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The Shift: December 2019

Something seems especially off about this month’s numbers – the adjusted average growth has pushed down to -1.2% in a season typically associated with the strongest surge in activity onsite. Rather than being dragged down by a handful of particularly underperforming regions, the blame seems to be distributed across many major communities this December, while The Leftist Assembly seems to be the only notable positive movement.

Shift One: The Confederation Continues to Collapse

The Confederation of Corrupt Dictators has effectively matched their fall from last month at -9.4%, this time assuming the wooden spoon of population growth. A glance at their overall population history since they came to prominence around August 2018 paints a haphazard image at times, seemingly failing to retain its members in the long-term and only maintaining its size through momentary spurts of recruitment fueled by a seemingly endless supply of telegram stamps, most notably in April of this year.

The highly controversial region, known for its even more divisive figurehead in Jocospor and its affiliations with previously prominent regions like Nazi Europa, was liberated by the Security Council of the World Assembly in September last year for its “open embrace of fascists and self-identification as such.” This negative growth trend may just be its long road towards the dustbin of NationStates history.

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Shift Two: Strong Recruitment in The Leftist Assembly

The battle for the title of the largest leftist region has considerably narrowed since November – The Communist Bloc’s lead over The Leftist Assembly has narrowed from 40 to just 16. The latter of these has experienced the strongest growth amongst major regions in the past month, almost tripling the next best region’s growth to boom by 9.3%.

With their quarterly election having closed just under two weeks ago, paired with the establishment of a new Discord-based roleplay, activity has evidently grown well this month. However, this notable movement can also be attributed to a consistent effort by Minister of Recruitment The Final Horseman, who was recently confirmed with a substantial majority to another term in the executive Cabinet – what has distinguished this month from the otherwise average growth of the November period, however, is not quite apparent.

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Shift Three: Not Feeling the Holiday Spirit

Most surprisingly is the overall -1.2% average growth, particularly off the back of a resurgent 5.9% in November. The holiday break tends to be a time where many young people find a new home in a region in our nation simulator browser game, but the spirit of Christmas hasn’t seemed to have caught on this year. Badivermeraed claimed that “progress needs to continue” in order to sustain the game in a new generation, and these unusual numbers perhaps make the urgent consideration of this argument all the more serious and pertinent.

Disclaimer: The author is the Secretary of The Leftist Assembly, a region which is addressed specifically in this article.


  • 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.