adelaide Cadogan (The Nation) ~ Le Livre Illustre des Patiences, Comtesse de Blanccoeur ~ 100 Games of Solitaire, Helen L. Coops ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett

Nationale solitaire
This is one of 5 layouts for Nationale in Solitaire Forever II.

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