New country means a new country code.
When Montenegro became independent from the former Yugoslavia (aka Serbia and Montenegro) it also picked up a nifty country code, ME. As the official country code in ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency’s list for the country it’s also what was delegated to the country as a country code top level domain name — .me. .Me has been marketed as a vanity top level domain name and has generated revenue for the country.
Another country to find domain name profits is the island nation of Tuvalu, which has profited from .TV (although it says it’s not getting paid enough for “selling” the domain).
With South Sudan getting closer to splitting from the northern part of the country we’re going to see a new country code added to the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency list. That means the new country can ask IANA to delegate it as a country code top level domain name.
What will it be? Currently Sudan’s country code is SD, which will likely be held onto by the North. Will the southern part be called South Sudan? SS has a negative connotation thanks to the Nazis. So perhaps the country can get more creative.
Here are some two letter country codes that have yet to be assigned that would make nifty ccTLDs: