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...
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Mixed (57 reviews) - 61% of the 57 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (4,354 reviews) - 77% of the 4,354 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 14, 2013

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Includes 4 items: Democracy 3, Democracy 3: Clones and Drones, Democracy 3: Extremism, Democracy 3: Social Engineering

 

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July 12

1.285 electioneering fix (windows)

Hi, thanks to some great help from community members we have finally tracked down and (we strongly suspect) fixed a seemingly random crash in the electioneering DLC.
We have patched the windows version 1.285 which includes this fix, and OSX and the Africa version will get their fixes tomorrow. Sorry for all the hassle!

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July 9

Small update for OSX

We had some bugs reported with electioneering on OSX (and other DLC) when certain scripts were run, such as firing a minister. This has (As far as we can tell) been tracked down and fixed now with this latest tiny update. Sorry about that, and hopefully its fixed now! (this was OSX only)

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
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Hugh
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
Really cool game, but somewhat complex since there is so much on screen at any given time. Highly recommended for casual playing.
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gn0sis
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
It's an Excel spreadsheet with a GUI. No challenge, just waiting to push buttons to respond to a few repeating events and repeating until you get the desired result. Charging $50 for the base game and DLC is breathtakingly ballsy. $10 for the game and $5 for the DLC is ver generous.
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Lemon
19.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
Got assasinated like 6 times by Capitalist, and 4 times by Librals untill I figured out that I can turn it off in settings.
10/10
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jleeming
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
Turn a $50 Billion deficit into a $50 surplus

Introduce a space program, turn an uncompetitive economy into a productive and sophisticated financial superpower, switch the military from 'light defensive' to overwhemling force. Win a foreign oil war. Lower income tax and raise funding for libraries, public schools and pensions. Teach evolution instead of creationism. End violent crime and inner city riots.

Get voted out by the Jehovah party and 'retire into obscurity'. 10/10 for realism.
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MixTrick #Chill'N'Play
6.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
still waiting for the donald trump policies DLC ( good game fell a little bit repetitive but that's fine)
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Yoky
13.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
Crashes every time after I press play a game :(
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zortacster
4.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
It's decent, but way overpriced. It lacks features on corruption and foreign policy. Also furthermore it is clearly biased from the liberal perspective.
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T.R.O.S. Emissary
16.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
This game has taught me two things. One: Nobody minds if you cut all retirement bonuses, and its a great way to save money. Two: If you are an American politician and try to change anything, even for the better, you will be assassinated.
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Return Of Woody
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
Ive got no idea what im doing


I distroyed my political parties within my first turm
U had my back bench hate my face.

Still got no idea what im doing.
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DropKikUrDangerZone #RIP_USA
11.5 hrs
Posted: August 23
Yes, this game isn't perfect. Assassinations happen far too often, political costs for things are the same globally, ignoring political differences between countries. But, this game gives you so much to do and so much to aim for that I love this game despite it's problems. It's one of the best political simulators of all time. 8/10
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
There's a good game in here... it just needs a lot more added to it

The first couple of games you play are fun, but once you've experimented with different policy layouts there is very little difference between games. No matter which country you start with, you'll inevitably find your way towards implementing similar policies, because they don't offer any variation apart from starting position. The political cost for changing gun laws in the USA and Australia IS EXACTLY THE SAME despite starkly different opinions across both populations.

Assassinations are far too frequent. Of the six countries present in the game, I think there's been one successful assassination in the past 100 years. This game will have capitalists shooting you for raising slightly raising taxes or have the religious hunt you for teaching evolution. It's completely unrealistic and there are better mechanics that could be implemented if the game wants to punish players for deviating from the political centre (greater opposition party funding, turnout at elections)

Elections are dull (I've not tried the latest DLC), but there are only two parties. Your opponents have a name, but no idealogical background. Your own party is completely unified and presents no opposition to your agenda, however radical it may be. I'd really like to see this combined with something like Political Machine 2016, where your government's achievements could be used to campaign heavily in given states. I know this would be difficult to do for each country, but something more is needed.

The measure of your popularity is completely ridiculous as well. You spend most of your first term with popularity below 15% (no matter what you implement). The final few turns before the election it will always rise to somewhere between 40-60% for no reason at all. If you're running a mildly competent administration, then you should have no issue achieving 80%+ popularity in your second term. There is no country in the world where voters are this fluid.

There are a lot of policy options, but not enough. I was quite disappointed that you couldn't actually run as a communist, or suspend elections, imprison political opponents etc (things that would actually warrant targeted assassination attempts.) Even some more moderate, contemporary issues such as basic income, plain tobacco packaging, political donations, mining taxes weren't in the game.

The implementation of policy is a bit clumsy too. Although using political capital sounds a good mechanic in theory, there are times such as global economic disaster where governments have to respond quickly with drastic measures. Using a global economic collapse as an example, you could spend two turns building up capital to raise income taxes, two turns to cut health funding, another two turns to increase unemployment benefits and state housing, by which time 1.5 years have passed and the global recovery is well and truly underway.

I really wanted to like this game, I really tried. If you're just wanting to mess about with policy, then it's average. If you're looking for a political simulator, with campaigns, internal party politicking, parliamentary/congressional conflict (which would be a lot more enjoyable and offer a lot more replay value), then it fails.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
The premise behind this game was fun, but it felt a little too limiting for me once I got in. I felt like every game I played either had similar results or I was forced to alter my decisions. I didn't get out of the game what I expected, to be able to somehow find a way to make the country successful in a variety of different ways. Replayed a few times but probably won't come back.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Despite a rather complex and unappealing UI, don't be put off by this game, especially if you enjoy political strategy games. With extremely detailed and complex mechanics, Democracy 3 is undoubtably one of the greatest political simulators available on steam.The vast array of countries, polcies, and situations in this game allow the player to live out all of their political fantasies, whether that be being the conservative socialist leader of Canada or the capitalist liberal oligarch of Australia. Furthermore the vast library of mods available through the steam workshop add tens of hours of replayability to the game, which, especially when coupled with DLC, vastly improve the game quality, with hundreds of new situations, policies, and mechanics.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
It's an Excel spreadsheet with a GUI. No challenge, just waiting to push buttons to respond to a few repeating events and repeating until you get the desired result. Charging $50 for the base game and DLC is breathtakingly ballsy. $10 for the game and $5 for the DLC is ver generous.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
I can't seem to have a presidency that doesn't end in assassination. At first, it was funny, because I figured it was a rare outcome. But as I played more, I kept getting assassinated, no matter what I did. The devs NEED to lower your odds of getting assassinated. On a whole, this game is fun, so just barely I recommend this game. It does loose its appeal quickly, due to the constant assassinations, so maybe wait for a sale, $25 is a bit much for what you get.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
For a third installment in a series, Democracy 3 is a very basic and rather unpolished title.

The game is consistent from its predecessors, with very little new mechanics to the game (Rather it's just Democracy 2 with more compatibility and more DLC).

However even basic menu items are misaligned, a great deal of in-game text is laden with typos even so long after its release, and a lot of the effects you get are simply absurd (Britain requires major power to change gun laws to be stricter, you are popular enough to win elections in a crime-free nation but you get assassination attempts 4 times a year...)

Past all its issues with bugs and polish, the game itself is really quite limited in functionality. If you can actually get a country to function, there's nothing else to do. At all. The game doesn't even upscale anything overtime, you can play for 100 years and your GDP will never surpass a certain limit, your income will never grow, etc.

If it's on sale, it can be fun for a few hours, but not really much more.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
This game is a confusing holy hot mess that will still remain one of my favorite games to date. No game better simulates internal politics than this and you can have some real fun experimenting throughout the game. This is honestly though one of the games you have to play to get a feel for, what I say will either confuse you, not do the game justice or will end up as an even bigger wall of text than my usual reviews.

TLDR: Give it a shot. You never know.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Initially this is quite an intimidating game due to its UI, but it doesnt take long to get used to it. It has some real depth to it and is worth the price.
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13 of 25 people (52%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
If you play as conservative, you get killed.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
You get democratically re-elected and instantly assassinated by the people that voted you in.
It's close enough to reality!
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