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The Shift: September 2020

On the brink of the annual N-Day event, all remains calm in the realm of NationStates. So too has the World Assembly population, falling only 1.5% in the month of September, with a real decrease of 3.0% when adjusting for expected movements at this time of the year. It is the fourth straight monthly decline in total population, though the summer lull is expected to soon ease to an end.

Among the different region types, User Created Regions have led the way with a collective fall of only 0.4%, as compared to feeders and sinkers who fared much worse comparatively, declining 3.9% and 4.7% respectively. As for individual regions, The Free Nations Region topped the rankings for regions above 100 World Assembly nations for the second month in a row, though only gaining 3.0% (just six nations).

The President of that region, Heaveria, claimed in a statement to NationStates Today that “our region has been prospering and thriving during this administration, which is attributable to our work, recruitment methods, and effort for the often forgotten user retention.” They were met by Europe and Osiris in the green, while on the negative side Enadia led the pack, plunging by a whopping 30.0%, being closely followed by Thaecia and Thalassia.

Despite the Drewpocalypse feeling like such a long time ago, the total World Assembly population has, in fact, been continuously falling since the gains of that spike began reversing. While the typical September sees the total population begin to pick up again as the summer lull draws to a close, this month has bucked the trend and continued on a gentle downward trajectory. Consequently, most regions will be looking for their long-awaited reprieve in the month of October, which will possibly deliver their first monthly gains in more than one-third of a year.


  • 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.