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Postby Minoa » Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:58 pm

(Kyrusia, please tell me if it fits into the new F&NI standards)

It is no secret that a standard type of electric socket has never come into fruition in the real world: the IEC lists 19 different types of sockets, and most of the time one essential thing you need to take when travelling abroad is an adapter.

At the point when Minoa was founded in 2025, the entire country used Type C and Type F. However, we decided to switch over to Type G immediately in order to take advantage of the numerous safety features from BS 1363, a safety standard for British electrical sockets.

Safety features that Minoa noted in the process of adopting Type G includes the replaceable fuse, automatic protective shutters in sockets, and the inability to insert it the wrong way round. Further, the import and sale of socket covers is illegal in Minoa (OOC inspiration for the ban:

Minoa does have a habit of importing a lot of British traditions (including driving on the left!), but this is largely because a significant proportion of Minoan citizens came from the UK as a result of the Brexit.

As of 2074, Type G is the main plug type: it has been compulsory for new homes to have Type G sockets, using radial circuits only, since 2030. The mains supply voltage is 230 V +10%/−6%, which is compatible with the rest of Europe. The way we supply electricity means that Minoa is not vulnerable to the slow clock problem, which in the real world occurred earlier this year.

There is doubt that the world of NationStates has more than 19 types of plugs: probably hundreds even. So, what type of electrical socketsystem does your country use, what mains supply voltage do you use, and what inspires you to adopt them?
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Postby Kyrusia » Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:00 am

In it's current presentation, assuming it doesn't devolve to spam, yes. I'd leave it open. There's enough information, even if the topic is fairly narrow, to actually promote discussion.
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Postby Radiatia » Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:50 am

The Radiatian Federation uses Type I, 230V.

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Postby Zhouran » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:40 am

Since late 1968, the electric plug socket type used in Zhouran is the State Electrical Standard 1968 National Plug. A non-rewirable flat, two-pole domestic AC power plug that must be supplied attached to a power cord, the pins of the plug are 19 mm long. Designed for compatibility and safe use, they consist of a 9 mm long conductive tip of 4 mm diameter with a rounded ending, followed by a 10 mm long flexible insulated shaft of not more than 3.8 mm diameter. The two pins are not exactly parallel and converge slightly; their centres are 17.5 mm apart at the tip and 18.6 mm apart at the base. The elasticity of the converging pins provides sufficient contact force for the plug's current rating with a variety of socket-hole arrangements. The entire plug is 35.3 mm wide and 13.7 mm high, and must not exceed these dimensions within 18 mm behind its front plane. The left and right side of the plug are formed by surfaces that are at 45° relative to the horizontal plane.

As of 2020, the residential voltage in Zhouran is 230 V while the utility frequency is 50 Hz.

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Postby Xmara » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:09 am

Xmara uses types C, E, and F
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Postby Van Hool Islands » Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:35 pm

The Van Hool Islands have used the AS/NZS 3112 standard since 1937.

Previous to this, plugs weren't standardised. It was common to find in different provinces different types of plug and socket. Sometimes, you could go between neighbouring cities and have to use a completely different plug for your electronics. However, this being the 1930s, it wasn't really that big of a deal as most people weren't taking electronics with them on holiday.
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Postby Fatatatutti » Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:49 pm

Fatatatutti has no standardization, though Types A and B are probably most common. We are a trading nation, so you can expect to see electrical equipment from all over the world with many different types of plugs. Therefore, it is also common to see adapters of ever type on sale everywhere.

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Postby Llevokystan » Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:02 pm


The Llekovian standard Plug and Socket for general use is the NN 86 (86נן), better known as its American equivalent NEMA 2-15 and 6-15.

It is reminiscent of the so-called type "A" and "B" plug/sockets (NEMA 1-15 and 5-15) except that the pins/holes are rotated 90o being horizontal rather than vertical and thus incompitable with the A/B-type.

The two pin plug has been in common use since around 1920 when the Lekovian Garantim Electrical Company built its network using american investments.

The network has kept its original frequency of 50 Hz, but the network has since been upgraded from 115 volts supply to 230 volts.
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Postby Aureumterra » Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:06 pm

Aureumterra uses the extremely weird type E plug, as you can see, there is a part of the socket that you put INTO the plug
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Postby Gandoor » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:50 pm

Gandoor utilizes type A and type B sockets, although type A sockets have been deprecated and can no longer be used in the construction of new buildings. The design used for both is based on the Japanese variant, where both pins are the same size, unlike the American variant where the neutral pin is wider than the live pin, so Gandoorese plugs can be used in American sockets but not the other way around.

The voltage used in Gandoor is 120V and the utility frequency is 60Hz.
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Postby New Yemen » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:53 pm

New Yemen uses Type N plugs.

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Postby Ritterdorf » Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:37 am

Three-pronged UK-style plug

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Postby Destructive Government Economic System » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:36 am

The most common forms of outlets in the DGES include the standard type A and B ones. Typically, they are used to power almost all of our electrical devices, and very rarely you will see outlets that are not of the A or B type. AFCI ones are an example of this. They are currently in use, but you'll likely see them once every few million miles here.
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Postby TURTLESHROOM II » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:25 am

TURTLESHROOM II wrote:Electricity supply - AC

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Postby Eahland » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:14 pm

We use three-phase power, 120 V @ 60 Hz. Our plugs are round, with a round central neutral pin, surrounded by three hooked blades that carry the hot phases (both physically and electrically 120° apart). You insert the plug into the socket and give it a clockwise twist, which locks it into place until you unlock it by twisting it counter-clockwise. The three-phase setup means that there isn't any "wrong way" to put it in.

Older plugs lack the locking hooks, but are otherwise identical in form and function. Older plugs are compatible with newer sockets, though they don't lock into place. The reverse is not true, but it's common (though not recommended) for folk living in houses with old electrical systems to cut the locking hooks off their appliance plugs rather than get proper adapters or replace their outlets.
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Postby Navoland » Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:20 pm

Being a British colony Navoland uses the type M (BS 546-15A) plug and sockets, which consist of two large round pins, and an even bigger earth pin.
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Postby Aikoland » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:41 pm

At the time of Aikoland's establishment in 1995, there were multiple socket types, voltage, and utility frequencies used, due to our nation being formed from the unification of three formerly independent countries. In Japan, we utilized type A and type B sockets at 100 V and both 50 and 60 Hz, in Korea, we utilized type C and F sockets at 220 V and 60 Hz, and in Taiwan, we utilized type A and B sockets at 110 V and 60 Hz.

Naturally, we realized that we would need a standardized electrical socket for the new nation and it was eventually decided to transition Aikoland to the usage of type A and B sockets at 220 V and 60 Hz. The transition process did take some time, but in the present year in our nation (2075), we have been fully transitioned to the current standards for some decades now. Some older buildings in Korea may still utilize the old C and F sockets, but all new buildings have been constructed exclusively using A and B sockets and many older buildings had the C and F ones replaced with the current standard.
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Postby Great Nortend » Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:08 am

Great Nortend does not have a single, unified electrical plug and socket, as electricity use in general is quite uncommon for poor peasants, with the majority being used to power electric trams and trains. However, for those people who have electric power available, the most common plug types are Type G and Type I. Electric appliances are sold without a plug, and a plug suitable for one's house's plug-type must be manually attached.

On the other hand, the electricity supplied by the numerous electricity supply companies is fairly uniform, being of a voltage of around 130 Fitzons (symbol fzs), approximately 239 Volts. The unit of Fitzons is named after Lord Fitzon, a prominent natural physicist in the 20th century, and is based on the Nortan system of units.
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Postby The Atlantean Islands » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:40 am

Atlantis uses the Type A, B, C and G plug types. Voltage is set at 220 and 230 V, and 50 Hz frequency is used.
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Postby -Amerada » Mon Nov 08, 2021 7:19 am

Amerada uses types A & B. The electricity standard is 120 V and 60 Hz.

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Postby Estado de Tropico » Mon Nov 08, 2021 8:39 am

As with most nations of wider North America, Tropico uses the Type A and B (By now, overwhelmingly B) plug outlets in most settings. However, it sets them to a rather high 230 volts/60 hertz. That said, many tourist hotels actually come equipped with both B and F outlets (at the same output).

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Postby The Imagination Animals » Mon Nov 08, 2021 9:30 am

Crossoveria uses the types C and F electrical sockets nationwide.
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Postby Tangatarehua » Mon Nov 08, 2021 9:53 am

Tangatarehua usually uses Type I but it's not uncommon to come across Type C every now and again as the nation imports a lot of appliances from the EU.

The standard voltage is 230V.
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Postby Thermodolia » Mon Nov 08, 2021 10:40 am

Thermodolia uses Type B, NEMA 5-20. Type A plugs are still in use though all new construction requires Type B plugs. There is also a government program that is currently trying to upgrade all older Type A plugs and sockets to Type B, NEMA 5-20 plugs and sockets.

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Postby Archbasilica » Mon Nov 08, 2021 11:29 am

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Archbasilica has Type-G plugs and sockets. The standard voltage is 100 V at 50 Hz.
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