The forum server passed away. Let us take a moment to silently reflect on all it has done for us. Never did it complain, except in the administrator logs, and yet it bore our burdens day after day.
So it's now in pieces and expert techs are gently probing each piece, to see where it hurts. We don't know how long it will take to put back together, or whether it will truly be the same afterward. You know, spiritually.
Updates will be posted to the NationStates Twitter page.
Update: It's back. It has a new drive. You probably can't tell. The server won't make a big deal about it. It never does.