Type of site
|Government Simulation Game|
|Created by||Max Barry|
|Launched||13 November 2002|
NationStates is a free browser-based government simulation game created and currently owned by Max Barry. It is a platform for geofictional nations, leading it to become frowned upon by some members of the micronationalist community. It is not unknown however for micronations to host themselves on the site, and even for said geofictional nations to later reform into micronations.
In April 2008, a sequel developed by Jolt Online Gaming  named NationStates 2 was announced, and invited 500 players in a closed beta in August. The open beta was released in November 2008. Business relations soured between Barry and Jolt following the latter's acquisition by OMAC Industries, who began to pressure the author to close down the original game and ceased paying royalties.
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In July 2009, Jolt sent out an email announcing the game was being taken down to perform substantial retooling. Following the games closure, the site was wiped entirely, leading to Barry reacquiring the domain name and directing viewers to the original game.
Micronations on NationStates
|Country of Aresia||Unknown|
|Communist People's Republic of Strathy||14 July 2009|
|Democratic Kingdom of Mallanor||28 April 2014|
|Federation of Mistakian-Timberia||5 November 2018|
|Kingdom of Astroika||10 July 2014|
|Kingdom of Kohlandia||30 August 2019|
|Kingdom of Nugensil||Unknown|
|Kingdom of Sayville||25 December 2018|
|Merit State of Regelis[b]||22 November 1999|
|Principality of Ledilia||14 February 2019|
|Principality of Lisseum||28 April 2019|
|Principality of Tomeone||23 June 2012|
|Principality of Troowoo||3 June 2017|
|Republic of Malavnia||8 April 2016|
|Republic of Heist-op-den-Berg||17 September 2010|
|Republic of Matthewopia||25 April 2015|
|Sovereign Nishtic Paragon||Unknown|
|United Socialist States of FrancoCanada||7 February 2006|
|Zantriun Federal Republic||Unknown|
- Colours applied to table when confirmed information available. Greyed out cells are indeterminate.
- Known at the time as the Kaosian Republic.
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- Cool Website for people that like Micronations. MicroWiki Forums.
- STELLNIA. MicroWiki Forums.
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- The Matthewopian rulebook
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- Re: What was Nation States 2?. NationStates Forums.
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- Tilt (18 August 2008) Exciting News!. NationStates 2 Blog. Jolt.
- NationStates 2
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- NationStates 2
- Kohlandia. NSWiki.
- Honorarkonsulat des Königreichs Nugensil, Republik Eldeyja foren. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
- Re: Find-A-Region Megathread, NationStates forums. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
- Ledilia. NationStates. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
- Lisseum. NationStates.net.
- Tomeone, NationStates. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
- The Sovereign Nishtic Paragon. NationStates.net.