[[quoteright:309:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/NationStates_Logo1_5041.png]]

Imagine a game where about the only premise you get is that every player controls a nation. If they want, they can interact with others on a forum on the internet, ''about'' those nations.

This is the premise of the browser-based game ''[=NationStates=]''. Despite (or because of) the [[ExcusePlot very limited premise]], Nation States can be played two ways: Mechanically (Decide how your nation evolves through daily ethical issues [[ButThouMust that you alone can solve]]), or Creatively ([[RolePlayingGame Roleplay]] your nation on web forums, act out wars, resolve diplomatic crises, or participate in World Cups).

As you might guess, [[BrokenBase which part of NationStates]] [[GambitPileup the real game is]] means something different for everyone. The Roleplaying aspect is commonly seen as a combination of 19th century [[TheEmpire Imperial politics]], 20th century [[WorldWarII military strategy]] and cutting-edge 21st century military technology, [[SchizoTech along with some random bits from across time]].

Based off the story ''Literature/JenniferGovernment'' by Max Barry. But not really. Here, have a [[http://www.nationstates.net/ link.]]

See also VideoGame/CyberNations, a nation sim game with more focus on gameplay.

----
!! [=NationStates=] (the actual nation-building simulator) contains examples of:

* AntiPoopSocking: Taken to the extreme. Issues cannot come up faster than two per day, and it only takes a few minutes to read each issue and make your decision. Same goes for your occasional World Assembly votes. Beyond that there is nothing to do in this game (well, if you don't count forum [=RPs=]).
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In the table indicating your nation's leading causes of death, it can sometimes appear as this trope. You might have a list detailing, say, 86% old age, 5% murder, 3% accidents...and 2% bungee jumping.
** Additionally, recent events in a country's description can appear as such.
** In many eyes, the best one of all is (up to ~1/4 of ''all deaths throughout the nation'', if you choose the correct options) "[[HumanSacrifice Ritual Sacrifice]]".
** With certain choices, you can even have ''sunburn'' as a cause of death!
* AnarchyIsChaos: Played straight. An anarchist nation is described as "in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs." Averted by many roleplayers though.
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: A somewhat simplistic economic engine leads to oddities such as nations with the strongest possible economy ratings having 100% tax rates (but sometimes higher for the wealthy), no private sector, and no government funds spent on economic production. And that's before we get into the economic models some players propose their nations run on. [[InvokedTrope Some nations even deliberately fail economics]] to avert Mary Suetopia. Or become one.
* AuthorAppeal: The name of the nation, the type of government and its leadership (Monarch/President-for-Life/Sporting Superstar/Chief General/Jedi/Sith) is all named after the creator. It's their nation, after all.
* AuthorAvatar: Pretty much the premise of the whole thing. Not all players though. Many people use it to play as ''different characters than themselves''.
* BadassArmy: Everybody wants one. This is even more true than it is of the GeneralRipper.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Comes up as an issue in gameplay frequently. Subverted by certain highly libertarian nations, some of whom don't even bother to conduct a census.
* BreadAndCircuses: Some nations do just this.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Certain evil nations are run by these.
* CuteKitten: The national Compassion stat is determined through "exhaustive World Census tests involving kittens".
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Averageness of a nation is measured on the Average Standardized Normality scale
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: In some histories.
* DoubleStandard: You can, after enforcing nudity, make it so that only women are forced to be nude. The game gives this decision, should it pass, an appropriate description.
* DrillSergeantNasty: One of the issues is soldiers complaining about sergeants forcing them to crawl through muddy minefields and climb grease-coated walls. You can side with the grunts or the sergeants, or eliminate training altogether and send out troops who don't know how to shoot, or start [[TykeBomb raising children from birth to fight]].
* EvilVersusEvil: Quite common.
* FalseDichotomy: The limited options for some issues have been known to frustrate players despite the ever-present [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] (simply dismissing the issue).
* FelonyMisdemeanor: In an issue regarding the possibility of direct democracy:
-->''Our citizenry nowadays don't know what's good for them. They're too busy milling around at the mall and buying sneakers WITH LIGHTS IN THEM.''
* FollowTheLeader: New nations will sometimes have a striking similarity to movies that have come out recently (and some old nations take from popular culture as well, without much alteration in many cases).
* FunWithAcronyms: The "Citizens Raging Against the Police" in the "Police too Pushy?" issue.
* GambitPileup: See the NS entry on the TXP page. Roleplays tend to turn into this once they've been alive for long enough. Regional political structures often do it right from the start. There are numerous players trading favors and outmatching each other to get World Assembly resolutions passed or killed. Most regional alliances are set up as growing space for these. The more branches of the BrokenBase one is familiar with, the more it appears that the ''entire game'' is one big GambitPileup that's been building up for eight years.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: More likely than you'd think.
* GovernmentProcedural: Sometimes.
* HelloInsertNameHere:
** You can pick your national animal and currency, which appears in the description like this (and may also appear in some of the daily issues you are given):
--->''[Nation]'s national animal is the [animal], and its currency is the [currency].''
*** For example, every time an issue involves animals they insert the name of the national animal, even if it wouldn't work with the given situation. Indeed the national animal, by default, "frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests." Even if it's a whale.
*** For the currency part, this may result in WeirdCurrency. For example, some nations use things like ''[[ArtisticLicenseChemistry Diamond Ingots]]'' or ''[[PracticalCurrency Corn Chips]]'' as their currency.
** The nation's capital city, leader, and national religion (if you want them) can be unlocked when your population reaches a high enough level (250 million, 750 million, and 1 billion respectively; it takes about 6 months to get to 1 billion).
** Also, full nation names follow the format of The [Nation classification (e.g. Federation)] of [Nation], and you can make your own custom classification when you reach 500 million. Some have made weird or amusing names using this, such as [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=h2so4 The Water Bottles are Full of H2SO4]][[note]][[ViewersAreMorons sulfuric acid]][[/note]].
* ImAHumanitarian: One of the issues gives you the option to legalize cannibalism in your nation.
* HypocriticalHumor: A general in the "Budget Time: Accountants Excited" issue supports increased military spending with a warning that "tinpot dictatorships" will invade otherwise, which can come off as a little awkward if you yourself are playing as a dictatorship.
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Referenced in the issue "Tiara Sign of Oppression, Declare Feminists"; the second option has a MoralGuardian supporting a nationwide dress code for women, with "necklines that never drop below the base of the neck".
* ItMakesSenseInContext: Probably three-quarters of the forum-related stuff on this page, especially nation-specific examples, fall under this.
* NonEntityGeneral: Originally played straight, now merely optional with the addition of nameable leaders.
* NoodleIncident:
** One particular issue is full of this:
---> ''"Following a public safety disaster of unimaginable magnitude - so extreme that members of your government only mention it in hushed voices, and only then in the vaguest of terms - [Nation]'s tourism industry has hit the rocks."''
** The same issue goes on to mention within the options:
*** [[ThreateningShark A shark breaking into an oil refinery,]]
*** An ant epidemic ruining farmers,
*** The nation's capital being coated in pink frosting.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny
* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: With the graphs, you can see your nation's economic division between private and public companies.
* RetGone: The highest possible punishment the moderators can dole out is to outright delete the nations of rule violators.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Quite a few of the issues; one referring to a particular Supreme Court case was written in less than a week. A lot of the time, when a real life tragedy occurs a whole bunch of copycat [=RPs=] emerge with similar things happening to their nations.
* RunningGag: Until late 2010, "Repeal "Condemn NAZI EUROPE" " and "Victory for gatesville!" were extremely common, and slightly annoying.
** Speaking of the WA, we might as well mention [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=christian_democrats Christian Democrats']] various and futile attempts to ban abortion via WA, and promptly getting laughed out by everyone else.
** One particular RunningGag recurring in issues: Whenever an issue concerning your political or social freedoms springs up, you can be almost certain that one of your closest relatives (brother, cousin, sister-in-law, your aunt's best friend, etc) will come up and kindly suggest that you TakeAThirdOption and simply set up a totalitarian dictatorship. Whether or not you actually ''do'' it [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential is up to you]].
* ShoutOut: The "What's in a Name?" issue directly references ''Series/ThePrisoner'', with a suggestion that the nation's children be given numbers instead of names.
** "A Grave Problem" references ''Film/SoylentGreen'', by having an option to put corpses in fast-food burgers.
** "The Sky Is Falling": "A particularly bad spate of bombings, hijackings and [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane snake]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking attacks]] aboard airline flights has crippled the air travel industry in (your country name here)."
** The [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus "Nobody Expects The (your country name here) Inquisition!"]] issue regarding the possibility of a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin national religious inquisition]].
** The "Please read: A personal appeal from Nation States founder Max Barry" banner promoting Machine Man is a pretty obvious reference to the "Please read: A personal appeal from Wikipedia founder Jim Wales" banners on TheOtherWiki.
** The unit of measuring how Atheist a nation is is the "Dawkins".
** "Voter Apathy Rising But No One Cares": People are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin too apathetic to vote]], and one of the options is to energize people by putting "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRuNxHqwazs POWERTHIRST (TM)]] to the national water supply!".
** When a player creates a new nation, the "default" flag of the nation is the UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines' flag.
*** Which can stem from CreatorProvincialism, seeing how Barry himself is Australian.
** During the Genetic engineering issue, the super soldier project is mentioned as [[Comicbook/XMen Project X]].
** One of the other issues you can get is called "Eminent Domain: Inherent Right Or Daylight Robbery?" Basically, citizens are complaining about their houses being unwillingly demolished for, among other things, a bypass. Sounds like the start of a certain [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Sci-Fi series.]]
** Some of your advisers have the surname [[JudgeDredd Dredd]].
* SillinessSwitch: The Liberal and Conservative themes.
* SkeletonGovernment: No one wants to make up and explain all government ministries and offices.
* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: The entire game runs on this trope, and unless you dismiss all or most of the issues that come up, your nation will inevitably become this. Even the forum guide to creating new issues states explicitly that all solutions to all issues must be wrong in some way, and the results of your decisions usually sound like they're straight out of a corrupt-a-wish game.
* SuperSoldier: Selecting the right answer for a certain issue will result in your soldiers becoming this.
* TakeAThirdOption: Even when you feel an issue could only have two logical solutions, there's often another option that may or may not make sense. Example: allow public nudity, ban public nudity, or ENFORCE public nudity. Others are just a nonstandard extreme/ideal that would be really hard to bring about in real life. Not to mention you can just dismiss the issue altogether if it appears to be FailureIsTheOnlyOption.
* TakeThat: Toxicity is measured in [[Creator/KimKardashian Kardashians]].
* TeensAreMonsters: If your nation is hard enough on youth crime or has big enough problems with it, that gets a special mention.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: One issue in the nation involves dealing with the aftermath of a terrorist attack. One of the options is to make terrorism a legal form of protest, effectively letting anyone in your nation embrace this trope as they please.
* [[VideogameCrueltyPotential Videogame Cruelty]] [[VideogameCaringPotential and Caring Potential]]: You can either make your nation the aforementioned Utopia, or a "Psychotic Dictatorship" where you refer to your citizens as "[[CosmicPlaything Your Little Playthings]]" and the phrases "Political Freedoms" and "Civil Rights" do not exist in your vocabulary.
* ZergRush[=/=]VotedOffTheIsland: You can't go to war with other regions in the actual simulator. However, you can get a large group of nations on your side to join a region, have them vote your nation the one in charge, then kick out the original members. It's cruel, but not against the rules.
** Which gives rise to the entire raider (who do this) versus defender (who prevent this by either giving additional support to the original members, or by [[NotSoDifferent voting the raiders out]] before handing the control back to the natives) game.
* ZombieApocalypse: 2013 April Fools gag was a giant zombie apocalypse, with nations having to either kill, cure, or export the zombies in their country. This event was repeated for Halloween.

!! The region & forum-based roleplaying form of Nation States contains examples of:
* AIIsACrapshoot: Both played straight and subverted by many people in future tech roleplay.
* AlternativeCalendar: Many nations run on alternate starting dates, or even alternate systems of timekeeping entirely.
* AnyoneCanDie: Varies from one nation to the next, but most of them have killed off their national leader at least once.
** Sadly, this is becoming far too common in the form of either sad plots or bad Role playing.
* AprilFools:
** In 2010, Max Berry addressed the complaints of "bias" in the system by rotating the site between [[http://conservative.nationstates.net/ "conservative"]] and [[http://liberal.nationstates.net/ "liberal"]] versions throughout the day.
** In 2011, he altered every player's nation pages to appear that their account had been hacked, and posted fake abusive messages on their regional message boards under their names (said messages were only visible to them). While it did convince many players to upgrade their account security, it was generally regarded as a failure - namely, it was [[GoneHorriblyRight ''too'' convincing]]. The result was most of the playerbase experiencing panic attacks and rushing to change every password shared with NS, while simultaneously feeling just as humiliated and embarrassed by the fake messages as ''actual'' victims.
** In 2012, he supposedly gave all players 1 share in the "Nation States" company for every million citizens their nation had. He himself kept 250,000,000 shares. Within minutes, there was a new section to the forum where players sold their nations for shares, demanded embarrassing favors for shares, set up lotteries for shares, and one or two threads where people debated whether it was a joke or not.
** For 2013, Nation States became [[ZombieApocalypse Nation StatesZ]], with "Zombie Control" options for [[GuiltFreeExterminationWar extermination]], [[FindtheCure finding a cure]] or ''[[TakingYouWithMe exporting your zombies throughout your entire region.]]''
** A full collection can be found [[http://www.nswiki.net/index.php?title=April_Fools%27_Day here]].
* ArbitraryMaximumRange: Fleet combat relies on this.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The long list of crimes punishable by death in [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=gregoryisgodistan/detail=factbook/id=144272 this nation]] takes this to an extreme. Captial crimes include the three in the trope namer as well as theft, drunk driving, sneezing, coughing, and saying the word "coconut" among many, many others.
* AuthorAppeal: Quite a few nations.
* BananaRepublic: Various nations fully embrace the cliche of a third world nation with the corruption, good weather and banana plantations you would expect. Or insist that their nations are second world nations with pretty much the same characteristics.
* BerserkButton: Many characters have this.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Most older nations become like this eventually out of sheer pragmatism.
* BlandNameProduct: Frequent.
* BlobMonster: Sometimes straight out horrors, or [[BodyHorror cute little pets that are attached to their master's hips]]. Trash Slimes, for instance.
* BloodSport: Specifically, one involving immigrants, if you choose the option in a certain issue.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Too many nations to list.
* BlueBlood: Personified by the nations of Imeriata and New Nicksyllvania
* CaptainErsatz: The automobile manufacturers appear to be this, with VLT a hybrid of Volkswagen, Fiat, Chrysler and Chevrolet in one.
** Beyazgunes appears to be based around FIAT and its products, although it does add Chinese-based cars every once in a while.
** Celsan (which has been PutOnABus for now, due to CreatorProvincialism and WriteWhatYouKnow) was a General Motors-style {{Expy}}.
* CasualInterstellarTravel: Ask the FT roleplayers. SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay be damned.
* ChurchMilitant: While less common than fascist or communist regimes, some nations do intertwine their military with a religious background.
** The nation of [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=tergnitz Tergnitz]] is known for having a Church as the fourth branch of government.
* ConLang: Some people actually designed the language for their nation instead of using an existing one or just implying a different one is used. [[http://www.nswiki.net/index.php?title=Category:Languages See here for a list of NS languages]].
* CoolBoat: Many people design their own ships which leads too...
* CoolPlane: Played straight by damn near everyone in modern tech roleplays, most of whose Air Forces include the F-22, F-35, YF-23 or Sukhoi PAK FA.
** Some people go out of their ways to design new aircraft, in case real planes just aren't cool enough. Especially in Sci-Fi [=RPs=].
** Sometimes subverted by communist and eastern bloc nations, who may well still have MiG-21s and the like in their air forces.
* CoolShip: The FT [=RPers=] wouldn't be caught dead without them.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Played straight and averted, sometimes within the same nation. Sometimes it seems that this is all some nations are. There are even certain regions to cater to these nations.
* CrapsackWorld: Perpetual war, nuclear and chemical exchanges, and genocide a go-go, baby!
* DeadpanSnarker: The mods.
** Some players are this two, in the telegram Gmodia and even Neomoskull, but that is rare.
* DeathFromAbove: Some nations like to soften up their enemies with MONTHS of strategic bombardment.
** Take a lesson from FT nations; [[ApocalypseHow some like to glass planets from orbit]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom and others bombard it to nothingness.]]
* DeusExNukina: Subverted: even threatening to use a nuke sparks massive flame wars unless nuclear weapons are acceptable as part of a tech-level appropriate arsenal (i.e. [=FutureTech=]/FTL settings).
* DisproportionateRetribution: The amount of RP's which go from the sending of angry communiques to full-scale invasions would surprise you.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Ersatz copies of nations both real and fictional abound.
* {{Dystopia}}: When there's a PoliceState, it is probably this.
* EasyLogistics: A global map doesn't exist. Ships leave port and arrive at their destination a post later. Generally more experienced [=RPers=] try to factor in logistics in their equations.
** Semi-justified in FT since there is FTL travel involved and it varies from a day to hours for some nations.
* {{Egopolis}}: Half of the [=RPers=] reach for this.
* EldritchAbomination: Lots of these in FT. Some come out of SubspaceOrHyperspace, though oftentimes it's more a case of a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere.
** The Immortal Pathogen is also a good case of something you don't want to meet in a dark alley.
* EmotionsVsStoicism
* EnemyMine: Happens a lot. International politics can get very convoluted, much like in real life.
* EnforcedColdWar: Lots in roleplay, mostly because there's no way to actually force someone to let you invade them. Regional wars sometimes escalate into this when enough regions get involved.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Certain evil nations tend to have qualms about things like [[ASlaveToTheIndex slavery,]][[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil or Rape]], [[RuleOfThree or]] [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Saursia and Whairtia, for different reasons however.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: A common view of {{Dystopia}}s.
* {{Expy}}: Western Australia Edgerton is, at least, an expy of American Samoa - using the flag, anyway, even though it's also an expy of Kirklees, West Yorkshire too (due to size and geography).
* FalseFlagOperation: Not often, but people do it sometimes. Hard to pull off in a forum environment for obvious reasons, at least against the will of the target.
** Possibly subverted in Ryouese Black Island's recent RP in which he changed his ship from a Freekish flag to his own. People worried less and laughed more.
* FantasticRacism: [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=allied_governments Allied Governments]].
** May be part of roleplays. Also referenced to in some of the issues.
*** Taken to an extreme on both sides with the rise of the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Coalition of Ponyist States]].
* ForTheEvulz: The modus operandi of many poorly [=RPed=] evil nations.
* FullCircleRevolution: Nations can and have gone from being a Monarchy, to a Socialist People's Republic, to a Fascist Dictatorship and then back to a Monarchy all within the same thread.
* GeneralRipper: Everyone wants one.
* AGodAmI: [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=gregoryisgodistan This country]] where the head of state claims to be God and is worshiped as such.
* GondorCallsForAid: Occasionally.
* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: Many dictatorships have no respect for human rights and dignity, most democracies do. At closer look they often might be NotSoDifferent.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Some armies march into battle dressed resplendently. Overlaps somewhat with BlingOfWar and HighlyConspicuousUniform, especially in Anglosphere nations.
* {{Gorn}}
** Ironically it is a national animal of a nation, it is apparently a rock animal.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Rarely.
* [[PublicServiceAnnouncement Government Information Advert]]: News articles from seemingly 'independent' sources are usually just veiled and sometimes overt government propaganda.
* GrammarNazi: Very common. Taken literally in-universe by one country, which has grammar, spelling, and speaking reeducation camps.
* GratuitousGerman: Rampant among the German-based nations. One nation's motto is "Please stand clear of the doors" in German.
* HandWave: Every Future Tech nation out there seems to come from a [[AlternateUniverse different Earth]]. Some from a different planet altogether.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Numerous examples.
** Gholgoth and rape dungeons. That is all.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Regional politics tend to turn into this alarmingly quickly, at least when war is involved.
* ILoveNuclearPower: Nuclear powered everything! Regular access to orbit by means of Project Orion! Nuclear tank rounds! Even [[UpToEleven 81mm nuclear mortar rounds]] (with [[ShownTheirWork Shown Work (and exotic uranium isotopes)]]!
* ImAHumanitarian: Some nations really do invoke this trope.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The invasion/defense community. The game doesn't have an officially supported war system, and so a niche population of players hacked together a combat mechanic out of what amounts to bureaucratic white noise.
* InformedAbility: Although almost everyone claims to have competent politicians and generals, many do not succeed in making this believable. Probably because they're not competent politicians and generals.
* InformedFlaw: If there is supposed to be a notable flaw, then there is pretty damn good chance that it will not get in the way when things get serious.
* IntellectualAnimal: Bears Armed roleplays as this.
** And [[KangaroosRepresentAustralia the Kangaroo Republic]].
** Any FT nation not from (The many, many fractal) Earth(s) technically applies, go even further and even Humans count.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: There's an issue that allows you to let your military/law enforcement agencies torture people. It's also done in roleplay quite often, with variable quality.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Both subverted and played straight by many people.
* KnifeNut: FIX BAYONETS! (Just about everyone)
* KudzuPlot: The histories of some nations would confuse even the writers of ''{{Lost}}''. On one of the off-site forums, they have nations whose histories are as professionally written as in RealLife.
** Some people actually have taken up huge originality, examples include [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=-byzentania- Byzentania]] and [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=purpailia_draconica Purpailia Draconica]] .
* LastStand: Happens very VERY often.
* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Heavily played straight.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: If its not the number of players, then its within those nations who like to keep track of EVERYONE they've ever introduce, from Ambassadors to Parliamentarians.
** VLT Automotive N.V and Forza storefronts take this UpToEleven
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Generally called just "Missilespam".
** Particularly common in FT. Feazanthia is notorious for it especially.
** Most naval battles in MT that don't follow realistic lines tend to be this, especially at ludicrously short ranges.
* MagicAIsMagicA: Mostly averted. There are many different magic-using nations out there, and [[Franchise/HarryPotter each]] [[Literature/SwordOfTruth one]] [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering has]] [[Franchise/StarWars a]] [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons different]] [[Literature/WheelOfTime idea]] as to how magic should work.
** One could argue that MagicAIsMagicA does apply, but only within these regions.
* MartyrdomCulture: Too many examples to list. Just about everyone has their people more than willing to become a hero of the Empire/Republic/Confederation/Kingdom etc.
* MegaCorp: Numerous examples.
* {{MIB}}: Some of the better RP's involve sub-plots, usually involving a conspiracy of some sort.
** However involving said conspiracy does not guarantee RP success.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: You name it, it's been done. If it's been on a video game, it's been done at least twice.
* MnogoNukes: All Russian nations.
* MoreDakka: Ubiquitous.
* TheMultiverse: Previously assumed between certain roleplay scenarios, now codified by the ''Portal to the Multiverse'' forum.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: EVERYBODY wants to be one of these. Few achieve it.
** Well, ''not quite''.
* NiceHat: The ubiquitous pith helmet.
** And let's not forget Imeriata's tricornes.
*** Not forgetting the Tsar of [=OMGeverynameistaken's=] Space Russia, a man who has filled an entire orbital space station with his spare hats.
* {{Noob}}: You have no idea the level of hate players who have joined in the past 2 years get from those who have been playing for more than 3-4 years. Or from those who have been playing for more than 5-6 years. [[OverlyLongGag Or those who have been playing since the game started.]]
* NoSwastikas: It's in the game rules.
* NotSoDifferent: Ruthless genocide can be fun even if you are supposed to be TheFederation.
* NukeEm: Carpet-nuking is a valid tactic at times. Though usually subverted, as the mere threat of a nuclear weapon is enough to cause a massive flame war.
** On the other hand, though, FT nations commonly deploy massive amounts of nukes and Antimatter weapon every battle.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: When they aren't GeneralRipper.
* OneFederationLimit: Averted at the beginning by the limited choice of standard state types - Federation, Kingdom, Prinicpality etc. But once you can make up your own, the sky's the limit.
* OneWorldOrder: What many players wish they could enforce.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=strykla Strykla]] has his own race of bipedal European dragons and consistently maintains that dragons are better than anything else.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: If they exist at all and there are not 20 of them in one year.
* PaidHarem: It pops up from time to time, most commonly with a SexSlave scenario.
* PatchworkMap: People will slap together a map with disregard for their climates. Or for national borders, in the case of nations that lay claim to the same real estate on Earths' continents. Amusingly, this has led to dozens of different versions of Earth for people who insist on having their preferred chunk of land.
** [[WildMassGuessing Perhaps each country resides in their own]] AlternateUniverse?
* PatrioticFervor: Played ridiculously straight by most nations
** Said nations can definitely be described as a flavor one variant of {{Eagleland}}, where the US is replaced by nation ''x''.
* PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower: Perpetually.
* PettingZooPeople: Often a minority in several nations, occasionally a nation made up of these will appear but they usually get destroyed by an evil nation to [[KickTheDog show how evil they are]] or [[ForTheEvulz because they can.]] Also, see FantasticRacism above.
* PoliceState: '''Check.'''
* PresidentEvil: It is more fun to Roleplay a completely evil leader than a nice democratically elected president, thus many nations are ruled by mindbendingly evil dictators. Most nations fail at it, and just seem like a 12-year-old just finished playing Grand Theft Auto.
** Considering the demographics of this game...
*** Well, [=F7=] anyways. The average [=NSer=] is in the 18-30 demographic, I believe.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: A dime a dozen.
** Though there are a few stand-outs, namely [[http://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=34547/ Voss Defence Inc.]]
* ProductPlacement: The game was created to advertise ''Jennifer Government''. There even exists an issue referring to the book, which among other things allows you to ban it in your nation.
** Conveniently enough, if you bought any of Max Barry's books, you can use the "Remove Ad" button to get rid of the ad banners.
* PsychoForHire: Quite a few nations that are essentially big mercenary companies are like this.
* PuttingOnTheReich: Why invent a new flavor of evil when you can just use a historical one?
** [[InvokedTrope Referenced most prominently]] by [[http://www.nationstates.net/region=the_greater_german_reich The Greater German Reich]], the most significant Nazi-based region in NS.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: More common than you'd think.
* RedshirtArmy: Poor bastards who get steamrolled. Many communist nations have these.
* LaResistance: Usually limpwristed, but there.
* {{Retcon}}: More likely than you'd think. This happens quite a bit when someone gets bored with a roleplay and wanders off without bothering to finish it, or when someone doesn't like the way a role play is going. Given that players are allowed to ignore anything they don't like by the site rules, this can be a source of frustration for some, as there are no permanent consequences unless a player is willing to allow them.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: It is rare that any kind of political or economic turmoil, not matter how trivial it may seem, does ''not'' end up turning into some form of armed conflict.
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: Traditionally the [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkeys]] of the real world, Gypsies seem to have come into their own on [=NationStates=]... there are several Roma-ruled nations.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Sadly, happens quite a bit. Though there are some really good writers on this site's forums, there are some ''very'' bad ones too. Rarely will a bad writer on NS improve, and most good [=RPers=] were already good from the get-go.
* RuleOfCool: Used so often it has acquired its own CatchPhrase: "But this is NS!"
* RuleOfFunny: Used especially in sports roleplaying excessively.
* SatireParodyPastiche
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem
* SexSlave: A Berserk Button for many, given it's usually done in rather poor taste.
* ShoddyKnockoffProduct: VLT clones have appeared, due to a LoopholeAbuse, although Van Luxemburg hasn't (yet) complained about this. Then again, [[LoopholeAbuse letters or phrases can't be trademarked]].
* ShoutOut: There are many, many nations that copy things from various fictional works. The Celsan Vextra being a ShoutOut to the Opel Vectra, albeit with the "X" factor of its name.
* ShownTheirWork: A substantial number of players have put quite a lot of thought into their nations, and it shows. To a smaller extent, some people spend months and months designing tanks, ships, planes, and other items for their fictional militaries to use.
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay. 99% of [[FasterThanLightTravel Faster Than Light drives]] rely on this.
** At least some FT nations use the String Theory as a reason on how it can work.
* TheSpartanWay
* SpinOff: While a few have been created, the most popular version is a form of [=RPing=] via the medium of text-messaging, aptly named SMS.
* SpyFiction
* StartXToStopX: A classic motive for regional coups. Sometimes [[TheExtremistWasRight it works]]. Other times....[[FromBadToWorse Not so much]].
* StrangeBedfellows: A recurring theme of any in-game alliance based on nation owners being friends out of game.
* StrawFeminist: Several nations oppress their male population. [[LadyLand Some don't even]] ''[[LadyLand have]]'' [[LadyLand a male population.]]
* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: Overlaps with EasyEvangelism. And, of course, you can find them in nearly every thread on the message board.
* StupidJetpackHitler: Less prevalent.
* StupidSexyFlanders: With Spanish soccer player Fernando Torres in the Flanders role. Ask the sports roleplayers.
* SukhomlinovEffect: Subverted. Some of the better militaries are extremely fashionable.
* SuperSoldier: A popular trope that is rarely done well.
* TankGoodness: Many players design their own tanks, practical or not. Some also like using tanks from their favorite games and movies. If it's been on paper or screen, it's probably shown up here at some point.
** [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=lyras Lyras]] stands far above everyone else in this department.
* TechnologyLevels: A nation can be PT (Past Tech), MT (Modern Tech), PMT (post-modern tech), FT (Future Tech), Fantasy (Encompasses high fantasy to steampunk) [=FanT=] (Fantasy Tech, like Ponies in F-22's), Alternate Tech (e.g. {{Steampunk}}), or even a combination.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Carpet nukespam. ''On the tactical level.''
** And taken to new heights by the FT roleplaying population. Care for a weapon that can drive a sun into supernova? Hows about wormhole weapons ala Series/{{Farscape}}? Of course you know there will be exaton level explosions and weapons capable of dishing out that same sort of damage.
* ThoseWackyNazis: All Nazi-based Nations and Regions. There are a lot, and most are incredibly stupid. Some have even been condemned by other nations. Most characters in character [=RPs=] have this, although not all are successful in playing it straight. Or well.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Slani". Again, ask the sports roleplayers.
* {{Utopia}}: Many non-evil nations are the vision of the player of a perfect government. Some of the ''evil'' nations are '''also''' their player's version of a perfect government, even if it horrifies other players. See {{Dystopia}}.
* VestigialEmpire: Can happen to regions if they aren't careful.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Even most brutal dictators can be absolutely loved by their people.
* TheVirus: [[http://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=117931 We are the Rethast. Your species is now obsolete.]]
* WarIsGlorious: What everyone would like to believe. Thanks to state propaganda, many populations believe in this absolutely. Most bad [=RPers=] will often play this straight and make a nation full of chest-beating nationalists.
* WarIsHell: Corps sized formations wiped out in under 10 minutes by artillery bombardment, mass use of nerve gas, napalm and landmines, aerial bombardment that lasts for weeks. God help you if you survive and get captured.
* TheWarRoom
* WeHaveReserves: Who cares about casualties anyway. They're all just statistics. Many players pursue a zero sum course of action--fight to the last man in the nation regardless of anything.
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: Some nations still have a naval mentality dating back to this period.
* YanksWithTanks: A lot of the "American" nations. Subverted by a few people whose nations are almost nothing like their American historical origins.
* YouWouldNotWantToLiveInDex: Everything in the index. Yes, ''everything''.
** The important thing to note is that this is all your fault. YouBastard!

!! The World Assembly & Security Council (UsefulNotes/UnitedNations Simulator, minus the [[ScrappyMechanic veto]]) contains examples of:
* BalanceOfPower: Varies between the WA Delegates in each region, depending on their influence and number of endorsements in their regions.
** Present WA superpowers (Type A) include [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=just_guy Just Guy]] and [[http://www.nationstates.net/nation=alsted Alsted]], whereas Type E consists of regional delegates with less than 10 endorsements.
* BigInternationalClubs: Definitely one of these. Membership is voluntary, though.
* BlandNameProduct: Started out as THE UsefulNotes/UnitedNations [[http://www.maxbarry.com/2008/04/02/news.html before the real UN threatened to sue.]]
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by proponents & detractors of Rule 4, which attempted to standardize the WA propositions. Has since died out.

!! Some Nation States [=RPs=] with their own pages are:

* Roleplay/AmericanParanormalSociety
* Roleplay/BattleOfTheElders
* Roleplay/CoalitionOfPonyistStates
* Roleplay/DemonCastleWars
* Roleplay/FallOfGods
* Roleplay/{{Gama}}
* Roleplay/AHogwartsTale
* Roleplay/{{Esquarium}}
* Roleplay/MassEffectRelinquish
* Roleplay/MefhorCanonBloc
* Roleplay/{{Noctur}}
* Roleplay/PersonificationLife
* Roleplay/RexEightyFour
* Roleplay/StrikeWitchesTwentyTwelve
* Roleplay/SuperHeroHigh
* Roleplay/{{Troperia}}
* Roleplay/AWorldBeyond
* Roleplay/TheYonderlands

----