Every decade or so, we adjust the name re-use rules, allowing some previously reserved nation names to be reused for founding new nations. It's that time again! Starting next week, you can create nations with names of ex-nations with populations between 500 million and 1 billion.
This doesn't happen often, because we want people to be able to come back years later and revive their old nations. But with eight million nations created over the last twenty years, it's harder than ever to find a good name.
Names only become available for re-use if a nation has been inactive for five years, isn't a Site Supporter, and doesn't meet a range of other criteria.
The population threshold will rise from 500M at the rate of 10M per day, so it will take a couple of months before we reach 1B, in order to avoid a rush for desirable nation names. You can see when (or if) a name will become available for re-use by checking it in the Boneyard. Once a nation name is re-used, any previous nation of that name can no longer be refounded.