This article deals with German as it relates to NationStates. For more general information, see the Wikipedia article on this subject.
German is a West Germanic language in the Indo-European family spoken in RL Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, and parts of Switzerland, Belgium and Italy. It is often assumed as national language in NationStates nations, especially if the nation in question is modeled after some historical German state. However most players do not speak German so they Babelfish for translations or use the few things they remember in their text. This practice makes it necessary to distinguish between NS-German and German, which is actually understood (for example: 'States' is far too often translated as 'Zustände' which is the plural of 'status', not of 'state' (See also Germanische Zustände, which should actually be Germanische Staaten).