This article deals with Portuguese as it relates to NationStates. For more general information, see the Wikipedia article on this subject.
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Portuguese is an Iberian Romance Language. It is the fourth or the fifth most spoken language in the world, and is in permanent expansion, due to the population booms in countries such as Brazil and Mozambique, together with the expansion of emmigrants. In the NationStates world, the role of the language is a bit ambiguous, since Portuguese-speaking players tend to concentrate themselves in regions rather closed to the rest of the world.
Most nations where Portuguese is an official or recognized language are roleplayed by Portuguese-speaking players, mostly Portuguese (although Brazillians are gaining importance).
Portuguese in the NationStates World
Although there are large Portuguese roleplaying communities and this is an important language in Europe, its importance in the rest of the NS world is extremly limited, if not non-existant.
Portuguese Speaking Nations in NationStates
Portugal contains about 100 nations and Portugalia about 40. Pratically all of them are roleplayed by Portuguese native-speakers. Portuguese speaking nations outside of Portugal or Portugalia reside mainly in Europe. Here are some examples:
Asgarnieu - recoginzes Porutgese as an unofficial language spoken by 45% of population
Clandon recognizes Portuguese as an unofficial minority language.
The Holy Empire of Edvardus does not recognize Portuguese as an official language, but there are a handful of native Portuguese speakers in the empire.
El Caudillo - recognizes Portuguese as its official language
Hugoland - recognizes Portuguese as its official language
Portusgalia - recognizes Portuguese as its official language
Prax - recognizes Portuguese as its official language
The Portuguese Union - recognizes Portuguese as an official language, the most widely spoken in the country. The northern half of the country writes it in the Greek alphabet, while the south half writes in the Hebrew alphabet.