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by Ballotonia
Fri, 31 Oct 2014

Like last year, a zombie apocalypse is expected to occur this Halloween, continuing our annual tradition. Is two years in a row enough to call something a tradition? Let's go with it anyway.

Zombie apocalypse begins in:

This time the server hamsters have been fed a bit extra and have been in training. The idea is handle the onslaught more smoothly although the apocalypse lasting 6 hours longer than last year means it'll be tough to beat the record 20% survival rate. Especially with certain nations (*cough* you know who you are *cough*) purposely trying to help the zombies take over our beloved NationStates.

What You Need to Know

  • The zombie apocalypse will begin 8 years 328 days ago.

  • It will run for 36 hours, ending 8 years 326 days ago.

  • As before, you will have three options: attempt to exterminate zombies with military force, try to research a cure, or join forces with the zombies.

  • Extermination quickly converts your zombies into dead citizens, posing no further risk to the uninfected.

  • Researching a cure slowly reduces your region's infection rate, and can even convert zombies into survivors.

  • Embracing the zombie hordes quickly increases your region's infection rate, as infection rates are region-based: if a region contains many nations with high numbers of zombies, all resident nations will become infected quicker.

  • The extermination and research options are more effective the more survivors you have, becoming ineffective if you wait until your military and scientific experts have mostly been eaten.

  • During the zombie apocalypse, Founders and Delegates can close the region's borders at no Influence cost. A special Z-Day Border Control feature will be available to facilitate this.

Good luck all!

Update! By now the zombie apocalypse is almost halfway through. A rather disturbing death toll is building up, way higher than the figures from last year's Halloween zombie apocalypse. This is an indication that the survivors will have to fight even harder now to stay alive. And this apocalypse lasts longer than the one before... Not a good omen. As expected, the big regions are hopelessly lost this time around as well. Some smaller regions managed to quickly take action and get the infestation under control. All those in the middle find themselves in a fierce battleground.

Like last year, a Z-Day Tally Board is available. You can compare that with the final graph from last year.

Update 2! In the second half of the apocalypse, the survivors fought back! After their number dipped below a meager 60 trillion they managed to get the upper hand. It also helped that quite some zombies ran out of brains to eat and perished. In the end almost 70 trillion survivors managed to carve out a space for themselves while holding off the remaining 12 trillion zombies. What an easy life! At a survival rate of 21.7% (a new record) these happy civilians can look forward to a new post-Halloween dawn. Don't mind the pile of close to 240 trillion dead, move along now, move along!

Thank you for partaking in the third NationStates Zombie Apocalypse event, we hope everyone had a great Halloween!

"Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. She never mentioned zombies."