The whole situation is like the simulation of a riot, a breakdown in civil harmony.
As street theater, this brief, intense "simulation" is convincing enough to be disconcerting.
Josh Dzieza on the grueling 256-day simulation astronauts are enduring.
mid-14c., "a false show, false profession," from Old French simulation "pretence" and directly from Latin simulationem (nominative simulatio) "an imitating, feigning, false show, hypocrisy," noun of action from past participle stem of simulare "imitate," from stem of similis "like" (see similar). Meaning "a model or mock-up for purposes of experiment or training" is from 1954.
simulation sim·u·la·tion (sĭm'yə-lā'shən)
Close resemblance or imitation, as of one symptom or disease by another.
Assumption of a false appearance.
Reproduction or representation, as of a potential situation or in experimental testing.