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 (1,865 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 14, 2013

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"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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October 27

Democracy 3: Clones & Drones Released!

We are happy to announce that our new expansion pack for Democracy 3: Clones & Drones is now on sale!

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Democracy 3: Clones & Drones

What challenges are to come for the politicians of the future? Mass unemployment due to the automation of factories? or will this lead to a leisure society and equality? Will ubiquitous drones lead to better law enforcement and less traffic congestion or to widespread crime and infringement of privacy? Should we give the go-ahead to human cloning? will climate change cause problems for our country? Are we going to run out of rare earth metals? or oil...? The people look to YOU for leadership in these turbulent times. Can you keep the country happy and prosperous as we head to the 2020s and beyond?

Clones & Drones adds new dilemmas, policies, events and simulation values to the ultimate political strategy game. Available now for PC/Mac/Linux.

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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
    • 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
41 of 45 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Everytime I manage to give everyone free healthcare and education while simultaneously running a surplus I get assassinated by capitalists. Best America simulator out there.

11/10
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
After a close call I entered office of the U.S of A. with my party, The Sixth Division. I immeidiately raised the army and police forces arming all officers. My ministers and liberals resented me for this and so I replaced them all with hand picked fools to run my government. At this time my popularity was low. I then made the death penalty common for small crimes and made sure all police officers were armed with submachine guns. I then saw that a group called the Black Power Group were starting to hate me and so I passed a race discrimination act making sure rascism is illegal. I then made joining the army mandatory and increased the borders and spy networks to the maximum. After surviving five assasination attempts from the socialist party thanks to my secret spy network, the "Hapstepo" a group of black extremists broke into my office with machine guns killing me and everyone in my party and on my board. Very, fun. 10/10 Great game!
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41 of 56 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Accidently turned the UK into a techno-athiest-communist paradise.

11/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
First impressions aren't great - this game has so much depth that the interface can be very confusing. The tutorial helps... a bit, but the best trick is to play your first game on 50% difficulty. After that, you will understand the mechanics of the game better and can dive in with gusto again and again. And you'll want to do just that. After all, everyone knows that politicians are self-serving idiots and that we could do a better job armed with nothing more than common sense, don't we? You can build a fairer country or guarantee jobs for all. Rapidly though you find that running a country is more like weaving and pulling one thread taut will cause something else unravel unexpectedly. The game balance is great, nothing feels random, just complex. With numerous countries to run, each with their own problems and opportunities, plus workshop expansions, this game just keeps on giving. All the depth of the best of the SimCity game, without the unecessary graphical frippery.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
+ Incredible amount of depth
+ Sound bites are enjoyable, and not so prevalent that you become annoyed
+ UI, while at first daunting, allows for tons of functionality; the minimalist design is crisp and visually pleasing

- Tutorial was a bit lacking, and might turn some people away
- The occasional large decisions that must be made at the end of the turn do not display possible effects; it's not made clear what kind of impact your decisions will have
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Democracy 3 is clearly not for everyone. The entire game is basically one big screen with a bunch of bubbles and sliders and popups of people trying to assassinate you.

However, all you have to do to add hours of fun to the game is have a bit of an imagination. Narrate your own story and try to persuade yourself to making decisions you otherwise might not. A great thing about the game is that it makes you look at yourself a lot. Am I really this conservative/liberal on these policies? I never would have guessed that's how I felt about such things.

Now this is a game, not Politics Simulator 2014, so take your decisions with a grain of salt. If I were president I'm sure I wouldn't give every cop a submachine gun or cut military spending by 200%, but it's a game and I want to reduce CO2 emissions, dangit!

Sorry time for the typical steam review now:

Cut CO2 emissions by 65%, get assassinated by environmentalist group
23/10 would reccommend.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Tried to be communist dictator of Russia!

Second term got assassinated by Liberals.

Tried to be fascist dictator of America!

Two years in i got assassinated by Liberals.

Tried to be liberal prime minister of England!

Got Assassinated for being too extreme.............

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Look, look, I wanted to like this game. Who wouldn't? Controling policies and governing a country sounds fun. But the game is ridiculously easy. With practically no effort I LITERALLY eradicated crime, health problems, and poverty. What?

The UI in this game gets a lot of attention, and, while it is slick-looking, it is barely functional. When you pop into a submenu to take a look at a tax or policy, you have to click the REVERT CHANGE button after tinkering with it. Apparently pressing X on the window means "confirm change" to the developers. Such clunky design. It is impossible to know what policies will do/affect until you implement them. On the policy screen your only hints are a vaguely worded paragraph, "Wow, farmers would sure love some crop subsidies" but I'm magically supposed to guess it will ♥♥♥♥ off capitalits? Maybe you could say "Sure, that's a given, of course it will." But many have esoteric by products such as maybe it lowers the membership of the capitalist group. You can't guess this stuff and a bar that says what percent of your constituency will like the new policy is not enough of a hint as to the effects of a policy.

Don't get me started on assassinations. Extremely frustrating mechanic, and once a group decides it wants to kill you, you basically just have a few turns left in the game with no recourse. Fun. ♥♥♥♥ off any group enough and they will magically find a splinter group to kill you, even, say, farmers or parents. ♥♥♥♥ that. And, sure, you can turn it off from the options menu, but what type of concession is that? They're practically admitting the mechanic is broken.

This game is moderately fun in a Civ-esque way, and maybe it's worth a buck or two to try it if it's ever HEAVILY discounted in a sale... But, as is, this game is just not good.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Great game.
Positives it is a complecated aspect, but shown in an easy way,
Fun and Easily understood.
this game is a little to easy, you can easly dplay and win this game, i can ocasonly strugle to lose this game, because capitalists LIKE EVERYTHING THAT YOU COULD HATE.
7/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
This game is so ♥♥♥♥ing not cacuio meate. IT is about a small tsu who just walks around and talks about smaller tsus. He then procedes to spoil every ANIME IN THE WORLD AND THEN ♥♥♥♥ING BANGS ALL OF YOUR IMOUTOSANS AND THEN HE BECOMES A HOOKER. This game is not for the common child, nor should you play it alone becaus then you might learn how to play the guitar slowly, we all know that this game's title is based around the Anime "Chakishin no Shana" and we then procede to play that fateful hato called OneeTar and then we then ear.

In the end, we dont even need to buy this game for the looks but for the personality. This game is so ♥♥♥♥ign good and real good and then yeah I really wanted to play this game and played it for 3 minutes and came and then I could no bang imoutochan then I came and then I died. Chekomaeto Atheists! xD

Rate: 2/1 Really good family game and you can sit down and watch anime aswell because it is so rated ARG!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
better than i thought it would be. worth the buy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
It's a pretty good game which genre is basically Round-Based-Strategy. You come into position to lead a whole country, with all its interest groups, problems and virtues. With policy- and budget-changes that take effect on already existent problems (and maybe create new ones) or situations you keep your country running.

There is much Workshop-Content out there that makes the game more diverse and significantly harder (and sometimes better). I always try to minimize my debts and to make the people happy but you can do otherwise if you decide to. All in all the game offers many possibilities which all want to be found and tried out and due to its easy to mod interface you are even able to make the game better for yourself and the others. :) I like it!

If you buy it you HAVE TO check out the Workshop-Content on Steam, trust me some people invest much time in improving the game experience :) Special thanks to them too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
As a fan of strategy and simulation games, this was quite fun for me. The systems are complex (which you'll see the moment you look at how things are all connected) but after an hour or so the whole thing becomes extremely gameable. Easily-gamed systems means an easy game, once you figure out how to do so. But the fun isn't in the freeform games, it's in the various scenarios you're given (for example rescuing a country from economic devastation, familiar?)

I bought this during a past Steam sale for a song, along with the DLC that was available at the time. There is a lot of crap in my library from bundles and sales. This purchase is not one I regret. In fact had it been a full price purchase I still think it would have been worth it, and that's fairly high praise nowadays.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I really enjoy this game. its easy to play and there are alot of different ways to play it, its a game i constantly come back to time and time again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I bought this game whilst it was on sale not too long ago and ive already clocked 31+ hrs on it! If you've ever wondered if you would be a good leader of the country then this is the game for you!! (most of the time the answer is no)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
really fun game. you gotta be willing to read a lot though to get the full expierence. i don't know much about goverment, but now it's safe to say i do...sorta. overall it's a great strategy game if you don't mind reading a lot of flavor text 7.8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Take over a country. Run it straight into the ground. Rinse and repeat.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I've been playing the series for a while now. Unfortunately it's not good enough for the price they're asking for.

This is essentially "Slider controls - the game". It's a balancing act of sorts, and although it may sound like an oversimplification, it really isn't.

A good developer would mask the simplicity of a game with enough layers of complexity. In democracy there are no layers of complexity, it's an X-Ray of a skeleton.

How you play the game is "slide this to make Xgroup happy and ♥♥♥♥ off Y", then "Slide this to reduce Ygroup and increase membership in groupZ".

The functionality of the game is lacking too. Something that jumps out at me straight away is the Save option. Why aren't any of the current saves selectable? In order to save your current America game, you have to type out the name of the save you used last time (if you wish to use the same save of course). At which point upon "selecting" a save name, you will be promoted to OVER-RITE existing file name. Yeah.... so why the heck didn't you see this as a lacking feature and just make them selectable so you can over write in two simple clicks?

The theme of the game is far from the videos. Do not be fooled! The one were the eloquent American politician is speaking is not at all what the game really feels like.
It has numerous loading screen/round screen quotes by famous people which are most if not all absolutely cynical. And that is very important that you understand this.

The game has a cynical sense of humour and it just feels out of place. It just carries this bitter vibe which speaks about the creator's world view. Again this wouldn't be an issue if the game was advertised in that light.


I wouldn't buy this "game" but if you must, wait until it's on sale because it's not worth more than 5$.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
It's honestly like every Positech game ever, it's super cool, and for the few hours that you play it you love it, and then you just realize, it's shallow on the content on the inside. It's true that there is a lot of community made stuff to go along with it, It would just be nice that since it's a "Sandbox Simulation" if there was just more to do.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Democracy 3, could be so much more. So so much more. But no, it had to be an utterly stupid and laughable simulation of politics rendered down to little tiny buttons and bars. I am not joking.

The game is reduced to a mad balancing act of whack a mole and without real though to policies and mostly finding ways to either a) balance your constituents b) get rid of a particular group of constituents c) get so much popular vote that getting voted out becomes laughable.

Pros:

It is addicting for the first few hours. It made me think what I could get away with an realize that budgets are hard and upper classes are really easy to ♥♥♥♥ off very quickly. Graphically it is decent, not much animation and it was mostly text in communication. You don't see riots, which I think would have been a nice addition. Really, any cinematic would have been nice.

Cons:

Every country gets stale because it is simply different sorts of policies with different tactics but in the end they all feel the same. It's like deriving several different math formulas to come to the same answer. It also gets stale once you have balanced the budget and made most of your constituents happy. You can't be voted out.
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