Have you ever wanted to be president? or prime-minister? Convinced you could do a better job of running the country? Let's face it, you could hardly do a worse job than our current political leaders. Crime, Unemployment, National Debt, Terrorism, Climate Change...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,767 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 14, 2013

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"Don't let the dull look fool you, this is an indepth political simulator allowing you to run a country, or ruin it. You will probably be assassinated."
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October 27

Democracy 3: Clones & Drones Released!

We are happy to announce that our new expansion pack for Democracy 3: Clones & Drones is now on sale!

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Democracy 3: Clones & Drones

What challenges are to come for the politicians of the future? Mass unemployment due to the automation of factories? or will this lead to a leisure society and equality? Will ubiquitous drones lead to better law enforcement and less traffic congestion or to widespread crime and infringement of privacy? Should we give the go-ahead to human cloning? will climate change cause problems for our country? Are we going to run out of rare earth metals? or oil...? The people look to YOU for leadership in these turbulent times. Can you keep the country happy and prosperous as we head to the 2020s and beyond?

Clones & Drones adds new dilemmas, policies, events and simulation values to the ultimate political strategy game. Available now for PC/Mac/Linux.

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May 13

Democracy 3: Extremism released!

Do you enjoy Democracy 3 but wish you could go that little bit further? Are you a capitalist who wants the unemployed to work for their benefits? Maybe a patriot who wishes every schoolkid had to sing the national anthem every day? Perhaps an environmentalist who wants to close the airports? All these options (and many more) can be yours with the new Expansion for Democracy 3... EXTREMISM.
Check out the trailer (we are very pleased with it :D) and more here:

Democracy 3: Extremism

And let us know what you think of the new policies!

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Reviews

“Apparently somewhere between the genuine bona fide electrified six-car monorail, the prostitutes and the land mines, I lost the support of the electorate.”
PC Gamer

“I returned to Democracy 3 in an attempt to put right the wrongs of my previous administration. On my first visit, I broke Britain, crushing its culture and creating a country reminiscent of Clockwork Orange, filled with gangs and ultraviolence.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Positech has made, I believe, one of the fullest real-world governance simulation games ever conceived. It’s engaging, it’s self-aware, and, at times, it’s funnier than anyone might have expected”
Indie Statik

About This Game

Have you ever wanted to be president? or prime-minister? Convinced you could do a better job of running the country? Let's face it, you could hardly do a worse job than our current political leaders.

Crime, Unemployment, National Debt, Terrorism, Climate Change...Have you got the answers to the problems that face western industrialized nations? Here is your chance to find out...

An entire virtual country

Democracy 3 simulates the motivations, loyalties and desires of everyone in the country. A custom-designed neural network is used to model individual voters, each which varying memberships of voting groups, political parties and pressure groups. Each voters income is modeled, along with their levels of complacency and cynicism. This is the most sophisticated political strategy game ever created.

Unique user interface

Despite being vastly detailed under-the-hood, Democracy 3 has a unique user interface that makes visualizing the connections between laws, policies, voters and situations easy. A simple iconic-based view of your countries issues allows you to 'drill-down' through all the relationships between policies and voters to quickly analyze the impacts of your decisions. Your trade policy may affect GDP, which will affect unemployment, which will effect poverty, and thus crime, leading to a change in tourism, which affects GDP...

Complex simulated voters

Each individual voter is a mixture of a subset of the 21 different voter groups represented within the game. They might be a young, wealthy, liberal socialist commuter, or a retired conservative religious capitalist, for example. Not only this, but the extent to which they identify each of those groups is both variable, and can be affected by your policies in the long term. Convert your country to religion, or atheism, to capitalism, or socialism by careful and nuanced adjustment of your policies and laws over time. A 'focus group' feature lets you look at individual voters and see exactly how they came to a decision to vote for you (or not!).

Read the reviews!

http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/09/18/democracy-3-hands-on-losing-elections-with-land-mines-in-a-complex-politics-sim/
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/10/07/greatest-britain-democracy-3-hands-on/
http://indiestatik.com/2013/10/09/kill-your-starry-eyed-romanticism-in-real-time-with-democracy-3/
http://www.jumptogamer.com/reviews/democracy-3-review/
http://www.kernelmag.com/reviews/game-review/6167/democracy-3/
http://fronttowardsgamer.com/2013/10/28/democracy-3-review-pc/
http://tiger-gaming.org/democracy-3/
http://www.bagofgames.com/2013/10/democracy-3-review/
http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/games/pc/Democracy-3-Review-393388.shtml
http://www.n4gtv.com/threads/democracy-3-review.592/
... and lots more...

Mod Support

Democracy 3 is very configurable and trivial to mod. It also has steam workshop support, for easy installation and browsing of modded content. Want to mod the game yourself? no problem, you need zero coding experience, just a spreadsheet program or a text editor, and we have a full comprehensive modding guide available here:
http://www.positech.co.uk/democracy3/modding.html
Modders can easily edit the policies, add new ones, change the way objects affect others, create entirely new countries, situations and even re-write the entire economic and political model. Everything is editable and accessible.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
Helpful customer reviews
60 of 77 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
I broke Canada, got re-elected, and my biggest assassination threat comes from a group of nuns.
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51 of 67 people (76%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Made a racial equality law and was assasinated by Black people.
10/10
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31 of 45 people (69%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Made my dream Communist/Nazi Party then moved on to govern Australia. At the end of my last term I banned Gay marriage. A couple of minutes later my character was killed by a gang called ''The Lost Gays''

10/420
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
This is a fun little game that locks you down in a cycle of 'just one more turn'-type addictiveness.

I say 'little' because I wouldn't pay full price for it. Despite the amount of work that clearly had to go into balancing all the different variables of this game, there's not a whole great deal of gameplay when you get down it it. After some initial touch-and-go difficulty, I made it through my first election, and from then on it was a pretty steady rise until I'm 10 terms in, with no unemployment, no poverty, 100% of the vote and the highest possible GDP. I say this not to brag, but merely to demonstrate that you can ace this game on the first try.

In saying that, it took me 6 hours, which is as long as a CoD campaign and they ask $90 bucks for that. And it was nice to turn Australia into a profitable yet compassionate and sustainable nation.

Even so, I can't justify spending $20 on something that you can buy on the app store for your phone. But for the sale price, it's wonderful. I'd highly recommend getting the DLC, by the way, as without it, I'd feel like there was too little content, even for the sale price.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Was called a racist and was murdered by a group of African-Americans.
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
can be "beat" in a few hours.

You reach a point were there are no problems, you make money and have a large reserve and win elections with upwards of 95% of the vote going your way.

At this point the problems the game throws at you are repeating and no threat whatsoever.
There will be a market Meltdown every few rounds to try to ruin your budget, but it won't.

You can choose which country you want to govern, but it feels like it doesn't make any difference.
Examples of this include there only being a two Party system in countries that have a multiparty parliament,
also little details like having to deciede wether or not to raise the general speed limit when playing Germany, a country that famously doesn't have a general speed limit.


This game can be fun for a few hours, but to me feels unfinished and massively lacks attention to detail
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Very satisfying to fix a country, especially when you can determine what "fixed" means. A lot of community content available as well
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Chose Australia as my country. Within 2 years I had cleared the deficit and turned the country into a pseudo-socialist-scientist paradise.

Religion had been outlawed, with Creationism seen as an an ancient belief held by a small minority of delusional fantasists.

Welfare promised to support the needy in society, but only if you worked for it.

Cannabis and LSD were legalised. Dependancy on alcohol and tobacco plummeted following tax hikes. This was a country full of healthy citizens who had the safty net of a free healthcare system to fall back on.

Australia became the world leader in technological advancements, boasting a fully funded particle accelerator and a space colony initiative. Every year the country was lauded with Nobel prizes.

I created the perfect system, one I started to dream about living in. One I wanted to live in. But it's only a game.

Then came the inevitable. My leaders term was up. He had to say goodbye.
I wept over what I had created, for I knew my predecessor would ruin everything.

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It's a fun game if you want to try and create your perfect political system, but that's all it is. A game.
You emerge from your Utopia to remember that in the real world the country is governed by morans.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
"Why did i buy it" and "what a waste of money" were two questions i asked myself when bought it.
After playing i was thinking what does this gameplay remind me and i got it. Its when you play Sims on max speed trying to make your character smart or athletic so you do everything to keep these stupid bars green to make sure he is not tired and is fed. With addition of quite ascetic and dull interface and repetative gameplay this game seems to be overpriced above all.
Also - choosing a country brings absolutely no feeling you rule this one exact country, they in fact, are all the same and belong to one economic system, and even in this situation Germany is all like USA or Canada, though in real life they hardly are, two party system for everyone, viva democracy, lets choose from two sorts of same crap. Looked like a very perfunctory game even to my narrowminded personality.
Wish i was aware of Charlemagne add-on for Crusader Kings 2, so i could buy it instead of that. This game, ironically, has much more to do with politics than Democracy 3.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
The question between liberal policies and conservative policies, and which one is actually the right solution is finally solved in an understated and minimal game. The answer is: it doesn't matter because you're going to be assassinated. The only question is, will it be the out-of-work stock brokers or the angry unemployed black seperatists. Doesn't matter - you're dead.

The game is fun, but truth be told, I think Im actually playing an excel spreadsheet with a very snappy UI.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Democracy 3 stands true to the description provided and overall it is an okay game. The game is fun for the first term or hour playing but soon after it becomes clear that the only true way to play the game is to simply conform to what all political parties or groups want. In reality a political party has an agenda set before they even campaign for an election and if they change any ideals or part of their agenda, they lose loyal supporters. Political parties realize that they cannot win every single vote which is why they usually focus on a few specific groups of people which could win the party the most votes.

Democracy 3 completely ignores the standard election process and focuses only on political party happiness/approval and policies. The game doesn't introduce any new ways of playing after the first term and the only dramatic changes are with groups planning assassinations or with members of the cabinet leaving. Other events such as unhappiness with the general public and a declining GOP, which usually are extremely important for effectively running a government, become insignficant since the only information we receive are numbers and the player is never given any visuals about how these events are affecting the public. Even debt doesn't appear important.

To make the game truly enjoyable after the first term, more time should have been spent into creating believable events that actually matter and using more than just policies to hold sway. Perhaps having severe consequences if the party completely switched ideals after making political statements or agendas.

The game provided feels more like the skeleton of a potentially great game. More content and variation would have been great but as the game is, after playing for a little over an hour I became severely bored and uninterested. If I could undo the purchase I would have waited until the base game was only around two dollars.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Definitely not what I expected from a "deep simulation" of democracy.

I bought it because I liked the concept that everything influences everything and that you gotta keep balance on everything. This is a huge plus of the game, while I found the rest more or less disappointing.

After some rounds you find yourself just clicking from turn to turn (each turn equals 3 months) to gain more political influence, which you can use to introduce new policies. That is quite monotonous, since nothing really happens except for some decisions you gotta make (i.e. allow fracking yes / no; appoint a more open-minded / conservative judge, etc...).

What disturbs me most is that it does not really reflect the way a democracy works, at least not how I perceive it. In the beginning you can choose the country you want to gouvern, that slightly changes the starting circumstances, but no matter which country I choose, I get the feeling that the system of Democracy 3 is influenced a lot by the American "democracy". There will be only 2 parties and as the "ruler" you have the full power over the political system. You do not have to justify towards your party. I expected that as a leader of a socialist party my party members would punish me for abolishing social welfare, but that does not happen.
Furthermore, since you always need to get the majority of votes, you are obligated to make moderate politics (which makes the extremism extension quite useless imo).
The last thing is that the game is really easy. The first election is always difficult to win, but since most policies have more positive than negative influence and you can introduce more and more of them, from the second election up to the future I won with >95% of the votes (which is completely unrealistic). The economy is not THAT easy to handle, but it is possible and as long as you don't lose yourself in debts, it's okay and not punished very much.

Overall, the game has some nice ideas and features, is overall quite well balanced, but lacks depth and what I thought would be "endless possibilities".
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This is the worst strategy/planning game I have ever played! I finished it in 1 hour and there is nothing else to do! There are only a few boring countries and same laws and situation really. Not realistic at all because every time I make the country great and stable I get assasinated by hippies or nuns which is complete ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥!

I would give this game a max of 1/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Totally Awesome! I highly recomend if you think you'd be interested in this type of game.

Pros:

Great interface that makes handling and understanding the complexity easy, in 5 minutes you'll have a good understanding of it.

In general I think it does a really good job of balancing the details and complexity with accessablity and giving you enough of all the details that it feels like a proper sim while not complicating things to the point of frustration.

No other game like it, at leas that I have seen. It fills this niche quite well and while it feels a little lacking in the details overall it really satifies my itch for this niche.

Looks very easy to mod, and lots of mods on Steam workshop!

Cons:

No Undo - this feels like something that should really be in there since it's turned based I feel like I should be able to undo and action before I end the turn. It's the only thing that makes the interface feel annoying or clunky.

Can't really tell what a policy will do until you impliment it - combined with not being able to undo this makes picking new policies to impliment feel much more random than they should since you won't be able to see the policy effects until you've already spent political capital implimenting them.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
A thoroughly enjoyable game with a lot of replayability, due to the various social groups, choice of countries to rule and political play styles.
8/10

Assassinated by liberals despite the wide variety of choice, good environment and lack of mandatory laws.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
after a while game just repeats itself, plus that little accept/declines has a huuuuuuuuuuuuge affect in game.

plus i followed a full racist strategy, always made unhappy ethnic minorities. last time i checked, my country's %87 was people of ethnic minorities. what the ♥♥♥♥?
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Skewed too much. Going outside the moderate views in either direction tanks your country.
Factual real world examples of thinking outside the box and it working, be damned.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Banned smoking in public spaces. Invested in technology. Gave laptops to students. Decreased taxes. Surplus in money. Yet still gets assasinated by a black minority group. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT PEOPLE?!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I keep getting killed and if I do what is happening in real life........ So anyway I'm not sure how accurate it is and I do not see how a creator's own political bias could not be involved (can't be helped) but interesting just the same.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Got unpopular amongst Conservaties.
Increased police force and Implemented CCTV to keep them happy.
Results: Racial tensions increase + crime rate increase = mass race riots.
Assassinated on the next turn by a conservative extremist group.

Tenouttaten
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