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NationStates Today: The News From 2020 In Numbers

Following on from my review of NationStates Today in 2019 by the numbers, it is my pleasure to once again delve into the statistics behind our diverse readership, quality content output, and professional journalists.

As a quick note, since we moved to a new website analytics platform mid-way through the year, we do not have a complete set of data. Apart from total staff and numbers of produced content, which are for the whole year, the remaining data unfortunately only covers the period from April 26 to December 31, 2020.

In the eight months of data we do have, however, we had an astounding 19,600 unique pageviews, which is almost on par with the entire twelve months of data we had for 2019. This came from 9,510 separate visits to our website.

45% of these readers decided to look at more than one page during their visit, with 2,381 total searches using 576 unique keywords. In all, the average reader decided to stay on our website for 2 minutes and 49 seconds.

Readers hailed from 92 distinct countries, with the top 5 as follows:

RankCountry% of total
1United States49.6%
2United Kingdom10.1%

These thousands of players have read 107 articles and 5 editions, and listened to 14 different podcast episodes. Our top 20 articles by most unique views were as follows:

RankArticleAuthorUnique views
1Power20: June 2020495
2Confederation of Corrupt Dictators Condemns Out-of-Character FascismVaranius Sunfire274
3The Shift: August 2020Llo259
4The West Pacific and The East Pacific End Alliance After Nine YearsJ. S. Talleyrand216
5The Board’s Response to Demands and a Threat from the Lazarene GovernmentLewis208
6Opinion | Don’t Say Meritocracy, Say OligarchyCalvin Coolidge193
7A Look at ‘Meet the Countryballs!’Ivy172
8Micronationalism: When the Internet Meets Real-LifeIndo-Malaysia166
9Opinion | The End of the Defender World?J. S. Talleyrand159
10Aexnidaral Storms Out: Europeian Delegate Vacancy Follows Moderation RowLlo155
11The Enadian Union Strikes AgainJ. S. Talleyrand154
12Summer Surge or Summer Lull? Answering An Age-Old QuestionLlo151
13The Shift: April 2020Llo145
14The Shift: October 2020Llo145
15The Shift: May 2020Llo143
16The Shifting Tides of Power20Jay141
17The Shift: June 2020Llo130
18Vote Stacking Confirmed in Lazarus Coup as Badger, Halo ExoneratedPrarie129
19Top Five Overused Roleplay NationsImperium128
20Military Coalition Ends Mikeswill’s Record Sixteen-Year Delegacy StreakComfed124

My favourite this year was undoubtedly’s Indo-Malaysia’s article on NationStates and real-life micronationalism, which is an interesting and beautifully-written piece that you should absolutely read if you have a few minutes to spare.

Our staff body is what makes NationStates Today possible. This year, we have had a total of 62 staff members spread across our organisation who have written and edited articles, designed our editions, maintained our website, and much more. Among our talented and professional writers, the top 5 by number of published articles were:

=2J. S. Talleyrand7

To the readers, thank you for engaging with our content. Our project to keep players up-to-date with the latest news from across NationStates via a non-regional, broad-scope newspaper is no easy task. It is deeply fulfilling to see huge numbers like this because it shows us that our passion and effort is being equally, if not exceedingly, met by the enthusiasm and keen interest of you all.

In order to sustain our quality, independent content throughout 2021, we still need your support. As a volunteer organisation, we are dependent on passionate new staff – if you are interested in journalism, technology, administration, or graphic design, then you should apply to join us! We are the most widely read newspaper in NationStates, and your work has the potential to be seen by thousands of players across the game.


  • Llo has been on NationStates since May 2016, residing primarily in The Leftist Assembly, where he has previously served as Secretary for four terms. He enjoys working in regional governments, particularly in news, elections, law-making, and polling. He is the former Chief Executive Officer and current Chief Content Officer of NationStates Today, and is the most published author in the organisation's history with over 60 articles.