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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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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Shadowblades
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
(Based on an old post/non-recent gameplay):
I don't think I can take this game seriously anymore. I thought I was getting a lot smarter with this game, pleasing many people groups, staying out of debt, keeping people from wanting to assassinate me, and what I would consider to be doing a good job at being a president. Well, every time I've done these things, by the time I get to my first election, I have 0 activists and practically nobody votes for me, resulting in a game over.

So I read a comment on here, where someone asking about activists (because I too didn't understand them). The dev himself responded and said that people tend to be activists for extremists, people who go against the usual, or middle-ground. So I thought, I'll pick one people group and try to please them as much as I can, to a completely unrealistic point that I'd never even consider in real life.

I chose to give the people a Conservatives' paradise, going FULL TILT on everything they liked.

Death Penalty: 100% ("For most crimes")
Gated Communities: 100% encouraged
Narcotics: 100% outlawed
Police Force: 100% MAXIMUM
Prisons: 100% Extensive Rehabilitation
Race Discrimination Act: Medium (at 0% influence for conservatives)
Welfare Fraud Department: 100% undercover investigators
Abortion Laws: 0% aka TOTAL BAN
Private Prisons: 100% MAXIMUM

Then I won the election. I'm just confused how this is what got me past my first election. This killed it for me.
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MattVenom
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
To expensive, but good.
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Boxes are Always Applicable
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Actual politicians don't like doing this, why would I?
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Aidan
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Great versatility; you can take your country in a thousand different directions per game.
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TheSovietBunny
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Ok first attempt was quite a failure for me so lets just ignore that...
Second Attempt:
-plays as france
-starts immediately to decrease crime and increase education (it works)
-everyone loves me except for capitalists (I dont know why, I just made them equal to everyone else...)
-two failed assassination attempts from capitalists, I proceed to laugh in their faces
-I have finally fixed unemployment and poverty and health is starting to increase
-I get voted in again (surprisingly more than half of the capitalists vote for me eventhough they hate me)
-health is high and everything is good except for GPD (I dont understand it)
-I attempt to increase it only to realise I am now in extreme debt
-two more failed assassination attempts from the capitalists I now start to understand why they hate me
-I get voted in again for my third term overwhelmingly from everyone and 73% of capitalists vote for me (why?)
-GPD is the lowest it can be
-capitalists finally kill my and celebrate

10/10 would totally be put through that trauma again
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FTR
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
> Does amazing at developing a country. > Gets assassinated before first election. 10/10
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Lord Nigel of Farage
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Downloaded EU mod, left and made Britain great again. 11/10 would vote leave again.
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zooke94
( 23.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
-be 'Murica
- Try to make America Great Again
- #NoMoreWelfare
- #FlatTax
- #PrivitizeEverything
-No money?
- #ScrewEducation
- Everyone loves me even though they are making a fraction of earlier earnings
- default on debt, economy crashes, terrible crime and race problem
- Deport 'em all and build a wall!
- No jobs? Thanks Obama...
-Mandatory employment
-The less jobs there are, the more everyone should work!
- No more evolution in schools (or schools)!
- Conservatives love their Fascist Overlord benevelent leader ... Easily re-elected
-If you don't like it here, take your college degree and GET OUT!
- #MakeAmericaWhiteAgain

10/10 would repeat operation wetback and pander to Christian values to save face after crashing the economy again...

Game defintely has it's biases on policies... It's pro-market and pro-conservative (at least for America). Although my libertarian friend, complaining that flat taxes shouldn't increase innequality, may tell you otherwise. If only he could return us to the Stone Age Gold Standard... Get it on sale for a great value.
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a helpless tramp
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
This game crushed me, and I never want to go in to politics

Amazing game though 10/10
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Hurricane125
( 32.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
You can make America socialist,Soviet Russia Capatalist, get assassinated, and plunge France into Greece's dept, or flip it and make Greece Rich. now to play this game
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480 of 571 people (84%) found this review helpful
586 people found this review funny
Recommended
93.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
10/10 would leave the EU again.
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94 of 133 people (71%) found this review helpful
126 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Can't quit EU.

0 UKs out of 10
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64 of 86 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
7/10. While enjoyable there are several big drawbacks:

- The game has a big bias toward some things. Apparently in Liberal-Capitalist country no-one minds 50% flat taxes, heavy regulation etc.
- Many events repeat themselves and seems to be one-off
- The cabinet supporting some groups makes no sense. One minister is angry about not caring about his core group even though I have 100% support and his group has 0 members.
- One way of another you play as US. There are 2 parties and no coalitions. Evolution vs creationism is apparently an issue and England and France teaches both at the start.
- People are angry and have opinion about you based on what is rather then was you are doing. So you can start with 0% approval rating.
- Social engeneering is way too easy. It seems to be rather impossible for a country to get 0 people in some groups just in a few years.

I'm on edge but given non-discounted price I'd expect much better.
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
as german guy i picket Germany

- no religious education in the school
- invested in education -> every 1-2 rounds one Nobelpreis
- high productivity
- nearly no poverty
- no criminals
- invested into BND (BND = german NSA) but just lv over 9000

edit: the liberals tried to kill me atleast 10 times and bless the BND i am still the ruler of Germany

got 95 % of the votes

education is the key to victory
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31 of 42 people (74%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Ruled USA over 15 years with an iron fist.
Assasinated by Conservatives.
10/10 would legalize prostitution again.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
This is a fun game for causal play, though severe balancing issues make it incredibly frustrating to play at any higher level than that, at least as far as difficulty is concerned. Also the developers very clearly don't understand the diffrence between American politics and European politics, and if you don't understand the diffrence and you're American you're going to have a frustrating time playing your home country. The credit rating adjustments are increadibly unrealistic and disproportionatley effect the economy.

That's just one of the more obvious things, there are tons of little quirks and inconsistineces in the game's balancing that sometimes are inconcequential and just serve to pull you out of the expereince and other times they activley make the game a chore to play. I won't go into them because I would have to type several pages out, I will say however that the DLC packs and certian mods will help, but they won't correct the issues entirely. Hell, sometimes they just make them even worse if you're not careful.

The real problem is assassinations and re-election. If you're playing on the base difficulty setting, fine, you should not have a problem getting re-elected whatsoever if you're paying attention. You probably have a 30% chance of getting shot down, but as bad as that sounds even that's managable. Turn up the difficulty slider and you're going to have a bad time unless you turn them off entirley. The concept makes sense, but it's the execution is increadibly poor.

Except for your own, of course, if you try to play on a higher difficulty you will die repeatedly to ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t.

If you want to just mess around to make policy changes, this game is fine. Just turn on monarchy and turn off assassinations and have fun. If you want a serious and well balanced political simulator then make your own, you won't find it here. I personally wouldn't recomend buying this game unless you see it on sale with the DLC's included.

Also, if you do get the game and decide to play America, have a tip. The thing you absoultley must do on the first turn is institue the anti-descrimination policy, because apparently the developers think we're all racist ♥♥♥♥♥ and don't seem to realize we have dozens of laws and several amendments that do just that. Otherwise you're going to be shot by minorities who did absoutley nothing wrong.

tl;dr Get it if you want a casual game, turn off assassination if you want to actually play the game, buy it on sale if you must.
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
This game is so slanted towards socialism, it's not even funny. I played as a socialist empire, and unlocked achievement after achievement, receiving accolades from everyone.

As a libertarian, I'm assassinated every time.
Unreal.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Way boring. I like strategy games, but this one is way too simplified and complicated at the same time. It's like skiing, easy to go through the game and finish it, however, very difficult to master and takes a lot of reading and experimenting to become truly an expert at this game. I would pay $5 tops for this game. It's such a simple program. You increase or decrease a stat, and it has an effect on your presidency one way or another. Simple if then statements. Do not buy unless less than $5.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Democracy 3 is a good, addicting game.. for the first two hours.

You will get assassinated. A lot. It's ridiculous in its implementation that upping stem cell research and reducing creationism (while having an EXTREMELY low crime rate) somehow translates to a religious extremist using a high-caliber sniper rifle to assassinate the head of state? Thank god you can turn assassinations off!

But the main problem with Democracy 3 is one of irony, because nothing that happens in the game feels particualrly democratic aside from the end of term voting.

Let me explain.

For most of the game you're issuing and adjustiing policies to appease your voter base and grow your nation. At no single point in this process are you taking these issues through actual party politics. There's no system of a house of commons or a senate, there's literally nothing here that actually models the internal workings of actual government, which I think is really unfortunate because the developers are definitely on to something here.

Overall Democracy 3 is a fun game, but I think Democracy 4 if done right would look nothing like it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
>buy game
>start up game
>play as the US cause MURICA ♥♥♥♥ YEAH
>lets make America great again
>have a presidency a million times more conservative than Reagan
>get assassinated by conservatives

10/10 would get shot by people with similar political views again
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