- 1 What is NSTracker?
- 2 Using NSTracker
- 3 Trackers
- 4 Miscellaneous
- 5 Contact Info
- 6 External Links
What is NSTracker?
As of May 31, 2007 NSTracker is not functioning but can be accessed at http://www.peachiekeen.net/nstracker.
- Support for nations in large regions (by removing region support)
- Historical data trackers with line graphs
- Pie graph for government budgets
- Side-by-side nation comparisons
NSTracker can be accessed at http://nstracker.retrogade.com or http://www.peachiekeen.net/nstracker. Enter the name of the nation you wish to check at the prompt and click "Submit Query". You will see a page full of information about that nation.
The top of the page shows the nation's flag, name, motto, and region. It also shows if that nation is a member of the UN.
This section contains basic information about the nation itself. If you click on the Government Category, you can view more detailed information about the various UN Categories.
Government Budget Details
This section shows a breakdown of the various categories of government spending. The pie chart offers a graphical way of interpreting the numbers as well.
This section shows details about the nation's economy.
Comparing Two Nations
To compare two nations against each other, enter the second nation's name in the "Compare Nation" box and click the "Compare Nation" button. Now, instead of just one set of data, two sets will appear. Also, for every piece of data that can be compared, the higher one will be highlighted.
Comparing Multiple Nations
To compare more than two nations, click the "Compare more nations" link in the Compare Nations section. Now you can compare up to five nations. With this extended compare, however, displayed data is limited. No pie charts, tracker graphs, or tracker options are available in the extended compare. To hide the extra input boxes, click "Compare fewer nations".
If a nation has an active tracker with historical data, you will see [GRAPH] links beside many pieces of data. Click a [GRAPH] link, and a line graph will appear showing up to 30 of that nation's last data points.
Nation trackers store historical information on various nations. The tracker updater runs every day at noon Eastern time (although not all trackers are updated daily). Trackers only store the last 30 pieces of data per nation. If nobody views a nation's stats in 30 days, or if the nation is deleted from NationStates, that nation's tracker is automatically removed.
Adding a Tracker
In order to view historical information on your nation, you need to add a tracker to it. To do this, scroll down to the "Tracker Info" section (near the bottom of the page) and click the "Add a tracker to this nation" link. Select the frequency you wish the tracker to pull information. The default frequency is every 1 day (daily). You can set this as high as every 2 weeks. Choose a password and enter it into both boxes. Click the Submit button, and your tracker will be activated. Note that you won't be able to view any graphs until the next day.
Once you've added a tracker to your nation, you can manage its settings. In the "Tracker Info" section, there are four links:
- Change tracker frequency: Allows you to change the frequency with which your tracker is updated.
- Change password: Change your tracker's password.
- Clear records: Clear your tracker's historical records. The tracker remains active, however. (Next to this option is the number of records currently stored - up to 30 maximum)
- Remove tracker: Removes your tracker.
Note that each of these options requires your password, so only you can perform these operations.
You can view statistics on tracked nations by clicking the "View Statistics" link in the footer of every NSTracker page. Use the "Select a category" box to view statistics for a particular UN Category of nations, or select "Overall Stats" to view statistics for all tracked nations. You can also access a Category's stats by clicking the "View Statistics" link in the Category Info window.
By default, NSTracker shows full numbers for population and currency amounts. In the Compare Nation section, you can click the "Show short numbers" link to have NSTracker summarize each number. For example, "$47,315,312,262,867,5309.40" becomes "$47.32 billion". To revert back to long numbers, click the "Show full numbers" link.
Currently Tracked Nations List
You can view a list of the currently tracked nations by clicking the number of nations at the bottom of the page (Currently tracking ## nations). The list is sorted alphabetically, in pages of 25 nations each. Next to each nation's name, in parentheses, is the nation's UN Category.
If you need more help with NSTracker, you can contact the author at email@example.com.
- NSTracker Website
- Unofficial Working NSTracker
- NationStates Forum Thread
- SourceForge Project
- NSTracker Firefox Plugin (made by Marco Lussetti)
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