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  1. N-Day5 is over! And it was an incredibly tight battle this year, with three Factions closing things out within a nuclear whisker of each other. In the end, Augustin Alliance couldn't be stopped from marching to their third N-Day victory, beating out An Alliance of Potatoes and Ba Sing Se. Final Leaderboard In time-honored tradition, last year's winners, Horsemen of the Apocalypse, were everybody's favorite targets, finishing in last place with a world record-breaking amount of radiation (821,369). In fact, I believe that's 4.4 times more radiation than the previous record, which just goes to show: If a lot of people want to nuke something, it can get really nuked. On the other hand, Ba Sing Se deserves special credit for not only finishing 3rd overall, but doing so with zero radiation. Faction Score Nations Region 1. Augustin Alliance 287,488 5,375 Nations Augustin Alliance 2. An Alliance of Potatoes 284,847 5,938 Nations The Potato Alliance 3. Ba Sing Se 275,832 4,853 Nations The City of Ba Sing Se 4. CRAB 107,970 2,979 Nations CRAB 5. Fuster Cluck Coalition 44,956 633 Nations Northern Ocean 6. Second Best Test 29,194 25 Nations Big Farma 7. RAILGUN 18,531 265 Nations The Flyin Miniverse 8. Antinosean Army 8,802 9 Nations Antinosean Card Farm 9. Alnobian Nuclear Defense Alliance 8,290 1 Nation Alnobia 10. German Nuclear Force 6,236 5 Nations MG Puppet Storage Global stats: 475 factions were created. 38693 nations joined a faction. 4,359,585 nukes were targeted. 3,715,752 nukes were launched. 1,800,098 nukes were shot down. 1,916,864 strikes occurred for 1,536,382 radiation. And for the record, and in a confusingly slightly different format, here are Highest Scores Per Nation (with a minimum of 10 nations): Faction Region Score Score Per Nation Second Best Test Big Farma 29,194 1,167.8 Gholgoth Gholgoth 4,817 133.8 BAD Corps BAD Auxiliary 1,825 121.7 Neon Dreams Teremara 2,397 109.0 Fuster Cluck Coalition Northern Ocean 44,956 71.0 RAILGUN The Flyin Miniverse 18,531 69.9 Ba Sing Se The City of Ba Sing Se 275,832 56.8 Augustin Alliance Augustin Alliance 287,488 53.5 An Alliance of Potatoes The Potato Alliance 284,847 48.0 CRAB CRAB 107,970 36.2 Thank you for participating in N-Day5! And remember: Several people in the world today have the power to plunge us into a nuclear conflict at the press of a button. Have a nice day. {url}
  2. Nuclear conflict: Are there any winners? I mean, yes, there are. We have a leaderboard. But what about the 549 out of 574 Factions who failed to finish last year's N-Day with a positive score? That's a lot of nations who wound up as radioactive dust. I think the lesson here is that for most people, nuclear war is brief and fatal. You can do your best and still wind up flattened because larger forces decided to swat you. Something to ponder. Not here, though! Here on NationStates, your citizens are only temporarily annihilated when some madman decides to extinguish millions of lives. So that's different. Nuclear resolution begins in: Click/tap here for your local time: @@JGConfig::time_ago(1601186400)@@ @@JGConfig::parse_nscode("https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=874170", 2)@@ Vault 41 discussion forum {url}
  3. In @@JGConfig::nice_name("the_dark_system", 3)@@, a Compulsory Consumerist State with wealth inequity like you wouldn't believe, a problem arose: The rich grew too rich. They are, in fact, so rich right now that they exceed the World Census's ability to track it. That's the thing with the ultra-rich: They always have even more wealth than you expect. But it turns out that if you're prepared to put the screws to the middle and working classes, you can have the richest 10% of your populace pulling down 8-figure averages. This blew a gasket at the World Census and left them unable to track The Dark System on any scale at all. A fix is landing tonight to address this and similar issues. As a result, you may notice a slight loss of precision in your Average Income of Rich, which will no longer be tracked down the last cent, but instead rounded off to your nearest standard monetary unit. This is a little easier to handle when there are 11 million of them to track (on average, per wealthy Dark System citizen). {url}
  4. What with the 215,000 active nations and everything, we here at NationStates Laboratories are working hard to keep your connection with your nation snappy and responsive. Right now we're in the process of switching over to new hardware, which means things are a little slow and choppy, and there may be a few brief outages over the next 48 hours. Most relevantly, today's Major Daily Update is canceled. This means a whole bunch of things will not update, including population counts, WA Delegates, and some census rankings. Unfortunately it's too much for our poor systems to handle while also migrating data. Sorry for the inconvenience! Aside from this Major Update, everything should continue to function as normal. {url}
  5. This post comes courtesy of Senior Issues Editor The Free Joy State. Hey, guys, gals and non-binary people! Well, it's been a wild ride, but the issue contest is over, the votes are cast and some very capable hamsters have tabulated the votes. So, in alphabetical order, here are our top ten issues from the contest: Protect and Swerve by Candensia The Brains Behind Kuru by Electrum Ignorant Idiots, Illegitimate Citizens by Fauxia Corruption, Contemplation and Cuteness Amok by Jutsa Feeling Null by Krusavich Payday Groans by Lancaster of Wessex Scattered Showers by Omniabstracta Covering all the Angles by Pythaga You should have (copy)Left My Software Alone by SherpDaWerp The Melting Point by Westinor Look out for those issues as they start to appear in the game in the near future. Please join with the team in congratulating the authors of our top ten issues. See this post in GI for further details. {url}
  6. NationStates News

    NS -Z-Day<sup>8</sup>

    Wow! It seems like only yesterday that the undead began periodically rising from the grave to feast upon the flesh of the living. But no: Zombie scientists have confirmed that for the eighth time, the world is expected to undergo a horrific apocalypse. Zombie apocalypse begins in: You might be like, "Well if these zombie scientists can pinpoint the start time so accurately, maybe they should put a little effort into finding a permanent cure." But that's because you misunderstand the term "zombie scientists." They are literally zombies. They wear little white lab coats and sleep most of the year but once they start to get twitchy, we know the apocalypse is coming. What You Need to Know The zombie apocalypse will begin @@JGConfig::time_ago(1572465600, 1)@@ (click for local time) It will run for 33 hours, ending @@JGConfig::time_ago(1572465600 + (33 * 3600), 1)@@ Zombies move between nations in the same region. This makes it important to be aware of what your neighbors are doing, as will be difficult for an individual nation to hold out in a heavily infected region. Each region will report its infection rate so that residents can make an informed choice about which are relatively safe and which are basically pools of pandemic-level z-virus. You have three options: Exterminate the zombies with military force. This converts them into dead citizens, who pose no further risk to the living. It is very effective when you have lots of survivors and few zombies, and less effective when your military forces have mostly been eaten. Research a cure, which helps to lower your region's infection rate. Enough nations working together can slow or stop the spread of zombies and even begin to turn infected back into survivors. However, this takes time and is most effective with test subjects and collaboration. Embrace the zombie hordes, becoming part of the problem as you spread zombies all around your region. Eventually, of course, your hordes may run out of food and starve. This option isn't for everyone. But there's always someone. Your nation may also unlock superweapons over time. Once built, they can be manually deployed against targets of your choice by visiting their nation page and hitting the appropriate button. Exterminating zombies develops Tactical Zombie Elimination Squads, who can enter other nations and kill zombies there. Researching a cure develops Cure Missiles, which can be launched at other nations in order to convert zombies into survivors. Embracing the undead develops Hordes, which can surge into other nations and infect their survivors. Superweapons can be deployed every 20 seconds. If you take a hit from a superweapon, the resulting chaos makes your own superweapon unavailable for a few minutes. The World Census will maintain some relevant zombie-related ranking scales: The Most Survivors The Most Zombies The Most Dead The Most Zombified (Note: Up to one hour delay is to be expected in the ordering of these scales.) During Z-Day, Founders and Delegates can close their region's borders at no Influence cost, sealing themselves off the from the world, and the plaintative cries of nations seeking refuge. It seems pretty harsh. You're just sitting there watching millions of people die. But zombie apocalypses demand tough choices. The Z-Day Tally Board will track global progress during Z-Day. Good luck! {url}
  7. NationStates News

    NS -Z-Day<sup>7</sup>

    World Leaders, resistance cells, and diplomats: the secret WASP office of pseudoanimate preparedness has good news and bad news. First, the good news. There are hours, nay, days before the world as we know it falls apart due to rising demand for and shrinking supply of brains. Also, some of our researchers have survived! Their consensus recommendation of what you need to be empowered to handle this shambling business is intelligence, intelligence, intelligence. The intern who was the most experienced survivor was quite insistent on this. Without intelligence, even the smartest decision will be brainless! In other words, as the intern put it, "Braaaains!" As the surviving researchers head home, the administrative staff here are hard at work on solutions to bring you more adequate intelligence. What is the bad news, you ask? Well, that's a very good question. It will be addressed just as soon as we answer this scrabbling at our doors. Can't keep people waiting! In the meanwhile, enjoy this helpful clock: Zombie apocalypse begins in: We're not sure of much, but we're sure of this countdown! Our staff expects that once that clock reaches zero, vigilant regions will begin to close their borders and see a daring group of nations attempt to research a cure, while less vigilant regions will be overrun by shambling nightmares. In due course, 75-80% of the world population will die. No biggie. Our staff are still examining notes from the office of pseudoanimatae preparedness to understand any new mutations or developments you need to know about. What You Need to Know The zombie apocalypse will begin @@JGConfig::time_ago(1540929600, 1)@@ (click for local time) It will run for 33 hours, ending @@JGConfig::time_ago(1540929600+ (33 * 3600), 1)@@ Zombies move between nations in the same region. This makes it important to be aware of what your neighbors are doing, as will be difficult for an individual nation to hold out in a heavily infected region. Each region will report its infection rate so that residents can make an informed choice about which are relatively safe and which are basically pools of pandemic-level z-virus. You have three options: Exterminate the zombies with military force. This converts them into dead citizens, who pose no further risk to the living. It is very effective when you have lots of survivors and few zombies, and less effective when your military forces have mostly been eaten. Research a cure, which helps to lower your region's infection rate. Enough nations working together can slow or stop the spread of zombies and even begin to turn infected back into survivors. However, this takes time and is most effective with test subjects and collaboration. Embrace the zombie hordes, becoming part of the problem as you spread zombies all around your region. Eventually, of course, your hordes may run out of food and starve. This option isn't for everyone. But there's always someone. Your nation may also unlock superweapons over time. Once built, they can be manually deployed against targets of your choice by visiting their nation page and hitting the appropriate button. Exterminating zombies develops Tactical Zombie Elimination Squads, who can enter other nations and kill zombies there. Researching a cure develops Cure Missiles, which can be launched at other nations in order to convert zombies into survivors. Embracing the undead develops Hordes, which can surge into other nations and infect their survivors. Superweapons can be deployed every 20 seconds. If you take a hit from a superweapon, the resulting chaos makes your own superweapon unavailable for a few minutes. When looking for targets, the World Censuses helpfully provided by the WA administrative complex may be of use: The Most Survivors The Most Zombies The Most Dead The Most Zombified (%) Note: while the number displayed for each nation should always be accurate, the ordering of nations by each census will be updated periodically, not live. During Z-Day, Founders and Delegates can close their region's borders at no Influence cost, sealing themselves off the from the world, and the plaintative cries of nations seeking refuge. It seems pretty harsh. You're just sitting there watching millions of people die. But zombie apocalypses demand tough choices. The Z-Day Tally Board will track progress during Z-Day. Good luck! {url}
  8. NationStates News

    NS -Issuin' Nine-to Five

    This post comes courtesy of Senior Issues Editor The Free Joy State. Ladies, Gentlemen, and Non-Binary people, it's time to clutch your quills, don your thinking caps and trawl your thesauruses. We are very excited to announce our "Anything-But-Pandemics Issue Contest". Not only is this the latest chance to potentially join our friendly Issues Editing team, but the top ten finalists will also be revealed in a follow-up News announcement, allowing you bragging rights for years to come! Like you, we all want to think about anything that isn't a pandemic right now, so please choose any other topic for your maximum of three competition entries (per player). That's a lie... not anything: disco dancing dino-robots probably overstretch verisimilitude. For drafting tips and advice, check out our issue-writing resource and the Got Issues? subforum (which is where we'd encourage you to draft your issues). Please submit your entries by the deadline of 14th June 2020 (inclusive) by the usual method. Make sure you are fully happy with your submission before entering, and don't forget to tick the checkbox to mark it as belonging to the Issue Contest. Please see this thread for full information. Good luck! {url}
  9. The Election is over! After four days of stump speeches, tense back-room negotiations, and political deal-making, we have a brand new office-holder: Congratulations to WA Secretary-General @@JGConfig::nice_name("kuriko", 2)@@! This Election saw the introduction of Running Mates, so for the first time we also have a nation ready to step forward should the situation demand it: Vice Secretary-General @@JGConfig::nice_name("the_salaxalans", 2)@@. I have to say, this was an amazingly positive and good-spirited campaign period. Well done to everyone who participated, whether you ran for office, boosted for a candidate, or just tossed in a vote! And thank you to outgoing WA Secretary-General @@JGConfig::nice_name("Caelapes", 2)@@, who, you have to say, didn't put a foot wrong during a fine four years in office. {url}
  10. People often ask me, "Max, why don't you stop writing novels and just work on NationStates full-time?" And I'm like, "Uh, that's kind of offensive. Writing novels is my passion. It's what I love to do." But by then they've wandered off because they don't really care unless there's a web game. But guess what? This time, there's a web game! It's no NationStates. I'll be honest. But you might find it a fun diversion during these turbulent times. There's also a book. You might have heard of Providence from the ads on this site. It's about four people on a spaceship who are trillions of miles from home and have to fight aliens who spit black holes. “★★★★★ Extremely smart... This is Barry’s masterstroke... page-turning anticipation which pays off beautifully.” —SFX “Brain-bending adventure” —Newsweek “★★★★★ Easily the first, best book to beat this year” —Bradley Horner's Book Reviews “A light-hearted thriller with a superb dark, existential sting in its tail.” —The Sunday Times (UK) OUT NOW Learn More • Buy Now • Reviews If you're looking for a good book, or a way to support authors who make satiric web games in their spare time, give it a look! Thank you. {url}
  11. Has it been four years already?? Yes! It has! Which means it's an election year! Once again, the coveted position of World Assembly Secretary-General is up for grabs. This is widely regarded as the most sought-after prize in all the world, and comes with unspeakable power, in the sense that no-one has said what it actually is. ★ Your 2020 Election Hub ★ For the last four years, we've labored under WA Secretary-General @@JGConfig::nice_name("caelapes", 2)@@, but has life actually gotten better? I mean, really? I'll leave that to the voters. Election 2020 will run through three Minor Rounds, during which unviable candidates will be weeded out. Then a final General Election will be held to decide between the Top Five. Voting is open to most WA member nations. If you have at least five endorsements, you can toss your hat into the ring and run! And if you help run a region, you can boost for your favored candidate by erecting prominent signange on your region page via Admin → Appearance. Election 2020! Because we have to do this every four years! Democracy says so! {url}
  12. Hello everyone! As you might have noticed, there is a worldwide shutdown going on to combat the spread of a particularly nasty coronavirus. During this time, we want to do our part to ensure that accurate information gets out to people. Normally, of course, NationStates is a hotbed of discussion and debate--which tends to come with a healthy serving of bias, lies, and misinformation. And normally that is fine. People have opinions. But today, misinformation about COVID-19 is dangerous, so moderators will be taking action to remove it, including issuing bans against people who post it. The kind of thing I'm referring to here are posts that claim the virus is a government conspiracy, or that people should ignore expert medical advice. This is an extraordinary situation, and it's a little uncomfortable for our volunteer moderators to try to be the arbiters of truth. Please extend them your patience while they work through this. In the meantime, I hope you and your loved ones are doing well, and remember, your nations could always do with a little more attention. P.S. This year's April Fools event will not be virus-related. {url}
  13. Almost a year ago, we launched the first season of NationStates Trading Cards. Now it's time for Season Two! Yes, soon you'll be finding sleek new-season cards when you open packs. For the next five days, you can get a sneak peek at what the cards look like. And, during this time only, you can update your card before it becomes permanently inscribed! To update your card: Set your nation's flag, slogan, etc, just the way you like in your Settings. Go to Your Deck and click View Card: (Your nation). It's on the right-hand side of the page, near the top. If you're looking at your own Season Two card, just above it, you'll see a special Season Two Preview notice that invites you to inscribe the card using your nation's current state. Do that! Only nations that existed at the time of the preview have Season Two cards—if you temporarily exited the world, you won't have a card for this season. At the end of the preview period, all newly opened packs will contain Season Two cards. Almost all packs, anyway. You never know when an old card might find its way into production through some manufacturing snafu. But like 99% of the time: new cards. Update (December 3, 2019): Season Two is upon us! Cards can no longer be inscribed. {url}
  14. Almost a year ago, we launched the first season of NationStates Trading Cards. Now it's time for Season Two! Yes, soon you'll be finding sleek new-season cards when you open packs. For the next five days, you can get a sneak peek at what the cards look like. And, during this time only, you can update your card before it becomes permanently inscribed! To update your card: Set your nation's flag, slogan, etc, just the way you like in your Settings. Go to Your Deck and click View Card: (Your nation). It's on the right-hand side of the page, near the top. If you're looking at your own Season Two card, just above it, you'll see a special Season Two Preview notice that invites you to inscribe the card using your nation's current state. Do that! Only nations that existed at the time of the preview have Season Two cards—if you temporarily exited the world, you won't have a card for this season. At the end of the preview period, all newly opened packs will contain Season Two cards. Almost all packs, anyway. You never know when an old card might find its way into production through some manufacturing snafu. But like 99% of the time: new cards. {url}
  15. As previously mentioned, the World Census occasionally changes the way it measures things—usually because of flaws discovered in the old methodology, as revealed by a few extreme cases. These recalibrations are posted for public preview ahead of implementation on the World Census Beta page, so that nations can provide feedback. A batch have completed this process, and will go live in the next few days! Beta 004 affecting Weaponization Beta 005B affecting Black Market Beta 006 affecting Lifespan Beta 008A affecting Income Beta 010 affecting Agriculture-based Industry Beta 015 affecting State-Owned Industry Beta 016 affecting Economic Efficiency Most nations won't notice any change. But you might, especially if your nation is very unusual. In those cases, you will see an abrupt change in some of your World Census ranking scales as the new system is adopted. If you're interested in what might be coming down the pipeline, a new round of betas has also just been made public! Previews are now available for: Beta 012 affecting Tourism Beta 014 introducing a new ranking, Generosity Beta 017 affecting Civil Rights Beta 019 introducing a new ranking, Patriotism Beta 020 introducing a new ranking, Hunger Beta 021 introducing a new ranking, Food Quality Beta 022 introducing a new ranking, Ease of Commute {url}
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