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 (3,898 reviews) - 78% of the 3,898 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 14, 2013

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October 26, 2015

Version 1.22 patch notes

We had fixed XP support in an un-named interim update, and now today we have this minor patch to the windows version which should fix support for low spec hardware that may have caused some occasional crashing on certain setups.

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October 23, 2015

Windows XP Support fixed

Hi, thanks to a very helpful steam community member, we think we have tracked down and fixed a problem that several Windows XP users were having with the game, hence today's update. Sorry about that!

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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
Helpful customer reviews
215 of 229 people (94%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2015
Overview

Democracy 3 is a government simulator and an internal politics simulator. You step in the shoes of the leader of a chosen country and administer it, change taxes, modify the enforcement of a current law, introduce new ones, or remove them altogether. Every action you make has its consequences, be they good or bad. That is up for you to decide. How will you run your country?

Pros:
  • Very In-Depth - Even though the interface looks simple and clean, with almost everything being just bars and icons, don't be fooled. There is an enormous amount of micro-management that goes on behind the scenes. Everything you do has a chance to change something, by a calculated, statistical margin. Every group of citizens has thoughts of their own, and the focus group gives you an incredible view of each persons thoughts, opinions, and political affiliations. There are also numerous charts that are automatically generated each term, that show you different things like income, expenses, rise or falls in certain areas such as crime, unemployment, or healthcare as well as what policies or events affect them and by what percentage. I am impressed of the level of detail that went into this simulation.

  • Lots of Choices - This game operates by making, removing and modifying policies. And there are loads of them. How you change these policies affects how your country works, and the level of customization is great. Will your schools teach Creationism or Evolution? Will you favor Oil or Clean Energy? Will you fight crime or promote it? Will you set taxes on product categories? Will you offer subsidized services such as transportation, education and healthcare? It's up to you to decide - all that by adjusting sliders!

  • Beautiful Interface and Decent Music - The gameplay aspects may be complicated, but the interface is not. Everything is beautifully labeled, and divided into categories, and the interface is clean, minimalist and very intuitive. Navigation is a pleasure and the nice ambient music provides a relaxed atmosphere for you to play in. Everything is color coded, charts and other analytic data is easy to read, an overall great interface.

  • Sandbox - In a simulation game, this is a must, and Democracy does follow the rule. You can alter the game settings to your will and change aspects such as what kind of governments your country has, if you can make changes based on your political capital, if you are prone to assassination attempts by opposing extremists, if voting is compulsory or not, whether or not you can be the victim of natural disasters, how long your terms are and how many terms are you allowed to have and many more. You can choose if you want a challenging run in order to try and save your country, or a relaxing dream of the perfect country.

  • Steam Integration - The Workshop is a great place to lengthen you play time, as people are creating numerous policies, country presets or other mods for the game. The Trading Cards and Achievements are also nice incentives to play more and try out new play styles when managing your country.

The Cons:
  • No External Relations - The game mentions foreign relations lots of times, but does not quantify it. You don't know which countries like you, which don't, and how that affects your own.

  • Generalization - It sometimes feels like you are running a city, not a country, because the stats you are given are averaged across the population. You don't have things like reports based on certain areas, rural or urbane, poor or rich towns, reports on counties etc. This is mainly because you can choose to run one of several countries, or make your own via the workshop, and that individual statistics like those would be harder to manage and calculate, but it would have been a great feature that would make this the ultimate political simulator.

  • DLC that should have been free - I will start with the disclaimer that I do not own any of the DLCs, but from other reviews and reading their description, I'm not inclined to pay money for them. Sure, they add a few very interesting concepts to consider into the game, but are not so major they require an extra payment.

Conclusion
This is by far one of the most complex and interesting text and charts based game I've played with enough replay value to start as a sandbox enthusiast and end as a well-read political analyst. I recommend it to anyone interested in politics, or moral decisions in government policies, and who want to play "god" with their fictive version of their country. Although, considering the price, I'm kinda on the fence on this one. It is really enjoyable but I wouldn't pay the full price for it. If you are not convinced you'd enjoy this game, wait until a sale. I got my copy for 4,53€.

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159 of 198 people (80%) found this review helpful
163 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
-Tax the corporations
-Ends poverty, crime, ghettos, pollution etc.
-Makkes America a utopia

-Big corporations hires assassins to kill me

10/10 would tax Donald Trump again
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79 of 103 people (77%) found this review helpful
74 people found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
Led the country through a time of adequate welfare spending. low crime, low unemployment, technological supremacy, low CO2 emissions and high GDP.

My reward? Getting assasinated by Liberals on my next turn after getting 99% of the vote.

11/10 Would get assasinated again.
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71 of 106 people (67%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
Overpriced. The achievements don't feel nearly as significant as they should feel. People will only like you for what you implement, not for what you accomplish. You eliminate crime and poverty, nothing seems to actually change in the game, it plays the exact same as it used to play before. How? Did people just not notice that at all? How can they just not care about that? Assassination plots are also silly, but the fact that eliminating problems has no actual consequences on the way you play is terrible. Also, it only has a two-party system, which doesn't make lots of sense since it gives you more than one playable country. It doesn't just make the game less realistic, it also makes the game simpler, you don't have to make deals or anything, it's all up to you. But, as soon as you lose an election, you lose the game and can't get elected again. It's like your party dissolves and the other one rules for eternity with no opposition ever. Democracy 3 isn't a very good game.
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
I love strategy/sim games, but Democracy 3 gets very, very, very, very, very, very, very repetitive. About 12 Random Events exist, and they keep recurring. Overall, the recipe for success is very similar across the game, whatever the country.

The game makes a big point of having modelled individual citizens, but this really doesn't come up as part of the gameplay, since you're dealing with populations of millions, and the point is to make broad-strokes decisions with data summaries.

The real challenge is winning your first re-election, as it gets far easier after this. The assassinations are a joke, and the most inexplicable thing I've seen in a game for a long time. Switch them off.

Not worth full price; maybe worth the on-sale price
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