Nuclear conflict: Are there any winners? I mean, yes, there are. We have a leaderboard. But what about the 549 out of 574 Factions who failed to finish last year's N-Day with a positive score? That's a lot of nations who wound up as radioactive dust.I think the lesson here is that for most people, nuclear war is brief and fatal. You can do your best and still wind up flattened because larger forces decided to swat you. Something to ponder. Not here, though! Here on NationStates, your citizens are only temporarily annihilated when some madman decides to extinguish millions of lives. So that's different.
Nuclear resolution begins in:
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N-Day is an opportunity for nations to come together and exchange nuclear weapons in a fiery Armageddon of mutually assured destruction.
Once N-Day begins, join a Faction. Nations outside a Faction can't attack or be attacked. You can join a Faction when you're ready and leave when you're not (to stay safe).
Watch your nation automatically generate Production at a rate of 1 every 2 minutes. Use it to build Nukes and Shield.
Launch Nukes at other nations and use Shield to shoot down Nukes that are launched at you.
The simplest way to play N-Day is to join whichever Faction seems most fun and start targeting Nukes at its enemies while shooting down anything incoming. Your Faction page's icon bar shows everything you need to know, including who's targeting anyone in your Faction, and who your fellow Faction members are targeting.
Attacking: Step by Step
On your Production screen, spend some of your Production to build Nukes. These go into your Stockpile.
On another nation's Nuke page, click/tap the TARGET button and select the number of Nukes to use.
Once Targeted, it takes 10 minutes for your Nukes to reach a READY state. Note that your Targeted page is public: All nations can see who is targeting whom.
When your Targeted Nukes are ready, click/tap LAUNCH.
Your Nukes are now categorized as Launches for you and Incoming for your target. Launched Nukes take 3-5 minutes to reach their target. When they do, they earn Strikes for you and inflict Radiation on the target, which reduces their rate of Production. This also earns Score for your Faction and reduces the enemy Faction's Score.
Defending: Step by Step
On the Production screen, spend Production to build Shield.
Find Launched Nukes to destroy. Your top priority is any Incoming Nukes launched at you. Secondarily, you may wish to target Incoming Nukes on anyone in your Faction (see your Faction's Incoming page), and also keep an eye on Targeted Nukes that may threaten you or your Faction in the near future.
Click/tap DESTROY to deploy 1 Shield per Nuke.
Strategically, it may be wise to avoid attacks on nations or Factions until you are confident of obliterating them, since this eliminates the possibility of counter-attack. Smaller-scale attacks, which damage but don't destroy an enemy, can lead to an escalating series of grudge-related nuclear exchanges.
On the other hand, targeting an enemy can be an effective warning. And it takes Nukes 10 minutes to be ready to launch, so you can't leave it too late.
Each Nuke that reaches a target causes Radiation damage, which reduces the target's rate of Production generation and counts as a Strike for the attacker.
A Faction's Score is Strikes minus Radiation.
N-Day lasts for 24 hours, after which point, an Arms Control Agreement means that no Nukes can be launched. (In-flight nukes can still land, however.)
The "winner" is the Faction with the highest score; if, that is, nuclear war can be said to have a winner. Which we say it can. It's the Faction with the highest score.
Once N-Day begins, Factions can be founded by a Regional Officer of any region. Any and all Regional Officers of that region can update the Faction's official text to issue instructions to Faction members.
Factions can be made open to all members, or restricted to the region's members only.
You can leave your Faction, which is a good way to stay safe if you're signing off for the night. However, you can only do this if you're not engaged with the enemy! That means:
You must not have any nukes targeted or launched at another nation; and
No nukes can be targeted or incoming on you.
Note that in practice, this can make it challenging to leave a Faction, since you may be frequently targeted.
While outside a Faction, you cannot be targeted, and do not generate any Production.
Before joining, it's worth making sure a Faction isn't currently under mass bombardment.
Nations are randomly assigned a specialty.
Military Specialists build Nukes faster: They receive 50% more Nukes when converting Production.
Strategic Specialists build Shield faster: They receive 50% more Shield when converting Production.
Economic Specialists can accumulate more Production: Their cap is 200% higher.
Nations generate Production automatically at a rate of 1 Production per 2 minutes.
Production can be spent on Nukes or Shield.
If not spent, Production accumulates up to a maximum of 50 for Military and Strategic Specialists and 200 for Economic Specialists.
Nukes are purchased with Production, kept in stockpile until ready, then targeted and launched at an enemy nation.
Launched Nukes take 3-5 minutes to reach their target. While in-flight, they can be shot down by any nation using Shield. If they're not, each Nuke generates 1% of Radiation in the target and earns 1 Strike for the attacker.
Shield can be used to knock out Launched Nukes. You can shoot down any in-flight Nukes regardless of who they are aimed at.
Locate in-flight Nukes under Launches or Incoming, and use the DESTROY button to eliminate them at a rate of 1 Shield per Nuke.
It is possible to waste Shield if multiple nations deploy Shield simultaneously to knock out the same Nukes.
Target a nation by viewing their Nuke page and clicking/tapping TARGET. You may then select how many Nukes to target from your Stockpile.
It takes 10 minutes for a Targeted Nuke to reach a READY state, after which it may be launched.
If not launched after 1 hour, Targeted Nukes automatically return to your Stockpile.
Radiation is generated in a nation when it is struck by a Nuke.
Radiation proportionately reduces a nation's Production generation rate. For example, 20% Radiation reduces Production generation by 20%.
When a nation is 100% Radiated, it is destroyed and no longer able to launch any Nukes nor use any Shield.
Radiation is irreversible.
You can leave a Faction when irradiated, but this does not affect your Faction's score.
A Faction's score measures strikes and radiation that occurred while those nations were a member. It is unaffected by nations joining or leaving the Faction.
Used to buy Nukes and Shield. Automatically generated by all non-destroyed nations in a Faction.
Unholy instrument of death and destruction.
A Nuke that has been purchased with Production and is sitting idle, awaiting a target.
A Nuke that has been targeted at a nation. A targeted Nuke takes 10 minutes to achieve a READY state, after which it may be launched.
A Nuke that has been launched at a nation and is currently chewing up 3-5 minutes of in-flight time.
A unit of defensive technology. Possibly involves lasers or satellites or something.
A record of how many Nukes have successfully landed on targets.
A record of how many Nukes have struck the nation. Reduces Production generation.
A group of nations sharing a common interest in survival and/or bloodlust.
Strikes minus Radiation.
In The Mafia Economic Extremist of The Dark System, a Compulsory Consumerist State with wealth inequity like you wouldn't believe, a problem arose: The rich grew too rich. They are, in fact, so rich right now that they exceed the World Census's ability to track it. That's the thing with the ultra-rich: They always have even more wealth than you expect.
But it turns out that if you're prepared to put the screws to the middle and working classes, you can have the richest 10% of your populace pulling down 8-figure averages. This blew a gasket at the World Census and left them unable to track The Dark System on any scale at all.
A fix is landing tonight to address this and similar issues. As a result, you may notice a slight loss of precision in your Average Income of Rich, which will no longer be tracked down the last cent, but instead rounded off to your nearest standard monetary unit. This is a little easier to handle when there are 11 million of them to track (on average, per wealthy Dark System citizen).
What with the 215,000 active nations and everything, we here at NationStates Laboratories are working hard to keep your connection with your nation snappy and responsive. Right now we're in the process of switching over to new hardware, which means things are a little slow and choppy, and there may be a few brief outages over the next 48 hours.
Most relevantly, today's Major Daily Update is canceled. This means a whole bunch of things will not update, including population counts, WA Delegates, and some census rankings. Unfortunately it's too much for our poor systems to handle while also migrating data.
Sorry for the inconvenience! Aside from this Major Update, everything should continue to function as normal.
This post comes courtesy of Senior Issues Editor The Free Joy State.
Hey, guys, gals and non-binary people!
Well, it's been a wild ride, but the issue contest is over, the votes are cast and some very capable hamsters have tabulated the votes.
So, in alphabetical order, here are our top ten issues from the contest:
Protect and Swerve by Candensia
The Brains Behind Kuru by Electrum
Ignorant Idiots, Illegitimate Citizens by Fauxia
Corruption, Contemplation and Cuteness Amok by Jutsa
Feeling Null by Krusavich
Payday Groans by Lancaster of Wessex
Scattered Showers by Omniabstracta
Covering all the Angles by Pythaga
You should have (copy)Left My Software Alone by SherpDaWerp
The Melting Point by Westinor
Please join with the team in congratulating the authors of our top ten issues. See this post in GI for further details.
This post comes courtesy of Senior Issues Editor The Free Joy State.
Ladies, Gentlemen, and Non-Binary people, it's time to clutch your quills, don your thinking caps and trawl your thesauruses.
We are very excited to announce our "Anything-But-Pandemics Issue Contest". Not only is this the latest chance to potentially join our friendly Issues Editing team, but the top ten finalists will also be revealed in a follow-up News announcement, allowing you bragging rights for years to come!
Like you, we all want to think about anything that isn't a pandemic right now, so please choose any other topic for your maximum of three competition entries (per player). That's a lie... not anything: disco dancing dino-robots probably overstretch verisimilitude. For drafting tips and advice, check out our issue-writing resource and the Got Issues? subforum (which is where we'd encourage you to draft your issues).
Please submit your entries by the deadline of 14th June 2020 (inclusive) by the usual method. Make sure you are fully happy with your submission before entering, and don't forget to tick the checkbox to mark it as belonging to the Issue Contest.
Please see this thread for full information. Good luck!
The Election is over! After four days of stump speeches, tense back-room negotiations, and political deal-making, we have a brand new office-holder: Congratulations to WA Secretary-General Kuriko!
This Election saw the introduction of Running Mates, so for the first time we also have a nation ready to step forward should the situation demand it: Vice Secretary-General The Salaxalans.
I have to say, this was an amazingly positive and good-spirited campaign period. Well done to everyone who participated, whether you ran for office, boosted for a candidate, or just tossed in a vote!
And thank you to outgoing WA Secretary-General Caelapes, who, you have to say, didn't put a foot wrong during a fine four years in office.
People often ask me, "Max, why don't you stop writing novels and just work on NationStates full-time?" And I'm like, "Uh, that's kind of offensive. Writing novels is my passion. It's what I love to do." But by then they've wandered off because they don't really care unless there's a web game.
But guess what? This time, there's a web game!
It's no NationStates. I'll be honest. But you might find it a fun diversion during these turbulent times.
There's also a book. You might have heard of Providence from the ads on this site. It's about four people on a spaceship who are trillions of miles from home and have to fight aliens who spit black holes.
“★★★★★ Extremely smart... This is Barry’s masterstroke... page-turning anticipation which pays off beautifully.” —SFX
“Brain-bending adventure” —Newsweek
“★★★★★ Easily the first, best book to beat this year” —Bradley Horner's Book Reviews
“A light-hearted thriller with a superb dark, existential sting in its tail.” —The Sunday Times (UK)
If you're looking for a good book, or a way to support authors who make satiric web games in their spare time, give it a look! Thank you.
Has it been four years already??
Yes! It has! Which means it's an election year!
Once again, the coveted position of World Assembly Secretary-General is up for grabs. This is widely regarded as the most sought-after prize in all the world, and comes with unspeakable power, in the sense that no-one has said what it actually is.
For the last four years, we've labored under WA Secretary-General Caelapes, but has life actually gotten better? I mean, really? I'll leave that to the voters.
Election 2020 will run through three Minor Rounds, during which unviable candidates will be weeded out. Then a final General Election will be held to decide between the Top Five.
Voting is open to most WA member nations. If you have at least five endorsements, you can toss your hat into the ring and run!
And if you help run a region, you can boost for your favored candidate by erecting prominent signange on your region page via Admin → Appearance.
Election 2020! Because we have to do this every four years! Democracy says so!
Hello everyone! As you might have noticed, there is a worldwide shutdown going on to combat the spread of a particularly nasty coronavirus.
During this time, we want to do our part to ensure that accurate information gets out to people. Normally, of course, NationStates is a hotbed of discussion and debate--which tends to come with a healthy serving of bias, lies, and misinformation. And normally that is fine. People have opinions.
But today, misinformation about COVID-19 is dangerous, so moderators will be taking action to remove it, including issuing bans against people who post it. The kind of thing I'm referring to here are posts that claim the virus is a government conspiracy, or that people should ignore expert medical advice.
This is an extraordinary situation, and it's a little uncomfortable for our volunteer moderators to try to be the arbiters of truth. Please extend them your patience while they work through this.
In the meantime, I hope you and your loved ones are doing well, and remember, your nations could always do with a little more attention.
P.S. This year's April Fools event will not be virus-related.