I had a dream: we would snuggle close to a professional games
development company, and they would deliver a brilliant, shining
NationStates sequel while hosting us here for all eternity.
But that didn't really work out, so we split.
NationStates is now hosted by me, and doesn't have terribly much to do with NS2 any more. The good news is that means we are free to do what we like here, including adding a few new features.
One thing this experience has taught me is how special the game is. We have something here. And it's due a little love and attention.