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The Shift: January 2020

Each month brings with it a variety of movements across regional World Assembly populations, and January 2020 has been no exception. This month, however, has been particularly notable for its distinctions across region types – feeders, sinkers, and User-Created Regions (UCRs) – who have each experienced vastly different changes, in addition to the individual peculiarities of emerging and dying communities.

Shift One: Sinkers lag behind the pack

The four sinkers – The Rejected Realms, Lazarus, Osiris, and Balder – have had an underwhelming month, collectively falling by 0.3%. This contrasts the Pacific feeders that have led the game in January, taking in more than 350 new World Assembly nations amongst them at a collective 9.0% expansion.

The adjusted average growth across all major regions was 3.8%, which may be partially explained by the “sudden-mass influx” of new nations, according to site administrator Reploid Productions, after a mention of NationStates in a highly popular Reddit thread.

However, not everyone felt the love. Despite UCRs collectively tallying on par with the average at 3.8%, they also rounded out the lowest-ranking regions, with the worst performers in January including Thaecia at – 6.8% and New Western Empire at -7.6%.

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Shift Two: 10000 Islands picks up the pace

One of the strongest performers of this cycle has been 10000 Islands, which has grown by a spectacular 13.2% in the last month alone. This follows two months of under-average performances, with the substantial figure more than making up for the previous losses. The region, which is now clearly the largest UCR in NationStates, has surpassed every sinker in World Assembly population, with The Rejected Realms and Balder falling marginally behind.

10000 Islands, one of the oldest remaining UCRs in the game, had an unremarkable 2019 in terms of population, which mostly flatlined, so this uptick in membership must certainly be a welcome development. The region’s World Assembly Secretary, Sargon Reman, provided the following exclusive statement to NationStates Today on why World Assembly population is on the rise:

“The reason we have increased our World Assembly activity is because of the launch of the World Assembly Supremacy Program by me through the Secretariat. It is our first World Assembly retention program and we will continue to build on it going into the future. As far as our population, we have an exemplary recruitment program which has ran [sic] for several years and we have recruiters that send thousands of manual telegrams per month. Our most prolific member has sent over half a million of them.”

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Shift Three: The West Pacific leads the way

The West Pacific took out the first rank for this month at 16.1%, which is over 100 new World Assembly nations in practical terms. This, unlike 10000 Islands, completes a three-month above-average growth trend, finishing second out of all major regions in the two previous months. This means they have gained 41.0% more World Assembly nations in just the last quarter of a year, leaving The Pacific as the sole trailing feeder region.

When asked about why their region was doing so well in terms of World Assembly population, Delegate Bran Astor attributed it to “three simple truths” – “we like Funyuns,” “Tom Hagen is not a wartime consigliere,” and “Die Hard is a Christmas movie.” Explaining these “seemingly random, frivolous statements,” as Bran themselves described it, they claimed that they “capture imaginations and inspire future leaders.”


  • 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.