Sorry if you don't take suggestions, or if this is the wrong place, but every day there seems to be someone posting asking "how do I play this game?" - I think that's a sign that on starting a new nation, nationstates ought to present the user with the information that they're currently getting from the forums.
There is a FAQ but I have always wondered why there isn't a link to the forums saying that this is where the detailed information and rules are.
It's an axiom of IT help that it makes no difference how many times or how clearly you post the correct information, it won't be read by the people who most need to read it. Even if we took over their screens and forcefed it to them, they'd pick that moment to wander off to the kitchen for a Coke and some nachos.
Lack of information we can address. Failure to see it we can't. It's as simple as that.