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The Shift: February 2021

While February has seen a total change in the World Assembly population of +2.8%, almost on-par with expected trends, individual regions have enjoyed a wide diversity of different outcomes.

What do these terms mean?

All region types experienced marginally positive changes. Sinkers led the way with a +5.0% change, while feeders and User Created Regions (UCRs) performed similarly, with +2.8% and +2.6% respectively. The more noticeable changes took place in a few specific regions.

Some larger regions – Europeia and The Rejected Realms particularly stood out – fared the best. Those two regions each gained +13.7% in their World Assembly populations.

Smaller User-Created Regions faced the brunt of this month’s decreases. Anteria and United Kingdom were the only two regions to break into double-digit negatives.

For most regions, however, the story this month was one of remarkable stability. Of the 27 regions included in this edition of The Shift, 15 did not have a positive or negative change of more than 10 World Assembly nations, irrespective of region size. When considered in percentages, 15 regions also did not experience a positive or negative change of more than 5%.

As a testament to this trend, the game’s largest region – The North Pacific – remained at exactly the same World Assembly population as last month, as of the time of the data recording. They were one of three regions to do so, which is the highest number unchanged between two months in the history of The Shift.

For now it appears the upwards trend of the first half of the year is progressing as expected, but 2020 taught us – both in the real world and that of NationStates – that things sometimes do not go to plan.


  • 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.