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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June 25

Minor balance update to 1.282

Version 1.282
1. Fix for electioneering spin events bug.
2. Increased chance of Telecoms Meltdown event.
3. Increased chance of School Shooting event.
4. Increased chance of Church Attacked event.
5. Increased chance of Disastrous Crop event.
6. Increased inputs to Aerospace Contract Won event.
7. Increased inputs to Tech Firm Closure event.
8. Increased chance of Overseas Famine event.
9. Added input to Celebrity Kidnapped event.
10. Adjusted inputs to Market Meltdown event.
11. Reduced inputs to Superhero event.

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June 20

Minor Balance tweak

Version 1.281
1. Balance changes to the following events: Mad Cow Disease, Car Company Shuts Plant,Highway Collapses, Spy Scandal, Telecom's Meltdown, Train Crash, Disease Cured, School Shooting, Church Attacked, Prison Riot, Pension Fund Scandal, Natural Disaster, Flagship Company Leaves, Disastrous Crop, Age Concern protest, Aerospace Boom, Oil Tanker Sunk, Tech Firm Closure, Credit Crunch, Overseas Famine, Poverty Report, Celebrity Kidnapped.

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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”
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!).

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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.

System Requirements

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    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Played as America, successfully wiped out crime from the land of freedom, managed to get a massive amount of surplus while keeping the expenditure as low as possible, successfully balanced between military level and patriots support, and somehow managed to evade 10+ sniping and bombing attempts by liberal-based 'The Freedom League' (such American name) and capitalist-based 'the-Battenburg-something' I forget the name. But hey, at least people would vote for me again given the chance and I could finally retire in peace after my 2nd term and dozens of assassination attempts!

10/10 would evade assassination attempts again
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Towarzysz Broni
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This is of very good game. Just boring of me but ITS GOOD. 9/10 game but not for me
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( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I played this game with my friend because i could never actually get the game started without it crashing. SO, I refunded it. I might rebuy it. This game is really fun and worth the money. Although my game wouldn't work its still a great game.
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( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Turned the country into a military state. Got assassinated. 10/10
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( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
In the beginning I felt a little confused by the complex mechanics of the game, but, after some hours of playing things got very interesting.
I really enjoyed playing the game.

Buuuut...after a few hours of playing, everytime that I can get passed a new election, after some quarter changes the games crash in the exact moment of the saving, corrupting the save file and not letting me continue my game.

I am really upset about this and would like a feedback from the developer staff.
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( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Abolished all gun control
Legalised all drugs
Increased Corporation Tax
Survived 3 Assassination attempts
Managed 1% of the total vote in my election.

I'm still more effective than the current UK government.
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( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
First tried to create an Anarcho-Pacifist utopia, that didn't bode well for the Battenburg Group. Sniped outside of a schoolhouse I was opening. Then I said, alright screw that, my successor will be a Nationalist Big Brother, who suspends legal rights and taxes the hell out of the poor and weak. Turns out America really loves that. Until I ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off the Black Power Movement. Got a bullet in the skull exiting my mansion early in the morning.
Moral of the story, dont be a politican, someone will kill you.
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( 34.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This is a Great Game, strong focus on theory, but an outstanding fun though. What's better than establishing an anti-social capitalist country with a mental-stupid-religious society, praying to you like a god?

I guess a lot. So keep it in the game.
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( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Democracy 3 is fun, but not for very long. I'm not absolutely sure of that because I've only played one game so far, on the standard difficulty, but I sense the same basic strategy I adopted should work for any country or situation and...

By my third mandate as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I have eradicated crime, poverty, pollution, unemployment and racial tensions, reverted economical and technological non-competitivity into hyper-productivity and world-leading technological developments, reduced the public debt from 1 trillion Euros to 341 billion (and still dropping), one of my citizens got a nobel prize thanks to the quality of the educational system I implanted and my approval rate is 100% (yeah, really...).

Still, this game made me wonder two things:

1 - Is the UK really in such a dump as the game portrays it in it's initial scenario? As the game puts it, the UK's situation looks almost half as bad as my own country's...

2 - Why the hell am I playing games? I came to learn that, given my administrative skills and political profficiency, I should be ruling the USA, China or possibly even Earth itself.
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( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
In a question of whether or not you should buy this game, I think the answer depends on what your experience with Democracy is. If you're here because you got Democracy 2 five years ago and want to give it a shot again, I urge you to locate 2 again and stay home. If this would be a brand new type of game for you, well then we can keep talking. But, coming from Democracy 2, this game has some serious issues. Like, horror-scifi pull-off-your-friend's-skin-and-wear-it-as-a-hat-do-you-like-me-better-now level of disturbingly bad ideas for a game that styles itself as brand new for $25 with $15 of DLC.

The interface is the same. The way you interact with policies, ministers, dilemmas, the way you view your budget, opinion polling, focus groups – these are all the same and are styled the same. Maybe the color of the charts is sliiightly different and the background is sliiightly different, but it's the same.

Policies are the same. Like the exact ones. And, of course, you would expect some of them to reoccur. It would be pretty difficult for you to have a nationstate simulator game without involving things like "income tax" as a policy, so some of them can get a free pass. But when Democracy 2 has, let's say, sixty policies and every single one of them shows up here again with the same icon, description, and slider effects, that's a little cheap.

The dilemmas are the same. Turns are measured in quarters and every quarter or two there is a life threatening political crisis in your government that you have to rule on. What is cheap and disappointing is that these dilemmas are literally copy-pastes from Democracy 2. Again, I can understand talking about some of the same issues, but to have the exact same right-ups to the letter? Are you kidding me?

So basically, if I want something different and larger than Democracy 2, I have to pay the price of Democracy 2 and five dollars, plus one to three five dollar DLCs (one of which is completely game-breaking) and then maybe it will have some semblance of a different experience? Please.

That's okay, I'm new
An understandable way to deal with horror is to not know it's there at all. But even then, we have some familiar problems. So, here in Democracy 3, we take the roles of real nations in the world. Those nations come as the base game and then there's some more player-created ones that exist in the Steam Workshop. But if I wanted to take a country like the United Kingdom, basically, there WILL ONLY be the Conservative Party and Labour and it is impossible for anything else to exist at all. Your party will only ever have one opponent, it will be the same opponent every time, and you will never have to worry about one or more parties eroding your power because apparently if you win an election, you win 100% of your representative seats or at least always have a majority and will never need to compromise anything in your policies.

That is fundamentally not how UK politics works or Canada or Spain or hardly any of the options for playable countries. You will not always have a ruling party dictatorship and be able to fully implement whatever program you want or change in spending that you want if you simply ignore the other party and wait a while.

But it is how the US works.

So, if you are an angry conservative farmer from Kentucky which, based on the angry reviews on here, most players are, this game makes a great deal of sense to you regardless of what country you play as and only pisses you off because you were previously unaware how much the federal government spends on welfare. But if you expect something other than US politics like the novelty of working with coalitions and trying to use policies and ideas that no one has seen before or something that is unique to your nation, you're going to be sorely disappointed. There's just so many awesome things that could have been included in this game, but were not.

As far as the economy goes, there seems to be a bug with the global markets because I kept encountering games where the global economy was at 0% for two or three years at a time, rise back to 20% and then crashed again. You can get around this by having punitive fifteenth century Chinese tariffs and pretending nothing outside your nation exists.

Finally, taking a note from the angry farmer from Kentucky, this game IS slider simulator. All of the gameplay takes place on having policies switched on or off and then a slider to control how much of that policy you want active or how forcefully you want to implement it and to what cost. This affects one or more of 21 demographic groups which, depending on what percentage of the electorate they represent, determines your overall popularity. This means that there is a "sweet spot" for maximizing your economy and/or your approval and, while there are different start conditions you can have, like how religious your country is or what your starting crises are, ultimately all playable countries essentially have the same sweet spot combinations, and I'll be the first one to tell you that the same policy doesn't work for everyone everywhere.

Now that I have it, I will probably play it again every once in a while, but a game like this could have done a lot more and been a lot more fulfilling, so I can't recommend it, especially at its cost.
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346 of 398 people (87%) found this review helpful
422 people found this review funny
93.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
10/10 would leave the EU again.
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205 of 232 people (88%) found this review helpful
151 people found this review funny
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Balanced the U.S budget
Gave more money to schools
Reached minimal unemployment
cut taxes for the middle class
Decreased military funding
Got America to go green
Assinated by the Capitalists

12/10 Would fix a country just to get shot again
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139 of 164 people (85%) found this review helpful
145 people found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
I turned france into the USSR (complete with media censorship,secret courts, presumptive torture and almost zero percent capitalists and religious) and got re-elected.
10/10 would violate human rights again
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126 of 153 people (82%) found this review helpful
125 people found this review funny
73.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
> Legalized all drugs
> Gets assasinated by LIberals

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71 of 91 people (78%) found this review helpful
66 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
>be me
>decide to play game as Canada
>initiate my policies
>fast foward two terms
>unemployment almost a thing of the past
>no environmental problems whatsoever
>congratulated for following Kyoto agreements to solve global warming
>Canada is the healthiest it has ever been
>press "next turn"
>I've been assassinated
>a mercenary hired by a secret capitalist network has quicksoped me with a high tech sniper rifle
>10/10 would be Bernie Sanders only to be killed by the uber rich again
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36 of 45 people (80%) 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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52 of 72 people (72%) found this review helpful
74 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Can't quit EU.

0 UKs out of 10
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
At first, I was hestating to try this game due to its super simple interface. Just a few icons and text.
(Unike Game Dev Tycon, which provide a basic graphics: your office and etc)

After few minuts trying out, I was surprised by the content contained in this game. Various policies, different groups, natural disaster, monarchy and so on. You can do a bunch of things to build the country in your own way. And at the same time, choosing different countries will also give you various scenerio. (in which i consider USA is the easist country, since it have the economic power).

After 8 hours or so, it was becoming bored to me, because there are just these policies (or maybe it's because I changed the difficulty to 40%). Then i found there are more things provided by the community. You can add more policies, countries and balance mods into this game.

However, there is a limit of policies and coutries available to be selected. And the gameplay is kinda one-dimensional. Overal i still recommand this game , despite you might be bored by these things after 20 hours.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
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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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Accidently created a 1 party system, 10/10 would slide those bars and actually address the concerns of my citizens with policies again.
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