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A Founder of a region is the nation which created the region. The founder is listed on the region's page, and can access its Regional Controls. This includes the ability to alter the World Factbook Entry of the region, set a password, eject nations, and ban/unban nations. The founder may also decide if the region's delegate may have access to the Regional Controls. A founder may or may not be a WA Member, and in some cases may be both the Founder and WA Delegate of a region.

The founder was the only member of the region with permission to clear spam posts from the Civil Headquarters board. This privilege could not be passed to the delegate, regardless of circumstances. However, following an update in 2012, with the storing of all RMB messages, they cannot clear spam posts, but are able instead "suppress" them, which both the WA Delegate and Founder are able to do.

Some regions including the 7 game-created regions, France, and NationStates, along with many others do not have a Founder and thus all duties are passed on to the WA Delegate.

A group of the oldest members of a region (including the Founder itself and early recruits) can sometimes be referred to as the founding fathers, founding members or founding nations of that region.