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Europe :: Germany is a NaNoWriMo region for the country of Germany, a large and wordy region. In the early days of NaNo, Germany shared a region with Europe :: Austria. Being the largest region worldwide, in 2016 NaNo HQ adressed Germany's MLs and advised them to split the region. The MLs discussed this with the participants, but the majority said that they did not want to split the region. The main reasons for this were that this region not only serves for discussing regional meet-ups but also as a community for wrimos writing in German.
Running Gags and regional features
Due to being a not English-speaking region, this region has several writing related threads that usually do not appear in regional forums. For example, each year there usually is a "post the last line you wrote"-thread (wrimos writing in German may not want to post in the international version of this thread, since most other wrimos won't understand them), as well as a NaNoisms-thread, threads related to names or titles and similar threads. Since the forum software does not allow subforums in a region, the MLs came up with a tagging system for threads in order to make threads easier to find and categorize. For example, threads that actually deal with regional meet-ups are tagged TREFFEN (lit. “meeting“: for regional groups).
The regional pep-talks often tell a coherent story. In 2017, they featured a fictional wrimo called "Nana" who fights the Inner Editor together with a bunch of superheroes (2017's NaNo-theme were superheros).
The German NaNoisms-thread spawned a bunch of running gags: Since many typos were animal-related the phrase "NaNo-Zoo" was coined. Famous examples include "Freundschaf" instead of "Freundschaft" (which would translate to something like "friendsheep" instead of "friendship"). In 2014, participant Kim Carlen Free wrote a novel featuring loads of typos from the German NaNoisms thread from previous years, and a sequel in 2015.
- 2014: 2,781 novelists; 71,830,447 words written; 25,828 average wordcount
- 2015: 3,089 novelists; 83,410,394 words written; 27,002 average wordcount
- 2016: 3,470 novelists; 88,138,489 words written; 25,400 average wordcount
- 2017: 3,544 novelists; 88,427,188 words written; 24,951 average wordcount
- 2018: 3,862 novelists; 92,740,440 words written; 24,013 average wordcount
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