For a sneak preview, use this page to see if/when a particular nation name would become available:
Under the proposed rules, a name would be available for re-use unless the former owner:
- is active
- ceased to exist less than 5 years ago
- accumulated a population of 500 million or more (changed from 250 million in Spring 2013)
- founded an existing region
- is mentioned in the History of an existing region
- authored or was the subject of a WA resolution (incl. Historical ones)
- authored an Issue
- was a moderator or admin
- was deleted by a mod
- is marked as reserved by a Game Mod
There are a very large number of nation names that were used only briefly, and whose former owner is highly unlikely to ever return, so the feeling is that we should make those available for people who want them. Nations that hung around for a reasonable length of time, however, or ceased to exist relatively recently, or did something of particular note, should remain reserved in case the former owner one day wants to revive them.
If an old nation has its name re-used, it cannot be resurrected, even if the newer nation ceases to exist.
Please let me know your thoughts! There is some time before this will go live, and we can tweak in the meantime.
To anticipate a couple of questions:
Q: "250M population is too low." / "Five years is too long."
A: If the release goes well, we might look at loosening the restrictions in the future1 to make nations with slightly larger populations or more recent CTE dates available. But that's something to consider later.
Q: "Why does the Boneyard say different names will become available on different days?"
A: Just to spread things out, so we don't get hammered by everyone trying to reclaim an old name at once.
Q: "I really, really want this one name. Can't you make a special exemption and let me have it?"
1Limit raised to 500M in Spring 2013