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 (3,048 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 14, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"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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“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!).

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

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Mac OS X
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    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
88 of 105 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Starts as USA
Begins enacting balanced policies
Credit rating goes down
Rage
Begin enacting conservative policies
Credit rating goes down
Rage
Liberal
Nope
Rage
Debt crisis
Welp
Restart
Get credit rating decrease
Rage and enact every religious policy + creationism
Credit score AAA
10/10 Nuns can into economy
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53 of 59 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Democracy 3 is a turn-based strategy game stripped down to its barest elements. Think Civilization V but without the world map. Democracy eschews almost all visual flare in favor of numbers, charts, and graphs. As a government simulator, it makes sense that most of your time is spent pouring over facts and figures, even if that seems to fly in the face of video game logic. It also makes sense that you never actually see the people you are governing. They are problems to be solved: approval ratings, social malfunctions, tax revenue. You never see the drunk or the homeless but know they exist because they’re no good for the bottom line.Assessing your nation - France, Germany, U.S., Australia, or the UK - takes place on one of the most convoluted user interfaces I have ever seen. More than five dozen bubbles litter the screen, broken up into different colors and key sections such as Tax, Economy, Law & Order, and so on. White bubbles represent policies, blue bubbles provide data on the impact of those policies, and red bubbles are situations requiring your attention.Changing a policy requires political capital which is refreshed at the start of every turn. Making a big decision requires more capital, so you won’t be legalizing abortion and removing the cigarette tax in a single turn. Political capital is used to institute new policies in the same way. Adjusting those you start out with is interesting, adding more of your own is even more fun.Experimenting with policies creates a ripple effect on your constituency. More than twenty groups of voters dynamically react to your decisions, raising and lowering your approval rating. Members of your cabinet might also become disloyal and need to be replaced. Radicals might even try to kill you.As a government simulator, Democracy 3 does a remarkable job. Its presentation and wealth of data truly makes you feel like a world leader.For every moment of fun strategizing and eager anticipation there was an equal moment spent wishing the experience was more user friendly. I felt like a president, just as promised, but I was also reminded of why I would never want the job in the first place.Democracy 3 is a game for the politically-minded. It favors substance over flair. Some players might love the added analysis required for each turn but others will find it wearing out far sooner than it probably should. The denseness of Democracy 3’s presentation is its biggest barrier and it leaves one wondering why: Was this really the best way to deliver what, at its heart, is so similar to games like Civilization? For this iteration, it seems so. If you are willing to climb the hill and submerse yourself in numbers and graphs, this might be the game for you. If not, it is probably best avoided.
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43 of 56 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
TL;DR 10/10, I was able to be Hitler and was assassinated by communists for being a good leader.

My party, The National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) came to power when Germany needed her the most. Mass unemployment, degeneracy, lack of national unity, rampant violence, corporate corruption, and inequality threatened the fatherland more than ever before, and to make matters worse, the opposing parties (The Undergound movement of Judeo-Bolsheviks) promoted these plagues upon my nation and were bound to get worse as time progressed.

Something had to be done, for the sake for the German people and the German fatherland, a young, noble drifter stepped into the spotlight. An Austria-born WWI veteran, decorated with numerous medals for valor and bravery, animal lover, vegetarian, and artist, knew what he had to do, and led the NSDAP to glory.

With slow, firm steps, things finally started to look for the better for the German people. Prostitution was outlawed, ethnic and cultural protection was ensured through anti-immigrant laws, the unjust capitalist economic system was replaced with a nationalist restricted-market system, and eventually, the newfound leader established a dictatorship and removed of the barely functional, if functional at all, Democratic system.

Eventually, national values werre finally instilled; anything the people did, they did it has one for the betterment of the state, and thus the betterment of themselves. Man cared for man, brother for brother, and the most beautiful display of comradery to date was born.

However, the leader was eventually assassinated by Communists, and all that he had done was shrouded in a thick mist of lies and propoganda. The chance of Germany every recovering to what she had accomplished is slim, but those of us that remember, that know what really happened, will never forget.

(~Disclaimer: Don't be an edgy Marxist and call me a Neo-Nazi, this is a joke, treat it as such.)
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35 of 44 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I introduced the death penalty, banned divorce and homosexuality and forced all newsreaders to sing the national anthem in Britain.
10/10 would UKIP again
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Step 1: Lower income tax by 0.1%
Step 2: Get shot by the black community because you are a racist
Step 3: Try not to cry
Step 4: Cry
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
As soon as I repaid all Germany's national debt, had the top health-care and best education, Capitalists threaten me with overthrowing my government.
Then I got assassinated by Liberals

Best government simulator
9/11 would treat Capitalists as ♥♥♥♥ again
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Played as Canada, removed all crime, reduced unemployment to almost nothing, have one of the best education systems in the world, an incredibly high GDP, oh, and i forgot to mention: Nuns are trying to kill me.

11/10 Staple of any people with a desire to run/ take over the world.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
For formatting and pics go to: http://wildwoodgeek2.blogspot.com/2014/12/democracy-3.html

What Democracy 3 did Right
-A real look in the brutality of politics
No-one is your friend in this game, and everybody is a whining ♥♥♥♥♥ yelling in your ear what you should do to make your nation perfect changing anything leads to more whining.

-Makes you think
you can't just do what you want, everything bill, every law, everything, will make someone, somewhere mad or alarmed. You have to make the smallest people mad while making the biggest groups/people happy.

-Mod Support
Mod support is always a good thing, and Democracy 3 uses the Steam Workshop.

What Democracy 3 did Wrong

-Everyone solves their problems by killing you
Made blacks made? Feminist feel ignored? Cut a guy off on your way to work? Well, they're going to kill you. Everyone for every reason will kill you unless you have more privacy killing security laws, but guess what? Killing people's privacy makes them want to kill you! It almost feels inescapable.

-Heavily biased
Racial profiling, Drones in the Sky 24/7, Capital punishment for even the smallest crimes, tank driving, machine gun wielding police officers, and nukes around every corner. These are the things that Ultra-Conservatives and Libertarians want in this game. That's wrong because the libertarian i know pretty much want anarchy.... anyways, in this game every bad thing is wanted by the Right and everything Good is wanted by the Left. You seeing their bias yet?

Who Democracy 3 is for
-People who can distance themselves from their political belief system

-People who enjoy simulator games

-Socialists

-Democrats

-Progressives


Final Thoughts
if you can go into this game and not get mad everytime you see your political side reacting in a way that they wouldn't, then you should be fine. As a Interracial Conservative, I was annoyed a little by the way they are shown in this game. But honestly i understand why they are like that in the game, because this is a political game and the creator is always going to put their own beliefs into this type of game, even if they don't mean too. Gameplay wise D3 is a tough strategy game and a fun one too.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
gave tax cuts, paid off half the debt, everyone had jobs, no crime.

Did not get re-elected

Huge Military police, rose taxes to cover enormous Debt interest, C credit rating.

Got Re-elected

Best Government Simulator 11/10
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
It's a nice idea but rather simple and too static for my own taste. It can be rewarding the first two times you manage to build up a nice country and fix it's original problems, but after 2-3 hours of gameplay you already know what to do by hearth. The only reason I played this game for so long (almost 12 hours) was because I like simulators and dind't feel like doing something else and wanted to get the archievements c(:

Not recommended for the full price.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
'Assassination' game mechanic is ridiculously broken. You basically have to govern a 'certain way' each time otherwise you get murdered.
I really wanted to like this game, but it's shallow and unrealistic, especially if you 'survive' the first term, then the game becomes to easy - an issue that plagued Democracy 2 as well.
Definitely don't pay full price.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Just like skyrim but with politics
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
>I GOT ELECTED 2 TIMES.
>I ♥♥♥♥♥♥ OFF PEOPLE THE 2ND TIME
>I ♥♥♥♥ED UP SO BADLY
>RELIGIOUS PEOPLE STARTED USING VIOLENCE AGAINST "ENEMIES OF GOD"
>I ♥♥♥♥♥♥ OFF THE LIBERALS
>THEY STARTED AN EXTREMIST GROUP
>I GOT ASSASSINATED
....
8/8 BEST GAME EVER
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Banned guns and then got shot by liberals.

10/10
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
A great idea for a game, sadly let down by a bad user interface and a one-dimensional approach to most issues. Rather than picking between truly different policies, every subject is represented by a simple slider that allows you to choose how much money you want to spend and tells you which groups that will make you more (or less) popular with.

Occasionally an "urgent issue" pops up, and gives you only two (generally radical) options, such as "allow GM crops" or "ban GM crops". There's no complexity, no incentive for players to actually research the issues and select a realistic policy (ex., "allow GM crops only after N years of testing and limit genetic patents to X years"). And the exact same questions pop up again and again, regardless of your previous answers. If you're presented with the option to "lift the whaling ban" or "keep current law" and pick "lift ban", in a couple of turns you get the same question (which assumes there's a ban in place even though you lifted it). They didn't even bother to save your choice and reword the question. It's just a button you press to make you more popular with some groups and less popular with others.

Even when some issue shows various descriptions (ex., the "abortion policy" slider shows some text underneath it that goes from "on demand" to "total ban" with some intermediate stages like "require the approval of two doctors" and "only under special circumstances"), it effectively still behaves as a basic linear slider. There's no way to select different policies based on how advanced the pregnancy is, no option to consult scientists, no option to launch a public campaign or referendum about it, etc.. It's just a cursor you drag to try to keep your approval bars green.

Or rather, in a few cases, there is the option to launch public campaigns.... as long as you pay extra, for one of the "DLC packs", or (if you're slightly less gullible) install some free mod that duplicates those packs' functionality. Unfortunately, both the DLC packs and the mods are still limited by the shallowness of the gameplay mechanics and the bad UI design (i.e., they just add another linear slider that lets you spend some more money to reduce the negative effects of those policies on your popularity).

Then there's a whole section about "security", which tells you which groups are likely to try to kill you, but doesn't let you take any measures to fight them; if the "Union of Church-Going Grannies" is mad at you for supporting the teaching of evolution, your only option to is to appease them (ex., by funding the teaching of creationism - and the game doesn't even let you pick which creationist myths to teach - or finding some other issue that will push their approval bars up).

It never feels like you're managing a country or even establishing a political reputation; it's just a balancing game where you push a lot of sliders to the middle, to try to prevent invisible people from hating you too much.

Also, I managed to get all the "positive" achievements (approval rating above 98%, technological paradise, crime-free utopia, poverty eradicated, etc.) in my first 4 hours of gameplay, so it's not even challenging.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
A good game to begin with, but recomes repetitive quickly once you find what works.
More of a spreadsheet than a reactive game and it lacks heart
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
over 60% popularity, imporved the economy, employment levels high, got assassinated by crazy nuns for allowing abortion and same sex marriage.

10/10 will run for office again.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
237.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This game is on a "screw you, buy me" discount for the entire holiday sale, and it got me addicted enough in a very specific way to make me do an LP for it, so I feel like I can't -not- hold up a "consider buying" sign.

Have you ever "played" the NationStates web/browser game? If you haven't, go try it out for a bit, right now. I'll wait.
Did you like it? If after playing NationStates, you thought to yourself something like, "I would pay money for a fleshed out version of this that's an actual turn-based strategy game, with scenarios and fail states and workshop support and stuff," Democracy 3 is the game of your very specific desires.
It has similar limitations (your GDP and Health and Education and Technology levels can only get "so high," and then once you've made a society as close to your vision of perfect as you'd like there's not much left to do but fiddle and/or come up with your own goals, so I doubt everybody will find as much replay value in the base game as I have), but, again. Made me make my first LP, so there's probably somebody else out there who'll get hooked if they try it.

A final warning: your mileage may indeed vary massively with regards to how realistic the game's treatments of what outcomes all sorts of governmental policies have is. I would add a caveat, though, that I've seen people of all (as in, opposing) kinds of political bents criticize the game, so. While "ending up making potentially *everybody* mad somehow" may not actually be the optimal kind of compromise, it both feels like a bit of an inevitability to me given the subject matter and like a probable sign that the developer's at least trying really hard.
Also, a plus side to the issue is that you wouldn't believe how many mods people will make for this kind of game when they have Workshop support and their vision of a "realistic governance simulation" is challenged. [strikethrough]Suckers[/strikethrough] VALUED CONTENT CREATORS. (seriously, the mods add quite some replay value)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
VERY nice game to play..

It can get hard, but rewarding once/if you get through.

4.5/5
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Chose a country, set yourself goals and try to achieve them.

+ Realistic
+ Benefits for a group, might have a cost or be not popular by other groups, so try to keep everyone happy.
+ Hard choices, might not always be appreciated by the people.
+ People can react bad on certain changes.
+ Change your own policies
+ Chose your ministry
+ Chose how to manage your country
+ You can get assasinated
+ Chose your party
+ In-depth analyses

- Small number of countries you can manage.




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