This article deals with Spanish as it relates to NationStates. For more general information, see the Wikipedia article on this subject.
Spanish or Castilian is an Iberian Romance language. In the real world, Spanish is widely considered to be the third most spoken language, and a language in permanent expansion. In the NationStates world, the language also plays an important role, as many nations are Spanish-speaking to some degree. In some cases, the players behind these nations do so because they are Spanish speakers in real life, though in other cases they do it because they have sympathy towards the language or because it fits their roleplaying background. Such nations may also have mottos or nation names in Spanish or claim to have Spanish as an official language.
Some of these nations, when roleplaying, claim that the language was brought to their country by foreign invaders (thus emulating the real-life expansion of Spanish by colonialist policies), while others claim the language simply evolved naturally in their nations.
Relevance in the Nationstates World
Spanish has gained a great relevance in the NationStates world, some even claiming that it is second only to English. There is a good number of roleplaying nations that claim to have Spanish as an official language, making the language a moderately important presence in the NationStates forums. In roleplaying, Spanish can be considered to be a secondary language along with some other languages which have spread because they are based on RL such as Dutch, or German. In some nations Quenya has taken the role of being an alternative lingua franca.
The real bulk of Spanish speakers, however, exists outside the forums, where the Spanish speakers of NationStates have created several regions and groups for them. There are many regions devoted only to Spanish speakers, as well as regions for nationals of several Spanish-speaking countries.
Most people behind these nations are native Spanish speakers, coming mainly from RL Latin America and/or parts of the United States, though there is a good number of players coming from Spain as well.
Spanish Speaking Regions in NationStates
New Spain uses Spanish as their de facto official language in their forums and RMB. New Spain is possibly the largest Spanish-speaking region in the entire game.
Spanish Speaking Nations in Nationstates
These are the roleplaying nations that claim to have Spanish as an official language:
Alewares recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages.
Arsenius recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages, and it is widely spoken by almost 2/3 of the population.
BabyIgs recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages.
In Boudra-Boudra, Spanish is commonly recognised as the second most spoken language . Fklaazj, a minor spoken language in Sjwitz also contains a great deal of Spanish influences.
Candelaria And Marquez recognizes Spanish as an official language alongside English. It is spoken predominately in the south of Marquez.
Ceorana recognizes Spanish as a minority language, however, it is not official.
Clandon recognizes Spanish as an unofficial minority language.
Cravan does not recognise Spanish (locally known as Castilian) as an official language, but it is widely spoken in the central areas of the nation, particularly the province of Sapin. A vast number of Cravanians speak Spanish, and a large percent are native speakers.
The Holy Empire of Edvardus does not recognize Spanish as the official language. However, out of all the minority languages in the empire, Spanish is the most widely spoken native language.
Edward City recognizes Spanish as the official language because the 95 per cent of the Edwardian population sepeaks it. El Hefe recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages.
Ethan Smith has a number of people who understand Spanish, but Spanish is not an official language.
Fbrenia lacks a government to "recognise" anything, but used to recognise Spanish as one of its official languages, and it remains one of the most widely spoken languages in the country, along with Indigenous Fbreni languages.
Footballia does not recognize Spanish as an official language, but it is spoken widely, and Footballian, the official language, contains many Spanish influences.
Galdago recognizes Galdagan as an official language. Though a Hispano-Italian amalgamation, the language is widely regarded to be the Aperin equivalent of Spanish.
Havvy recognizes Español as its official language. English is acceptable though.
Hell Bovines recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages.
Henrytopia recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages.
Knootian Colombia recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages.
Liverpool England recognised Spanish as an official language following the passing of the Minority Languages Bill of 2010 in Parliament. However, with the official forming of the Grand Federation, Spanish was dropped as a national official language. It remains an official language of the Southern Desert Region.
Lobisonia recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages.
Mexihco recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages.
Neutravia recognizes Spanish as the only official language. New Amargosa recognizes Spanish as an official language alongside English and D'ni.
New Imperial Mexico recognizes Spanish as one of its 3 official languages. NIM also semi-recognizes the Aramaic Language which is spoken by minorities of European and Arab decent and was the language of Jesus. French is recognized only for historic reasons which French Emperor nominated Maximillion to the New Imperial Mexico throne in 1864 and later became Maximilian I, Emperor of New Imperial Mexico.
Omigodtheykilledkenny recognizes no official language, though English is almost universally spoken among its people and Spanish is widely spoken as well.
Pacitalia recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages.
San Juan Capital or the Puerto Rican Empire has Spanish (in the Puerto Rican variant) spoken by 99,9% of its population, followed by Latin (57% able), German (56% able), Italian (41% able), UK English (21% able), and Portuguese (10%).
In Sjwitz, Spanish was commonly recognised as the second most spoken language . Fklaazj, a minor spoken language in Sjwitz also contains a great deal of Spanish influences.
Rothalia recognizes Spanish as the tertiary official language.
The Antarctican People recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages.
The Federation of Iberic States recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages, along with Portuguese
The Holy Empire of Coffee Drinking does not recognise Spanish as an official language, but it is widely used by coffee traders when dealing with Columbia.
The Latin Union recognizes Spanish as an official language. It is the third most spoken language in that nation.
The Sultanate of the Ayyubids recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages, it is spoken in Porto Mikelangelo.
Kratostan recognizes Spanish as the most spoken of two official languages.
The Free Land of San Guinea recognizes Spanish as one of its official languages.
Yojka recognizes Spanish as one of its major languages, along with English and Mohawk. San Mariano's offical language is spanish.
Nueve Italia recognizes Spanish throughout the entire country as a primary language, however, its use was, until recently, mostly concentrated in the southern provinces of Isola D'Argenta.