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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September 8

1.286 uploaded. Fixes voter approval bug

Hi, we updated the game today to version 1.286. the only difference is a fix for voter approval weirdness where approval can suddenly go nuts and the focus group values stop making sense for certain voters.
This will be rolled into mac,linux and other language builds soon.

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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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“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”
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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!).

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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:
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.

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    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Story Time-
Capitalist religous playthrough
100% in electorate and max GDP with good changes
assassinated by libreals RIP.
Communist Socialist athiest playthrough
economy crashed
assassinated by Religous group RIP
10/10 assassination simulator
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30 of 47 people (64%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Stay away from this failure of a game.

Democracy 3 makes you the leader of a country, and lets you enact policies to interacts with lots of variables (racial tension, GDP, unemployement, technology, etc...). And you'll have to compose with the fact that each political tendance of your citizens have an agenda (capitalists, socialists, environementalists, middle clas, etc...), so you'll have to keep them happy if you want to be elected, or simply not assasinated.

This game have quite a few good ideas, i'll give you that. And the choice of policies is relatively vast, if a bit repetitive. Countries aren't exactly realistic on some levels (no nuclear power in France? what?), but well, it's not exactly all wrong either.

The main issue with Democracy 3 is that it's fundamentally incoherent. You get assasinated for more or less every choice you make ; you can have strike/GDP collpse/end of strike/GDP up/strike... cycles for very long ; economics factors are more or less impossible to predict. But the worst is, you can't tell if it's difficult on purpose, badly designed, or bugged as hell. Even if I would go with option 3.

Let me tell you a story. I was playing France, assasinations deactivated (good way to test some possibilities), and managed to bring it to new heights through SCIENCE (space station, tech grants, all that stuff). Everything was fine, nearly no crime, best productivity on the planet, educations levels through the roof, until the next turn, where the nice music changed to a gloomy tone. My popularity dropped from 80% to 25%. No policy could explain that, so i looked at my electorate, and saw that lot of people became "fanatically opposed" to my governement. I tried to look at the "why", when I saw that lots of them did NOT have any discontentement but were opposed anyway. And that changed for no reason.

And the thing is, it's like that everywhere : variables that weren't announced anywhere and crash you plans to the ground ; crisis spreading like wildfire ; assasinations attempts if you don't do everything NOW, even if it makes you country unsustainable...

If you enjoy the kind of "barely in control" game like Dwarf fortress, you can probably try it. Otherwise, the only thing this game will do is making you join the ranks of people who wants to murder the guys who designed this.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Well, I can be a Dictator, a Communist, a President, a Prime Minister.

I can turn democractic countries like Australia into a nationalist country, a country like America into a communist state.

I can do whatever....

But be careful of what you do, because some people don't like you
Well, thats what I liked.

Amazing Game (8.5/10), would recommend.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
This game is not bad, in fact I like this game. So in short:

Many policies
Things are influencing other things
Management of staff
Solving problematic situations
Creating own "democracy"

Its "Democracy" so its not really much possible to start a totalitarian state, left or right
1 turn events are repetitive and after 3rd time, really boring
Hard to get in to it from start, but its okay later
Not really possible to stay in power for a long time, because of debt during cyclones and food crisis in later era

Its good game, but I rather recommend you, buy it only if you like politics.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
A game were people are ungratefull idiots who forget about your accomplishments and blame you for things you didn't do.

So basically politics.

10 points for realism
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Well, if you ever play as the American President, you chance at a assassination attempt being successful, is high.

Great game btw

9.25/10 Would recommend
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
This is a great time waster, it allows you to attempt to run a country however you like and get assassinated in the process.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
36.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
This game taught me the invaluable lesson that if I ever want to be President of the United States, I will 100% get assassinated.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Learned a lot from it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Really fun political strategy simulation!
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1.1 hrs
Posted: September 27
TL;DR IF you do get the game get mods...
Good idea, Poor execution. The game pretty much forces socialism, I mean, you get to choose what sort of socialism it is. you have to tax the hell out of people to get anything done, and the game loves it if you tax rich people and business (they might have alot of the money but not enough to pay for everything). Anyway everyone ends up being okay with you taxing them to death (mind the incoming sarcasm) because of course the state can take care of all your needs, it's worked so well in real life. also some effects of laws are completely subjective you can tell the people who made the game are very much on the left and rather autoritarian.
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11.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
Democracy was a very interesting and well made game. It doesn't have any fancy bells or whistles, but it did deliver an experience that helped me understand some of the challenges of running a government and country. Good job.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
I think this game was one of my first games in my steam library and I still don't regret picking it up. From time to time I play it for the fun of it. I don't like to overthink and strategise in this game because I know that won't work either. Unfortunately this game is so old that it doesn't support tabbing without crashing. I was playing while chatting with a friend about game of thrones and whenever I tabbed out it couldn't load anymore. To appoint a very good part of this game is the autosave system. It literally saves every minute or so because even while chatting I could continue from where I 'stopped'.

Time to talk about the game itself. The music is good, nothing special, but it is relaxing and it suits the atmosphere of the situation that you are in. I like the challenge that this game offers, unless you played this for 100 hours, you still don't really know how to easily beat the opposition. I have managed it before but it is extremely hard when you play from time to time. I can imagine that when you play daily you can beat it easier and easier and get bored. This game has been a rollercoaster of understandings to me. First I don't know what I am doing, it evolves into starting to understand what I'm doing, eventually evolving into overthinking ending again into confusiong because I think I screwed up somehow. The idea behind this game is very realistic and it reminds me of Belgian politics. Whenever you enact something liberals like the socialists are salty about it. Well you'll come across that in this game. It remains intresting because you can't have everyone in the green at all times. I do feel like this game needs a little more information than it has, especially to a player who doesn't play it very often. Maybe an option that displays the opinions and or modifiers in numbers would be interesting. For example going into the green can be good when you go for capitalist happiness, as an example, but it isn't when you go into the green with alcholism. With a numbers system I imply that whenever you boost capitalists it shows a positive number and whenever you boost alcholism it shows a negative number. Unless you want to boost alcholism that bad.

Overall a good pickup for the price that it is at, 10 euro's (I'm not sure at all anymore) and it is worth your time. Although I do feel that you need to have a little interest in politics otherwise this won't interest you either.
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14.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
Turned Germany Socalist, everyone loves me. Turned Russia Capitalitst, didn't get the chance, got shot on second turn.
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6.4 hrs
Posted: September 26
DISCLAIMER: This is a first impressions review, and NOT a full review, if you want a full review, then please read better reviews then mine


Democracy 3 is a political simulator developed by Positech Games and is the third game in the Democracy series with Democracy, Democracy 2 and this version Democracy 3

The game looks extremely simple when you look at it for the first time. You run the government of a country (such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and so on) and throughout your governmental term in office you have to try and balance the country's GDP, health, education, crime, poverty, unemployment and so on whilst also keeping an eye out for your budget and introducing policies

Throughout your campaign you have to be wary of introducing new laws, sorting out your political party and not get assassinated in the process. Throughout the game you will also have general elections which predict whether or not you will continue another term in parliament, if so, you can continue ruling the country, if not, game over

The game may look simple but it is quite complex and does need a lot of attention to play the game seriously. You need to manage the needs of the people and the needs of the country. The gameplay takes place in a sort of brain web where you select different items such as education or health and sort out the needs of different people, such as; the youth, the elderly, capitalists, liberals, and so on

The game offers four sets of DLC; Social Engineering, Extremism, Clones and Drones and Electioneering. These four sets of DLC add more content into the game, nnothing special. The game also offers Steam Workshop which also offers more additional content for free this time, so if you do not want to buy the DLC content, you can always add more content with the Steam Workshop integration

Democracy 3 also ventures into the African territory in Democracy 3: Africa and is sold seperately as a standalone game. Honestly, I don't know why it is sold seperately as it is mostly the same game, only this time it takes place in Africa and adds a few more situations that are taking place in Africa right now such as war

Democracy 3 is not for everyone, me personally I liked it and yes I have played the previous two Democracy games; Democracy and Democracy 2 which although it is a shame not to see Democracy being sold on Steam or GOG, I can say that the gameplay hasn't changed drastically only that Democracy 3 adds more modern situations (such as privacy infringment and wars) and a neater UI

If you do not like politics or from the get-go don't like how the game looks, then don't bother purchasing Democracy 3 or Democracy 2...

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Cubeioder The Old Vagabond
1.7 hrs
Posted: September 26
Excellent game,Dlc&Mods recommended.

Needs more modding support and more incentives to mod(Mod of the week,competitions etc),as many mods are quite dead.
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The spectacular vector
45.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
Okay. First of all people who are saying that the economy keeps crashing and they can't control it etc. are doing it wrong. I've never had any difficulty getting to a balanced budget, high GDP and high income equality fairly quickly.

Second of all, people complaining about assasinations- turn them off.

Great game 9/10.
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22.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
TL;DR Great foundation for what could've been a great game, but Positech got greedy and split the game into 2 games and 3 paid DLCs. For only 9 hours of content, it's not worth €23.

First off, let me say that this is my favorite genre of game. I enjoy relaxing after a long day of work and managing my empire/country/business. I love politics and this game seemed like a perfect fit for me. If I had written this review after my first 2 hours with the game, it would have been a glowing paragraph or two about the worlds greatest goverment simulator.

But as a plowed through what the game had to offer, it became more and more repetitive and dull. The same decisions, the same problems, and very few solutions. After serving 2 terms as president (which takes about 3-4 hours on the hardest setting) my country had zero obesity, zero crime, zero unemployment and the best health, education and GDP. I was only 4 hours into the game and I had beaten it. I decided to go to bed and after work the next day, I picked a different country, downloaded as much content via Steam Workshop as possible, and started a new game. 5 hours and 1 savefile later, I had beaten the game again.

I keep asking myself "Why would Positech go through the effort of making the great UI, soundtrack, animations etc, and only supply 4 hours worth of content? I decided to look through the homescreen to see if I was missing something when the notification popped up on my screen. An advertisement for the Extremism DLC. Turns out there are 3 DLC packs available, and an entirely different game with the exact same foundation, same mechanics, same UI and the same developer, Positech games.

Positech has developed would could have been a great game but instead they decided to be greedy and split the game into 2 games and 3 DLC packs.
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【PN】 AtomicBullet
0.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
>Be me
>English prime minister
>Trying to make england great again
>i want to raise police funding
>don't have enough money
>increase alcohol tax a bit
>popularity with voters drops from 40% to 20%
>even though i made england the most equal country ever
>i even got an achievement saying so
>continue on
>raising taxes here and there
>capitalist plot
>capitalists hate you by default in england
>so they want every single prime minister dead basically
>go back to america capitalist pigs
>i keep playing
>assasination attempt
>from who other than the capitalists
>ok since they tried to kill me i'll help them out
>raise tax for some old people
>look at what makes capitalists happy
>basically, they only care about money
>seriously they want no labor laws and they want to destroy earth
>look at what taxes i can raise
>litterally any choice i make causes everyone to hate me
>and anything good puts me a few more billion in debt
>write this review

10/10 would ♥♥♥♥ off capitalists in england again
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