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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Mostly Positive (4,240 reviews) - 77% of the 4,240 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 14, 2013

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June 25

Minor balance update to 1.282

Version 1.282
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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
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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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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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Dragonslayer487
( 27.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Would get assassinated by religious conservatives in three different countries in a row again.

10/10
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LizzieTheRose
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This game is so much more interesting and fun than real life politics. UI is simple to navigate and you can get a hang of how the game works relatively quickly. However, if you have a small attention span, you may miss things on the side very easily like how your country's money is doing. I did very well with making all the voters love me for about 3 elections my first run, but I'm pretty sure I ran my country into horrible debt because I wasn't paying attention to my money which caused me to lose my 4th election. My only real problems with the game however is changing the resolution and the start up. Every time I change the resolution, I have to close the game and restart it to have the changes take effect. I'm not sure if this is just my laptop being sh*t as per usual or if this is a problem among multiple players. Also, on start up, Steam constantly does the first time set up even though I've opened the game multiple times already. I have no idea why it's doing that. Again, it could be my laptop, but I might as well mention it if it's not. All and all, regardless of my problems, I love this game and would definitely recommend giving it a try even to politically apathetic people like myself.
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Wick71
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Alright, I will say it how it is. I see this game has far more positive reviews than negative. But I feel that it is my duty, having played the game and experienced the fatal flaw, to report said flaw. The game is an absolute blast for the first game you play. But shortly after you realize that it gets repetitive and just not fun in general. You have to buy the DLC to keep yourself excited, but even that gets old. Look, it's a good game, but the re-playability just isn't there at this time.
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re_qkchung
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
never can satisfy capitalist , even publicity problem is solved and vote is kill , you will suddenly killed by assassian
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Smashimus Maximus
( 52.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I really used to like this game, and I would whole-heartedly recommend it, were it not for the way it's been updated recently.
Originally, the game was pretty straight-forward, you allocate your government budget by inacting new regulations and laws, and generally make decisions. It was somewhat lacking in realism (for example, most of your government spending yielded constant returns in whatever field you were spending them, so the millionth Euro you invested in education raised your population's education level by just as much as each of the first tenthousand Euros you spent).
Nonetheless, as far as games go, it was a nice minigame, although it got repetitive as soon as you had figured out a strategy that works that you just had to slightly adjust for each country (strategy here meaning more or less the order in which you enact certain reforms and laws), but it stayed entertaining.

And then, it was updated. The developer apparently tries to keep up with current events and tries to integrate them in the game, so, apparently inspired by the junior doctors' strike in England, the possibility of your health sector employees striking was introduced (or it was there before and the threshold for it was severely lowered), so now, when you have a European type of government with large government sector, your health staff won't stop striking until you've allocated almost the possible maximum amount of money into health, which is rather annoying.
But while the doctors' strike is kind of ignorable and only a bit annoying, general strikes were also introduced (that or again, the threshold for them happening was severely lowered), and if you play with any other country than the US now, you are more or less guarenteed to have a general strike which totally screws up your economy, and is more than just a bit annoying. And it is, by the by, also a bit unrealistic, because if there were general strikes in developed countries at the same frequency at which they occur in this game, no one would ever be working.
And while it was a nice idea to make the game more challenging, since it was updated it is just so extremely unrealistic that it isn't fun anymore ("Oh, you increased the police force instead of putting ALL your budget into benefits? Sorry, that's a general strike.")
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thom
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Unfortunately there are a lot of policies missing in the base game that should have been included especially for such an expensive game. You simply run out of things to implement.

And then the money grab from the dlc is shameful, they should have been included in the base vanilla.

I won't be buying Democracy 4 because I expect the same lack of content, that could easily have been put in the game for more options.
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Forgoten Null
( 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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Mr. Dehydrated Napkin
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
First Go got killed by capitalists before end of first term.
Second go . Slowly gained popularity and made to second term where I destroyed crime and proverty but nearly got killed by eco-terrorists soon i was nearly killed by liberals and capitalists untill i got put into so much debt i had to just survive to the end where i could live a peaceful life in a mountain untill the end where i ended up being killed by capitallists again.


2in/10 best holes i've ever gotten in my head
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RichiePls
( 0.7 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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FuhrerHallam
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Day 1: Deficit is 10 billion everyone is happy.

Day 50050400: Deficit is 233433 trillion and I have created a complete socialist utopia with no religion and all borders locked

Would play again 10/10

Can't seem to leave the EU tho.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
365 of 422 people (86%) found this review helpful
441 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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214 of 241 people (89%) found this review helpful
158 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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132 of 160 people (83%) found this review helpful
129 people found this review funny
Recommended
73.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
> Legalized all drugs
> Gets assasinated by LIberals

11/10
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75 of 95 people (79%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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56 of 77 people (73%) found this review helpful
76 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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40 of 51 people (78%) 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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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
14 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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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
10/10 Brexit Simulator 2016
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