Glorious victory! That's what 200,284,000,000,000 dead looks like to me. Sure, that's a lot of corpses. But last time, there were 200,506,000,000,000 dead! It's a clear improvement.
Actually, the real victory was in Survivor numbers, which climbed from a mere 18.7 trillion in April to a healthy-ish 55.1 trillion today. That's a survival rate of just a tick over 20.0%. Final numbers of infected were well down, from 35.9 trillion in April to 19.8 trillion today.
During the apocalypse, nations deployed a grand total of 1.6 million zombie actions (Cure Missiles, TZES strikes, and Horde attacks). To put that in some kind of perspective, the number of non-zombie actions on an average day in NationStates is around 100,000. I'm glad we got that new server up recently, because we wouldn't have survived without it.
Some of the same regions scoring glory on this year's Z-Day Tally Board were the same as last time; some fell to the hordes; others rose on the backs of mechanized zombie kill squads and Mk V Cure Missiles. Perhaps the biggest difference is there were a lot more regions that managed to be completely infection-free by the final bell. A glorious achievement indeed, although perhaps the survivors sometimes wonder... could they have done more? There were a lot of closed borders out there. Such times test us all.
Thank you for being part of NationStates-Z2. Happy Halloween!